Kilimanjaro Trek

Following the success of our Great Wall of China Trek, we are branching out and have organised a spectucular opportunity for you to join a fantastic team of Mental Health Foundation supporters in 2020 and trek to the summit of the world's highest free standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro!

At 5,895 metres (19,341 feet), Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent. This breathtaking trek will guide you up the Machame route, through a deep forest filled with spectacular wildlife, stretching up to moorland and ultimately towards glaciers before reaching Uhuru Peak. And to make the achievement event more special, you will reach the summit on World Mental Health Day!!

To sign up, there is a £499 registration fee and a you will need to raise a minimum of £4,600 in sponsorship.  Travel, accommodation (hotels in Moshi and tents whilst on the mountain) and meals for days you are trekking are included in this total. Please be aware that you will need to have raised at least 80% by 24 July 2020.

Please also be sure to read our document detailing the full terms of the trip and some important information about taking part.

You don't need to be an athlete to climb Kilimanjaro, however it is vital that you train sufficiently as trekking at high altitude does pose risks. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 (Sunday 4 October): Fly from London to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.
  • DAY 2: Arrive in Moshi. Admire the views of the mountain while preparing to start the trek the next day. 
  • DAY 3: Machame Gate to Machame Camp (3,100 m). Meet the local team of porters and complete park formalities before starting the climb through magnificent, dense rainforest.
  • DAY 4: Machame Camp to Shira Caves (3,840 m). Continue ascending through the forest before the steep ascent up to the Shira Plateau.
  • DAY 5: Shira Caves to Barranco Hut (3,900 m). A day for acclimatisation on the high moorland as you trek up to 4,600 m before descending to Barranco Hut for the night.
  • DAY 6: Barranco Hut to Barafu Camp (4,600 m). Trek the Great Barranco ravine, passing under the Heim and Kersten glaciers, and towards the Karanga valley.
  • DAY 7 (World Mental Health Day, Saturday 10 October): Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) to Millenium Camp. Starting whilst it's dark, you ascend steeply towards the summit glaciers. Sunrise will break at Stella Point (5,737 m) before the final push to the summit at Uhuru Peak. Decent back down to Millenium Camp (3,720 m).
  • DAY 8: Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi. A gentle trek back down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate for park formalities and a big celebration!
  • DAY 9: A day to explore Moshi and relax before the transfer to airport for the flight back home.
  • DAY 10: Arrive back in the UK.

Read the full itinerary for the 2020 Kilimanjaro Trek.

Trip extensions

It is possible to extend your trip beyond the 10 days. You can either make your own arrangements or sign up for one of the two options listed below:

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Extension – unwind after climbing Kilimanjaro by going on a three-day safari to Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Manyara National Park.

Zanzibar Experience Extension – spend three relaxing days beside clear azure sea and white sandy beaches of the 'Spice Island' off the Indian Ocean’s Swahili Coast.

Please note that if you have any questions or would like to discuss the fantastic 2020 Kilimanjaro Trek, you can contact our Events Team on 020 7803 1123 or send us an email to events@mentalhealth.org.uk.