Loma, meaning "King", isn't a bad description. Mount Bintumani's peak reaches a modest 1945 metres, but it's the highest summit anywhere between Morocco and Cameroon. Reaching its top from, and returning to, one of the villages in the vicinity of the Lomas take two (approaching from the east) to five (approaching from the north-west) days of hard hiking. The hardship is worth it, as a palette of green views as far as Guinea is the prize once the ascent is completed. Taking a longer route will also offer fauna in the form of primates, birdlife and, possibly, snakes. The village chiefs' will be glad to provide accommodation for an appropriate offering to the village, but it's often a good idea to be self-reliant of rice. Villages are also good places to arrange porters and guides, just make sure they are equipped for the trip. Hiking during the rainy season have been described as "mad" and means getting soaked to the bone, no matter how rain proof your gear are, and adds "very, very slippery" to the characteristic of the routes (as we found out).