10 Mountain Peaks for 7 Summits Africa 2018 Adventurers!

Four mountaineers, with dreams of being part of the Pan African 2020/21 Mt Everest expedition, have begun climbing the Rwenzori mountains that straddle Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After tackling the massif, which includes Africa’s third-highest peak, the quartet, including Team Mauritius, will go on to summit six more African peaks, one after the other – a challenge initiated in 2017.

This is an expedition to select, train and share skills in preparation for Mt Everest,” said organiser and 7 Summits Africa pioneer, Carel Verhoef.  “This year we are making it even tougher than in 2017. We are attempting to climb Africa’s 10 highest peaks in just over four weeks – a technical climb up Mawenzi Peak on Kilimanjaro, is included in 2018″

There will be space for 10 climbers in 2019, for those that dare to follow in the footsteps of Team Mauritius. We encourage team entries to represent your country in the expedition.”

7 Summits Africa 2018 started on 6 November 2018 in the Rwenzori mountains, Uganda, East Africa. The 2018 team of 4 mountaineers is the first of the Mt Everest hopefuls that will make part of the Pan African 2020/21 Mt Everest expedition. 7 Summits Africa will give a team of 10 African mountaineers the opportunity to climb Mt Everest in 2020/21.

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 combined product and experience in East Africa is relatively affordable and exclusive, due to the anonymity of these incredible peaks. “Africa has the most beautiful mountains,” says Verhoef, “with enough technical and ice climbing opportunities, equatorial glaciers and more and is particularly challenging during the rainy and snowy seasons.”

This is all in line with the “conservation through tourism” model that attempts to bring mountaineers to the most unexplored and off the beaten path peaks. “This year we are adding a technical climb of Mawenzi Peak on Mt Kilimanjaro, a technical peak and the 4th highest on the continent. We want people to climb more mountains than the flagship summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. We want to challenge the adventurers and technical mountaineers.”, says Verhoef.

The challenge is real and the expedition will happen again in November 2019. There will be space for 10 climbers in 2019, for those that dare to follow in the footsteps of Team Mauritius (7 Summits Africa 2018 Representatives). We encourage team entries to represent your country in the expedition.

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Contacts:

PR & Media Liaison – Sally Grierson
+27 83 596 8454 (Whatapp)
sally@7summitsafrica.com

* Team Spokesperson – Carel Verhoef

+27 82 819 9927 (Whatapp) |  +255 692 403 871 (Tanzania)
carel@7summitsafrica.com  

7 Summits Africa 2018 Itinerary Change Announcement

7 Summits Africa is sadly forced to remove Mt Nyiragongo from our 2018 itinerary due to the recent instability of the north-east Lake Kivu region, DR Congo. Based on advice from Virunga National Park and Virunga.org have we decided to excluded Mt Nyiragongo and Virunga from our 2018 expedition,  and we are re-looking at the itinerary. 

Mt Nyiragongo, Virunga
Mt Nyiragongo, Virunga

7 Summits Africa has 3 options to replace Mt Nyiragongo with the following Summits.  

  • Mt Baker (4844m) in the Rwenzori mountains, Uganda
  • Lenana Mt Kenya (4985m) on Mt Kenya, Kenya
  • Mt Mwenzi (5149m) on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The other 6 peaks that will make part of the 2018 and 2019 7 Summits Africa expeditions are Mt Karisimbi, Rwanda; Mt Speke and Stanley; Uganda, Batian, Nelion Mt Kenya; Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. 

The 7 Summits Africa 2018  itinerary includes the top 7 highest peaks on the African continent.

  1. Mt Kilimanjaro 5895m
  2. Mt Kenya (Batian) 5199m
  3. Mt Kenya (Nelion) 5188m
  4. Mt Kilimanjaro (Mawenzi) 5149m
  5. Mt Stanley (Margharita Peak) 5109m
  6. Mt Stanley (Alexandra Peak) 5091m
  7. Mt Stanley (Albert Peak) 5087m  
  8. Lenana point (Mt Kenya) 4985m
  9. Mt Speke (Rwenzoris) 4890m
  10. Mt Baker (Rwenzoris) 4844m
    And also includes
  11. Mt Meru (Tanzania) 4565m
  12. Mt Karisimbi (Rwanda) 4507m

7 Summits Africa stays committed to Virunga National Park and the conservation efforts that are taking place. We will try and include Nyiragongo and Virunga again during our 2019 expedition.  

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7 Summits Africa will update the change if itinerary as soon as the final summits have been confirmed.

Welcome to #7SummitsAfrica – Team Mauritius

One of the biggest fans during the 7 Summits Africa inaugural expedition in 2017, was an enthusiastic sports photographer and adventurer from Mauritius, named Xavier König.  Teaming up with the experienced Teshil Gangaram, the two Mauritians applied for the 2018 #7SummitsAfrica expedition.  This is the start of a Mt Everest attempt in 2020 with the team of African mountaineers. 7 Summits Africa will be announcing the rest of the team in the upcoming weeks.

7 Summits Africa is delighted to welcome Team Mauritius – Xavier and Teshil- to the team.  They have a facebook page dedicated to “Team Mauritius” so follow them as they share their stories from preparation to execution! Teshil has some exciting climbs lined up in Europe in the coming months, while Xavier will mostly train in Mauritius, throwing in some trekking and climbing on Reunion Island.  Shout out to their sponsors Mauritius Union Group

Xavier wrote a blog about his initial journey to join 7 Summits Africa, here’s his introduction…

“Around July/August 2017, probably while searching the net for information on THE seven summits, I stumbled on the website www.7summitsafrica.com by Great Migration Camps. Back then the site was promoting it as a new project and its inaugural expedition – climbing 7 mountains across 5 countries, in 7 weeks! Exciting stuff! On top of that you could support a cause associated with each mountain climb, mostly wildlife and conservation oriented but also including social causes like working conditions for porters on Mount Kilimanjaro. ” 

Read more from the talented Xavier on his Project page on Blastoff Creative , a Mauritian based company specialising in sports and adventure photography. Or get to know him and Teshil in person, by applying for a guest spot in 2018 – there are a couple of spaces available…

Follow us on Social Media for the latest news and information as we build up to 7 Summits Africa 2018

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7 Summits Africa 2018 Expedition dates released

7 Summits Africa 2018 Expedition dates released in preparation of the Brand Africa endorsed Pan-Africa Everest 2020 expedition, lead by African mountaineer Sibusiso Vilane.

7 Summits Africa released the dates of their 2018 #7SummitsAfrica Expedition in Nairobi, Kenya.  This follows the hugely successful inaugural 2017 expedition that conquered 7 African Mountain peaks in 7 weeks during November / December 2017 – www.7summitsafrica.com. The 7 Summits Africa 2018 Expedition will take place between 25 October and 7 December 2018 and be led by Sibusiso Vilane.

The 2018 and 2019 #7SummitsAfrica Expeditions will be utilized for selecting and training an African team for the 2020 Mt Everest attempt, sponsored by Brand Africa.  The next two Expeditions will not only prepare our African mountaineering team for the highest point on the planet, but it will again showcase the beauty and the bogs, the granite and the glaciers of the seven African peaks that make up the 7 Summits Africa Expeditions.

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7 Amazing Facts About Gorillas

Gorillas are the biggest primates in the world and although they share over 95% of their DNA with Homo Sapiens they’re pretty different from us in terms of disposition. If humans are the small, brash bullies of the primate world then gorillas are the big, chilled, sensitive souls; content to live and let live…as long as they are not disturbed.

 

An orphaned gorilla with his caretaker, Andre, in Virunga National Park. Photo © Virunga National Park

 

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7 Reasons the #7SummitsAfrica team is taking on the challenge

The #SummitsAfrica Challenge team are on their way up Mt. Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first of 7 mountains they’ll climb in 7 weeks to raise awareness of 7 crucial causes.

The team (from left – back row): Thommo Hart, Ake Lindstrom, Gabriele Brown, Sibusiso Vilane, Jacques van Tonder, Jessica Flint, (front) Sally Grierson, Carel Verhoef and Patrick Thomas.

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Åke Lindstrom: Africa’s Mountain Man

By Ami Kapilevich

As the leader of the 7 Summits Africa Challenge, Åke Lindstrom is marrying his two greatest passions: high altitude and African tourism development. Starting 4 November, the mountaineer who summits Kilimanjaro up to 10 times a year will lead a mixed-experience team attempting to summit seven African peaks back-to-back in seven weeks, to raise awareness of seven crucial causes.

We chatted to Lindstrom about his love for mountains, African mountaineering, and the upcoming expedition.

High on altitude: Ake Lindstrom

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10 bucket-list lodges in East Africa

By Sebastian Bartlett

There’s no shortage of memorable safari escape scattered across East Africa, but only a handful are worthy a place on your bucket-list. From the misty hills of Rwanda to the dramatic plains of the Serengeti, these remarkable destination lodges are not to be missed.

1. Primate Lodge Kibale, Uganda

Hidden away in the lush rainforest of the Kibale Rainforest National Park, Primate Lodge Kibale is the ultimate destination for viewing chimpanzees in the wild. That said, the Park is also home to 13 different species of primates!

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7 Mountains, 7 Causes

Mountain 1: MT. Nyiragongo (DRC)

The Cause: Rangers – the unsung heroes

At least 8 rangers have been killed in the Virunga National Park this year alone, bringing the total number of rangers dying to save the park’s animals to more than 158 in the past decade (the exact number is unknown, as some rangers are reported missing and never found). The park is home to some of the last remaining 900 wild mountain gorillas in the world. These brave men and women fight off poachers and anti-government militia attacks in the under-resourced park on an almost daily basis. It’s a mammoth and often-deadly task, and they need more support.

How you can help:

  1. Share our stories as we climb for the unsung heroes. Follow the #7SummitsAfrica Challenge, presented by Great Migration Camps: www.7summitsafrica.com
  2. Support The Fallen Rangers Fund

The Fallen Rangers Fund was launched to provide a financial safety net for widows and children of Virunga rangers killed in the line of duty. A ranger’s greatest fear is not losing his/her life, but the impact their death will have on family members left behind. Until the creation of the Fallen Rangers Fund, widows received little to no financial support and their families invariably became severely impoverished and destitute. These unsung heroes deserve more after giving their lives to protect the Virunga National Park.

For more info, visit: https://virunga.org/

Donate now: https://virunga.org/donate/

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