Challenge Event

Mount Kilimanjaro Trek 2022

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!

September 8, 2022 - September 18, 2022

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 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 [email protected]

How much do I have to raise?

There are three options for covering the cost of your challenge:

Self Funded:

You pay the registration deposit of £395

You pay the remaining amount of £2690 up to 8 weeks before the trek

Minimum Sponsorship:

You pay the registration deposit of £395

You fundraise £4590 and WellChild pay the balance of your trek

Mixed Funding:

You pay the registration deposit (£395)

You pay £1345 and fundraise £2690, and WellChild contribute to the cost of your trek.

What’s included in the cost of the challenge?

  • Return flights from London
  • Land only option
  • UK mountain leader (Challenge Group)
  • UK Doctor
  • Experienced local Head Guides
  • Local Kilimanjaro support crew
  • Kilimanjaro Park fees & permits
  • All transfers
  • 3* hotels before & after the climb
  • Twin share rooms / tents
  • All meals & clean water
  • Private Kilimanjaro camp areas
  • Camping equipment
  • Private toilet tents
  • Post climb Celebration dinner
  • Kilimanjaro Medal & certificate
  • Pre-Kilimanjaro trip briefing
  • Training guides, kit lists, & visa support
  • Kilimanjaro mobile phone App
  • Discounts with retailers / kit hire

3 payment options, including fundraising

What isn’t included in the cost of the challenge:

  • Airline fuel surcharge
  • Single supplement for tent / hotel
  • Tanzanian visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Tips for local Tanzanian crew
  • Optional extensions – safari & Zanzibar
  • Optional training weekends
  • Kilimanjaro Kit hire

 

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

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 any 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.

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.

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.

DAY 1 DEPARTURE FROM THE UK

DAY 2 MOSHI

On arrival we transfer to our hotel near the town of Moshi, where we enjoy a welcome meal and a briefing on the challenge ahead.

DAY 3 MTI MKUBWA 2,780m 3-5 HRS TREKKING

After breakfast we transfer to the west of the park at 1,981m and begin trekking along a pristine route through the Lemosho Glades. Eventually we reach our camp at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree Camp).

DAY 4 SHIRA CAMP 3,505m 7-9 HRS TREKKING

This morning we begin our first full day trekking, where we will gain over 700m in height. A slow and steady ascent allows for our bodies to acclimatise to the higher altitude as we cross the Shira plateau. Tonight we camp at Shira 1.

DAY 5 BARRANCO CAMP 3,972m 6-7 HRS TREKKING

Trekking east across beautiful barren moonlike landscape we reach Lava Tower for lunch. We then descend through the surrounding ravines to reach our camp late in the afternoon. This descent aids our acclimatisation to the ever changing altitude.

DAY 6 KARANGA VALLEY 4,002m 5-6 HRS TREKKING

Today we climb the Barranco Wall, where at the top we are rewarded with fantastic views of Mount Meru and the surrounding valleys below. We then head onwards to Karanga Camp where we enjoy an afternoon walk followed by an early night!

DAY 7 BARAFU CAMP 4,600m 5-6 HRS TREKKING

We have a tough ascent to Barafu Camp and after arriving, we continue with an acclimatisation walk to get our bodies used to the altitude. After an early dinner we rest as much as possible before waking just before midnight to begin the ascent to the summit.

DAY 8 SUMMIT DAY 5,895m 12-14 HRS TREKKING

By torchlight we have a tough climb for about 6 hours to reach Stella Point before our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African Continent, at 5895m. The morning sunlight provides spectacular views across the plains below and to Mt Meru in the distance. We have a tough descent back down to Barafu camp where we stop for breakfast before continuing on to Millennium Camp.

DAY 9 MOSHI 5-6 HRS TREKKING

After breakfast we continue our descent to Mweka Gate. A short bus transfer takes us to our hotel in Moshi, where we rest before we celebrate our fantastic achievements!

DAY 10 A FREE MORNING IN MOSHI

Today we have some free time to explore the local area before boarding our flight back to the UK.

DAY 11 ARRIVE HOME IN THE UK

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 Action Challenge.  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. If option for the Minimum Fundraising or Mixed Fundraising Options you must have to reach a minimum sponsorship amount 8 weeks prior to the trek.  The trek has to be paid for in advance, so as well as your initial payment, you must raise your minimum amount (dependent on which fundraising option you signed up for) before 8th July 2022 – 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.

  1. You should endeavour to raise the remaining sponsorship by the date of the trek.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Gift Aid does not count towards participants’ fundraising target.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Participants must comply with all instructions given.  Failure to follow a reasonable instruction may result in removal from the trek.
  10. 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.
  11. The initial payment and all sponsorship is payable to WellChild.
  12. WellChild reserves the right to amend or change the itinerary without prior notice.
  13. WellChild reserves the right to not accept a participant onto the trek at any point leading up to departure of the trip.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 [email protected].
  17. 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.
  18. The trek will only run with a minimum of 12 participants.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 [email protected].

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 (Action Challenge and 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.