While the Matt and I were attracted to Malawi by rock walls. the Mulanje Massif is a great option for those who are not interested in climbing. Located in the Southern Region of Malawi, this jumble of mountains is an inselberg, or a lone peak that rises from plains — literally “island mountain” in German. Sapitwa, the highest of the massif’s 62 named summits, soars to a height of 9,849 feet, more than 7,600 feet the plains. The mountains rise so abruptly in Mulanje actually creates its own weather system. In misty mornings the The whole jungle mass seems to be floating.

Like the Galápagos or the tepuis of Mulanje, Venezuela is the home of a variety of panoply of From endemic species the Mulanje cedar is critically endangered the Mulanje tiger moth. It is possible to hike along well-constructed trails. the Many plateaus and basins. They are interspersed with 10 hiking huts with sleeping and cooking facilities. Each hut is tended by a welcoming host, known as a “hut master”.

Matt and me had flown 200 pounds from Washington, D.C., in our 200-pound luggage. of gear — drills, bolts, hammers, ropes, carabiners, mechanical ascenders, harnesses — in the Hopes of Establishing a new long route. We established our base camp in the Hiker’s Nest, a small guesthouse in the village of Near Likhubula the entrance to Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve. For 35,500 Malawian Kwacha, or $35 per night, we paid for a room with two queen-size beds and an en-suite bathroom. We also ate plenty of food for another 5,000 kwacha, including omelets made with fresh-laid eggs at breakfast and chicken curry for dinner. nsimaThe staple of Malawian corn-based Malawian cuisine is akin to polenta.

To make it easier to carry gear the mountain’s approach slopes, we hired two local hiking guides, Witness Stima and George Pakha, for 15,000 kwacha each per day. Mr. Stima is 32 years old. in Likhubula where he lives with his wife of five years, son. He began guiding hikers up Mulanje in 2008 and the estimated distances he has walked to the Summit of Sapitwa over 100 times. He has accompanied about 200 hikers in that time, but only 20 or so climbers — the Letztere all in the He said that the past few years were very difficult.