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Mt Kenya Trek Food Menu

Mount Kenya Food Sample Menu

This Mt Kenya Food Sample menu gives the list of the food that we serve for morning meals, lunch, and evening meals, in addition to snack times and drink options on the mountain for a duration of 5 days.

MEALDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
   BREAKFASTBreakfast: Cereal, Pancakes, Chicken sausage, Baked beans, Bread, Eggs, Assorted fruits with choice of Tea/Coffee/Hot chocolate.Cereal, Pancakes, Arrow root, Bread, Chips, Juice, Assorted fruits with choice of Tea/ Coffee/Hot chocolate.Cereal, Pancakes, Bread, Eggs, Assorted fruits with choice of Tea/Coffee/HotCereal, French Toast, Baked Beans, Bacon
MID-MORNING SNACKMango, OrangeWatermelonMango, OrangeBanana, Orange
Coffee, Tea, Water, Hot Chocolate
    LUNCHLeek Soup & BreadFrench Onion Soup & BreadTomato Soup & BreadZucchini Soup & BreadPotato Soup & Bread
Spaghetti with Meat SauceHot Soup (weather dependent), .fried chicken, Veg sandwich, Box of juice 7 fruit.Noodles, soup and bread. (Weather dependent)Ugali, Vegetables, Chicken DrumsticksBeef Kebabs, French fries, Coleslaw
MangoPineappleFruit JuiceFruit SaladBanana
Coffee, Tea, Water, Hot Chocolate
SNACKSMuffinsCashews, PopcornAvocado ToastPeanuts, CookiesCashews, Popcorn
Coffee, Tea, Water, Hot Chocolate
    DINNERZucchini Soup & BreadSquash Soup & BreadCucumber Soup & BreadVegetable Soup & BreadCarrot Soup & Bread
Chicken Curry with Rice, Vegetables, Green SaladSoup of the day, Bread, Spaghetti with mince sauce, assorted vegetables, assorted fruits, Tea/Coffee/Hot ChocolateSoup of the day, Bread, Rice, Veg cutlet, chicken stew, assorted fruits, Tea/Coffee/Hot ChocolateCarrot Soup and Bread, Mash Potato with Vegetable Stew, rice & salad. Assorted Fruits, Tea/Coffee/Hot ChocolateSpaghetti with Tomato Sauce
Fruit SaladPineapple FlambeePapaya MousseTiramisuChocolate Mousse
Coffee, Tea, Water, Hot Chocolate

Water On Mt Kenya

Water on Mount kenya is as vital as the Food you consume during your ascent. The mountain staff usually gathers water from local streams and purifies it using tablets. This may slightly alter its taste.

Staying hydrated plays, a critical role in your Mount Kenya Climbing experience. It’s recommended that you drink at least three litres of water daily during the climb. If flavour infusions help you to consume that much water, by all means, use them!

Please remember that you’ll be responsible for carrying your drinking water during the daily treks. That’s why it’s advisable to bring two water containers:

  • A hydration pack or water bladder, ideally integrated into your daypack and equipped with a convenient drinking hose.
  • A leak-proof water bottle that can hold a litre of water.

Balancing your daypack is essential, so distribute the weight evenly by placing water bottles on both sides. You will need a water bottle in addition to a bladder because, on summit day, the bladder can freeze, leaving you without water.

To prevent your water bottle from freezing, you can put it in a sock and keep it close to your body. Another helpful tip is to store the bottle upside down.

Refer to our Mount kenya Gear checklist for more information on what other similar items you can carry along to enhance your Mount Kenya experience.

Carbohydrate Requirements

Carbohydrates are essential for endurance, especially on a demanding journey like Climbing Mount Kenya. The role of carbohydrates intake in the diet includes:

  • They replenish muscle glycogen
  • Protect against muscle deterioration
  • Also, they require less oxygen for metabolism.

The Mount kenya Food served during the trek mainly consists of carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, and potatoes. Carbs demand 8-10% less oxygen for metabolism than proteins or fats.

There’s evidence suggesting people naturally consume more carbohydrates at high elevations, possibly due to lower oxygen levels. The absorption of proteins and fats significantly decreases at high altitudes, which is why it’s suggested to limit their intake.

Therefore, carbohydrates should constitute the most significant portion of your Diet, ideally making up 60% or more of your calorie intake.

Our Mt Kenya Food Menu focuses mainly on high-carb meals to maintain our climber’s performance on the mountain. These carbs are not only an excellent energy source for climbing but also assist in altitude acclimatization.

Studies show that a high-carb diet can mitigate symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS), effectively reducing the altitude impact by 1,000 feet at 13,000 feet and 2,000 feet at 17,000 feet. Thus, adhering to the carbohydrate-rich Food on Mt Kenya Climb can enhance your climbing experience and health.

Vegeterian Menu on Kenya

We have many trekkers who are vegetarian and our cooks are well trained to handle these requirements. You are free to meet our cook during the briefing session to discuss and create a menu which meets your criteria.

Here are some sample dishes:

  • Soups:
    • Cream of cauliflower & carrot
    • Vegetable soup and bread
    • Pumpkin soup
    • Cucumber soup
    • Leek soup
  • Salads:
    • Vegetable Salad
    • Mushrooms with Vegetables
    • Fried potatoes with vegetable sauce
    • Coleslaw
  • Main Course:
    • Fresh beans and carrot with coconut sauce
    • Cauliflower and carrot
    • Seasonal green beans with cream sauce
    • Braised cabbage
    • Mixed vegetables
    • African pride-Red finger, (ngogwe or better tomatoes)
    • Rice
    • Porridge
  • Accompaniment:
    • Chips
    • Fruits
    • Tea, Coffee, Drinking chocolate, Milo, Milk (Nido)
    • Bread (Normal and Toasted)

Vegan Menu on Mt Kenya

We have many trekkers who are Vegan and our cooks are well trained to handle these requirements. You are free to meet our cook during the briefing session to discuss and create a menu which meets your criteria.

Here are some sample dishes:

  • Soups:
    • Vegetable soup and bread
    • Pumpkin soup
    • Cucumber soup
    • Leek soup
    • Vegetable Salad
    • Sweet potatoes soup
    • Carrot soup
  • Salads:
    • Mushrooms with Vegetables
    • Fried potatoes with vegetable sauce
  • Main Course:
    • Grilled Sandwich
    • Pasta
    • Rice
    • Porridge
    • Boiled Potatoes
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Beans
    • Vegetable Samosa
    • Chapati
    • Chinese rice
    • Spaghetti
  • Accompaniment:
    • Chips
    • Fruits
    • Black Tea
    • Fruits
    • Bread (Normal and Toasted)

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