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Sun 21 Oct - Sat 27 Oct 2018

In aid of Balashram School


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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sun 21 Oct 2018

Day 1: Meet fellow Balashram trekkers and drive to Longido then short acclimatisation trek to Big Rock Camp

You will need to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Planet Lodge Arusha hotel by 1300hrs on Sunday at the latest. You will be met at the airport by our representative who will transfer the Sunday morning arrivals to the Planet Lodge hotel where we will meet and greet our fellow international Balashram trekkers who have arrived earlier. From here we will drive to Big Rock Camp, in the foothills of Mt. Longido, a journey time of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

If you are travelling long haul, we advise you plan to arrive the day before or early in the morning to avoid missing the group departure. If we have time today, we will have a short acclimatisation trek in the African bush, to familiarise ourselves with the environment and equipment and to settle in to our first camp site at Big Rock Camp. 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.


Day 2, Mon 22 Oct 2018

Day 2: Longido to Kitumbeine (approximately 22kms/6-7 hours trek)

Each day, time permitting, we will have a meditation in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before dinner. After breakfast the day begins with a 20km drive into the bush. From here it’s a tough 22km (about 6-7 hours trek including stops) towards the majestic volcano: of Kitumbeine. Passing Maasai villages and herdsmen, we catch our first glimpse of Ol Doiyno Lengai (2,960m), which is the most sacred Maasai mountain in the region. The trail en-route to Kitumbeine Village is sandy and rocky. About 2kms beyond the village we arrive at Kitumbeine Camp, where we overnight.


Day 3, Tue 23 Oct 2018

Day 3: Kitumbeine to Nagarirat (approximately 12-15 kms/6-7 hours)

Today we will enter some wonderful game viewing areas as we head into increasingly hot and arid bush.   Look out for zebra, gerenuk, giraffe and countless birds. The trail is rocky to start and becomes increasingly dusty, so bandanas or face masks are very useful. Today and tomorrow the route crosses a low saddle between Mounts Kitumbeine and Gelai. Located between these great volcanoes is the old swamp of Nagarirat, which is now a dust bowl. We will camp on a relatively high point with great views over the incredibly beautiful surrounding country.


Day 4, Wed 24 Oct 2018

Day 4: Across Dustpans of Nagarirat to Gelai Village (approximately 12-15 kms/6-7 hours trek)

Today we climb into the foothills of Mount 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.


Day 5, Thu 25 Oct 2018

Day 5: Gelai Village Camp to Sunken Crater & the Lava Plains (approximately 26kms/ 8-10 hours)

Rise and shine early to trek across untamed bush towards the Sunken Crater (26kms). We will cross a beautiful plain marked by dead volcanic vents towards the escarpment of the Rift Valley, which rises from the bush up to the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. Today’s trek will probably be the hottest so far, so pack sun block, reflective clothing and wide-brimmed hats. Our trek will take us to the impressive Sunken Crater where we camp overnight at the rim of the crater. However, it can get cold and breezy after sunset so pack a windproof, warm jacket. (See recommended kit list.)


Day 6, Fri 26 Oct 2018

Day 6: Morning trek (approximately 8kms/3 – 4 hours), visit to Engaruka ruins before returning to Arusha

After another early start, we set off on our last morning's trek. After lunch a short drive takes us to the ancient ruins of Engaruka which we will visit.

Engaruka is an important historic site that reveals evidence of a farming community of several thousand people who lived here over 500 years ago.

After Engaruka, we return to our hotel in Arusha, a journey of approximately 2 hours. Here, we can enjoy a hot shower, relax and group meditation, before our end of trek evening celebratory meal. Overnight at hotel.


Day 7, Sat 27 Oct 2018

Day 7: Arusha and transfer to airport

After meditation and breakfast, and depending on your return flight time (for example the Ethiopian Airlines flight to London departs at 1735hrs), you may wish to relax at the hotel, have a look around Arusha or transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. We are planning two transfer runs to the airport; the times of these will depend on the times of participants flights and will be communicated to the group a month before the trek commences. 


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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