The only active volcano in the world that erupts a rock called Carbonatite. When the volcano erupts, the
lava rapidly solidifies and after a day or so, turns a gray white colour, and the peak looks like it is capped
in snow. The mountain borders on the western edge of the great rift valley, about 10km from Lake Natron.
From the summit, you can see Kilimanjaro to the east and Ngorongoro crater to the west. Start the climb
at 3am and you get to see the sun rise, and the shadow cast from the mountain goes as far as the eye
can see across the Serengeti plains. Once you get to the top, you see why the local Massai tribe
believe it is the home of their God, Ngai. A shallow crater filled with recently solidified lava that has oozed
like molten chocolate, with cracks and fumaroles emitting blasts of scorching, sulfurous air. The time I
climbed the Mountain of God, we fronted the rim of the crater, and at that moment, a blast from deep within
the mountain shook the ground and smoke came out of a fumarole. Ngai was telling us to walk with
respect. The lava was so fresh, it melted the soles of my boots. Someone once remarked that because
the lava on Lengai was so unusual on Lengai, it came out at a temperature of 700 degrees
Celsius. If you
broke through the surface and fell in the molten pool that was under your feet, you would have time to
scream before you died !
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|First successful climber(s):||Unsure|
|Nearest major airport:||Kilimanjaro|
Download any of the following KML maps for use in the full screen Google Earth application: . For more information, see our Google Earth page.
There are 12 trip reports for Ol'donyo Lengai.
- Log #15000 - by Frank Oliver Lehmann on Mar 06, 2004I travelled from the UK with no better purpose than to go and climb this mountain; I do believe, it is a magical and a very unique place to be; with WWW.vulkanexpeditionen.de / a company run by Chris...
- Log #15001 - by Barmy & TC on Mar 05, 2004Very hard. Left the riverside camp at 3.30 and started walking 4.15 which is about as late as you'd want to leave it and could easily have left earlier. Walking in the dark makes it a bit easier as...
- Log #15002 - by Michael Good on Sep 19, 2003Climed Ol'donyo Lengai together with Bluemli Schneider, Fredi and my father Roman. Reached the peak exact at sunrise, no more earlier or later - what a timing! What a fantastic feeling looking down...
- Log #15003 - by Richard Johal on Aug 18, 2003This stunning volcano becomes very steep as you ascend, however, it is well worth it in the end. Teh descent is very dangerous as their are many loose rocks which easily fall and cause a risk for...
- Log #15004 - by Ruth on Aug 07, 2003Wisdom - don't stop to much. Take it one step at a time. Make sure you take alot of water and good shoes...DON"T under estimate this mountain.
- Log #15005 - by Juan Ramon Morales on June 04, 2003We ( Baraka, Avon and me ) began from one of the Natron camps around 2 in the morning. The aire was fresh and the sky perfectly clean. WE followed a lava ridge until a steep wall, where we have to...
- Log #15007 - by Melissa Havens on Jan 29, 2002I went with a group of students during our semester abroad program. None of us knew anything about the mountain or exactly what the climb entailed; some had never even been hiking. We began our...
- Log #15008 - by Neil Heller on Jan 26, 2002I climbed the steep south-eastern slope of L'Engai in 1968 with the Brathay Exploration Group and the Kenya Schools Exploration Society. Since the volcano had only erupted some two years earlier, our...
- Log #15009 - by Yoshi Feldmeier on Jan 18, 2001I was 16 years old when I stood in front of this wonderful mountain. And I was tired too. My twinbrother and a friend of our family, we three trecked with a guide and some donkeys through the Rift...
- Log #15010 - by Paul Cameron on Dec 26, 2000Hard climb up the dusty slope , but we saw sunrise across the Serengeti plains. The volcano gave rumble as we crested the crater rim, and there was fresh carbonatite lava everywhere - it looked like...
- Log #15011 - by Stefan Tomm on Oct 24, 2000It was a hard, hot and dusty climb to the top (8 hours) but i will never forget the view from the top down to the caldera. Unbelievable!
- Log #20574 - by Maureen Anders on Jan 04, 2007What a wonderful experience, still feel it is one of my great achievements and often brag about it. I grew up in Kenya but never even heard about this mountain until I was envited by a girlfriend to...