Conquer the Roof of Africa!

At 5,895 m, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. The snow-capped summit of the highest free standing mountain in the world rises high above the dusty plains of Africa. Spectacular views, huge glaciers and beautiful ice formations are your reward for your physical and mental endeavour. 

Our trip includes flights and hotels and we will not be beaten on price! 

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Open Mount Kilimanjaro Challenges are being held on:

19 - 28 October 2018

Machame Route

The 6-day Machame Route is the most scenic and diverse route which also gives you the best chance of acclimatisation to get you to the top.

Although a challenging trek, Kilimanjaro is one of the most impressive mountains in the world and putting yourself to the test will be extremely worthwhile when you conquer the roof of Africa!

What's included?

•    Return economy flights from London to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania
•    Local Transfers
•    Accommodation in Moshi (3* hotel with pool)
•    Tented Accommodation
•    Breakfast in Moshi
•    All meals on the mountain
•    A UK Guide / Event Manager throughout the trek
•    A fully catered Porter Team
•    Training Guide
•    Kit Guide
•    Fundraising Guide

Itinerary*

Day 1    London – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day 2    Transfer to Moshi in northern Tanzania

Day 3    Machame Gate – Machame Camp, 9km – 6 hours – 2980m

Day 4    Machame Camp – Shira Hut, 7km – 6 hours – 3840m

Day 5    Shira Hut – Barranco Camp, 10km – 7 hours – 3950m

Day 6    Barranco Camp – Barafu Hut, 8km – 8 hours – 4600m

Day 7    Barafu Hut – Uhuru Peak (5896m) - Mweka Camp, 16 km – 14 hours – 3730m

Day 8    Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate,  13 km –  6 hours – 1800m

Day 9    Depart Moshi to fly home

Day 10   Arrive back in the UK

*Please note, All of the above may be subject to slight change, final details will be fully confirmed at least 2 months before you travel (flight numbers, hotels etc). Prices are based on 2 sharing accommodation when applicable.

What is not included?

•    Drinks, meals and snacks where not specified in itinerary
•    Entry visa (US$50 on arrival)
•    Your spending money
•    Personal travel insurance
•    Tips for local porters & crew (not obligatory but they do work extremely hard)
•    Personal items from the kit list

Our open challenge events give a lot more flexibility in how you fund your challenge and who you fundraise for.

Payment options:

  • Self-fund your challenge completely in a one off payment or by instalments.
  • Self-fund your challenge and choose to fundraise for one of our charity partners or the charity of your choice.
  • Fundraise 100% of the agreed target

Self Fund: £2650pp (instalment plan available)

Or Fundraise for Charity

Registration fee (non-refundable): £250

Minimum Sponsorship: £3600 per person

Find out about our charity partners.

Location: Tanzania

Please contact one of our team at info@advocateevents.co.uk or call Martyn on 07852 305445 to discuss your requirements.

 

Where is Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. The peak is located in East Africa, near the border of Kenya and Tanzania, but falls entirely within Tanzanian soil. Many tourists come to Tanzania every year to climb Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro is known as "every man's Everest," because everyone is capable of reaching the summit. The mountain is scalable without any special equipment or climbing skills.
How high is Mount Kilimanjaro?
Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breath-taking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).
How fit should I be?
This is one of the toughest charity challenges and requires a good level of fitness as you will be trekking on steep trails at altitude to nearly 6,000m. With commitment to fitness and training and a positive mental attitude, this challenge is achievable by most people.
We recommend you begin to train and prepare prior to the event in order for you to enjoy this challenge. A fitness guide will be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit.
Ascending Mount Kilimanjaro requires no specialised mountain climbing skills but it pays to be fit. Locals begin climbing the mountain from the age of three!
How bad are the effects of high altitude?
Altitude sickness affects every person differently. Most climbers will experience at least a mild headache, while a very small minority of climbers may be overcome by nausea and vomiting. Others will suffer these symptoms to varying degrees. The headaches can be helped with paracetamol or similar, and plenty of water. But, if you suffer badly from altitude sickness, the only remedy is to return immediately to lower altitude. Your guide is experienced in this area and he will tell you if it's not safe for you to continue.
Who can take part in the Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge?
The Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge is open to people of all ages with average fitness. The minimum age to take part is 16 years, and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.
Do I need any vaccinations?
You should contact your GP or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice and you must have had a tetanus vaccination in the last ten years. It is advisable to be up to date with Tetanus, Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A and Yellow Fever. Protection against malaria is also recommended.
What support is available for this event?
Advocate Events staff will meet you at the agreed pickup point and with you for the duration of the event.
A mountain guide will also join you on your climb; we work on a ratio of a maximum of 7 climbers including a member of staff from Advocate Events to one mountain guide.
Although the event is designed to challenge you, we will not put anyone’s safety at risk and support will be available at all times. The Advocate Event’s team is on hand every step of the way, to help and advise you.
How many people will I be walking with?
This will depend on the number of climbers that sign up for the challenge.
Each group is allocated a guide/s. There are no fast or slow groups and everyone comes off the mountain as a group.
What will the pace of walking be like?
The pace set will be accommodating for all. This challenge will not be enjoyable if you rush. The level of fitness will naturally vary throughout the group; therefore whatever pace you adopt you can be sure of company.
The group will be encouraged to work together, with stronger walkers helping those who may be slower. The guides will ensure the group stays together and everyone has a great day, making sure everyone completes this challenge.
In the interest of safety, participants are not allowed to walk in front of the lead guide or fall behind the last guide unless given permission by your guide.
What is the terrain like?
The trek is especially challenging because of the extreme altitude and the weather conditions, which can change rapidly on the mountain. The trip is designed so that there is plenty of time to acclimatise but you may still feel the effects of altitude such as headaches and shortness of breath when trekking. Terrain is varied as the route takes us through overgrown forest paths, moorland, rocky trails and scree. Much of the walking is rough underfoot. There are very few flat sections.
What is the accommodation like?
Before and after the trek, twin rooms in quality hotel accommodation. Camping on the trek.
What weather can I expect?
It will be warm by day but cooler as you climb higher. At night it will be cold sometimes below freezing. At the summit it will be very cold, between -5 and -20°C. In January temperatures range from 18 to 33ºC with average rainfall of 41mm so expect some heavy showers.
Do I need insurance?
You must have adequate travel insurance to take part in this event.
 
Advocate Events strongly advise all participants to take out their own insurance to cover them for the duration of this event as Advocate Events will not be held responsible for any accident, loss, damage or expenses etc.
 
Your insurance should be in place when you register to participant on the event. If you get injured before the event you will then be able to make a claim for the costs we have paid out on your behalf so that you can take a place on a future event.
 
Due to the nature of this outdoor activity, participants should accept a certain element of risk. Our guides will do everything in their power to minimise the risks, where possible. In the interests of safety all participants must abide by any decisions made by the guides.
How will I raise the sponsorship money?
Although we ask you to commit to raising the minimum sponsorship to take part in this challenge, fundraising needn't be daunting or hard work!
Once you start telling people what you're doing and why, you will be amazed at people’s generosity and support. When you sign up we will send you an invaluable fundraising pack bursting with ideas to get you started. This is a great way to meet new people and get in touch with old friends.
All it takes is a little inspiration and organisation and the money will begin to roll in. Think about your hobbies and interests - they could be the key to your success!
A great tip is to break down your sponsorship target into smaller, bite-sized chunks and be proud of what you are doing.
When do I have to pay my sponsorship money?
Once you have completed and returned the registration document you are committed to the event and you must ensure your entire fundraising target is with your chosen charity one month prior to your event. This does not include Gift Aid. You will be contacted after this date if minimum sponsorship is not received To participate in the challenge, participants must raise the minimum sponsorship at least in addition to paying the non-refundable registration fee.
Who can I contact before the event with any queries?
Please email joanna@advocateevents.co.uk or martyn@advocateevents.co.uk or call Martyn on 07852 305445 and we will be delighted to answer any questions.