Mulanje

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Mulanje is a large granite massif in Malawi, a small African nation, situated snugly between southern Tanzania, northeastern Zambia, and Northern Mozambique. Mulanje covers 245 square miles in Malawi's southeastern corner, near Mozambique. The massif rises abruptly from the surrounding plain, and reaches its highest point in Sapitwa Peak. Mulanje has a well organized system of trails and huts, leading through forests of large cedar trees.

Elevation (feet): 9,852
Elevation (meters): 3,003
Continent: Africa
Country: Malawi
Range/Region: Malawi Highlands
Latitude: -15.9667
Longitude: 35.6333
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Blantyre, Malawi
Convenient Center: Blantyre, Malawi

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 20 trip reports for Mulanje.

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  • Log #20669 - by Wil en Adri Punt on Feb 19, 2007
    We scaled Sapitwa Peak (3001m) as part of a photographic journey from the top of Kenya to South Africa. It was amazing to get away from the busy wee African towns and drink from streams, swim under...
  • Log #20575 - by Jurgen Wohlfarter on Jan 04, 2007
    Back in 1995 I climbed solo which made my trip a very special one. I stayed at the Mulanje Doogels backpackers. The next day, after leaving the parks office in the afternoon I bivouaced on the accent...
  • Log #5754 - by Rubina on June 04, 2004
    I just read the other logs and it may sound funny or vague but we-St Andrews International School - form 6 climed Mulange in 1990, besides it being awesome. It in some way changed us all for one it...
  • Log #5755 - by Knut Hanken on Dec 20, 2003
    I just finished a 3-weeks dream holiday in Malawi together with my girlfriend Linda who works as a nurse at St. John's in Mzuzu. Love you, darling. We climbed Mulanje together and had 3 fantastic...
  • Log #5756 - by Tumi Mphahlele on Oct 19, 2003
    Had a hard time climbing, especially the last 2 hours or so. The sight of my guide climbing using his flip flops (while I had good shoes and all that) just made me more determined to reach the...
  • Log #5757 - by Richard Potter on Aug 26, 2003
    I was one of a group of 14 16-18 year olds who spent a week trecking on the Mulanje plateau as part of an expedition to Malawi with an organisation called World Challenge Expeditions. Out of this...
  • Log #5758 - by Mike Shimwell on Dec 20, 2002
    I spent 5 days on the Mulanje Massif, employing a guide to take me up to the first hut (Chambe I think). I then trekked alone up Sapitwa on New Years Eve before returning to the hut. The climb was...
  • Log #5759 - by Akeel Hajat on Dec 11, 2002
    G.Benbow, S.Issa, Z.Panjwani, M.Tayub, L.Albright, and myself were the six out of a group of 15 to make it up to sapitwa. It was a very long hike from thuchila hut and took us 11hrs but we made it in...
  • Log #5760 - by Keith Conley on Sep 01, 2002
    I climbed Mulanje in July of 2002. The climb was challening, but thrilling the whole time. I enjoyed seeing a part of Africa I had never seen before. The beauty of this land area is great.
  • Log #5761 - by Kieran Dodds on Sep 16, 2001
    I returned from Malawi 2 weeks ago after the most exhilirating experience of my life. I spent two months on Mulanje mountain predominantly at Lichenya hut studying the blue monkeys there as part of...
  • Log #5762 - by Roger Wesson on Sep 15, 2001
    Oops, should have specified which peak I climbed - Sapitwa, the big one, highest in Central Africa at anywhere between 2,998m and 3,002m depending on your reference. I prefer the latter option!
  • Log #5763 - by Roger Wesson on Sep 15, 2001
    A stunning place. Sure, it's not a technical climb but it's bloody hard! I came very close to giving up just below the summit, where you have to squeeze through a very narrow gap. Luckily I decided...
  • Log #5764 - by Khaleda Begum on Mar 07, 2001
    My expedition to Mt Mulanje with British Schools Exploring Society in the summer of 2000 is one experience that i would love to re-live again. Although there was, a lot of the time a lot of hard work...
  • Log #5765 - by Andrew Routh on Dec 28, 2000
    I too, plunged into the warm heart of Africa with the BSES 2000 expedition to the Mulunje plateau. The trip can be described in no fewer words than 'an experience unforgetable'. Looking through my...
  • Log #5766 - by Emma Waterhouse on Sep 01, 2000
    I have just returned home from Mulanje where I was part of the Malawi 2000 BSES (British Schools Expedition Society) expedition. Our expedition spent just over 3 weeks on Mt Mulanje and during this...
  • Log #5767 - by Nina Rach on Mar 08, 2000
    Very beautiful and easy walking once you reach the top of the Mulanje Massif at around 6000'. Sapitwa is one of nine peaks that rise from the massif. There's a great system of huts to stay in - must...
  • Log #5768 - by John Dickason on Jan 28, 2000
    I went with a group of three british fellows in 1996. This is a spectacular mountain and massif with great views but be prepared for arduous slogging in the summer heat, especially on the first day...
  • Log #5769 - by Erwin Cammaart on Sep 01, 1999
    From Chambe hut I climbed the Sapitwa Peak with three other guys and our guide (on his bare feet). We left at sun-rise (05:30 am) and reached the peak at 10:30 am. It was not difficult but you will...
  • Log #5770 - by Andrew Morrison on June 22, 1999
    I climbed Mulanje while on a road trip with some fellow students from the university of Cape town. It was the highlight of my journey to Africa. Luckily, the weather was perfect and our guides...
  • Log #5771 - by Aaron Frick on Oct 18, 1998
    Mulanje is brilliant area with many great climbs that offer good easy trekking between them. The initial climb onto the massif takes one whole day and from there it is great hiking between peaks. The...