Challenge type: Trek- Support your favourite charity... Sign up and raise funds for any charity or if you're not sure who to support, take a look at our charities supporting this challenge.
Runs from : 28th September 2018 to 8th October 2018
The Challenge of a Lifetime
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the largest free standing mountains in the world. Since the well-publicised celebrity climb, it has been our most popular challenge. Do something amazing and climb Kilimanjaro for your favourite charity. Follow the spectacular Machame Route to the rocky summit - a popular path with impressive views and wide variety of habitats. This is a very challenging trek at high altitude but the rewards are immense. Marvel at dramatic lava towers, glaciers and ice cliffs along the way. On reaching the ‘Roof of Africa’, you’ll feel an incredible sense of achievement. This really is the challenge of a lifetime.
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Flights to / from Tanzania, accommodation (hotels before & after the trek, camping equipment on the mountain - sharing tents), transfers, full medical support, experienced guides, porters, support staff, water & all meals except lunch & dinner on day 10.
What's Not Included
Airport tax - £340 approx. (January 2017), travel insurance, visa - £40, lunch & dinner on day 10, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.
How To Take Part
To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee and pick from one of the following two payment options:
1.Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £375 registration fee and agree to raise the £3500 sponsorship.
2.Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £375 registration fee, plus pay the £2046 tour cost yourself. You will be invoiced for the remaining £2046 tour cost approx. 10 weeks prior to departure.
* For more information on these options take a look at our booking conditions.
All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change
We land in Tanzania and transfer to Moshi, the gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park. This afternoon is free to relax and prepare for the challenge ahead.
Day 3: 30th September 2018
Machame Gate - Machame Camp
An exciting day as our adventure begins. We transfer 50 minutes from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We pass the village of Machame on the lowers slopes of the mountain. After completing the necessary registration we set out on the first stage of the trek. The trail winds through rainforest and could be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue trekking until we reach Machame Camp. 6 hours trekking approx.
Day 4: 1st October 2018
Machame Camp - Shira Camp
After breakfast, we leave the rainforest and ascend across a moorland valley. The terrain becomes more rugged and rocky as we trek along a steep ridge covered with heather. The route then turns west into a dramatic river gorge. We spend tonight at Shira campsite. 5 hours trekking approx.
Day 5: 2nd October 2018
Shira Camp - Barranco Camp
Today is the first of our acclimatisation treks. From the Shira Plateau we continue trekking up a ridge on semi-desert terrain, passing the junction which leads to the peak of Kibo. En-route we pass a lava tower, known as the "Shark's Tooth” and the impressive Arrow Glacier which stands at an altitude of 4876m. We continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3962m. Here we rest, enjoy dinner and overnight. Although we end the day around the same altitude as when we started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. 7 hours trekking approx.
Day 6: 3rd October 2018
Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp
Today is the second of our acclimatization treks. After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge through alpine desert passing the Barranco Wall. Our destination is the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day and the afternoon is free to relax and adjust to the altitude. 4-5 hours trekking approx.
Day 7: 4th October 2018
Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp
We set off from Karanga past the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. From there we continue climbing through alpine desert to Barafu Hut. It can be slow-going and cold due to the high altitude. On arrival at Barafu, we have completed the South Circuit, which offers magnificent views of the summit from many different angles. In the distance the horizon is punctuated by the magnificent peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. The afternoon is free to rest ready for tonight’s ascent to the summit. 4-5 hours trekking approx.
Day 8: 5th October 2018
Barafu Camp - Summit - Mweka Hut
Our final ascent is at night with head torches at the ready. We set off between midnight and 2.00am and follow a slow zigzagging climb to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We then continue through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging section of the whole trek. At Stella Point (5669m) we stop for a short rest and (weather permitting) will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. From Stella Point, we may encounter snow on the remaining one hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak (5895m), we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa – an incredible achievement! (Faster trekkers may see the sunrise from the summit). We then start our descent to Mweka Hut campsite, stopping at Barafu for lunch. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected. This evening we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. 7-8 hours ascent and 5 hours descent approx.
Day 9: 6th October 2018
Mweka Camp - Mweka Park Gate
Today the descent is rapid and in 3-4 hours we reach Mweka Park Gate. After saying farewell to the local team we transfer to the hotel in Moshi (1 hour) to relax, rebalance and celebrate our achievement. 3-4 hours trekking approx.
Day 10: 7th October 2018
Moshi - Kilimanjaro - London
This is your opportunity to enjoy some free time in Tanzania or take part in an optional tour before transferring to the airport for the overnight flight back to London.
Day 11: 8th October 2018
Arrive back in the UK.
Please Note: This is a complex itinerary & may be subject to change