Climb the highest freestanding mountain in the world!
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent at 5869m. Its snow-capped summit rises high above the dusty African plains; massive permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the rewards for pushing your limits physically and mentally.
This trek takes the Machame route, allowing gradual acclimatisation to the altitude and an excellent chance of reaching the summit. We pass through thick forest, moorland and scree en route to Uhuru Peak, the highest point. This is a challenging trek at altitude, climbing one of the most impressive mountains in the world.
To sign up, there is a £499 registration fee, and you will need to raise a minimum of £5,000 - £5,300 (depending on the trip date) 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 raise at least 80% of your fundraising target by 10 weeks before departure.
You don’t need to be an athlete to climb Kilimanjaro. However, it is vital that you train sufficiently, as trekking at high altitudes does pose risks. Inadequate training is likely to affect your chances of completing the challenge and enjoying it.
- DAY 1: Fly from London to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania
- DAY 2: Arrive in Moshi. Admire the mountain views 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 the 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: 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 the airport for the flight back home.
- DAY 10: Arrive back in the UK
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 the clear azure sea and white sandy beaches of the 'Spice Island' off the Indian Ocean’s Swahili Coast.