The 7 Summits Africa Goal: Everest 2020/21
7 Summits Africa started with the ambition to create a regional marketing campaign promoting conservation through tourism by showcasing Africa’s mountains and attractions. We wanted to prove that it was possible to combine East Africa’s beautiful and challenging mountains into a powerful mountaineering product . We quickly realised that the combination of mountains is a perfect training ground for a Mt Everest expedition. Sibusiso Vilane, arguably Africa’s most experienced mountaineer, has dreamed of taking a Pan -African team to the highest point on earth for a long time. The combined dreams have became a goal – to take an all African team of mountaineers, born and trained in Africa, to Mt Everest in 2020/21 for a summit attempt.
Mt Stanley, Rwenzorí’s, Uganda
Height: 5,109 m
Altitude Gain: 3, 494 m
Duration: 8 days/7 nights (with Mt Speke & Mt Baker)
- 3rd highest mountain in Africa, located in Rwenzori Mountains National Park
- Ancient people called the range “the Mountains of the Moon.” and early explorers thought the mountains were the source of the Nile River.
- The Bujuku valley is enclosed within a steep triangle formed by Mt Stanley, Mt Speke and Mt Baker, the second and third highest Rwenzori peaks respectively.
Mt Speke, Rwenzorí’s, Uganda
Height: 4,890 m
Altitude Gain: 3, 275 m
Duration: 8 days/7 nights (with Mt Stanley & Mt Baker)
- Located in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, 70% of which stands at an elevation of over 2,500 metres
- Like all of the Ruwenzori massifs, Speke’s summit consists of multiple jagged peaks
- Named after early European explorer John Speke, who never climbed it! First Ascent in 1906 by the Duke of the Abruzzi
Mt Baker, Rwenzorí’s, Uganda
Height: 4,844 m
Altitude Gain: 3, 229 m
Duration: 8 days/7 nights (with Mt Stanley & Mt Speke)
- Located in Rwenzori Mountains National Park -a Key Bird Zone with 217 bird species that have recorded.
- 6th highest mountain in Africa
- The Rwenzori Range is not volcanic but consists of crystalline rock that moved upward from the earth’s crust.
Mt Kenya, Kenya
Height: 5,199 m
Altitude Gain: 2,749 m
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
- Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa.
- Located in Mt Kenya National Park in central Kenya.
- Mount Kenya has several summits, including its three highest peaks—Batian, Nelion, and Point Lenana.
Mt Meru, Arusha National Park, Tanzania
Height: 4,562 m
Altitude Gain: 3,048 m
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
- 2nd highest mountain in Tanzania
- Amazing views into the summit crater and ash pit
- Beautiful conical shaped dormant volcano 70km from Kilimanjaro
Mt Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National park, Tanzania
Height: 5,895 m
Altitude Gain: 3,995 m
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- The highest mountain in Africa
- The highest free-standing mountain in the world
- Mount Kilimanjaro is made up of three volcanic cones (Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira) and is a dormant volcanic mountain
Mount Nyiragongo - Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C)
Height: 3,470 m
Altitude Gain: 1,870 m
Duration: 2 days/1 night
- Active volcano, located inside Virunga National Park.
- Most recent eruption was in 2002 (of 34 eruptions)
- Permanent lava lake is visible
Mt Nyiragongo Summit
Mount Karisimbi - Rwanda
Height: 4,507 m
Altitude Gain: m
Duration: 2 days/1 night
- Dormant stratovolcano, located inside Volcanoes National Park
- The highest mountain in Rwanda and 11th highest in Africa
- Its name stems “amasimbi” in local Kinyarwanda dialect and means snow.