Challenge level: 5 out of 5
|7 September - 18 September 2018||On Sale|
You Kili-CAN-jaro with our once in a lifetime trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and raise funds for the charity of your choice.
At 5896 m, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is rightly referred to as 'the roof of Africa'. Our stunning trek to the summit will be via the quieter Lemosho Route, which affords plenty of time to acclimatise to the high altitude. Our experienced mountain guides will lead you through the Lemosho Glades and up through pristine rainforest full of exotic flora and fauna. Ascending further sees the scenery change to barren lunar type landscapes as you trek across the Shira Plateau.
The route will take you via the southern flank of the mountain on the Barranco Wall before summiting Uhuru Peak after trekking across scree and boulder strewn slopes and ice covered glacial landscapes. Once we reach the summit we'll be rewarded with the stunning views back down the mountain, but that’s not all, not only have you completed this incredible challenge, made real friends with the people beside you and created memories that will last a lifetime but your participation has helped and will make a difference for the charity of your choice. All you need is the passion to make a difference.
You can either fundraise or self-fund, perhaps with a personal donation to your chosen charity. The Dream Challenges event team will be here and on hand to answer any questions that you might have to help you achieve your challenge of a lifetime.
We depart London and fly to Arusha Kilimanjaro International Airport. After arriving, we're met by our local ground handler at Kilimanjaro airport for a short transfer to our hotel, where we have a challenge briefing and kit check after lunch. The afternoon is free to rest and relax, before the start of our trek the following morning.
After an early breakfast at our hotel we transfer to Londorossi gate for registration and on to our start point at Lemosho trailhead, where we meet our mountain guides and support crew. We then take a short warm-up trek through the Lemosho Glades to our lunch stop. After lunch, we trek up through the rainforest, an unspoiled and exciting wilderness rich in Flora and Fauna to our first camp at around 9,498 ft/ 2,895 m. We overnight at the Big Tree Camp.
Today is a relatively easy day for acclimatisation purposes, as we trek across the Shira Plateau, with a height gain of around 2,000 ft/ 610 m. It takes us to a beautiful wilderness camp unvisited by the majority of trekkers, just outside the Shira crater, where we overnight at around 11,500 ft/ 3,050 m. The camp offers amazing views of Kibo.
We trek further into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau rarely visited by man and the third of the Kilimanjaro volcanic cones. We then onward to the Lava Tower, also known as the "Shark’s Tooth". We descend from here to the "Arrow Glacier" at 16,000 ft and on to our overnight camp.
A superb day’s trekking crossing alpine desert, the southern flank passing down the Barranco Valley to the Barranco Wall and onto our overnight camp at the Karanga Valley campsite. We camp at 12,900 ft/ 3,995 m and although barely any higher than your previous night’s camp, the walk has taken you to over 4,400 m, offering valuable altitude acclimatisation.
We start early to make our way to Barafu Ridge camp 15,090 ft/ 4,600 m, where we have lunch. The trek up Barafu Ridge is tough due to the altitude, but after only one further hour after lunch, we reach High Camp and can have a good rest in the afternoon. We then have an early dinner and a further rest until midnight, when we start the final push to attempt the Kilimanjaro summit!
We start our summit day at midnight to trek between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, ascending through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim at 18,865 ft/ 5,750 m, just after dawn. Here, we have a short rest to watch the sun rise across the African Plains - a quite literally breath-taking sight! We then continue for another hour or so to Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft/5895 m), where we enjoy the overwhelming achievement and the traditional photo opportunity at the "Roof of Africa". We then make our descent to Barafu Camp for lunch. After lunch, we then proceed to Mweka Camp, where we spend our last night on the mountain. This is definitely one of the toughest days but it's also the most rewarding!
Today, we walk down through the beautiful rainforest to Mweka Gate. The tough times are not quite over, as this is a relatively steep wilderness route, where the track is muddy, rutted and sometimes overgrown with tree roots. We reach the gate in time for a picnic lunch and photos, after which we transfer to our hotel in Arusha for a well-earned shower. This evening, we enjoy our celebration dinner at the hotel.
We have a free day in Arusha today and have the opportunity to go on an optional safari. Arusha is found in the heart of Africa's national parks surrounded by coffee plantations and foothills erupting out of the horizon. This makes a perfect backdrop for a Safari or a canoe across the lake. After breakfast on Day 11, we check out and have free time in Arusha for some last minute shopping for souvenirs, before we transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport from where we begin our return journey to London.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum amount.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the balance
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a high altitude trek that is a serious physical challenge. The trek will challenge your physical fitness, powers of endurance and mental strength. Our mountain guides have an excellent track record both in safety and in reaching the summit with this type of group. Much of the route is on well defined paths although the summit ascent will involve some scrambling on scree covered slopes and boulders. Perhaps the biggest challenge is dealing with the altitude but we have designed this itinerary to allow for sufficient acclimatisation to the conditions which will help to improve the chances of reaching the summit. A UK qualified doctor will be with the group at all times.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once the event is fully booked we will send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
The daytime temperature on the plains and at lower levels will be around 30C. Trekking through the rainforest could as the name suggests be very wet and the temperature will drop significantly as we climb higher. Night time temperatures will be sub-zero and the summit is permanently covered with ice.
We recommend vaccinations against polio, typhoid, hepatitis A and tetanus. A course of antimalarial treatment is also recommended. You must contact your GP for up to date advice on requirements for travel to Tanzania.
You will need a good pair of hiking boots; a 3-4 seasons sleeping bag; warm waterproof clothing and water bottles or a camel back type hydration system. Apart from that no specialist equipment is required. We will supply a full kit list before you go.
We will camp in two-person tents on the mountain and accommodation will be provided in comfortable tourist class hotels on our nights in Arusha on a twin sharing basis.
Porters will carry your luggage, food and water so you will only need to carry a small day pack containing essential accessories and equipment.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (approx. £350 but subject to change), personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you the details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity trek in Tanzania. Each participant needs to organise their own tourist visa. Full details on how to apply will be provided much closer to the event.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.
“Our trip leader Henk was clearly experienced and a great motivator. I felt very well looked after by him.