The Western Breach route trail to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro can only be termed as technically demanding, risky to some extent, and dangerous. This is the shortest and steepest portion to the crater, and it will take some scrambling. There are also rock falls to watch out for.
The good news is that it is still safe to navigate. All climbers are advised to leave Arrow Glacier (base camp) by 05:30 AM in order to clear the hazardous zone on time, according to Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA). This approach can be fairly pricey, especially if you wish to camp at the Crater, so you’ll need head protection, an ice axe, crampons, and a big budget. Before you begin the hike, you must sign a disclaimer at the Kilimanjaro National Park gates.
Here is what makes the Western Breach Route unique:
- it is the shortest route to Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro’s summit
- it’s easy to access the Ash Pit and other features of the summit
- Since it is deserted, you are likely to be trekking alone
- it has a certain aura suggesting that the majestic Kilimanjaro is actually alive
- it is a solid trek
- it is Kilimanjaro’s toughest route
The Most Challenging Route to the Roof of Africa
The Western Breach is the most demanding and technically challenging route up Mount Kilimanjaro but very scenic with a very beautiful trail that is rocky and steep.
Western Breach is rarely used by climbers heading to the summit via this route that lies on the western side of Kibo, one of Mount Kilimanjaro’s 3 peaks.