Challenge level: 5 out of 5
|2 September - 13 September 2020||On Sale|
You KiliCANjaro with us and trek the world’s tallest free-standing mountain for a charity of your choice.
Join us for our next trek up Mount Kilimanjaro and reach “the roof of Africa” on this incredible and beautiful challenge. Taking the iconic Northern Circuit route, recently featured on TV, we’ll follow in the footsteps of celebrities and reach a whopping 5,895m/19,341ft above sea level for charity.
Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, is of course, famous for its stupendous height, but let’s not forget the range of beautiful, natural scenery we’ll pass through on the way to the summit!
Spotting some of Africa’s amazing wildlife as we go, we’ll trek through lush forests and bushland before wandering baron landscapes, rocky paths and mountain trails with spectacular panoramas.
Our Dream Challenges are renowned for their camaraderie and you’ll make fantastic new friendships and gain an unbeatable sense of achievement, as you push yourself to the peak for the cause closest to your heart.
100% Summit Success Rate
If you're afraid you won't reach the summit, please be assured that we have a 100% summit success rate on our last five treks up the mountain and we also have two doctors accompanying us throughout the entire challenge.
Worried about fundraising? Don’t be…
The Mount Kilimanjaro Trek 2020 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity of your choice. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice, a small sanctuary or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
Our adventure starts at the airport in London, where we meet for the first time and catch our overnight flight to the amazing country of Tanzania in Africa, arriving in Arusha on Day 2. Our ground handler welcomes us at the airport and we transfer by coach to our hotel. Once settled and freshened up, you have some free time to relax before we meet back up for our first group dinner and challenge briefing. This is a fantastic opportunity to gather more details from our experienced challenge guides and ask any questions you may have about the challenge that lies ahead of us.
Ready and raring to go after our challenge briefing yesterday, we get ready to start our trek today. Waking up to breakfast at the hotel, we spend the morning transferring to the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro, first to the Londrossi Gate of the National Park for registration and then to our starting point at the Lemosho Trailhead. Here, we fuel up with a spot of lunch and meet our experienced mountain guides and support crew. Then we commence our trek up the tallest free-standing mountain in the world! Don’t be daunted, you totally KiliCANjaro and as it’s our first day, we take it easy, hiking for about four to five hours, through the gorgeous and unspoiled rainforest, teeming with a wonderful range of the local wildlife, including blue monkeys. Tonight will be our first night camping on the mountain, in the comfortable and professional twin tents provided by the Dream Team. These will be set up for us by the time we arrive, so there’s no need to panic about pegging a tent down yourself! Instead, you can kick back and enjoy the amazing sounds and scenery of the forest.
We have a slightly more difficult trek today as we head into an altitude of 3,500m trekking across the Shira Plateau, with a height gain of around 2,000ft/ 610m. Our route takes us to a beautiful wilderness camp just outside the Shira crater, unvisited by the majority of trekkers, where we overnight at around 11,500ft/ 3,500m. Here, we kick back, have dinner together and enjoy the amazing vistas of the nearby volcano cone, Kibo, which we can see from our camp.
After a good breakfast, we continue our trek over the fantastic Shira Plateau and the landscape once again changes, keeping our eyes constantly enthralled. We’ll pass loads of wild, yellow flowers, called Senecios, which can grow to an astonishing height of about nine meters! When we reach Fischer Camp, we’ll enjoy our lunch, before hiking on to Moir Camp, where we’ll be staying the night, at 4,175m above sea level. We have a short rest here and then we have the option to take on a further hike up to the ridgeline (approx. 2km from our camp). As the ridge lies about 130m higher up than our camp, this walk will allow us to acclimatise better to the altitude. After arriving back at camp, dinner will be served.
Yesterday has prepped us for some tough trekking and changes in altitude, but you’ll be pleased to know that today is a little easier. We start the day with a steep hike out of the valley and then hike along Kilimanjaro’s Northern slopes and we even come close to Kenya! We’ll notice our proximity to the neighbouring country when the beautiful Tsavo and Amboselli Valleys come into view. As you can expect from being this high up on the planet, we’re treated to awesome panoramas and mountain scenery throughout the trek and arrive at last at Pofu Camp, where we stop for the night.
Continuing our exploration of the mountain’s Northern Slopes, we have the same length trek today, but the terrain means it’s likely to take us less time, so we can further adjust to the environment. We can also expect to see other courageous people today, as our route (the Northern Circuit) meets the Rongai Trail. Our day’s hiking ends when we reach the Cave Three Camp to settle down for the evening.
Day 8 marks our last day before the final summit stretch tomorrow! This means we take it a little slower so that we can allow for sufficient rest in preparation. As we’re coming closer to “the roof of Africa,” we hike higher than we have so far on this challenge and we’ll notice that vegetation grows sparser up here. Reaching the Kibo Hut relatively early, we enjoy a hot lunch, rest as much as possible and drink plenty of water. We have dinner in the evening and go to bed early for a very early start. One of the best mottos in life is "hydration is key" and this is particularly important as we get ourselves ready for our push to the peak.
We rise at midnight for the toughest, but most rewarding day of our challenge and after breakfast, we follow a long and winding path up to the wonderful rim of the volcano’s crater. As we trek higher, the slope becomes steeper and rockier with boulders here and there, which signals that we’re drawing close to the Gilman’s Point, at a whopping 5,712m. This is a check point of sorts and thankfully, from here, our route gets a little gentler all the way to the summit. Of course, we take a bit of a break here to take in the staggering vistas, enjoy the mountainous sense of achievement of having reached 5,895 metres above sea level and get some fabulous photos, so we can remember the moment forever! Then it’s back down we go, descending carefully to Kibo Hut for a rest and some hot lunch. This refreshes us sufficiently, so that we can finish off our day’s tough feat by trekking to our night’s camp, the Horombo Hut, which sits at 3,915m. By now, we’ve jolly well earned ourselves a big dinner, which we tuck into before retiring to bed.
We’re so ready for our final day of trekking and after our last breakfast at a campsite, we embark on a beautiful descent back down the mountain, stopping at Mandara for lunch. Our stunning route takes us through rainforests full of colourful plants and wildlife and we can enjoy the exotic birdsong as we walk, a wonderful soundtrack to spur us on to our finishing point at the gate of the National park. Triumphant and trekked out, we check out of the park and rest our legs on a coach transfer (approx. 3 hours) to our hotel for a freshen up, before we meet again for our delicious celebration dinner.
Our last day in Tanzania is free for you to spend as you like, relaxing at the comfortable hotel or wandering the local area. Arusha is a hugely popular, multicultural city, which lies on the Northern Safari Circuit, close to many of Africa’s greatest National Parks. Today gives us the fantastic opportunity to explore the city, getting a final dose of the amazing Tanzanian culture and doing some last-minute souvenir shopping. You also have the option to go on an excursion to either Ngorongoro crater or Tarangire or Arusha National park. Please note that optional excursions aren’t included in the challenge costs, so you’ll need to pay for it yourself if you decide to go on one.
We bid a fond farewell to Tanzania today and transfer to Arusha airport for our flight back to the UK. This is where we part ways for home, full of amazing memories and basking in the unbeatable sense of achievement of having climbed to one of the highest peaks in the world for the cause that means the most to you.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for a charity, sanctuary or hospice of your choice.
Pay the balance yourself
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a high altitude trek that is a serious physical challenge, but nothing you can't achieve without a bit of training. We provide all our participants with a realistic and achievable training plan once you register for the challenge, which we recommend you stick to.
The trek will test 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. Two qualified doctors will be with the group at all times.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the Mount Kilimanjaro Trek 2020. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and 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 30 degrees Celsius. 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 hydration bladder. 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 challenge departure date.
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 trek. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.
We'll have two qualified doctors accompanying the group from the get go and at all times throughout the challenge. We'll also have three porters for every participant and for every ten participants, there will be three experienced local guides, along with a Dream Challenge event leader.
We’ll have an event leader, plus two qualified event doctors, who will be with you the whole time.
You'll be pleased to know that we'll have plenty of food to sustain us and keep our energy up throughout the challenge. On a typical day, we'll be eating the following:
• Seasonal Fruits
• Porridge, Toast, Boiled Egg, Fried Egg, Scrambled Egg, Omelette, Sausage, Pancake
• Blueband butter, Peanut Butter, Jam, Honey
• Tea, Coffee, Milo, Milk, Drinking Chocolate, Cocoa
Lunch Box and Hot Lunch:
Chicken, Boiled egg, Crisps, French toast, Juice, Cake, Sandwich, Soup, Boiled Potato, Vegetable Sauce, Beef, Chips Seasonal Fruits
On Arrival at the Camp:
• Everyday when participants arrive at the camp we provide Popcorn or Peanuts with Tea, Coffee, Milk, Milo, Drinking Chocolate waiting for the Dinner
• Soup, Bread, Pancake, Half Cake, Spaghetti, Vegetable Sauce, Beef, Fruits
• Soup, Bread, Pancake, Half Cake, Rice, Vegetable Sauce, Fried Fish, Fruits
• Soup, Bread, Pancake, Half Cake, Macaroni, Mushroom Sauce, Fruits
• Soup, Bread, Pancake, Half Cake, Rice, Vegetable Sauce, Beef, Fruits
• Soup, Bread, Pancake, Half Cake, Spaghetti, Minced Meat, Fruits
• Soup, Bread, Pancake, Half Cake, Rice, Beans, Fruits
• We provide Tea, Coffee, Milk, Milo, Drinking Chocolate.
The last night ascending to the summit:
• We provide Tea + Juice + Biscuits and Chocolates.
By all means, you can bring your own favourite snacks to have throughout the day, but please be mindful of your weight allowance.
*If you have any dietary requirements, that's absolutely no problem - but make sure to let us know beforehand so we'll have sufficient food for you, too!