Barranco Wall


Altitude:3950 m.a.m.s.l. (base of wall)

The Barranco wall is a ridge on Mt. Kilimanjaro that climbers on the Shira, Lemosho, Umbwe and Machame routes encounter during their ascent. It was formed as a result of the previous volcanic activity of the mountain, when lava flowing from Kibo cooled on its own slopes, repeated weathering and erosion did the rest of the shaping. It has an elevation of about 250 meters (300 in other areas) and a slope that is second to only that of the final ascent to Kibo or Mawenzi (two of the three peaks of Kilimanjaro) on the summit day.

No technical climbing skills are required to be able to scale the Barranco wall as the climbing path takes you through a winding path through part with the least slope and highest safety. Most people complete the climb in about 1 to 2 hours depending their fitness level. The Barranco wall is used as an acclimatization climb as right after the wall, the route takes on a descent that brings you to the next campsite, Karanga huts.

Location of Barranco Wall

The Barranco wall is located at the base of the southern slopes of Kibo, with its base a short distance and within view of the Barranco campsite. It is also along the border between the alpine desert and the moorland regions of the mountain, with a few plants visible at the base and on the wall itself, but almost none at the top. Fogs are a common phenomenon in the mornings and the area also receives the occasional rains or sleet, making the climb a little more difficult on some mornings.
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