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Wed 07 Oct - Sat 17 Oct 2020


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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Wed 07 Oct 2020

International departure from London

The day that you’ve trained so long and hard for has finally arrived. As you meet the rest of the team at the airport, it’s time to say goodbye to family and friends before heading off for Tanzania.


Day 2, Thu 08 Oct 2020

Flight to Kilimanjaro then transfer to hotel

At Kilimanjaro Airport you’ll meet your local Charity Challenge representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and getting to know your group. The evening will be spent enjoying your first team dinner, while checking your kit and running through a full briefing. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel 


Day 3, Fri 09 Oct 2020

Rongai National Park, forest trek, 2,600m (approx. 3-4hrs)

The day starts with a short drive to the Rongai National Park gate for registration. Here you’ll begin your climb at the traditional village of Nale Moru at 1,950m. The track climbs through fields, pine forest and rainforest which shelter a variety of wildlife, including Colobus monkeys. 
After gaining 650m in altitude, the first camp site at Rongai One, is on the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m).  (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping


Day 4, Sat 10 Oct 2020

Kikelewa Caves, 3,600m (approx. 7-8hrs)

Ahead lays a tough climb of 1,000m, so after a hearty breakfast the trail heads across moorland to the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. After lunch, the route up passes through the picturesque valley and past many caves. 
Tonight’s campsite is situated in a sheltered valley surrounded by giant Senecio plants near Kikelewa Caves at 3,600m. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping


Day 5, Sun 11 Oct 2020

Mawenzi Tarn, 4,330m (approx. 4-5hrs)

Prepare for an early rise this morning in preparation to tackle a steep climb ahead. Leaving the vegetation behind, you arrive at the next camp, Mawenzi Tarn, at 4,330m, which lies in the shadows of Mawenzi. 
In order to continue acclimatising to the high altitude, the afternoon is free to explore the surrounding area. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping


Day 6, Mon 12 Oct 2020

Mawenzi Tarn, 4,330m (approx. 4hrs)

The day will start with an unexpected – but much needed – sleep in! After breakfast, there’s a short acclimatisation walk up the scree slopes of Mawenzi, before returning back to your base for lunch and free time. 
Although you have gained 250m of altitude practise, you’ll will return for dinner and sleep at Mawenzi Tarn camp at 4,300m to help prepare for summit day. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping


Day 7, Tue 13 Oct 2020

Kibo crater, 4,700m (approx. 5-6hrs)

It’s one day before summit and the nerves are likely to be kicking in. Today you’ll venture across the lunar desert that creates the ‘saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo. 
A five-six hour walk, the aim is for the campsite at the bottom of the Kibo-crater wall. 
You will now be 420m closer to your goal, so the rest of the day will be spent resting in preparation for the summit trek. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping


Day 8, Wed 14 Oct 2020

Summit day, 5,895m (approx. 11-16hrs)

You’ll be woken at midnight for the final push up the scree slopes to Gilman’s Point. Hopefully a spectacular sunrise will push you towards the summit –Uhuru Point (5,895m). 
Enjoy the amazing views and sense of achievement as you summit the ‘roof of Africa’. There’s plenty of time for those all-important victory shots, before the descent to Horombo. The campsite is at 2,700m and where the final night camping is spent. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping


Day 9, Thu 15 Oct 2020

Descend to Marangu Gate, 1,800m (approx. 5-7hrs)

After a wonderful night’s sleep, descends towards the Moorland to Mandara Hut at 2,700m before returning to the Marangu Gate at 1,800m. This is a long and gently sloping walk from the lower heath and into the rainforest. 
Vehicles will await the group at the finishing point for the drive back to your hotel. Finally, it’s time to relax and celebrate with a final team dinner and celebratory drink. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 10, Fri 16 Oct 2020

Depart Tanzania to UK

Emotions are likely to be mixed as you say goodbye to Kilimanjaro and head back home. Take the time during the flight to sit back and reflect on your once-in-a-lifetime experience, while also swapping contact details with new-found friends and trekking partners. (B)


Day 11, Sat 17 Oct 2020

Arrive home

Head home to share your special memories with friends and family.


Important information

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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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