Landmark

Lava Tower

A striking volcanic formation on Mount Kilimanjaro's western slopes.

Tanzania
Location
Year-round
Best Time to Visit
4,630 m
Altitude

About Lava Tower

Lava Tower, also known as the "Shark's Tooth," is an imposing volcanic plug that stands as a testament to Mount Kilimanjaro's volcanic past. Situated at an altitude of approximately 4,630 meters (15,190 feet) on the mountain's western slopes, this towering formation is a key feature along the Machame, Lemosho, and Umbwe routes to Uhuru Peak. Lava T...

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
While trekking to Lava Tower is considered safe under the guidance of experienced professionals, climbers should take precautions against altitude sickness. Standard vaccinations for Tanzania, including Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid, are recommended, as well as precautions for malaria.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Lava Tower is reached as part of the ascent routes on Mount Kilimanjaro, with climbers typically starting their journey from the base of the mountain at Moshi or Arusha.
Getting Around
Access to Lava Tower involves hiking and is part of the multi-day trek routes on Kilimanjaro. Guides ensure climbers follow the safest and most scenic paths.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania, including those climbing Kilimanjaro to reach Lava Tower, need a visa, which can be obtained on arrival or online through the eVisa system.
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