The 7 Summits Africa 2020 Expedition
7 Summits Africa is an annual expedition of regional mountaineering, created by adventurers and conservationists to bring awareness to the unexplored technical mountains on the African continent. A powerful, beautiful, challenging mountaineering experience is possible by combining mountains and ranges in more than one country. The challenge is real and the expedition will happen again in late 2020.
In 2017 we climbed 7 African peaks in 7 weeks, back- to-back in 5 countries. We wanted to see if it could be done, and to capture some views from Africa’s highest vantage points, to promote mountaineering in East Africa and #conservationthroughtourism.
By 2018 we knew it was possible and then some – so a small team attempted 10 peaks in 4 weeks in 3 countries and successfully completed 9 of them, including a new route up Mawenzi in the 2018 expedition, before a well-earned break in 2019.
It’s a new year and a new decade and there are more peaks than ever for #7SummitsAfrica2020 and more opportunities than ever to participate – for mountaineers or non-technical climbers in the Rwenzori Range, Mt Kenya, Meru & Kilimanjaro.
In a maximum of 40 days, there are 27 possible summit peaks for technical mountaineers to tackle – the highest 27 on the continent. For non-technical climbers there are 7 possible summit peaks in 37 days including wildlife highlights seeing the gorillas in Uganda, wildlife safaris with the big 5 in Kenya and Tanzania.
The reasons behind #7SA2020
The mission for every summit is simple: raise awareness of crucial causes that affect the mountains and their surrounding natural environment, people and animals – from endangered mountain gorillas to melting glaciers.
The overall goal is more challenging: to stimulate tourism to East Africa. Because this group of die-hard environmentalists knows that without sustainable tourism there’s no chance of preserving the nature and wildlife of one of the world’s most diverse and achingly beautiful regions.
Where will #7SA2020 take place?
The team will cross three East African countries – Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda in late 2020, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites and key national parks in-between climbs. Africa offers endless opportunities for mountain enthusiasts -from highland trekking, endurance trails, to mountain climbing, equatorial glaciers and technical peaks.
- Uganda: One of Africa’s most beautiful and dramatic natural environments, the Rwenzori’s, or ‘Mountains of the Moon’, are also among its least visited. They offer an example of nature at its most wild and untamed, with a range of scalable peaks.
- Kenya: With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa. There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain, all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the U-shaped glacial valleys
- Tanzania: Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. With its snow-capped peak and glaciers, it is the highest mountain in Africa at 5895 metres above the rolling plains of northern Tanzania. Add in your choice of Meru or Mawenzi for the best views of Kilimanjaro.
When is #7SA2020?
01 November 2020: Start date
07 December 2020: Non-technical Climbers End date (37 days)
10 December 2020: Technical mountaineers end date (40 days)
- Uganda: 01-17 November 2020
- Kenya: 17-26 November 2020
- Tanzania: 26 Nov – 07/10 Dec 2020
Who can join #7SA2020?
The expedition is open for people interested in a mountain challenge.
- Technical mountaineers: 10 places available
- Non-technical climbers: 12 places available