Mulanje GPS map

A free GPS map of Mulanje has been produced that shows the topography, major routes, major peaks, huts and significant features of the mountain. The GPS map is a result of a collaboration between Tracks4Africa and the Mountain Club of Malawi. T4A created the map as part of their ‘Mozambique Malawi’ map, and MCM provided the raw data and points of interest. Many thanks to T4A for developing this excellent resource with the MCM members!

The full set of T4A maps are available for purchase on the T4A website: www.tracks4africa.co.za

Chambe from Nandalanda

Heading down from Nandalanda Peak with the sunset behind Chambe and the Blantyre hills in the distance.

The T4A - MCM Mulanje map can currently be used on map capable Garmin GPS devices only. (T4A Apps for Android and iOS are under development). A computer running Garmin MapSource (Windows only) or BaseCamp (Windows or Mac) and an appropriate cable are required to load the map to the GPS device. The MapSource software is usually supplied with compatible Garmin GPS devices. Updates are available on the Garmin website


Follow these steps to access the T4A-MCM Mulanje map:
1. Download the T4A-MCM map from the MCM Dropbox folder.
2. Uncompress the file downloaded.
3. Execute the decompressed file on the PC (to install the map).
4. Open MapSource and select the MCM map in the dropdown at the left end of the toolbar.
5. In the menu bar, click < Tools >, < Map >; then click anywhere on the map (to select it)
6. In the menu bar, click < Transfer >, < Send to device… >; then select the device, tick the ‘map’ option and click to load the map on the GPS device.
7. On the GPS device, select the MCM map in < Settings > < Map > < Map info >.


Individual GPS routes and waypoints for Mulanje
Prior to the T4A map, GPS users relied on individual files with separate routes (hut-to-hut, and hut-to-peak) and waypoints (huts, peaks and other places of interest) shared between members. The files are available in the MCM Dropbox folder.


To view the GPS files in Google Earth:

  • Download and install the free Google Earth application (if you haven't already installed it) from http://earth.google.com.
  • Then download the .kml files from the MCM Dropbox folder.
  • Double-click on the .kml file on your computerto launch Google Earth, or use 'File/Open..' from within the application to open it. This will load the information into Google Earth's 'Temporary Places' folder.
  • Save the information to 'My Places' if you want to keep it.