How to climb Kilimanjaro Barranco wall, is a non technical Kilimanjaro climb by the use all four limbs to scramble up the wall rocks. It is advisable not to use your trekking poles for this part of your hike.
Is one of the most famous and challenging aspects of the whole mountain climb. In fact, it’s such an impressive and imposing feature of Mt Kilimanjaro that it’s often referred to as the Great Barranco Wall.
You need no technical climbing skills to climb Barranco wall even though the Barranco Wall looks a lot steeper than it’s tactlessness.
What is the Barranco Wall?
The Barranco Wall is a steep ridge about halfhour up the mountainside of Mt Kilimanjaro. From a distance, the Barranco Wall looks like a wall of rock, hence its name. However, up close, the Barranco Wall is much easier to climb than you might imagine. There’s even a well-trod, zigzag path that leads up it. Because far from being a vertical wall or cliff face, the Barranco Wall is actually a steeply sloped, solidified tumble of rocks dotted with bits of earth and vegetation. In many places you can simply walk the path, though in others you’ll need to use your hands – and maybe even knees – to scramble up.
The Barranco Wall was formed long ago when Kilimajaro was an active volcano. A massive landslide deposited a mess of large rocks on the portion of the mountain that is now Barranco Wall.
Which Routes are included in Barranco wall?
If you are very nevourous to scrambe Barranco wall yu may take option routes which are not using Barranco wall. These route are Rongai route, Northern Circuit and Marangu are excluded from the Barranco Wall.
Also known as the Breakfast Wall as it is the first thing that you need to do on day four of your trek.
The Barranco Wall elevation is 257 meters. We recommend going slowly and making sure stable steps. Be deliberate and use all your four limbs to scramble up the wall. It is best not to use your trekking poles for this part of your hike as they can often get in your way as you maneuver your way up the Wall rocks. Climbing up the Barranco wall takes between 1-2 hours.
Climb slowly, keenly with stable steps, be deliberate and use all your four limbs to scramble up. Please don’t use your trekking poles at this point.
The Barranco Wall is not dangerous as one might fear after seeing photos from certain angles. If you take it pole, pole (slowly, slowly) and concern yourself only with your own progress, as your Kilimanjaro guides will advise, you’ll be just fine.
At the top of the Barranco Wall the trail continues to Karanga Camp which sits in the Karanga Valley. The Karanga Valley situated at 13,000 feet with the background of the mountain has place to enjoy for lunch rest. Some people sleep at Karanga Camp and they carry on to the next camp- Barafu camp depending on number of days you have on mountain.