Wed 03 Jun - Sun 14 Jun 2020

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Day 1, Wed 03 Jun 2020

Fly to Kilimanjaro

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

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Day 2, Thu 04 Jun 2020

Arrive Kilimanjaro and transfer to the hotel

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you'll be met by your local Charity Challenge representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and getting to know your group. After your first team dinner, you will have a full briefing on the climb and a kit check. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 3, Fri 05 Jun 2020

Start of North Face climb, trek to Big Tree

Departing early, there is a drive to Londorossi Gate where the group will register for the climb. From here you’ll be driven to the trailhead at 2,350m where you will meet the main support team and have lunch before a 3-4 hours trek through the rainforest to camp 1 at Big Tree (2,785m).
The Lemosho approach begins with an exciting rainforest trail from the Lemosho Glades, passing through areas where the vegetation is so undisturbed that it grows right across the narrow track.
The first camp site at Big Tree, is in the heart of the rainforest. (B,L,D)

Height Gain 435m. Distance 6kms.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 4, Sat 06 Jun 2020

To Shira Caldera, 3,500m (approx. 5-6hrs)

The day begins with a tough trek involving a height gain of over 600m, with a lunch stop in a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 3,050m. After lunch, the route continues along the ridge before dropping down into the Shira Caldera, the third of the volcanic cones that make up the Kilimanjaro massif, now a high altitude desert plateau. 
Tonight’s camp at Shira One offers your first close views of Kibo, the dramatic summit cone of Kilimanjaro. (B,L,D)

Height Gain 715m. Distance 8kms.

Accommodation: Camping

 

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Day 5, Sun 07 Jun 2020

To Shira Hut, 3,895m (approx. 5-6hrs)

Today is a relatively easy day, intended to help acclimatisation. Leaving camp this morning, you trek east across Shira Plateau before detouring to the top of Shira Cathedral (3,860m) – a high ridge with spectacular views. 
Descending the ridge, you continue to your camp on the eastern slopes of Shira Crater. (B,L,D)

Height Gain 395m. Distance approx. 7kms (+ 3kms if trekking to Shira Cathedral)

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 6, Mon 08 Jun 2020

To Moir Camp (approx. 4-5hrs)

Today you divert from the standard trail and curve around the North West flank of Kilimanjaro, a zone that very few climbers visit. The trek passes below Shark’s Tooth (just over 4,500m) to reach Moir Camp (4,200m) – a quiet site overlooking Shira Plateau.
This afternoon, if time allows, you can take an optional 100m acclimatising trek up the nearby ridge before returning to Moir Camp for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Height Gain 605m. Distance 6kms.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 7, Tue 09 Jun 2020

To Pofu Two Camp at the base of the North Face (approx. 5-7hrs)

The trek today starts by heading eastwards around the northern circuit trail. Along the way there is further opportunity to acclimatise to the altitude. Climbing out of Moir Valley, you continue up on to the summit of Little Lent Hill (4,375m) and then, time allowing, on to the main peak of the Lent Group (4,700m). Underfoot is a little loose rock and scrambling but only for a short time. 
The final section of today’s walk undulates until reaching the location of Pofu Two Camp, your North Face base camp at 4,030m. At this wild camp you can marvel at the spectacle of the Kenyan flatlands extending out into the horizon. (B,L,D)

Height Gain 500m. with Lent Group and Height in camp 4030m. Distance 10kms.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 8, Wed 10 Jun 2020

To North Face high camp (approx. 5-6hrs)

The penultimate day before Summit day but today sees some easy scrambling as you get on to the ridge, which serves as good preparation for the bid tomorrow. 

Important Note: This area on the Kilimanjaro massif is very remote and your camp tonight is necessarily simple. Portering supplies to North Face high camp (4,600m) is a major task. The High Camp is on a rocky outcrop and will allow for a group of around 10 to 15 climbers in twin and triple tents. Bigger groups will camp lower (4,550m) at Scree Valley Camp. They will have to get up correspondingly earlier on summit day. 

This evening your leader will hold an important briefing in readiness for the summit push tomorrow. Snacks and water will be prepared and packed in advance. Kit and clothing will be checked by your guides. Then it’s to bed, in order to ensure a good rest in advance of tomorrow’s 4am breakfast call! (B,L,D)

Height Gain with the acclimatising trek around 600m. Distance 4-5kms.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 9, Thu 11 Jun 2020

Kilimanjaro Summit climb (approx. 14hrs)

After an early start, you continue up the North Face ridges and scree slopes to the northern rim of the great caldera of Kilimanjaro. As the sun comes up, the scenery of this unique, amazing wilderness route will gradually unfold. 
The first major landmark is the magnificent Northern Icefields – and you will be viewing these at close hand – a privilege that no other Kilimanjaro route offers. The route crosses east and curves around the southern rim of the Reusch Crater and on towards the remnants of the Furtwangler Glacier. From here the trek gets tough with a 300m climb up the inner crater wall on a steep zig zagging trail which takes us back up to the rim of the crater and on to Kilimanjaro’s summit at Uhuru Point (5,895m).
Enjoy the amazing views and look north to see in the remote distance the point where you entered and crossed the crater of Kilimanjaro – a real affirmation of your achievement! It’s a fast trek down the scree slopes to Barafu Campsite (4,700m), which you should reach by mid-afternoon. Then, after tea and snacks, continue down on an easy trail to Millenium Camp where you will have your final night of camping. Realistically be prepared for 14 to 16 hours on the climb and trek down today. (B,L,D)

Distance: 7kms climb to the summit and then a further 12kms to walk off.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 10, Fri 12 Jun 2020

Descend to Mweka Gate (approx. 4-6hrs)

After a leisurely breakfast, descend Millennium Camp (3,800m) and walk down across the Alpine moorland to Mweka Gate. As the southern flank tends to be wet, it is quite likely that you will encounter wet and very muddy conditions in the rainforest section on this last day. With tired legs and the possibility of rain, do not expect an easy jaunt back to the gate!
A big lunch prepared by our chef near the Gate, will keep you going as you continue to your hotel for a well-earned hot shower, celebration dinner and rest. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: hotel

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Day 11, Sat 13 Jun 2020

Depart Tanzania

As you say goodbye to Kilimanjaro and head back home, emotions are likely to be mixed having completed an incredible challenge. The flight home is the perfect opportunity to reflect on all you’ve achieved and swap details with your inspiring teammates. (B)

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Day 12, Sun 14 Jun 2020

Arrive home

With amazing memories and a massive sense of achievement, it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends making sure you’ve swapped details before heading home.

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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.

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