The Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai
Ol Doinyo Lengai, which means The Mountain of the Gods in the Masai language, is an active volcano located to the South of the Natron Lake and rises up to an altitude of 2,960m. Its climb is hard. It takes place for the most part, at night, to avoid the heat and it is coached by Masai Warriors.
It is a real adventure that we can not afford to recommend to those who are not used to mountain climbing in difficult conditions... see below one of our customers' testimony...
" A few important precisions for the future challengers : I climbed the Lengai in January 2009, and one thing is sure - it is hard ! (I have been practising mountain climbing for 20 years) You climb for 6 hours in the night (of which 4h crawling in ashes) : don't forget the batteries for the head torch! It can be very cold during the climb (in particular, beacuse of the wind) : it is essential to be wearing a fleece, a solid pair of trekking trousers and a good mountain jacket. The last 400 meters are very steep and dangerous for those without training (slippery, crumbly rock). In case you slip, severe accident is quite likely (leg sprain, fracture)... bearing in mind that, of course, no emergency rescue service - European style - is possible there. (no cell phone network, very isolated volcano) The summit is fantasticbut with a sandy edge along a cliff, very dangerous if not roped (nobody is roped..) Very windy. A real abyss on the crater side. Beware of the fall. Obviously the most dangerous remains the way down, steep all the way. Repetitive stone falls - super dangerous! A piece of advice if there are many of you, be the last one to go down. It takes about 5 hours going up. You get there in full heat (40°) If you are not used to high mountains, proper climbing, handling heights and voids... do not climb. The Masai guides are true Spiders, and are useful to show the way, but are completely disconnected from the danger factor. Sincerely, and good luck to all of you! BONO JANUARY 2009