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Mt Ol Donyo Lengai

Ol Donyo Lengai is a picture book volcano which rises out of the plains at the foot of the rift valley escarpment just to the south of Lake Natron.

This Maasai 'Mountain of God' is one of the most active volcanoes in the region. The crater contains fumeroles which emit small plumes of sulphurous gases and steam year round.

Every couple of years activity increases to send large plumes of ash into the air, often enough to blanket large parts of the surrounding terrain with a layer of white snow-like ash.
Every few decades the mountain erupts with considerably more force, sending streams of lava flowing down from its crater.

The ascent of Lengai is one of the most dramatic one day hikes in Africa.
Starting out around midnight, trekkers attempt to scale the slippery trail in the cooler hours before dawn in order to attain the crater by sunrise, coming back down the same way and returning to base mid to late morning.

It is a seriously tough undertaking and not to be underestimated. And necessitating usually two nights in the Natron area. But what an awesome hike!


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