The 11 days Western Breach route itinerary is rarely or barely used at all due to the risks that come with using this route to climb the mountain. It is an alternate path to the top, and approaches Uhuru Peak from the west. The difficult Western Breach climbs 2,800 feet (850 meters) in roughly 1.25 miles (2 kilometers), with considerable scrambling (hand-and-foot climbing) required at some areas. Because of its rocky, steep slope, this trail is both attractive and demanding. Climbers utilizing the Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira, and Machame routes were flocking to the Western Breach until three climbers were killed by rockfall in January 2006. Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) responded by closing the Western Breach.
In December 2007, the Western Breach reopened. However, leading Kilimanjaro operators continue to see the route as dangerous and posing an unacceptable risk. Kilimanjaro is serene.
Due to client and staff safety concerns, Tranquil Kilimanjaro no longer uses the Western Breach route for scaling Mount Kilimanjaro. If you’re looking for a fitness and character test, and you wish to climb Kilimanjaro’s calmer western side, our Western Breach route could be for you. This is a difficult climb that will take some time to acclimate to, but the rewards are well worth it. Some of the distinctive elements of our Western Breach route include a lonely route, a less-traveled road, more strenuous scrambles, calmer camps, and the endless blue sky and golden African sunsets of the most spectacular of mountains. However, this is not a route for newbies.
Acclimatization is especially vital because ascending the Western Breach is considerably simpler than descending it; if you suffer altitude sickness, going up is your only option. As a result, we’ve included an acclimatization day in the middle of the journey to ensure your success. It’s also a lovely path. As you ascend higher into the alpine meadow and scrub, you’ll see glaciers glinting ahead as you struggle over clean mountain streams. The upper hills and escarpments are difficult, and every rock and outcrop will be felt in every muscle.