Barranco wall

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

A large volcanic 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 to 300 meters, and a slope that is second to only that of the final ascents to Kibo or Mawenzi — two of the three peaks of Kilimanjaro.

No technical climbing skills are required to be able to scale the Barranco wall as the climb takes you through a gentle sloping path that winds up its side.

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.

What to do thereCamping, hiking, picnics, rock climbing and trekking.

Best time to visitThe warmer, drier times of July to February every year

Location of Barranco wallBarranco wall is located on the southern base of Kibo, within view of the Barranco campsite of mount Kilimanjaro.

It is also near the boundary 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 at these times.

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