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.

The Scale of the Mountains

Current Progress

Mt Stanley, Rwenzorí’s, Uganda

Margherita Peak (5,109m) and Alexandra Peak (5,019m)

Quick Facts:

Height: 5,109 m
Altitude Gain: 3, 494 m
Duration: 8 days/7 nights (with Mt Speke & Mt Baker)
Highlights

  • 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

Quick Facts:

Height: 4,890 m
Altitude Gain: 3, 275 m
Duration: 8 days/7 nights (with Mt Stanley & Mt Baker)
Highlights

  • 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

Quick Facts:

Height: 4,844 m
Altitude Gain: 3, 229 m
Duration: 8 days/7 nights (with Mt Stanley & Mt Speke)
Highlights

  • 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

Batian Peak (5,199m), Nelion Peak (5,188m), and Point Lenana (4,985m).

Quick Facts:

Height: 5,199 m
Altitude Gain: 2,749 m
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Highlights

  • 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

Quick Facts:

Height: 4,562 m
Altitude Gain: 3,048 m
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Highlights

  • 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

Uhuru Peak (5,895m) and Mawenzi Peak (5,148m)

Quick Facts:

Height: 5,895 m
Altitude Gain:  3,995 m
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Highlights

  • 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)

ON HOLD FOR 2018

Quick Facts:

Height: 3,470 m
Altitude Gain: 1,870 m
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Highlights

  • 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

ON HOLD FOR 2018

Quick Facts:

Height: 4,507 m
Altitude Gain:  m
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Highlights

  • 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.