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Wed 09 Oct - Sun 20 Oct 2019

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Wed 09 Oct 2019

International departure from London

The big day has finally arrived. Everyone will feel a mixture of nerves and excitement as they meet up for the long-awaited flight to Tanzania. Embrace the nerves and get ready for the experience of a lifetime.

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Day 2, Thu 10 Oct 2019

Flight to Kilimanjaro airport, transfer to hotel

Your local Charity Challenge representative will transfer you to your hotel for a welcome lunch. The evening will include a team dinner, briefing and kit check before getting a long sleep in preparation for the start of the challenge.

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 3, Fri 11 Oct 2019

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

It’s the long awaited challenge day! 

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

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 4, Sat 12 Oct 2019

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

Enjoy a morning climb of over 600m in altitude to an incredible valley just outside the Shira Crater at 3,050m. After stopping here for lunch, the route crosses into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau. The evening’s camp is at Shira One (3,500m), one of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones. From here it is possible to catch a first close look of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s dramatic summit.

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 5, Sun 13 Oct 2019

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

After an early start, head east across the Shira Plateau. passing the Shira Cathedral (3,880m) before reaching your final destination: Shira Two (3,800m). The views from the ridge are spectacular, though you will need a good head for heights! Enjoy a wonderful nights’ sleep above the clouds of Africa.

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 6, Mon 14 Oct 2019

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

Today you tackle the Southern Flank, heading up to 4,500m over the Lava Tower, before passing through the Barranco Valley, which is dotted with remarkable plant life including giant Dendrosenecios. Continue on to one of the mountain’s most spectacular beauty spots: the Barranco Wall, with views over Mount Meru and the expansive plains below, this point at 3,900m will be your campsite.

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 7, Tue 15 Oct 2019

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, continuing over valleys and ridges before arriving at Karanga camp for lunch. There is an optional but recommended afternoon trek to the scree slopes towards the southern ice fields, which helps with acclimatisation.

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 8, Wed 16 Oct 2019

Barafu Ridge, 4,600m, and summit preparation

After a large, energy-filled breakfast, the trek to Barafu Ridge Camp (4,600m) begins – a tough walk made all the more difficult by the altitude. 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 summit departure.

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 9, Thu 17 Oct 2019

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

Beginning the summit walk at midnight, the climb passes through the tough and unforgiving scree slopes to Stella Point (5,750m). Be prepared for the mental challenge as temperatures plummet due to the wind chill. You will aim to reach Stella Point just after dawn, buoyed by the natural energy and warmth of the rising sun. 
After a short rest, it’s one final push Uhuru Point, and the roof of Africa, at 5,895m. Celebrate your accomplishment with your fellow challenge participants, and take the time to admire the surrounds, before descending via Barafu Ridge Camp towards Millennium camp at 3,750m, where celebratory drinks await!

Accommodation: Camp

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Day 10, Fri 18 Oct 2019

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

It’s an early start for your final day trekking to Mweka Gate. It’s a long, tiresome 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 you stop for lunch and team photos.
After lunch and a two-hour drive back to your hotel, enjoy a hot shower, rest and celebratory dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 11, Sat 19 Oct 2019

Depart Tanzania to UK

It’s time to wave goodbye to Tanzania, having completed an incredible challenge and forged some lasting friendships along the way. Feeling elated, the flight home is a great time to reflect on the achievement and swap details with your inspiring teammates.

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Day 12, Sun 20 Oct 2019

Arrive home

Saying goodbye will not be easy, but the memories you’ve made will stay with you 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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