Climb Central Africa’s Highest Peak - Sapitwa Peak - 3002m

A hut to hut mountain adventure on the stunning Mulanje Massif in Malawi. 5 days.

4 Nights

This adventure explores the majestic Mulanje Massif rising out of the vast plains in southeastern Malawi. Over five days you will hike along scenic paths, summit Central Africa’s highest peak, swim beneath a waterfall, enjoy expansive views and stay in tranquil mountain huts.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 4 days hiking
  • 4 nights accommodation in mountain huts
  • Local, certified, English-speaking guide
  • Breakfasts
  • Porter service

Perfect for

Mountain-loving adventurers looking to experience Central Africa’s highest peak. You need a reasonable level of fitness, no previous hiking experience is required.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Accommodation in Blantyre
  • Transport to Mulanje Massif (Bus is $10)
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

April to mid-September are the best months to climb the Sapitwa Peak, however, it can be done all year round.

This trip will run with a maximum of 15. The guest to guide ratio will be maximum 5:1. Please note, if there are not sufficient people booked, the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You are free to book any flights that fit with the start and end point of your trip.

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Small daysack
  • Layered walking clothing
  • Warm clothes for the evening
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • Gloves
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Food for lunch and dinner

A porter service will be provided to assist you with your baggage during the trek.

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This adventure takes place in the Mulanje Massif, a dramatic castle of granite bursting from the vast flat plains east of Blantyre, at the edge Malawai’s southeastern border. The massif, often referred to as Mount Mulanje, is a beautiful mix of vast granite faces broken by jagged ravines with sparkling waterfalls crashing into fresh pools. The landscape ranges from grasslands to forest stands with majestic Mulanje cedar trees, found nowhere else in the world, rise to a dizzying 40 metres. The massif is often nestled above a cloud of cotton mist, adding to its spectacular appearance.

The area is well maintained with a good network of hiking paths linking the massif’s eight beautifully located mountain huts. Hikers have the added attraction of tackling Sapitwa Peak, the highest peak in Central Africa at 3,002 metres above sea level. There is a palpable sense of calm hiking and staying in the massif, it is a wonderful place to forget the stresses of the modern world. If you’re lucky, will catch a glimpse of the massif’s secretive wildlife, maybe a klipspringer, a few vervet monkeys or a pair of duikers.

Start point

The adventure begins at Doogle’s Lodge in Blantyre with a welcome and introduction on day 1. The actual trek starts from Doogle’s Lodge at 08:00 on day 2. Your host can also arrange a transfer from Blantyre centre/airport upon request.

Finish point

You will be dropped back at Doogle’s Lodge in Blantyre at 16:30 on day 5.

What to Expect

Day 1: Welcome and Introduction

Your adventure starts in Malawi’s second largest city, Blantyre. On day 1, there is a welcome and introduction at Doogle’s Lodge where you will meet your experienced local guides and fellow travelling companions.

The rest of the day is yours to explore. Although Blantyre is more well known as Malawi’s commercial capital than a tourist destination, there are still many points of interest in this vibrant city. Alternatively, kick back and relax ready for the days to come.

Day 2: Hiking Chapaluka Path

In the morning, a 65km transfer gets you to the start of the hiking. Today’s mission is five hours of hiking along the Chapaluka path accompanied by dramatic mountain views. Along the way, there is a pause for a snack and a refreshing dip at a waterfall.

Your final destination is the beautifully positioned Chambe hut. You will have plenty of time to relax and admire the expansive view from the hut’s veranda as the sun sets and the stars light the night sky. Your local host will put on a firework display to celebrate the day.

Day 3: Hiking to Chisepo Hut

Wake up in the peace and tranquillity of the Mulanje Massif, your guides will prepare a sumptuous hut breakfast. Today you will be hiking for three hours across rolling terrain along the plateau with fantastic views down the Thuchila valley.

Your destination is another wonderfully located mountain refuge. The Chisepo hut has the added bonus of a natural freshwater pool. With a relatively short day walking, you have plenty of time to swim, relax and explore around the hut.

Day 4: Summiting Sapitwa

Today you will be climbing to 3,002 metres above sea level to reach the highest point in the Mulanje Massif and the highest point in Central Africa, Sapitwa. The route hikes and scrambles up steep granite slabs and ridges to reach the summit.

At the summit, enjoy a well-deserved snack break as you take in the views. Then, your journey continues descending to Lichenya hut. This last hut of the trip is another beautifully located and peaceful wooden mountain hut, a great place to unwind.

Day 5: Hiking Out

Waking for the last time in the peace of a mountain hut, take a moment to breathe the fresh air and enjoy the spectacular setting. Today it is a five-hour hike descending through the wilds of the Mulanje Massif back to the foot of the mountain.

From there, a return transfer gets you back to Doogle’s Lodge in Blantyre. After four amazing days exploring this beautiful massif, it’s time to bid your local host a fond farewell and continue on with your adventure.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


During this adventure, you will be staying in three huts in the Mulanje Massif, Chambe hut, Chisepo hut and Lichenya hut. The huts are all simple wooden buildings with mattresses, blankets, basic cooking facilities, fire pits, benches and long drop toilet facilities. What makes the huts special is their locations. All the huts are set in a spectacular position with a veranda to relax on and make the most of the view and the tranquillity.

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