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Horsing around on Kilimanjaro 2019

Challenge type: Trek in support of Racing Welfare, Injured Jockeys Fund, Racing to School, Irish Injured Jockys

Destination: Tanzania

Runs from : 27th June 2019 to 7th July 2019

What's Included

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 - £390 approx. (January 2019), 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 of £299 and the £2022 tour cost yourself then fundraise what you can.

All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change




  • Climb the highest mountain in Africa
  • Follow the popular Rongai route 
  • Dramatic scenery and panoramic views
  • Watch sunrise from the 'Roof of Africa'
  • Fulfil a huge personal achievement

Registration Fee


Tour Cost

£2022* (small group surcharge if group numbers are low).


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Day 1: 27th June:

London – Kilimanjaro

Overnight flight from London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro (via Nairobi).

Day 2: 28th June:


Arrival Kilimanjaro and then transfer for 2 hours from the airport to the hotel in Marangu – Moshi.

Day 3: 29th June:

Rongai gate – (1,950m) – Simba camp (First Cave) (2,880m)

Habitat: Montana forest.    

Hiking time: 3-4 hours.

It takes 1hour 30minutes driving from Marangu to Nalemuru gate. After the park formalities you will begin hiking on a wide path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone.

Day 4: 30th June:

Simba camp (First Cave) (2,880m) – Kikelewa Camp (3600m)

Habitat: Kikelewa Camp.    

Hiking time: 7-9 hours.

Gradual rise through beautiful open moorland towards jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi to Kikelewa Camp, we reach in late afternoon at Kikelewa Caves for dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 5: 1st July:

Kikelewa Camp (3600m) – Mawenzi Tarn (4330m)

Habitat: Mawenzi Tarn Camp.    

Hiking time: 3-4 hours.

A Short but steep ascent to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn. The afternoon is free to help your acclimatization.

Day 6: 2nd July:

Kikelewa Camp (3600m) – Mawenzi Tarn (4330m)

Habitat: Mawenzi Tarn Camp.    

Hiking time: 3-4 hours.

A circular trek around to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). to help acclimatization.

Day 7: 3rd July:

Mawenzi Tarn (4330m) – Kibo Hut

Habitat: Alpine Desert.    

Hiking time: 5-6 hours.

Today we cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and KiboHut (4700m), at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Day 8: 4th July

Kibo hut – camp (4,750m) – Summit (5,895m) & Horombo Hut (3720m)

Habitat: Horombo Hut

Hiking time: 7-13 hours Ascending & Descending

In the midnight you will be awaken by your guide for a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate with a piece of bread and biscuit. After warm up you will stand the most demanding part of the Kilimanjaro around 1 a.m.

With your flash light, sun glass, walking stick, camera, drinking water, warm layers the trail will take you to Gilman’s point (5,685m). Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Don’t rest for too long as it will ruin your ability to finalize to the summit the Uhuru peak at (5895m).

After taking some pictures you will descend to Kibo hut have some breakfast and a rest before proceeding to Horombo Hut - camping for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: 5th July

Horombo Hut – Camping (3,720m) – Marangu gate (1,700m) to Moshi

Habitat: Moorland and Montana forest

Time: 5-6hours

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m / 8,858 ft), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu. A vehicle will meet you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi for a well deserved celebration meal.

Day 10: 6th July:

Departure Day

This morning is free in Moshi before transferring to the airport for the overnight flight back to London.

Day 11: 7th July:

Departure Day

Arrive back in the UK.

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