Wed 15 Feb - Sun 26 Feb 2017

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Wed 15 Feb 2017

International departure from London

The big day is finally here and everyone’s feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement as they meet up at Heathrow Airport for the long-awaited flight to Tanzania.

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Day 2, Thu 16 Feb 2017

Flight to Kilimanjaro airport, transfer to hotel

We touch down in Ethiopia or Kenya for our internal flight to Kilimanajaro. Here we meet our local Charity Challenge representative who will transfer us to our hotel for a welcome lunch. Tonight we’ll have a team dinner, briefing and kit check before getting our heads down for our challenge tomorrow.

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Day 3, Fri 17 Feb 2017

Lemosho Glades, 1,981m, to Big Tree Camp, 2,800m (approximately 3-5 hours)

The day starts at the main gate of the national park for registration, before we drive on to Lemosho Glades at 1,981m. The trekking challenge begins on a little-used path through the rainforest wilderness called Chamber’s Route. At points, the terrain becomes quite tough where the vegetation completely invades the path. The first night of camping will be spent in or near the rainforest.

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Day 4, Sat 18 Feb 2017

Acclimatisation trek to Shira One, 3,500m (approximately 7-8 hours)

The morning is taken up with a climb of over 600m in altitude to an incredible valley just outside the Shira Crater at 3,050m. After stopping here for lunch, we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau. Our camp tonight is at Shira One (3,500m), one of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones. From here we catch our first close look of Kibo, the dramatic summit.

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Day 5, Sun 19 Feb 2017

Shira Plateau to Shira Two, 3,800m (approximately 5-6 hours trek)

Rise and shine early to head east across the Shira Plateau. Along the way we pass the Shira Cathedral (3,880m) before reaching our final destination: Shira Two (3,800m). The views from the ridge are spectacular, though you will need a good head for heights! The night will be spent here above the clouds.

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Day 6, Mon 20 Feb 2017

Southern Flank, 3,900m, to Barranco, 3,900m (approximately 7-10 hours)

Today we tackle the Southern Flank, heading up to 4,500m over the Lava Tower. The route then passes down through the Barranco Valley, which is dotted with remarkable plant life including giant Dendrosenecios. We continue on to one of the mountain’s most spectacular beauty spots: the Barranco Wall. With views over Mount Meru and the expansive valleys below, this point at 3,900m will be our campsite.

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Day 7, Tue 21 Feb 2017

Barranco Wall and the Karanga Valley, 3,900m (approximately 4-6 hours)

Summon up all your energy for this morning’s climb up the Barranco Wall – an immediate height gain of more than 200m. Continuing over valleys and ridges we arrive triumphant at Karanga camp for lunch. This afternoon we have an optional but recommended trek to the scree slopes towards the southern ice fields. Tonight we return to Karanga Camp for dinner and another night under the African sky.

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Day 8, Wed 22 Feb 2017

Barafu Ridge, 4,600m, and summit preparation

After breakfast we’ll trek to Barafu Ridge Camp (4,600m) – a tough walk made all the more difficult by the altitude. Yet we have the advantage over other climbers, who mostly set off from Barranco. Take the afternoon to either rest or join a short acclimatisation walk to a higher point. Dinner will be followed by a very early night, ahead of the midnight departure.

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Day 9, Thu 23 Feb 2017

Summit day: Uhuru Point, 5,895m (approximately 12-15 hours)

We begin at midnight, climbing the scree slopes to Stella Point (5,750m). Temperatures plummet due to the wind chill. The sun begins to rise at 5:30am, providing the necessary inspiration. We aim to reach Stella Point just after dawn. Then, after a short rest, we head for Uhuru Point at 5,895m. Descend victorious via Barafu Ridge Camp towards Millennium camp at 3,750m, where the celebratory drinks await!

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Day 10, Fri 24 Feb 2017

Descend to Mweka Gate through Kidia (approximately 5-7 hours)

It’s an early start for our final day trekking to Mweka Gate. This is a long walk on a pretty, sloping track into the rainforest and down to the plantations near Kidia. The path continues for up to seven hours until the gate where we stop for lunch and team photos. After lunch you will be driven to see our Tanzanian community partners – Pamoja Tunaweza Boys & Girls Club where you will see first-hand where your donations are going to and you have a chance to purchase unique club-made souvenirs. Then it’s a two-hour drive back to our hotel for a celebratory dinner.

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Day 11, Sat 25 Feb 2017

Depart Tanzania to UK

We wave goodbye to Tanzania, having completed an incredible challenge and forged some strong friendships along the way. Feeling elated, the flight home is a great time to reflect on the achievement and swap details with our amazing teammates.

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Day 12, Sun 26 Feb 2017

Arrive home

Saying goodbye will not be easy, but the memories we’ve made together will stay with us forever.

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Important information

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the strength of the group, and so on. 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 expedition leader will have the final say.

Should you suffer from vertigo, it is worth considering that on most mountain treks there will be occasional exposure to sheer drops. You should therefore discuss the particular itinerary of your choice with a member of our team.

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