Depart Lilongwe and drive to Mulanje Mountain. A picnic lunch is enjoyed en route, and arrival time is late afternoon, check into your chalets at CCAP. In the evening you will have a pre hike brief covering the route and approximate hiking times. Overnight Likhubula Forest Lodge all meals included.
This morning after a good breakfast, we start hiking. We hike up to Lichenya Basin. The hike up is approx. 6 hrs. / 8 hrs. depending on your level of fitness. Its non technical and the lower slopes are fairly well shaded and within the scope of reasonably fit individuals. A picnic lunch is enjoyed en route then arrival at the mountain hut is early afternoon. Mountain huts are very basic single room timber structures - there is a pit latrine and no running water - Cooking is done on open fires and your guide will cook a simple but hearth meal, followed by tea and coffee - During the hike we will provide some fruit, but please provide your own energy bars , sweets if you want. Your own water bottle is required and the mountain water is safe to drink, however if you wish, purification tablets can be added to your drinking water. All meals included
Wake up early, then walk along Lichenya Basin, and head to Chinsepho Hut. This hut is at the base of the highest peak, Sapitwa. Depending on the weather conditions / cloud cover we will hike up a nearby peak, for a beautiful sunset, before returning down again. All camp meals included. Basic Mountain hut with pit latrine and no running water. [HT 5 hrs.]
For some fit individuals who wish to attempt the summit, you will depart early morning - summit, return to Chinsepho and then continue to Chambe Hut. The remainder of the group, a leisurely start and continue hiking to Chambe hut. Overnight Chambe hut. HT: 4 hrs, all meals included
Hike down from Chambe Hut down the steep skyline path (allow 4 hrs.). Once at the bottom you will have time to freshen up and a nice meal, before we drive back to Lilongwe. Arrive in Lilongwe later afternoon.
All meals, a mountain guide, all lodge and mountain hut accommodation fees, vehicle transfer Lilongwe to Mulanje return, services of guide with vehicle, fuel and taxes.
Sleeping bag and mat, extra snacks and drinks, personal porters, meals not indicated above, Activities not indicated above, drinks, gratuities and personal spending. Please Note - Route descriptions above are an indication only - hiking routes may change depending on local conditions
Is south central Africa's highest mountain. A huge block of mountains rising 2380m above a largely flat and featureless plain. Hiking is unrivaled up numerous peaks and along plateaus, which are intersected by deep-forested ravines, in which the most conspicuous tree - Mulanje cedar - attains heights of 150ft. Clients have to be reasonably fit and have their own sleeping bags and mats - we supply the rest.
These hikes / treks are led by a professional guide with porters carrying the food items. Participants are expected to carry their own personal effects (or hire a porter at their own cost).
This hike employs local guides and porters who are registered with the Forestry office and this gives them much needed income.