The Barranco Wall on the southern slope of Kilimanjaro is one of the most famous and challenging aspects of the whole mountain.
What the Barranco Wall is How hard it is to climb How long it takes to climb If you need special equipment to scale it If it's dangerous Which routes include the Barranco Wall
Barranco Wall video
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What is the Barranco Wall?
Note that not all Kilimanjaro routes lead up the Barranco Wall, as discussed a little further on.
Where is the Barranco Wall?
How high is the Barranco Wall?
How bad is the wall if you’re terrified of heights?
We've never had anyone turn back from the wall climb, saying it's too scary – everyone manages!
At first, the Barranco Wall looks intimidating, but it is really not that difficult or steep once you are on it.
The Kissing Rock
How long does it take to climb?
The community spirit of the Barranco Wall
Climbing Barranco Wall is a unique and special moment in your Kilimanjaro adventure.
Tash's Kilimanjaro adventure
Do I need climbing equipment?
All you need to climb the Barranco Wall are some sturdy boots, your hands, maybe knees, and a sense of adventure!
Is the Barranco Wall dangerous?
What past climbers say about the wall
You get some incredible views and as most of the trip so far has been open, ‘flat’ landscape, so it’s really nice to be on higher cliffs with a drop that gives you a real sense of the height you are at. For us this was one of the parts where we got even more impressed with the porters. While the hiking groups were going up the wall zigzag the porters just walked straight up with their 20 kg on the head. The Barranco Wall looks intimidating as you walk towards Barranco Camp. You get your first glimpses of it as you pass through the Dendrosenecio kilimanjari trees from Lava Tower. It looks a lot scarier than it actually is. You just need to take your time and be conscious of the porters wanting to get past faster on the narrow path.
Which routes go via the Barranco Wall?
Lemosho (our favourite route!) Machame (also a great option) Shira Umbwe Marangu Rongai Northern Circuit (a fantastic route)