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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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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