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Ascent of Afadja on 2017-04-09

Climber: Christopher D'Aiuto

Others in Party:Adzamavi Victor
Date:Sunday, April 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Afadja
    Location:Ghana/Togo
    Elevation:2904 ft / 885 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is in Gblede (7.031582, 0.556308) at the sign (220m).

I stayed at the very nice Waterfall Lodge in Wli. My chalet had a fan (no AC) but was very comfortable and people were very professional here. The waterfall is the highest in West Africa and is well worth the 30-45min flat hike to the bottom of the falls. There is the option to do a 4 hr hike to the upper falls and I wish I had had time to do it. The drive from here to the trailhead took about an hour on a motorbike that stalled for maybe 15 min all together.

There is a tourist peak at 620m where the Afadjato sign and flag are. This is not the highest point by far though the locals say it is the highest. I asked my guide to do the 'other' peak to the east which looked higher. We submitted that one too at 740m. We could see the trail kept going up the ridge but it was in clouds and I thought at the time we may have been on the highest peak. I plan to come back eventually to tackle it again, then do Togo's highest which isn't so far away.

My guide was Victor Adzamavi (victoradzamavi@gmail.com, +233 208816339). He is a young rastafarian but very nice if also unorganized. He has an office in Wli for his growing ecotourism business. He would like to make his farm a permaculture farm and do education and tourist lodging from there. I recommend you contact him to take you to the real peak. He doesn't know the real highpoint, but I can tell you none of the 'certified' guides at the trail head will even think about taking you farther than the tourist peak. I paid Victor 40 Cedis for the two peaks and I'd suggest 60-80 for the real peak. You should come with your own GPS to ensure you get there and back as he doesn't know the way. Then I paid his driver 30 Cedis for time and petrol to get me from Wli to the peak to Hohoe, to get cash to pay them form the ATM (the nearest ATM to this whole area). Also might be recommended to drive yourself though the roads are shit. I treated them to a cheap lunch.

For public transport to the peak from Accra, go to Madina Station. There you will find the tro tro to Hohoe. This trip took 5 hours with rain twice. Then go to the main station (locals showed me the way) to get a taxi (small car) to Wli. This took us 45 min. They took me straight to the lodge. I made this trip on Saturday morning and got back to Accra by sunset sunday night.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2182 ft / 665 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2182 ft / 665 m
    Route:Gblede Trail
    Start Trailhead:722 ft / 220 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes



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