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The Children's Centre Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge

  • When Nov 7th 2023
  • Where Africa

Join us on the challenge of a lifetime, as we scale Africa's tallest peak – the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, in 2023.

The challenge
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in north east Tanzania on the border with Kenya. Kilimanjaro is actually an extinct volcano. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and thus one of the Seven Summits (the highest peak on each continent).
You will take the Machame Route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, which is considered the most scenic route on the mountain. It is also one of the best for acclimatisation, and therefore success of reaching the summit. Subject to weather conditions you will be treated to dominating views of Kibo, the main summit Kone, for most of the trek.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST
A £600 registration fee is required at the time of booking, you can choose one of the following payment options:

  • Self- funded: You pay £3,000 trip costs * and then fundraise a minimum of £2,000 for The Children's Centre
  • Sponsorship: You must fundraise** £5,000 for The Children's Centre

Note : Payments can be payable in instalments upon request, eg £3,000 trip costs can be paid in instalment (for example over a 15 month period equates to £200 per month)

AT A GLANCE

  • Full Board
  • Flights (inc. taxes)
  • Challenge to extreme
  • 25c high, -15c low
  • 10-25 per group
  • First Aid trained staff

AT A GLANCE ITINERARY

  • Day 1 (Tue 7 Nov 2023)Isle of Man - UK
  • Day 2 (Wed 8 Nov 2023)UK - Killimanjaro
  • Day 3 (Thu 9 Nov 2023): Arrive in Moshi
  • Day 4 (Fri 10 Nov 2023)Machame Gate - Machame Huts (3,000m)
  • Day 5 (Sat 11 Nov 2023)Machame Huts - Shira Plateau (3,840m)
  • Day 6 (Sun 12 Nov 2023)Shira Plateau - Barranco Camp (3,950m)
  • Day 7 (Mon 13 Nov 2023)Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp (3,963,)
  • Day 8 (Tue 14 Nov 2023)Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp (4,700m)
  • Day 9 (Wed 15 Nov 2023)Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak (5,895m)
  • Day 10 (Thu 16 Nov 2023)Millenium Camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi
  • Day 11/12 (Fri 17 &Sat 18 Nov 2023)Moshi - Killimanjaro - UK

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT
Minimum age 18 (or 16-17 if accompanied by an adult) there is no upper age limit.

WHO CAN TAKE PART
Each participant should have a good level of fitness, and engage in suitable fitness training, they should be healthy have a determined attitude and willing to be pushed out of their comfort zone.

HOW TOUGH IS IT
This is a very tough trek which is graded tough to extreme, training on challenging steep terrain, each day you will trek for 8 hours per day. Summit night is the most challenging it starts at 11 pm after a few hours sleep and you trek through the night up to the summit on loose scree path, it is an incredible by arduous night, the hard work pays off after you receive the summit you will be able to take photographs of the famous signpost.

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE
Commitment to physical preparation is fundamental, to ensure your best change of enjoyment and success. Attempting to complete without training will make each day more challenging. Being inadequately prepared may prevent you from reaching the summit and hinder the experience of your team mates. The ascent does not require technical climbing skills but the mountain is at high altitude so training take training seriously.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE
Training including hill walking to include trekking up and down gradients, training on flat terrain will not adequately prepare you.

WHAT IS THE TERRAIN LIKE
The terrain will wary each day, experiencing undulating terrain with an uphill gradient and a downhill gradient on the way down. Underfoot will vary from muddy forests, rocky and dry trails, barren gravelly tracks, scree and possibly even snow. No technical climbing skills are required but scrambling over large rocks is necessary. Your guides and support staff will help you every step of the way and most people say this is the highlight of their trek.

WHAT IS THE ALTITUDE
This is high altitude, the highest 5895m at the summit of Kilimanjaro. 3000m is generally considered high altitude.

ACCLIMATISATION
From 3000m it is possible for individuals to experience altitude related symptoms. The susceptibility of an individual to experience altitude related symptoms Is not clear cut and can happen to those who have visited high altitude many times before.

WHO ACCOMPANIES US
You are accompanied by English speaking local guides who are supported by a team of assistant guides, cooks and porters who make your journey possible.

WHERE WIL WE STAY
In a hotel in Moshi before and after the trek, and tents during the trek. Accommodation is on a shared basis, but single occupancy may be available subject of a payment of single supplement, at camp you will stay in 3 man tents (2 per tent).

WHERE WILL WE EAT
Meals are cooked by you dedicate trek chef who will prepare hearty delicious Tanzanian and Western meals, they will be eaten in a mess tent with tables, chairs, plates mugs, cutlery and other equipment is provided

HEALTH DECLARATION
A medical form is required to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All medical details are treated in strictest confidence. The information will be screen by a qualified medical professional, and any relevant information will be provided to your tour manager and local guides to ensure staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing the booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially and follow up with any questions regarding your health. You may be asked to provide more information if you declare any medical conditions or a request made by made to contact your GP. If your medical issues at the time of booking represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take art. If this happens your booking will not be confirmed and your deposit will be refunded.
We will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the UK Equality Act 2010.

TO REGISTER

Click on the attached link

We will be hosting a number of Q&A sessions, dates below:

Q&A session dates :

Wednesday 14th September – 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tuesday 20th September – 6pm til 7pm
Wednesday 21st September – 1pm til 2pm

For more details you can download the full information pack. If you have any further questions please email fundraising@thechildrenscentre.org.im or call Jane on 01624 800 000

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week