Kilimanjaro is a test of your endurance and nerves. The high altitude nature of the trekking coupled with routes that take you from diverse ecological habitats amidst wildly fluctuating temperatures can take a toll on your body. Your body needs to meet its nutritional requirements for the challenge. A well-balanced diet will be the key to fulfilling your energy needs amidst relentless exertions. A Kilimanjaro diet is a tasty mix of complex carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats; with carbohydrates holding an edge as they are efficiently metabolized at altitude.
A typical Kilimanjaro breakfast would consist of porridge (or cereal), a saveloy, selection of fresh fruits, peanuts, bread with margarine spread, sausages, scrambled eggs, jam, and honey. To drink you will have tea, coffee, hot chocolate or Milo( rich in fiber with laxative effects).
Lunch will commence with soups of pumpkin, zucchinis, leeks or mixed vegetables with bread, followed by a dish of fish, chicken or beef stew and fresh vegetables served with pasta, potatoes, or sweetbread, pancakes, rice and sauces. For beverages, you will have juice, tea, coffee or Milo.
Dinners tend to be hearty lunch with soup and rice, bread, vegetable sauce, chicken, beef, pancake, sautéed vegetable, and fruits being the main items. For beverages, you will have tea, coffee or Milo.
Desserts will be cakes, custards, fruits topped with honey or banana fritters with maple syrup or Nutella!
Energy packed power bars should be in your backpack on the trek as ready energy reinforcements. High altitude can cause loss of appetite but three fulfiling meals a day and regular hydration is a must to continue on Kilimanjaro. Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free and other special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance intimation.
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