Sat 20 Oct - Sun 28 Oct 2018

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sat 20 Oct 2018

Day 1: International departure from London

Meet the rest of the team and a Charity Challenge representative at the airport for the long-awaited night flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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Day 2, Sun 21 Oct 2018

Day 2: Drive to Big Rock Camp and trek to Longido (approximately 10kms)

After touch down, we drive to Big Rock Camp in the foothills of Mt. Longido. The afternoon will be spent on an acclimatisation trek in the African bush, to familiarise participants with the environment and equipment. Conditions are likely to be very hot and dry and unlike anything you are used to, so take today to ease in gently. Overnight at camp.

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Day 3, Mon 22 Oct 2018

Day 3: Longido to Kitumbeine (approximately 22kms)

The day begins with a 20km drive into the bush. From here it’s a tough 22km trek towards the majestic volcano: Kitumbeine. Passing Maasai villages and herdsmen, we catch our first glimpse of Ol Doiyno Lengai (2,960m), the most sacred Maasai mountain in the region. The trail en route to Kitumbeine Village is sandy and rocky. About 2kms beyond the village is Kitumbeine Camp, where we overnight.

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Day 4, Tue 23 Oct 2018

Day 4: Kitumbeine to Nagarirat (approximately 10kms)

The environment gets hotter and drier, but the payoff is fantastic game viewing. Look out for zebra, gerenuk , giraffe and countless birds.

The trail is rocky and dusty, so face masks are recommended. Today and tomorrow the route crosses a low saddle between Mounts Kitumbeine and Gelai. Midway is the old swamp of Nagarirat – now a dust bowl. Tonight’s camp is high up, with awe-inspiring views.

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Day 5, Wed 24 Oct 2018

Day 5: Across Dustpans of Nagarirat to Gelai (approximately 10kms)

Today we climb into the foothills of Gelai. Prepare to be challenged as there are many uphills and it can be  rocky underfoot. The night will be spent at Gelai Village campsite, a few minutes’ walk from the village itself. Our challenges have helped to fund and build new classrooms for the community here.

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Day 6, Thu 25 Oct 2018

Day 6: Sunken Crater & the Lava Plains (approximately 22kms)

Rise and shine early to trek across untamed bush towards the Sunken Crater (22kms). Our efforts bring us  closer to the escarpment of the Rift Valley, rising from the bush up to the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. Today’s trek will be the hottest so far, so pack sun block, reflective clothing and wide-brimmed hats. However, temperatures can fall dramatically after dark. Camp at the rim of the crater.

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Day 7, Fri 26 Oct 2018

Day 7: Return to Arusha

Breakfast will be served super early, after which it’s time to bid farewell to the support team and head to Arusha. The guide will join you for lunch and some shopping, after which you are free to relax by the pool or explore some more. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 8, Sat 27 Oct 2018

Day 8: Arusha and transfer to airport

There’s still time to see anything you may have missed in Arusha this morning. Later the group will transfer to the airport for the overnight flight back to Britain.

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Day 9, Sun 28 Oct 2018

Day 9: Arrive in UK

As we touchdown in the UK it’s time to head to arrivals to find your family and friends – but not before swapping details with your challenge companions.

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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.

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