Western Breach | Kilimanjaro's most risk-prone assault option
Climbing Kilimanjaro via the Western Breach
Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach is a beautiful and breathtaking place but represents
the most risk-associated assault route to Kilimanjaro’s summit, of the three options
currently sanctioned by Tanzania National Parks.
The purpose of this site is to provide an opportunity for readers planning to climb
Kilimanjaro to assess for themselves whether the obvious risks associated with assaulting
Kilimanjaro via the Western Breach are personally acceptable, or whether a preferable
decision would be to opt for an assault via the Barafu Ridge instead.
Creating a safe route up the Western Breach
The creators of this site have been integrally involved in accident prevention and
route variant selection on the Western Breach, and naturally receive many enquiries
pertaining to use of the route. The Breach is however a complex and changing environment
and we welcome discussion of the route, particularly from climbers who have climbed
the face, and from those intending to climb it. Those intending that other climbers
should benefit from their feedback are invited to post their photographs and discuss
their own perspectives, here.
Deciding whether to climb Kilimanjaro via the Western Breach
Regardless of whether it is your intention or not to climb the Western Breach, we
believe that this website currently represents the best resource available for those
wishing to gain a thorough understanding of the route and its risks.