Posted on Apr 18, 2018

Kilimanjaro Centre For Trekking and Ecotourism (KCTE)

The Western Breach on Kilimanjaro – Technical Summit Route. An alternative route to the summit approaches Uhuru Peak from the west. The strenuous Western Breach ascends 2,800 ft (850 m) in about 1.25 miles (2 km), and requires some scrambling (climbing on hands and feet) at certain points. This path is very beautiful but also very challenging due to its rocky, steep slope. The Western Breach was gaining popularity by climbers using the Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira and Machame routes until rockfall claimed the lives of three climbers in January 2006. The Western Breach re-opened in December 2007. Due to its high risk profile other tour operators do not offer treks using the Western Breach to the summit.