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Routes: Aconcagua

Routes: Aconcagua

Jim Ryan outlines the main trekking routes on Aconcagua As with any mountain, there are numerous routes up Aconcagua. The majority are categorised as extremely difficult, but there are two routes that require minimal technical expertise (i.e. they can be trekked) – the Normal Route and the Vacas Valley. The Normal Route is shorter by at least two days than the Vacas Valley (also called the Polish Glacier Route) – it’s easier and doesn’t involve wading through rivers! The Vacas Valley route, on the other hand, is quieter and less bleak. From the main road to base camp (Plaza de Mulas) on … Read more »

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Kilimanjaro Shira and Lemosho

Kilimanjaro Shira and Lemosho

Henry Stedman discusses the two routes that cross the centre of the Shira Plateau The Shira Plateau and Lemosho routes (6-8 days each) run from west to east across the centre of the Shira Plateau towards the Kibo summit. The Shira Plateau route is the original plateau trail though it is seldom used these days; much of it is now a 4WD track and walkers embarking on this trail often begin their trek above the forest in the moorland zone. The Lemosho route (aka the Lemosho Glades route) improves on the Shira Plateau by starting below the Shira Ridge, thus providing … Read more »

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Routes: Kilimanjaro – Marangu

Routes: Kilimanjaro – Marangu

The Marangu is the traditional route up Kili, and has its own advantages and disadvantages… The Marangu Route is the oldest trail and has always been a very popular route. It is also the only ascent trail where camping is not necessary – indeed not allowed – with trekkers sleeping in dormitory huts along the way (which makes it the best option for those looking to climb in the rainy season). From the Kibo Huts, trekkers climb up to the summit via Gilman’s Point. The advantage with the Marangu route, apart from the huts, is the forest zone on the first day, … Read more »

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