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OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

Ways to pay

ESSENTIAL INFO

All you need to know

Everything you need to know

This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Level of Difficulty

Typical day

Safety

Emergencies

Responsible Tourism

Flights

Visa

Insurance

Vaccinations, Medicines & Altitude

Climate & Terrain

Training

Training weekends

Luggage allowance and valuables

Leadership

Group Size

Clothing and equipment

Accommodation & Toilets

Food & Drink

Money

Phone and WiFi

Level of Difficulty

The Kilimanjaro challenge is graded as “extreme”. 

"Extreme" challenges will involve altitude, and a great deal of endurance. These trips are not to be taken lightly, and will take place in extreme environments, without home comforts. They are usually undertaken by someone with previous experience in a mountain setting, but who wants to take their experience to the next level physically and mentally. Training is essential to ensure you are suitably prepared for the challenge.

Summit night in particular is a gruelling experience that will test you both mentally and physically. You should not undertake this challenge without significant training.

You can tell your supporters that on your Kilimanjaro trek you will be:

  • Trekking for around 6-8 hours per day
  • Battling the altitude on the mountain up to the summit of 5895m
  • Arising before dawn and trekking through the night on summit day
  • Experiencing nightly temperatures of down to -15 degrees
  • Sleeping in a tent for 7 nights

Level of Difficulty

The Kilimanjaro challenge is graded as “extreme”. 

"Extreme" challenges will involve altitude, and a great deal of endurance. These trips are not to be taken lightly, and will take place in extreme environments, without home comforts. They are usually undertaken by someone with previous experience in a mountain setting, but who wants to take their experience to the next level physically and mentally. Training is essential to ensure you are suitably prepared for the challenge.

Summit night in particular is a gruelling experience that will test you both mentally and physically. You should not undertake this challenge without significant training.

You can tell your supporters that on your Kilimanjaro trek you will be:

  • Trekking for around 6-8 hours per day
  • Battling the altitude on the mountain up to the summit of 5895m
  • Arising before dawn and trekking through the night on summit day
  • Experiencing nightly temperatures of down to -15 degrees
  • Sleeping in a tent for 7 nights

Typical day

During the trek you will be trekking an average of 5 to 8 hours each day, except for summit day which involves 12 to 15 hours of trekking. Depending on the weather and the day, rest/water stops will be set up regularly, where you can regroup, rest and relax while drinking water and eating your snacks. Lunch will usually be a cooked lunch either along the way or when you reach the campsite (depending on the length of that trekking day). You will get to your campsite in the afternoon where you can relax, have a hot drink and eat your dinner in the mess tent. Along the route, toilet facilities are limited to the great outdoors. At the campsites there will be toilet tents erected for the group.

Typical day

During the trek you will be trekking an average of 5 to 8 hours each day, except for summit day which involves 12 to 15 hours of trekking. Depending on the weather and the day, rest/water stops will be set up regularly, where you can regroup, rest and relax while drinking water and eating your snacks. Lunch will usually be a cooked lunch either along the way or when you reach the campsite (depending on the length of that trekking day). You will get to your campsite in the afternoon where you can relax, have a hot drink and eat your dinner in the mess tent. Along the route, toilet facilities are limited to the great outdoors. At the campsites there will be toilet tents erected for the group.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of our participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up Challenge Safe, one of the most advanced and thorough safety management systems in the industry. Challenge Safe formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the challenge activity itself. Your welfare is absolutely paramount.
In terms of your Kilimanjaro Summit Climb, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • You will be trekking to an altitude of 5895m, and altitude trekking carries it's own risks
  • Emergency evacuation to a hospital may take upwards of 8 hours, depending on your location on the mountain
  • You will be sleeping in temperatures of down to -15 degrees

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of our participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up Challenge Safe, one of the most advanced and thorough safety management systems in the industry. Challenge Safe formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the challenge activity itself. Your welfare is absolutely paramount.
In terms of your Kilimanjaro Summit Climb, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • You will be trekking to an altitude of 5895m, and altitude trekking carries it's own risks
  • Emergency evacuation to a hospital may take upwards of 8 hours, depending on your location on the mountain
  • You will be sleeping in temperatures of down to -15 degrees

Emergencies

We endeavour to provide a trained doctor to follow you on this trek with a full emergency medical kit if required.  If you are unable to continue the climb, you will be sent down with a porter where you can seek additional medical attention at the local hospital if needed. The doctors at this hospital are very well trained in dealing with altitude related illnesses as well as trekking injuries. However, please be understanding of the fact that facilities in this part of Africa will not compare to those that you are used to at home.

Emergencies

We endeavour to provide a trained doctor to follow you on this trek with a full emergency medical kit if required.  If you are unable to continue the climb, you will be sent down with a porter where you can seek additional medical attention at the local hospital if needed. The doctors at this hospital are very well trained in dealing with altitude related illnesses as well as trekking injuries. However, please be understanding of the fact that facilities in this part of Africa will not compare to those that you are used to at home.

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism, and work closely with bodies such as the International Porter Protection Group and Climate Care to ensure that our challenges benefit the local environments and communities in which they take place. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly, and following local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect, we aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. In addition to taking these practical steps to ensure that our challenges are sustainable, we also make a contribution each year to a number of local community projects, so as to give something back directly to the communities that we visit. Since 2000 we have donated almost £200,000 to such projects, supporting a range of initiatives, including schooling for children in Africa, shelter for street children in Brazil, and Orang-utan conservation in Indonesia. We recommend that any gifts brought over for children are given to the UK challenge leader and distributed where needed by them and our local Ground Agent. If you wish to do more, you should consider buying drinks, postcards and souvenirs from the local vendors. For many, it is their sole source of income. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support.

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism, and work closely with bodies such as the International Porter Protection Group and Climate Care to ensure that our challenges benefit the local environments and communities in which they take place. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly, and following local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect, we aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. In addition to taking these practical steps to ensure that our challenges are sustainable, we also make a contribution each year to a number of local community projects, so as to give something back directly to the communities that we visit. Since 2000 we have donated almost £200,000 to such projects, supporting a range of initiatives, including schooling for children in Africa, shelter for street children in Brazil, and Orang-utan conservation in Indonesia. We recommend that any gifts brought over for children are given to the UK challenge leader and distributed where needed by them and our local Ground Agent. If you wish to do more, you should consider buying drinks, postcards and souvenirs from the local vendors. For many, it is their sole source of income. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support.

Flights

You will be flying overnight from London to Kilimanjaro airport. Your flight tickets will be e-mailed to you before departure. If you choose to book your own flights you must confirm with the Charity Challenge office before paying otherwise you may be liable for your included group flights (please contact flights@charitychallenge.com for further assistance). Please note; if you are arrangin your own flights, we are unable to arrange airport transfers between the hours of 21:00 and 06:00 due to safety issues, so please avoid flights that arrive during this period.

Flights

You will be flying overnight from London to Kilimanjaro airport. Your flight tickets will be e-mailed to you before departure. If you choose to book your own flights you must confirm with the Charity Challenge office before paying otherwise you may be liable for your included group flights (please contact flights@charitychallenge.com for further assistance). Please note; if you are arrangin your own flights, we are unable to arrange airport transfers between the hours of 21:00 and 06:00 due to safety issues, so please avoid flights that arrive during this period.

Visa

Your full ten-year passport must have at least six months left to run from the end of the challenge. You will need a Single Entry Tourist Visa to enter Tanzania. Three months prior to departure we will provide you with the necessary application form and details to apply.

E-Visa Application
Visa applications can now be completed online. If choosing to complete the application online, there is no need to visit the High Commission for applications to be completed and processed. Applicants will only be called to the High Commission if contacted and requested to do so. The cost of the visa is approx. $50.

Visa

Your full ten-year passport must have at least six months left to run from the end of the challenge. You will need a Single Entry Tourist Visa to enter Tanzania. Three months prior to departure we will provide you with the necessary application form and details to apply.

E-Visa Application
Visa applications can now be completed online. If choosing to complete the application online, there is no need to visit the High Commission for applications to be completed and processed. Applicants will only be called to the High Commission if contacted and requested to do so. The cost of the visa is approx. $50.

Insurance


Your safety when travelling with Charity Challenges is our main concern which is why it is a booking condition that you have a suitable travel insurance policy that will cover you for the adventurous nature of your challenge. We have chosen to partner with specialist travel insurance providers Campbell Irvine, who offer cover for an extensive number of adventurous activities. Cover is available directly from Campbell Irvine for most European residents and includes cover for emergency medical and repatriation and for your cancellation or curtailment of the challenge. Full details including costs may be found by clicking here

For more travel insurance questions, please refer to our main FAQs page or for any specific queries, please contact us at bookings@charitychallenge.com.

Insurance


Your safety when travelling with Charity Challenges is our main concern which is why it is a booking condition that you have a suitable travel insurance policy that will cover you for the adventurous nature of your challenge. We have chosen to partner with specialist travel insurance providers Campbell Irvine, who offer cover for an extensive number of adventurous activities. Cover is available directly from Campbell Irvine for most European residents and includes cover for emergency medical and repatriation and for your cancellation or curtailment of the challenge. Full details including costs may be found by clicking here

For more travel insurance questions, please refer to our main FAQs page or for any specific queries, please contact us at bookings@charitychallenge.com.

Vaccinations, Medicines & Altitude

For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro page:  https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/220/tanzania#Vaccine_recommendations

Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting, and as such it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you.

Medication:

  • Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled original packaging, as issued by the pharmacist. These should be carried in your hand luggage.
  • Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage
  • A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required
  • Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications
  • Take out an appropriate level of travel health insurance including repatriation and specific cover for any pre-existing illnesses

N.B.  Some medications are banned abroad so please check. You can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad

Altitude:
For advice on altitude sickness, please see https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/26/altitude-illness

Vaccinations, Medicines & Altitude

For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro page:  https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/220/tanzania#Vaccine_recommendations

Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting, and as such it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you.

Medication:

  • Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled original packaging, as issued by the pharmacist. These should be carried in your hand luggage.
  • Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage
  • A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required
  • Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications
  • Take out an appropriate level of travel health insurance including repatriation and specific cover for any pre-existing illnesses

N.B.  Some medications are banned abroad so please check. You can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad

Altitude:
For advice on altitude sickness, please see https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/26/altitude-illness

Climate & Terrain

Climate
Temperatures on Kilimanjaro can vary dramatically, from 35°C in the plains below the mountain to -20°C at the summit (if you include the wind chill). Early mornings will immediately warm-up as soon as the sun rises and the days should be warm and bright. As soon as the sun sets, however, the temperature drops radically and it is often well below zero degrees. On the mountain, you will need strong UV protection (even on cloudy days) as there is minimal shade as you start your ascent. Normally January and February are the driest and clearest months to climb. However, June through to late October and December are also good but you should expect a little more cloud around the rainforest zone. Whenever you climb, expect convection to send warm air from the hot plains below across the rainforest to precipitate at higher altitudes as rain, sleet, and snow. This happens on some, but not all, afternoons. Nights are usually clear and frosty, and mornings clear and sunny.

Terrain
The terrain on Kilimanjaro varies and you will travel through 5 eco-sytems during your trip. You will begin in the 'cultivation zone' at the gate and then travel through the 'rainforest' (1,800m - 2,800m) and into the 'moorland' (2,800m - 4,000m). As you climb higher, you will experience the 'alpine desert' (4,000m - 5,000m) and then the 'arctic zone' (5,000m - 5,895m). You will be trekking along a mixture of paths, tracks and plateaus which will include areas with uneven ground and loose rocks or scree. This trek has an element of scrambling where you will need to use your hands to help you up and over large rocks and boulders. You will be supported by a large local team at all times and there is no technical climbing involved.

Climate & Terrain

Climate
Temperatures on Kilimanjaro can vary dramatically, from 35°C in the plains below the mountain to -20°C at the summit (if you include the wind chill). Early mornings will immediately warm-up as soon as the sun rises and the days should be warm and bright. As soon as the sun sets, however, the temperature drops radically and it is often well below zero degrees. On the mountain, you will need strong UV protection (even on cloudy days) as there is minimal shade as you start your ascent. Normally January and February are the driest and clearest months to climb. However, June through to late October and December are also good but you should expect a little more cloud around the rainforest zone. Whenever you climb, expect convection to send warm air from the hot plains below across the rainforest to precipitate at higher altitudes as rain, sleet, and snow. This happens on some, but not all, afternoons. Nights are usually clear and frosty, and mornings clear and sunny.

Terrain
The terrain on Kilimanjaro varies and you will travel through 5 eco-sytems during your trip. You will begin in the 'cultivation zone' at the gate and then travel through the 'rainforest' (1,800m - 2,800m) and into the 'moorland' (2,800m - 4,000m). As you climb higher, you will experience the 'alpine desert' (4,000m - 5,000m) and then the 'arctic zone' (5,000m - 5,895m). You will be trekking along a mixture of paths, tracks and plateaus which will include areas with uneven ground and loose rocks or scree. This trek has an element of scrambling where you will need to use your hands to help you up and over large rocks and boulders. You will be supported by a large local team at all times and there is no technical climbing involved.

Training

A good level of fitness is definitely required, as this challenge is graded ‘Extreme’, due to the basic facilities, high altitude, long days and rough terrain. Don’t forget the impact of temperature extremes and high altitude; and remember that you will be trekking for a number of days. Anyone who leads an active and healthy lifestyle should find this challenge achievable, however always ensure that you have trained and prepared throoughly before the trip deaprts. but the more you train before the challenge, the more you will get out of it. 

Training tips for the Kilimanjaro challenge:

  • Endurance training should be your primary focus
  • Ensure that you get some training walks done in the mountains of the UK to familiarise yourself with walking on rugged terrain
  • Try to incorporate ascents into your training as well as long distances
  • Carry a full daypack while training, and steadily add more weight
  • Join one of our training weekends! 
  • Visit an altitude centre
  • Use the Fitness and Training tips in your account area

Training

A good level of fitness is definitely required, as this challenge is graded ‘Extreme’, due to the basic facilities, high altitude, long days and rough terrain. Don’t forget the impact of temperature extremes and high altitude; and remember that you will be trekking for a number of days. Anyone who leads an active and healthy lifestyle should find this challenge achievable, however always ensure that you have trained and prepared throoughly before the trip deaprts. but the more you train before the challenge, the more you will get out of it. 

Training tips for the Kilimanjaro challenge:

  • Endurance training should be your primary focus
  • Ensure that you get some training walks done in the mountains of the UK to familiarise yourself with walking on rugged terrain
  • Try to incorporate ascents into your training as well as long distances
  • Carry a full daypack while training, and steadily add more weight
  • Join one of our training weekends! 
  • Visit an altitude centre
  • Use the Fitness and Training tips in your account area

Training weekends

We offer superb training weekends across various locations in the UK, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. These training weekends not only help you become physically prepared for the challenge, but our experienced instructors and leaders will talk you through your clothing and equipment, camp craft, health and wellbeing, trekking skills (walking on different terrain/at altitude/at night/using walking poles), teamwork on expedition and many more themes designed to make you get the most out of your challenge. The weekends are great ways for you to get out into the mountains of the UK, while also meeting other Charity Challengers and sharing your experiences. To read more about our training weekends, including dates and prices, check out our dedicated page.

Training weekends

We offer superb training weekends across various locations in the UK, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. These training weekends not only help you become physically prepared for the challenge, but our experienced instructors and leaders will talk you through your clothing and equipment, camp craft, health and wellbeing, trekking skills (walking on different terrain/at altitude/at night/using walking poles), teamwork on expedition and many more themes designed to make you get the most out of your challenge. The weekends are great ways for you to get out into the mountains of the UK, while also meeting other Charity Challengers and sharing your experiences. To read more about our training weekends, including dates and prices, check out our dedicated page.

Luggage allowance and valuables

As no formal clothes are needed, luggage should be kept to the absolute minimum – details of what to pack are provided in your Kit List. You will require three types of bag for this trip:

  • Daypack - This will be carried by you during the trekking day and will contain your trekking essentials. This bag should be fitted properly and should be 25-35 litres in capacity. 
  • Duffle bag (or rucksack) - This will be carried by the porter during the trek and will only be accessible at the campsites. It should contain everthing that you require for the trek that you will not be carrying yourself. Please do not bring a bag with hard sides or wheels as porters often carry luggage on their heads. Your duffel bag should be 70-90 litres capacity. The maximum weight each porter will carry is 15kgs and your luggage will be weighed at the gate before commencing the climb. If you have more than 15kg an extra porter will need to be hired and could cost you up to $100
  • Hotel bag - This will be left at the hotel while you are on the mountain. You can leave any non-trekking items in this bag to be collected when you return from your trek. These items are left with the hotel reception but they are left at your own risk. Your passport, money and any valuables should be kept on you at all times.

While we will do everything to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches.  

On your outward journey, please wear your trekking gear, hiking boots, and carry a spare change of clothing in your hand luggage, just in case your duffle bag gets delayed.

Luggage allowance and valuables

As no formal clothes are needed, luggage should be kept to the absolute minimum – details of what to pack are provided in your Kit List. You will require three types of bag for this trip:

  • Daypack - This will be carried by you during the trekking day and will contain your trekking essentials. This bag should be fitted properly and should be 25-35 litres in capacity. 
  • Duffle bag (or rucksack) - This will be carried by the porter during the trek and will only be accessible at the campsites. It should contain everthing that you require for the trek that you will not be carrying yourself. Please do not bring a bag with hard sides or wheels as porters often carry luggage on their heads. Your duffel bag should be 70-90 litres capacity. The maximum weight each porter will carry is 15kgs and your luggage will be weighed at the gate before commencing the climb. If you have more than 15kg an extra porter will need to be hired and could cost you up to $100
  • Hotel bag - This will be left at the hotel while you are on the mountain. You can leave any non-trekking items in this bag to be collected when you return from your trek. These items are left with the hotel reception but they are left at your own risk. Your passport, money and any valuables should be kept on you at all times.

While we will do everything to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches.  

On your outward journey, please wear your trekking gear, hiking boots, and carry a spare change of clothing in your hand luggage, just in case your duffle bag gets delayed.

Leadership

We employ a number of Red Cross first aid qualified challenge guides, all of whom speak fluent English. When the guides first qualify they gain the Kili National Parks (KINAPA) award in first aid, which is basic but tough.  All guides are also trained in incident management and challenge leadership. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. The itinerary is there as a guide and may be forced to change, for example, due to unusual weather patterns or the strength of the group. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary. However, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your challenge leader will have the final say.

An expedition medic will also join the group to provide full time support and assistance throughout the trek. The medic will be english speaking and are often UK based.

Leadership

We employ a number of Red Cross first aid qualified challenge guides, all of whom speak fluent English. When the guides first qualify they gain the Kili National Parks (KINAPA) award in first aid, which is basic but tough.  All guides are also trained in incident management and challenge leadership. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. The itinerary is there as a guide and may be forced to change, for example, due to unusual weather patterns or the strength of the group. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary. However, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your challenge leader will have the final say.

An expedition medic will also join the group to provide full time support and assistance throughout the trek. The medic will be english speaking and are often UK based.

Group Size

Each group is intended to be a minimum of 13 people in order to run and a maximum of 30 people. We will be able to run this challenge for 8 to 12 people, by charging a small group supplement of £95, which will be added to your final balance invoice (self funders) or charged to your charity (minimum sponsorship or flexi).

Group Size

Each group is intended to be a minimum of 13 people in order to run and a maximum of 30 people. We will be able to run this challenge for 8 to 12 people, by charging a small group supplement of £95, which will be added to your final balance invoice (self funders) or charged to your charity (minimum sponsorship or flexi).

Clothing and equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof, well-worn in boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some really good quality walking socks. You don’t need a clean pair every day, but enough to make sure you have dry socks each morning.

The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you get one fitted in-store and train with this. Other essentials are high quality gore-tex waterproof and windproof jackets and trousers, technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts, and a down jacket for the evenings in camp and your summit day/night. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here, and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners Outdoorhire, Cotswold Outdoor, Cycle Surgery and altitude centre.

Clothing and equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof, well-worn in boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some really good quality walking socks. You don’t need a clean pair every day, but enough to make sure you have dry socks each morning.

The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you get one fitted in-store and train with this. Other essentials are high quality gore-tex waterproof and windproof jackets and trousers, technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts, and a down jacket for the evenings in camp and your summit day/night. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here, and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners Outdoorhire, Cotswold Outdoor, Cycle Surgery and altitude centre.

Accommodation & Toilets

Accommodation
You will be camping on the mountain in two person tents, which will be supplied and erected by the ground team. Before and after your climb, you will be staying in more comfortable accommodation at a lodge in Arusha or Marangu. If you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with, please let Charity Challenge know in advance. If you do not wish to share a tent/hotel room, please enquire with Charity Challenge regarding the single supplement.

Toilets
In the camps you will have toilet tents set up by your ground team, containing chemical toilets. You can also use the long drops provided by the National Parks agency, which are very basic and not monitored regularly. Your camp team will provide washing bowls of warm water as you arrive at camp at the end of the days trekking. There will also be water and soap available in camp to wash your hand with after using the toilet and before eating.

You should take plenty of toilet paper and wet wipes with you as well as anti-bacterial hand gel. You should also bring something to put used toilet paper in during the trekking day as toilet facilities between campsites will be limited to the great outdoors. Please note, there are no showers whilst you are on the trek.

Accommodation & Toilets

Accommodation
You will be camping on the mountain in two person tents, which will be supplied and erected by the ground team. Before and after your climb, you will be staying in more comfortable accommodation at a lodge in Arusha or Marangu. If you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with, please let Charity Challenge know in advance. If you do not wish to share a tent/hotel room, please enquire with Charity Challenge regarding the single supplement.

Toilets
In the camps you will have toilet tents set up by your ground team, containing chemical toilets. You can also use the long drops provided by the National Parks agency, which are very basic and not monitored regularly. Your camp team will provide washing bowls of warm water as you arrive at camp at the end of the days trekking. There will also be water and soap available in camp to wash your hand with after using the toilet and before eating.

You should take plenty of toilet paper and wet wipes with you as well as anti-bacterial hand gel. You should also bring something to put used toilet paper in during the trekking day as toilet facilities between campsites will be limited to the great outdoors. Please note, there are no showers whilst you are on the trek.

Food & Drink

There will be a hot breakfast (eg: porridge, eggs, toast, tea and coffee) to start the day, a cooked lunch on the mountain or at your camp and a filling hot meal in the evening (eg: soup, followed by rice, potato or pasta and sauce, and usually fruit for dessert.) You will need to bring plenty of snacks to keep your energy levels and calorie intake high during the trekking hours, especially on summit night. It is advisable to bring snacks that you really enjoy eating as altitude can affect your appetite.

There will be ample drinking water, as we will be filling up from local water sources. All the water is treated and is safe to drink, but you may wish to also use iodine drops or tablets as well whilst trekking. If you choose to use water straight from the stream or from hotel taps it is best to purify it first. The porters will collect water each morning and evening for drinking and cooking. Please let Charity Challenge know prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.

Food & Drink

There will be a hot breakfast (eg: porridge, eggs, toast, tea and coffee) to start the day, a cooked lunch on the mountain or at your camp and a filling hot meal in the evening (eg: soup, followed by rice, potato or pasta and sauce, and usually fruit for dessert.) You will need to bring plenty of snacks to keep your energy levels and calorie intake high during the trekking hours, especially on summit night. It is advisable to bring snacks that you really enjoy eating as altitude can affect your appetite.

There will be ample drinking water, as we will be filling up from local water sources. All the water is treated and is safe to drink, but you may wish to also use iodine drops or tablets as well whilst trekking. If you choose to use water straight from the stream or from hotel taps it is best to purify it first. The porters will collect water each morning and evening for drinking and cooking. Please let Charity Challenge know prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.

Money

Currency: The Tanzania shilling is a soft currency and you cannot obtain shillings before leaving the UK. US dollars are accepted in most places and should be used in country. Tanzanian Shillings cannot be exported, therefore should be reconverted against your currency declaration form.  

Exchange: The Bank of Tanzania performs all currency transfers; all other offers of currency exchange are illegal. There are also foreign exchange bureaus at the airport and in most towns and cities where you can change cash or travellers’ cheques at the prevailing free market exchange rate. The best currency is the dollar (US). For up to date currency exchange, go to: http://www.xe.com/

Credit cards: Major credit cards are sometimes accepted at larger hotels. Other than that, their use is limited and are not generally accepted in restaurants, shops etc. Bring enough money and do not carry all your cash on you. Cash point machines, which allow the use of Visa & MasterCard etc with a PIN, can be found at the airport and in the main towns (such as Arusha and Marangu), but are rare in smaller towns.

Spending money: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip. Somewhere in the region of £250 in US dollars should be sufficient to cover presents, tips, drinks, and so on. Keep in mind that other than at the start and end of the challenge, you will be in the mountains away from any foreign exchanges or banks. We recommend that you carry cash. 

Tips: We recommend in the region of $180US for the Kili team, and this should be given to the challenge leader on the last day of the trek, who will distribute it among the support team. If you do want to give one member of staff an extra tip, please also leave this until the end and allocate this on top of the recommended tipping amount. Make sure you have plenty of smaller dollar bills for tipping drivers and lodge/hotel staff. If you are going on the safari we recommend $25 per person for your guide/driver and then a small amount for lodge staff.

Money

Currency: The Tanzania shilling is a soft currency and you cannot obtain shillings before leaving the UK. US dollars are accepted in most places and should be used in country. Tanzanian Shillings cannot be exported, therefore should be reconverted against your currency declaration form.  

Exchange: The Bank of Tanzania performs all currency transfers; all other offers of currency exchange are illegal. There are also foreign exchange bureaus at the airport and in most towns and cities where you can change cash or travellers’ cheques at the prevailing free market exchange rate. The best currency is the dollar (US). For up to date currency exchange, go to: http://www.xe.com/

Credit cards: Major credit cards are sometimes accepted at larger hotels. Other than that, their use is limited and are not generally accepted in restaurants, shops etc. Bring enough money and do not carry all your cash on you. Cash point machines, which allow the use of Visa & MasterCard etc with a PIN, can be found at the airport and in the main towns (such as Arusha and Marangu), but are rare in smaller towns.

Spending money: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip. Somewhere in the region of £250 in US dollars should be sufficient to cover presents, tips, drinks, and so on. Keep in mind that other than at the start and end of the challenge, you will be in the mountains away from any foreign exchanges or banks. We recommend that you carry cash. 

Tips: We recommend in the region of $180US for the Kili team, and this should be given to the challenge leader on the last day of the trek, who will distribute it among the support team. If you do want to give one member of staff an extra tip, please also leave this until the end and allocate this on top of the recommended tipping amount. Make sure you have plenty of smaller dollar bills for tipping drivers and lodge/hotel staff. If you are going on the safari we recommend $25 per person for your guide/driver and then a small amount for lodge staff.

Phone and WiFi

There is Wi-Fi at the hotel at the beginning and end, but not on the mountain.  Phone signal is available in town, but virtually non-existent on the mountain.

There is no opportunity to recharge any electrical equipment during the trek, but if you want to bring a solar charger these can work well to charge phones.  There are charge points in your rooms at the hotel.

Phone and WiFi

There is Wi-Fi at the hotel at the beginning and end, but not on the mountain.  Phone signal is available in town, but virtually non-existent on the mountain.

There is no opportunity to recharge any electrical equipment during the trek, but if you want to bring a solar charger these can work well to charge phones.  There are charge points in your rooms at the hotel.

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