Kilimanjaro Charity Climb
June 26 - July 6, 2020
Guided by: Kayla Peckford
In partnership with GIVE International and Socially Responsible Safaris, the goal of this Charity Climb is to summit Africa’s tallest mountain – the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres)! Yes, it will be incredibly challenging, extremely cold, and an emotionally exhausting climb, so we are looking for 8 individuals up for the challenge.
Our local guides, porters, tents, and emergency equipment are some of the best on the mountain; and our ‘socially responsible’ philosophy ensures that our porters are paid fairly and justly.
June 26, 27: Flight to Kilimanjaro (JRO), Tanzania
Board your airplane, and fly to Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania (arriving June 27). Kayla will meet you at the airport and drive you to Mount Meru Game Lodge (B/B included) where you’ll stay the night
June 28: Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m)
After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho roadhead. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain- consider this part of the adventure (!)- sometimes we start walking a kilometre or two below the roadhead. We often have our lunch at the roadhead before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m); [2-3 hours walking]
June 29: Shira One Camp (3,550 m)
We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We walk part way across the plateau to Shira One Camp (3,550 m) [6-8 hours walking]
June 30: Lava Tower Junction (4,550 m) - Barranco Camp (3,900 m)
A morning of sustained ascent and panoramic views brings us to lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m.). The trail then descends to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m); another spectacular campsite sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. [7-9 hours walking]
July 1: Karanga Camp (4,000 m)
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the way to the summit. [4-5 hours walking]
July 2: Barafu Camp (4,600 m)
We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gain altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatisation walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. [3-5 hours walking]
July 3: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) - Millenium Camp (3,800 m)
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and, after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Millenium Camp (3,800 m). [10-15 hours walking]
July 4: Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate (1,650 m)
A sustained descent on a well constructed path through lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m). Here we sign out from the national park before walking on for a further 15 minutes through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village where our vehicle awaits. The shower, the beer, and the swimming pool are tantalisingly close! [4-6 hours walking] Receive your completion certificates, then drive to Mount Meru Game Lodge for the best hot shower and soft bed of your life!
July 5, 6: Kilimanjaro Departure Flight
After breakfast, enjoy a chance to sleep in, swim, and do some souvenir shopping at a local market before making your way to the airport for your international flight back home (arriving on July 6), knowing that you climbed the highest peak in Africa, and raised some money for an extremely important cause.
Included for this climb:
- All accommodations (based on double occupancy) in high quality mountain tents, and all meals as specified in the itinerary.
- Three excellent meals per day, designed to help you reach the summit.
- Services of excellent English-speaking guides, knowledgeable of the local region and culture.
- All park entry fees, airport transfers, and departure taxes.
- Complete pre-departure information including packing lists, trip itinerary, and flight details.
- International airfare.
- Travel/medical/cancellation/interruption insurance.
- Passport fees and Tourist Entry Visa.
- Gratuities for porters, and any optional excursions.
- Souvenirs, soft drinks, bar beverages, laundry, email, phone, and items of a personal nature.
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