Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai, often referred to as the “Mountain of God” by the Maasai people, is an active stratovolcano located in the northern part of Tanzania, near Lake Natron. It’s renowned for its unique volcanic activity and distinctive lava flows. Climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai offers a captivating adventure, but it’s essential to be well-prepared and informed about the different routes available.


Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai, the “Mountain of God,” graces Tanzania’s landscape with its unique volcanic presence, and venturing up its slopes unveils a choice of routes that cater to both adventure and awe. The Engare Sero Route, widely favored, begins from Naiyobi village near Lake Natron, offering a challenging ascent through the Rift Valley Escarpment and the ash-covered plains of Engare Sero. Alternatively, the Kamakia Route, commencing from Kamakia village, provides a quieter journey with its distinct landscape. For those seeking a more unconventional path, the Gelai Volcano Route leads through Gelai village and presents an opportunity to scale Gelai Volcano before reaching Ol Doinyo Lengai’s summit. Regardless of the chosen route, climbers are met with the demanding loose volcanic ash and the option to begin their climb at night to avoid the daytime heat. Ascending Ol Doinyo Lengai’s slopes not only rewards with breathtaking panoramic views but also an encounter with the forces that shape our planet.