Jelle Veyt: 7 Summits Mega-Journey Continues

Jelle Veyt has started a new leg of his project to climb the Seven Summits while reaching them only under human power. So far, he has cycled a staggering 30,000km, rowed 4,000km and climbed the highest peaks of Europe, Asia and Oceania. Earlier this week, he left Belgium for Mount Kilimanjaro.

This leg involves 17,000km of mainly cycling, with some rowing and trekking. He is currently cycling 3,000km from Belgium to Gibraltar and expects to arrive around the end of September.

Veyt’s route through Africa. Photo: Jelle Veyt


He next rows across the busy Strait of Gibraltar into Morocco and continues south toward Tanzania. Here, the instability of West and Central Africa will force a 3,000km detour to avoid conflict zones. So rather than cycle through Mali, Nigeria, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, he will proceed via the west coast, crossing the Western Sahara and walking along jungle roads beside the Congo River. He then turns eastward through Angola, Zambia and finally enters Tanzania, where Mount Kilimanjaro awaits.

He expects to complete this leg of the journey by July 2020.

Photo: Jelle Veyt

Kristine De Abreu is a writer (and occasional photographer) based in sunny Trinidad and Tobago. Since graduating from the University of Leicester with a BA in English and History, she has pursued a full-time writing career, exploring multiple niches before settling on travel and exploration. While studying for an additional diploma in travel journalism with the British College of Journalism, she began writing for ExWeb. Currently, she works at a travel magazine in Trinidad as an editorial assistant and is also ExWeb's Weird Wonder Woman, reporting on the world's natural oddities as well as general stories from the world of exploration. Although she isn't a climber (yet!), she hikes in the bush, has been known to make friends with iguanas and quote the Lord of the Rings trilogy from start to finish.

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