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Climb Kilimanjaro 2019 **OPEN FOR ANY CHARITY**

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.

Destination: Tanzania

Runs from : 27th September 2019 to 7th October 2019

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 Marangu 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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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 - £420, 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 follow two payment options: 

FULL REGISTRATION FEE OPTION: £425

SPLIT REGISTRATION FEE OPTION: £225 due when registering and then pay the remaining £200 by 5th July 2019.

1.Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £425 registration fee and agree to raise the £4000 sponsorship.

2.Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £425 registration fee, plus pay the £2096 tour cost yourself. You will be invoiced for the remaining £2096 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

Highlights

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

Take the challenge…

Registration Fee: £425

Split registration fee option: £225 due when registering and then pay the remaining £200 by 19 July 2019

Fundraising Option 1: You raise £4000 approx. minimum sponsorship.

Fundraising Option 2: You pay £2096* & raise as much as possible for your chosen charity.

 

*Please note that a small surcharge will be added to the Tour Cost if the final group size is small

 

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Itinerary

Day 1:

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

Day 2:

Land in Tanzania

Transfer to the village of Marangu, 2km from the park entrance at Marangu Park Gate.
This afternoon we have free time to relax and prepare for the challenge ahead.
Overnight: Hotel, Marangu
Sleep at altitude 1800m / 5,906 feet.

Day 3:

Transfer to Marangu Gate (approx 30 minutes)

Trek Marangu Gate-Mandara Huts
Breakfast and briefing by the guides, tour manager and doctor on the challenge. Pack for the ascent and weigh the kit. Transfer approx 10-15 minutes to the Park entrance at Marangu Gate and after completing the necessary formalities we start the ascent. The trail weaves through dense forest filled with the noises of chattering Colobus monkeys. We are surrounded by an incredible variety of towering trees, giant ferns and wild forest flowers – perhaps even the odd orchid. We picnic on the way. There will be a short trek to the Maundi crater from the hut, time permitting.
approx 4 ½ hours

Overnight: Mandara Hut
Climb to altitude: 2744m / 9,000 feet
Sleep at altitude: 2700m / 8,860 feet
Summary: Gentle ascent on a rain-forest dirt trail, can be muddy/slippery if it has rained.

Day 4:

Mandara Hut-Horombo Hut

An early start for the longer trek along an uphill trail to Horombo Huts. The landscape takes on a more rugged and rocky terrain, in the distance we will see the magnificent peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. We pass through the cloud level!
approx 7 - 8 hours

Overnight at Horombo Hut.
Climb to altitude: 3761m / 12,339 feet
Sleep at altitude: 3700m / 12,138 feet
Summary: Steady climb, through forest and across heath & moorland

Day 5: 

Acclimatisation trek

Today is an acclimatisation trek of approximately 5 hours. At about 8.30am we head off on the upper Kibo trail which takes us through streams and rocky mountain vegetation to “Zebra Rock” at 4,000m. We continue to an observation point at 4200m for some spectacular views of Kibo Hut, the twin peaks and the trail to the summit . We return to Horombo Hut for a hot lunch and time to relax.

Overnight: Horombo Hut
Climb to altitude: 4, 200m / 13,780 feet
Sleep at altitude: 3,700m / 12,139 feet
Summary: Good ascent to 4,200m and back down
approx 5 hours

Day 6:

Horombo Hut - Kibo Hut

We collect our picnic lunches and follow the lower route to Kibo Hut through spectacular mountain flora and fauna – giant cacti, lobelia and other mountain flowers line our route. After trekking for 4 hours we stop for our picnic at the Kibo Saddle and although we can see the Kibo Hut it is another 2 –3 hours trek in the afternoon. This part of the trek is beyond the water point as we enter the ‘desert’ zone, it can be slow-going and cold due to the high altitude.

Overnight : Kibo Hut.
Climb to altitude: 4732m / 15,525 feet
Sleep at altitude: 4700m / 15,420 feet
Summary: Good path with final ascent at the end of the day, enter the desert zone
approx 7 - 8 hours

Day 7 & 8:

Acclimatisation trek

We trek halfway to William's point at 5000m approx to acclimatise to the high altitude and rest sufficiently for tonight’s ascent to the summit. Overnight : Kibo Hut.
Sleep at altitude: 4700m / 15,420 feet
approx 5 hours

The Summit: (depart 11pm)

After a warming cup of tea and a light snack of biscuits we set off late at night to embark on a slow ascent up the steepest and most difficult part of the challenge to Gilman’s Point at an altitude of 5685m, perched on the crater rim where we watch the sun begin to rise. Everyone qualifies to have climbed Kilimanjaro at this point and can return to Kibo Hut if they choose. There is an option to continue on from here for a further 2 hours through snow and wind to Uhuru Peak, 5895m. It can be extremely cold to well below freezing temperatures. At the top you can take photographs of the world below (clouds permitting). On a clear day you may see Mount Kenya. Descend to Kibo Hut for a warming snack late morning. Continue the descent for a further 3 – 3 ½ hours to Horombo Hut to rest and overnight.

Climb to altitude: Gilmans Point : 5685m / 18,652 feet Uhuru Peak: 5895m / 19,341 feet

Sleep at altitude: 3700m / 12,139 feet
Summary: Steep ascent, loose scree; strenuous due to altitude, early start and cold temperatures. Descent is gradual with difficult scree sections.
approx 15-17 hours

Day 9:

Horombo Hut – Moshi

We have breakfast and prepare to descend. Descent is rapid, in 3 ½ hours we reach Mandara Hut and then after another 3 hours we reach Marangu Park Gate. We stop briefly for a packed lunch on the way. Transfer to our hotel and relax for the afternoon to rebalance and rest aching limbs. Tonight we celebrate together and toast our achievement.

Overnight: Moshi
Sleep at altitude 890m / 2920 feet.
approx 6-7 hours

Day 10:

Moshi

Free time or take part in an optional tour. Lunch and dinner not included on this day.

Day 11:

Arrive back in London.

This is a complex itinerary and may be subject to change.

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