Adventure and wildlife tour operator launches brand new route to the apex of Mount KilimanjaroSpecialist wildlife and adventure tour operator Gane and Marshall, headed by renowned Mount Kilimanjaro expert Jeremy Gane, has announced the launch of a brand new way to conquer Africa’s highest peak.
Gane and Marshall will exclusively pioneer the new Kilimanjaro North Face Summit Climb, a wilderness route ascending the remote north face of Kilimanjaro from summer 2016. This new route has never been sold commercially anywhere in the world before. .
Existing climbs all start from one of three principle base camps and head for the peak via the south flank, however the new route approaches via the north flank, a zone that very few people have ever visited. The views from the climb will look over Kenya, unlike the traditional route which offers views of Tanzania.
The north face climb will give trekkers the chance to set up a bivouac camp just below the famous Crater, sleeping where mankind has hardly ventured before. The new route will also allow trekkers to cross Kilimanjaro’s crater, near the remnants of the Furtwangler Glacier.
The route will start in Arusha and soon take trekkers to the Umbwe Gate, on the southern flank of Kilimanjaro. Trekkers will stay in the southern flank on days three and four, crossing the Shira Plateau to the Lava Tower, before diverting from the standard trail to head up the North West flank of Kilimanjaro on day five. By day six, trekkers are at 4,375 metres and reach the summit of Little Lent Hill and later Pofu Camp. Day seven brings a climb up a gully onto the higher slopes that approach the Crater rim and a night at a bivouac camp, minus the accompaniment of porters.
Day eight starts with an early rising time and a trek down into the Crater, from north side to south side, where trekkers emerge just a short walk away from Kilimanjaro’s summit at Uhuru Point, the Roof of Africa. The new route means the apex will be reached in daylight, not early morning darkness. Descent back down the mountain follows the established southern descent route, around the rim to Stella Point, a fast trek down the scree slopes to Barafu Campsite and Millennium Camp, later reaching the Alpine moorland leading to Mweka Gate.
All trekkers attempting to conquer Kilimanjaro should be in good physical fitness, especially as the body is put under extra demands climbing at altitude. The new route is more adventurous than the standard south flank climb, requiring some scrabbling during the summit approach.
Gane and Marshall is one of the longest established Kilimanjaro climb operators in the UK and has been helping adventurers reach the summit of Kilimanjaro since 1991. Jeremy is extremely knowledgeable about Kilimanjaro, having climbed the mountain over 20 times, operated his own Kilimanjaro climb company out of Arusha and led a number of high-profile groups to its summit, including the Comic Relief Red Nose Day Kilimanjaro climb by nine celebrities - Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating, Chris Moyles, Ben Shephard, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton and Alesha Dixon.
Jeremy Gane is a founding director of Gane and Marshall and Charity Challenge and has organised countless treks and climbs in Africa over the last 25 years, including major events for the BBC and the Elton John Aids Foundation, among others.
The ‘Kilimanjaro North Face Summit Climb’ is available to book by groups of a minimum of six people from July 2016 and an open group trip is planned for summer 2016. The cost is £2,345pp for a 10-night itinerary, based on a group of six to ten climbers. This price includes two nights at Ilboru Lodge near Arusha, eight nights' camping, all meals on the mountain, transfers, park fees and the services of porters and an experienced guide. Flights start from an additional £700 with Kenya Airways.