Cameroon Mountain

Elevation (feet): 13,354
Elevation (meters): 4,070
Continent: Africa
Country: Cameroon
Range/Region: Cameroon Mountains
Latitude: 4.2
Longitude: 9.18333
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Year first climbed: 1861
First successful climber(s): Sir Richard Burton
Nearest major airport: Douala, Cameroon
Convenient Center: Buea, Cameroon

Cameroon Mountain is an isolated volcanic mass, covering 800 square miles and towering higher than any other mountain in Western Africa. It is also the nearest African mountain to any sea coast, as it rises from the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, a spectacular site when viewed from sea. The offshore island of Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, is south of the mountain. On this island, another volcano, Pico de Santa Isabel, rises to 9,868 ft. (3,008 m.). The mountain's high summit crater is known as Great Camerron, Fako, or locally as Mongo-ma-Lobo, the Mountain of Thunder. A second distinct summit is the densely forested Little Cameroon (5,820 ft.). The entire massif is known locally as Mongo-mo-Ndemi, or Mountain of Greatness.

Cameroon is home to some of the heaviest rains on earth, receiving hundreds of annual inches on the seaward side of the mountain. The highest reported precipitation was in the town of Debundja, which received 577 inches in 1919. The majority of Cameroon's rain falls in July, August, and September. The mountain has had a history of violent eruptions, including seven in the Twentieth Century. It erupted on March 28, 1999, for the first time since 1982.

Locals of the Bakweiri ethnic group attribute the recent eruption to the death of Monono Otto, a traditional chief.

Trip Reports

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

There are 14 trip reports for Cameroon Mountain.

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  • Log #21156 - by Martin Friedrich on Jan 23, 2008
    Technically easy hike but climate-wise a significant challenge (very hot and very humid thus very sweaty - permanent drinking is really needed). Guides and porter(s) from Eco Tourism mandatory -...
  • Log #714 - by an anonymous user on Nov 01, 2004
    Try to reach the summit at sunrise for best viewing and bring film.
  • Log #698 - by Spencer DeMar Riley on July 19, 2004
    I climbed Mt. Cameroon twice with Dr. Emmanuel Suh, who signed earlier. We were there to put some deformation equipment on the mountain.
  • Log #702 - by EMMANUEL EGBE on July 18, 2004
    the roads of mamfe and it's vicinity are horrible? we are calling for all the political parties participating in the october presidential election to form alliances with foreign goverment to tar the...
  • Log #703 - by emmanuel egbe on Sep 06, 2002
    14-clan...all kinda rites...georges simpson...ganty vincent...africa in miniature.
  • Log #704 - by Aldo Bianchi on Aug 28, 2002
    With guide and porters we left Buea on Friday, 31 May 2002, around 8:30 am and took the steep, direct route to Hut 2 where we arrived around 3 pm. The view to the Buea area and to the sea was...
  • Log #706 - by Dr. Emmanuel Cheo Suh on Nov 25, 2001
    I am a geologist by profession and had to claim to the summit during the eruption in 2000 as part of a scientific expedition to monitor the evolution of activity and advice the government on...
  • Log #707 - by Dennis Lindwall on Aug 16, 2001
    I was there during the eruption and it was fantastic. The "Fireworks" by the crater was really something else.
  • Log #708 - by Helene, Josef, josef jun. Dop Milo on Dec 27, 2000
    Ueber Manns-Quelle (Zeltlager), oberes Lager zum Gipfel. Abstieg auf der anderen Seite zur Elefanten-Wiese, dann (ueber ein letztes lager) nach Big Cotto. 5 Tage Tour, technisch nicht anspruchsvoll,...
  • Log #709 - by Nkwenkam Kamga Nelson on Dec 26, 2000
    It was a very harsh trip. Very strong dusty winds at the summit with a temperature of about -4.0 deg Celsius. The summit is quite a beatiful view with hills around it.
  • Log #710 - by Nkwenkam Kamga Nelson on Dec 26, 2000
    It was a very harsh trip. Very strong dusty winds at the summit with a temperature of about -4.0 deg Celsius. The summit is quite a beatiful view with hills around it.
  • Log #711 - by Felix Butzlaff on Dec 05, 1999
    I lived for three years in Buea at the foot of the mountain. I never went up, but once a year there is the mount cameroon race, from Buea up to the top and down again. incredible to see those people...
  • Log #712 - by Watson Teo on May 28, 1999
    Any photos of mount cameroon?
  • Log #713 - by David Cranor on Jan 16, 1999
    I noticed that I'm still the only one to have signed this log so I better give improved advice. First of all you're going to need a guide. Either because you take the Clando trail which is hard to...