Climbing Kilimanjaro’s Barranco Wall – How Challenging is it?

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is every bit as exciting and thrilling as it may seem, but if there is one obstacle on Africa’s highest mountain that seems to get everyone panicking, it would have to be the mighty Barranco Wall.

Many of Kilimanjaro’s popular routes such as the Machame Route and the Lemosho Route meet up at the Lava Tower, and as such, most climbers will face the Barranco Wall during their ascent – but is it really as bad as some climbers make out?  Well, after tackling the Barranco Wall on a rather frosty and chilly September morning – I would have to say the answer to that questions is no.

Yes, Barranco Wall is steep, and yes, you will need to use your hands in some parts to clamber your way up and over this imposing wall of rock, but the hike is short at just over an hour, and the views from the top of Barranco Wall will take your breath away (and I’m not talking about the altitude!).

The main ‘problem’ with climbing Kilimanjaro’s Barranco Wall is the traffic.  You have hundreds of porters laden with supplies trying to navigate the wall alongside the climbers, and this can make it a slow process.  However, if you choose your Kilimanjaro climbing company wisely, you will start later that day (after 10am), and by doing so, you will miss the ‘rush hour’ and have Barranco Wall practically to yourself.

Once you reach the top, your trek to Karanga Camp is along a relatively flat path, and the views of the summit on a clear day are just amazing!  Take a moment to take some pictures before the clouds come rolling in – you won’t regret it!

Here are some photos taken on the Barranco Wall during our 7-Day Machame Route Kilimanjaro Tour…

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