Mount Kilimanjaro Trek 2020

11 Sep 20 Sep

Friday 11 Sep 20 - Sunday 20 Sep 20 Initial payment £350, Minimum Sponsorship £4,150 13 Places Must be over 18 to apply

Join on your own or as a team on this challenge to summit Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world!

You will be part of a small group of no more than 20 trekkers – all taking on this challenge for WellChild, raising vital funds to help seriously ill children throughout the UK.

This is truly a once in a lifetime trek and we’ll be there for you every step of the way. We’ll be at the end of the phone whenever you need us, can provide fundraising help to ensure you reach your minimum target and we’ll be there walking with you in September.

This trek follows the Lemosho Route – chosen for it’s beauty, remoteness and high summit success rates.

Duration: 7 days trekking

Endurance Factor: Tough

Take a look at the FAQ’s and Itinerary below for more information about the challenge.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mel on melanieparker@wellchild.org.uk or 01242 530 007

FAQs

What’s included in the cost of the challenge?

  • International flights from London Heathrow
  • 1 fully qualified first aid trained western guide
  • A WellChild Representative for the duration of your trip
  • 2 nights 3* motel accommodation in Moshi (based on twin sharing)
  • 6 nights camping accommodation (3 person tents based on twin sharing)
  • Included meals: All meals while trekking (B,L,D) and breakfasts in Moshi
  • Group airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Private group transportation to start and from end of trek
  • National Park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Local guides & porters*
  • The option to attend any of the UK training walks and weekend
  • Pre-departure support and advice

*Our guides and porters are paid fairly, properly and equipped and fully insured for rescue and medical emergencies.

What isn’t included?

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Tanzanian Visa (around £40 – see below)
  • Items of a personal nature (drinks, snacks, souvenirs etc)
  • Any single supplementation on accommodation or additional tea house costs incurred
  • Costs arising from early departure
  • Tips & gratuities for in-country staff

What do I need to do to take part?

Pay an initial payment and raise a minimum amount of sponsorship eight weeks before the event.

Provide your own kit (we will send you a full kit list and can advise on all items)

Make sure you have a reasonable level of fitness in time for the trek

How is the team supported?

Before the challenge you will have regular contact and updates from the Head of Challenge Events. There will also be an opportunity to test your fitness and meet up for one of our UK training walks or weekend. You will receive training and fundraising advice once signed up and can contact the team if you have any questions. During the challenge our safety and in-country team will lead the walk and guide you throughout the event ensuring your safety. A full team of Guides, Porters and Cooks will help you complete this challenge.

What if I can’t complete the challenge?

We will do everything we can to support you leading up to and during the challenge. It is a real test of mental strength and stamina to complete the challenge and is no easy feat, but we’ll be with you every step of the way.

How fit do I need to be?

The trek is both a mental and physical challenge. You will need to train beforehand and it is unrealistic to think you can complete the event without any training. Once signed up you will receive further training advice and recommendations on equipment e.g. walking boots. Ideally you need to be able to complete an eight hour walk on at least two consecutive days to be ready for this challenge. It’s not simply about being ready to walk the event but plan your training to be ready over the coming months. If you have a health condition you should consult your doctor before taking part.

Itinerary

Day 1 – International departure from London

This will most likely be the first time the whole team meets, to start this experience of a lifetime.  We will board an overnight flight to Moshi.

Day 2 – Arrival in Moshi, Tanzania, free time.

Upon our arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, we will then be transferred to our comfortable motel. You will have a free day to prepare yourself for the adventure and to check out the local town.

Day 3 – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)

The day will start with an early 8am collection from our motel and you’ll be driven to the start point for the trek, Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). At Londorossi Gate, you will receive a hearty packed lunch, you can also purchase any extras that you may need, snacks & mineral water for the hike ahead. At the entrance gate, you’ll see the spectacular commotion of guides and porters distributing the supplies and loading themselves up ready for the trail.  We will also register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) before hitting the trail and the start of this amazing journey. Today’s warm up is a short 3-hour trek into the warm and lush rain forest. Keep your eyes peeled for Colobus monkeys! You will arrive at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) during the late afternoon. The porters will have already been busy setting up camp for your arrival, cooks will prepare a snack & hot beverage, before tucking into an awesome evening meal. Be aware temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!

Day 4: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3840m)

After an early morning wakeup call & breakfast, your day will begin with ascending out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone. You will cross a multitude of streams and traverse across a plateau that leads up to our home for the night, Shira 2 Camp (3840m) you will be walking for approximately 6.5 hours. At Shira 2 Camp, you will be camping next to a fast-flowing stream and have spectacular views of the Western Breach and its glaciers to the East. Whilst you bask in the views sipping on a well-deserved hot drink, your amazing team will be rustling up another exciting dish for you. Wrap up warm tonight as the temperatures will drop as this camp is really exposed to the cold of the night.

Day 5: Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)

Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert, moonscape, rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking towards the East, you will be confronted with the epic Lava Tower (4630m). Here we rest and tuck into packed lunches.  If you are up for a challenge and the weather is good you’ll also have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower.  You then descend from Lava Tower down to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 680m descent gives you a huge advantage to allow your body to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). More yummy food will be conjured up for you and you can watch the sun setting to the East whilst chilling with your team mates.

Day 6: Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

Today is a very short trek, 4 hours, allowing for sufficient acclimatisation. After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimidating at first glance, past trekkers do say that this is much easier than they anticipated. Once you’ve conquered the wall, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier and you’ll be flying high as you’ll be way up above the clouds. The remaining trail then winds its way up and down the Karanga Valley. You will spend the night at Karanga Camp (3950m), resting and enjoying the early finish.

Day 7: Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600)

After a beautiful but cold sunrise, along with a hearty breakfast it’s time to hit the trail. Today’s trail intersects with the other popular Mweka Route, which we will traverse on our descent back down the mountain. After a few hours trek we reach the Barafu Hut. This is an important stop for our porters as it’s the last place to stock up on running water before the Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so we can rest before attempting the all-important summit. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. You will need to try and get to sleep by 19:00, it’s going to be a very early start!

Day 8: summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Woohoo it’s summit day! This is the day that you have been prepping for and training for months! Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest ascending scree paths gaining more and more altitude with every step. Today’s ascent requires both mental and physical strength.  After 6 hours you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim, were you will bask in the morning rays and enjoy the most magnificent sunrise! From Stella Point you will continue ascending for around 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to the final goal, Uhuru Peak and ‘The Roof of Africa’ standing at a massive 5895m. Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The trek down to Barafu Camp takes around 3 hours.

Back at camp, you will have time to rest, recuperate and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest and you will more than likely encounter fog and drizzle, so make sure that your waterproofs are handy!

Day 9: Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m) – Moshi

Following a very well-deserved breakfast, your staff have a big celebration planned for you, full of dancing and singing, joining in is a must and you’ll hardly need persuading. It is here during this celebration on the mountain that you will present your tips and say your thanks to the in-country crew. After celebrating, you will descend for approximately 3 hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive a very well deserved certificate of completion. We will head back into Moshi for lunch and a cold beverage, this may well be an ice cold beer! Then it’s back to the motel for the very long awaited hot shower and lots more celebrations with your new found friends.

Day  10: Moshi – Departure

Today is a sad day, the end of the adventure, it’s time to pack up and head to the airport for our flight back home.

Terms and conditions

WELLCHILD KILIMANJARO TREK TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Please read the following Terms & Conditions of Entry carefully

1. All travel and associated arrangements for the WellChild Kilimanjaro Trek are made by a specialist trekking and travel company.  In making these arrangements, WellChild is acting as your agent and is unable to accept liability for any loss or damage, beyond its statutory liability, or for cancellation of the trek for any reason out of its control.

2. We ask participants to endeavour to raise the minimum amounts stated for this trek. The trek has to be paid for in advance, so as well as your £350 initial payment, you must raise a minimum of £2350 before 11th July 2020 – this is to cover travel, accommodation and arrangements.  This must be reached by these dates in order for you to be able to participate in the trek.  Failure to meet the deadlines above will forfeit your eligibility to participate – or you may choose to make up the balance yourself. 

All funds raised in the name of WellChild must be paid to WellChild. You have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship monies/donations received by you for the trek are paid to WellChild promptly.

3. You should endeavour to raise the remaining £1800 in sponsorship by the date of the trek. 

4. If you cancel your place the initial payment and any monies raised will be refundable unless travel and accommodation costs have been incurred by WellChild, in which case these will be non-refundable.  This non-refundable amount will be deducted from any monies raised. Please note that you could be responsible for refunding this to your sponsors and therefore we advise that you take out travel insurance for this trek as soon as you make your intiail payment which covers you for cancellation.  If you have not raised sufficient monies to cover these costs, you will still be liable to reimburse these to WellChild.

5. Participants wishing to withdraw from the trek after initial payment must confirm their cancellation in writing to WellChild.  Without this WellChild is unable to accept their cancellation.

6. Gift Aid does not count towards participants’ fundraising target.

7. The trek includes all group international flights and internal transfers thereafter, accommodation on a twin share basis or as dictated by local conditions (e.g. hostel, hotel or camping), most meals, guides, porters, cooks, group camping equipment and park entry fees.

8. The following are not included in the cost of the trek: items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone calls, laundry, tips etc), drinks, certain meals, visas, vaccinations and insurance.

9. You must take out travel insurance covering health, accident and loss, emergency repatriation etc. while you are out of the UK. This must include cover for trekking up to 6,000m of attitude and cover you for Helicopter rescue.  A copy of your insurance schedule/certificate must be sent to WellChild 4 weeks prior to the trek.

10. You must hold a valid passport that has six months remaining after your return to the UK. It is your responsibility to obtain a valid visa (if required), the cost of which you will be responsible for. The information supplied in your welcome pack regarding passports and visa requirements was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing. You must check current requirements with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (www.fco.gov.uk) who will also provide information on health and security.

11. Participants must comply with all instructions given.  Failure to follow a reasonable instruction may result in removal from the trek.

12. Participants must carry out all fundraising in accordance with the guidelines set out in the WellChild fundraising pack and on the WellChild website (www.wellchild.org.uk). Your fundraising pack will be sent to you upon WellChild receiving the initial payment.

13. The initial payment and all sponsorship is payable to WellChild.

14. WellChild reserves the right to amend or change the itinerary without prior notice.

15. WellChild reserves the right to not accept a participant onto the trek at any point leading up to departure of the trip.

16. Participants will only be accepted on to the WellChild Kilimanjaro trek if they are at least 18 years of age by the first day of the trek. 

17. By participating in the trek you confirm that you are aware of the risks involved with trekking at altitude including (but not limited to) altitude sickness, extreme and unpredictable weather, and uneven ground.  You must have the fitness required to take part and agree that you are physically capable of participating in the trek. You are advised to consult your doctor prior to undertaking any exercise programme and participating in the trek. You agree to inform WellChild of any change in medical condition from the date of initial payment up to and until the start of the trek, and to ensure you are still able to participate you should also consult with a doctor. Participants aged 65 years or over, or who have a pre-existing medical condition, may be required to provide a doctor’s certificate stating they have a suitable level of fitness to participate in the trek – please advise WellChild prior to the trek if this is the case. Participation in this trek is at your own risk.

18. By taking part in this trek, you confirm that you are happy for your name and any footage or photographs taken during the trek to be used by WellChild to publicise and organise events, and by WellChild generally in promoting the work of the charity. This may include brochures, posters, leaflets, display boards, website and any other such appropriate materials. If you do not wish for us to take and/or use any footage or photographs of you,please contact us at challenge@wellchild.org.uk.

19. WellChild may, at its sole discretion, withdraw places on the trek if it is believed to be in its own best interest to do so. WellChild reserves the right to cancel the trek should it be deemed necessary for any reasons. In this instance, all monies and/or donations paid by you will be refunded.

20. The trek will only run with a minimum of 12 participants.

21. If your personal details (address, contact number etc.) change after you have submitted your initial payment you must notify us immediately. All personal information will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

22. You must ensure you have all the items on the essential kit list which will be sent upon your registration in the trek and is available upon request to challenge@wellchild.org.uk.

By participating in the trek you agree to the terms and conditions above and the following disclaimer ‘I declare I will abide by the age limits set for the trek and will abide by all rules and instructions. I declare that I will not participate in the trek unless I am medically fit to do so and that I will participate at my own risk. I accept that the organisers (WellChild), sponsors, partners and in-country team will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses, which may arise in consequence of my participation of the trek, unless caused by their negligence or omission.

 

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