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The Mawenzi Peak – Volcano Cone of Mount Kilimanjaro

Mawenzi Peak, located on the Eastern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the 3 volcano cones that make up Kilimanjaro mountain top. Together with the Shira Peak, the Mawenzi Peak is extinct. It is the 2nd oldest on the mountain.

Reaching an elevation of 5,149 meters (16,893 ft), Mawenzi is the 2nd highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro and the 3rd highest point in Africa. The peaks main summit is Point Hans Meyer, named after the first man to reach the peak in 1912.

The Mawenzi peak is the most challenging and risky among the 3 peaks to climb. It has jagged steep slopes with loose rocks and deep gorges that were curved out during the Ice age by glaciers and it if often icy.

You need experience under your belt and specialized imported equipment to climb to Mawenzi peak. Extra caution is to be taken on the attempt to summit Mawenzi peak.

Mawenzi peak can be accessed through the Rongai and Marangu routes which lead to the Mawenzi hut/ camp. The best time to summit the Mawenzi peak is during the dry season in the months of January to March and June to October.

Until recently, for the longest time the Mawenzi was closed because of its risky ascent conditions including loose fragile rocks on a steep climb.

If you are up for the challenge, you are advised to book for the hike in advance, like a month before and be well prepared. Your application should include a fully detailed list of the mountaineering equipment that you are going to use.

With its jagged and spiky top, Mawenzi has a unique appearance will gullies and ridges. The unparalleled views at the top make up for the challenging climb.

If you have the mountaineering skills and experience, and are seeking a more adventurous, challenging and less crowded Mt. Kilimanjaro experience, then a climb to Mawenzi Peak awaits you.


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