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ActionAid Guernsey Climb Kilimanjaro

27th Oct 2022 - 6th Nov 2022

11 days/Tanzania /Challenging to Extreme

Overview

Enjoy one of the world’s most iconic treks by hiking to the summit of the highest mountain on the African continent, Mount Kilimanjaro. This beautiful trek will take you through five distinct ecological zones, making each day a new visual feast; from the lush rainforest, to strange semi-desert landscapes and right up into the Arctic zone where you will see enormous blue-tinged glaciers and the famous Kilimanjaro summit sign!

We will take the stunning Machame Route to the top which is considered one of the most stunning on the mountain but also one of the best for acclimatisation. This incredible journey will take you up to altitudes of 5895m and while it is achievable by anyone with a good level of fitness, the Kilimanjaro challenge is not to be underestimated! At 7 days, this trek is one day longer than most which offers you the greatest chance of reaching the summit because of the all-important acclimatisation opportunities.

There may also be an option to extend your stay to include a safari.

A challenging to extreme trip. You will be trekking on challenging terrain which is steep at times, you will be exposed to altitudes up to 5895m and will camp in basic campsites. Each day you will trek up to 8 hours per day.

This trek is accompanied by professional English-speaking local guides who have an excellent knowledge of hiking in the region and have summited Kilimanjaro hundreds of times on various routes around the mountain. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey. You will also be supported by an excellent team of assistant guides, cooks and porters who together make your journey possible. You will be accompanied throughout your challenge by a Different Travel Company UK tour manager.

The terrain will vary each day but in general you will experience undulating terrain with an uphill gradient as you approach the summit, and a downhill gradient on the way down from the summit. It is essential that your training includes hill walking to include trekking up and down gradients; training on flat terrain will not adequately prepare you. Underfoot the terrain will vary from muddy forests, rocky and dry trails, barren gravelly tracks, scree and possibly even snow.

Half way through the trek you reach the Barranco wall which is a vertical rock wall with a narrow winding path with a drop on your right hand side. 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 that this is a highlight of the trek.

Temperatures will depend on the altitude, the weather and wind chill. For the days between 1800-3500m you can expect day time temperatures to range between 5-25°C, and night time temperatures to drop to -10°C. From 4000-5000m day time temperatures will range from 0-10°C during the day and sub-zero night time temperatures (down to -15°C on average). Wind chill may make these temperatures feel colder.The summit night will be extremely cold, with cold high winds having an enormous impact on the temperature. Temperatures can range from a relatively balmy -5°C to an Arctic -30°C with wind chill.

Weather conditions will vary as the mountain has its own unpredictable weather system. Conditions include bright sunny days with clear skies, overcast days with high humidity, cold dry windy days, rain, snow etc. It’s important to be prepared for all weather conditions and temperatures by packing technical non-cotton layers and waterproofs.

Meals are provided throughout and will be a combination of Western meals and traditional Tanzanian food. Dishes may include, but are not limited to:
Breakfast: porridge, fresh fruit, toast, sausages, eggs etc.
Lunch: If you have a packed lunch it may be sandwiches, boiled egg and cake, a carton of juice, biscuits and fruit. If it is a hot lunch it may be soup and bread, toasted sandwiches, eggs, cakes, fresh fruit, salad, stew, pasta etc. Snacks: Popcorn and biscuits.
Dinner: Soup and bread, salad, coleslaw, potatoes, vegetables, pasta, rice, meat or vegetable stew, fish, eggs etc.
All your meals are freshly prepared by the trek chef. A mess tent with tables, chairs, plates, mugs and cutlery is provided.

At camp you will stay in 3-man tents (two to a tent). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat, or these can be hired locally if you prefer. Meals will be taken in a mess tent where a table, chairs, plates, mugs, cutlery and other equipment is provided for you. Meals are cooked by your own dedicated trek chef who will prepare hearty, delicious Tanzanian and Western meals.

Each morning you will be provided with a bowl of hot water and soap to freshen up for the day ahead. There are no showers so please bring a pack of baby wipes to keep as clean as possible. Toilet facilities at camp will be long drop toilet huts which are often extremely smelly; it may be possible for the group to hire a private use portable toilet.
Toilet paper is not provided so you will need to bring your own. During the trek you will need to pack up any toilet paper you use to dispose of properly at camp. NEVER leave toilet paper or other litter on the trail.

The trek can be undertaken by anyone aged 18 upwards as long as you have a good level of fitness and you are healthy and determined. (It may be possible for you to participate if you are aged 16 or 17 years old if you are accompanied by a parent or guardian – please contact us for advice). There is no upper age limit. It is advised that you are of a good fitness level before departure to ensure fast recovery from each day’s exertions. An ideal candidate for the trek would be someone who enjoys being out of their comfort zone.

Physical preparation is crucial for this challenge, to ensure your best chance of success and enjoyment during the trek. Your training should replicate the trek as closely as possible so plenty of walking on hilly terrain is the optimal training ground. Walks should be supplemented with strength training and cardiovascular exercises such as gym workouts, running, swimming, cycling, team sports, boot camps etc. You can download a number of free apps, which will help you train and track your progress. E.g. MyFitnessPal, MapMyWalk, C25K (couch to 5k run) etc. Attempting to complete the trek without training will make each day more challenging, and your failure to adequately prepare may hinder your experience, and the experience of your teammates. The ascent does not require technical climbing skills but it is a vast mountain at high altitude so it is important to take your training seriously and not to underestimate the scale of the challenge.

This trek is graded challenging to extreme. You will be trekking on challenging terrain which is steep at times, you will be exposed to altitudes up to 5895m and will camp in basic campsites. Each day you will trek up to 8 hours per day.

Summit night is the most challenging part of the trek because it starts at 11pm or 12am after only a few hours’ sleep. You trek through the cold and dark of the night up to the summit on a loose scree path until you reach the top of the crater at Stella Point, around 6-7 hours later. You then take around an hour to trek around the crater rim to the true summit, Uhuru Peak. It is an incredibly arduous night. You need to stay positive, remember your goal, and keep a very slow, steady pace. The hard work pays off after you reach the summit and have taken your photos as the famous signpost! You then take an almost immediate descent of 5-6 hours to a much lower altitude campsite where you will have a well-deserved rest. It could be a 14-hour trek day.

The highest altitude on the trek is 5895m, the summit of Kilimanjaro. For the majority of the trek you will ‘trek high, sleep low’ which means you trek to high elevations each day to expose your body to a higher altitude environment, then descend to a lower altitude to rest allowing your body time to recover and acclimatise. The first four nights of the trek are spent at campsites no higher than 3963m.

It is generally considered that altitudes above 3000m are ‘high altitude’ and from this point 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 areas of high altitude many times before. Your local guides are very experienced in spotting the signs of altitude sickness but you must also take responsibility for reading up on the effects of altitude exposure so you can recognise the signs. Information can be found at the NHS pages about altitude and the Travel Doctor website among other sources.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP. We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

In the event that your medical issues 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 part. If this happens your deposit will be refunded. Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Essentials

E-tickets + pre-departure info
Passport + copy
Visa or $50 for visa on arrival
Insurance policy details
Pen for immigration forms
Cash (£) / ATM card(s)
LED head torch + spare batteries
Camera + spare batteries
Sunglasses (preferably polarized)
Mobile phone + charger

Clothing

Casual shoes for Moshi
Trainers for camp (optional)
Waterproof walking boots*
Long / convertible trek trousers
Under and trek socks
Breathable waterproof jacket
Breathable waterproof trousers
Non-cotton t-shirt
Long sleeve base layer top
Warm fleece
Thermal long sleeve top
Thermal bottoms
Warm insulated jacket (e.g.down)
Warm hat which covers ears
Sun hat
Buff (www.buffwear.co.uk)
Heavy gloves or mitts + liner gloves
Balaclava (optional)

Hygiene

Shampoo + conditioner*
Toothbrush + toothpaste*
Antiperspirant deodorant*
Shower gel/ shave kit / loofah*
Large pack of baby wipes*
Toilet paper* (1-2 rolls)
Nappy bags* for used toilet paper
Sun cream (SPF 30+)*
Moisturiser lotion*
Hand sanitizer
Nail brush
Feminine hygiene products*

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
Anti-malaria medication
50% DEET insect repellent
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Plasters
Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (tiger balm/Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
Indigestion remedy (e.g. Gaviscon)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Decongestant (optional)
Throat lozenges (optional)
Scissors/tweezers
Zinc oxide tape
Spare glasses/contact lenses

Optional

Books/playing cards
Video camera + batteries
Portable battery pack/power bank
iPod/MP3 player
Trekking pole(s)
Gaiters
Dry bags
Sewing kit

Luggage

Suitcase/rucksack for luggage
Trek kit bag
Daypack/backpack (30-35 litres)
Combination Padlocks

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2-litre water bottle (e.g. CamelBak)
2x 1-litre bottle with thermal cover
Water purification (optional)
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)

Sleeping

Ear plugs
Sleeping bag with comfort rating -10°C to -15°C)
Sleeping bag liner (silk or thermal)
Sleeping mat (e.g. Thermarest)

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and does not account for your personal taste or preference. It should be used as a guideline only. If you have any questions or queries regarding this list which are not answered in the sections above please contact info@different-travel.com.

*Please ensure you pack your boots in your hand baggage in the unlikely event your luggage is delayed or goes missing.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Thursday 27 October 2022):

London – Kilimanjaro
Depart London for Kilimanjaro International Airport on an indirect flight.

Overnight: Flight

Day 2 (Friday 28 October 2022):

Moshi
On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transfer to your hotel in Moshi where you have free time to freshen up before a briefing and welcome dinner tonight.
Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Hotel in Moshi

Day 3 (Saturday 29 October 2022):

Visit to ActionAid project
Today you will visit an ActionAid project which supports women and girls in Tanzania. You will have the opportunity to learn about how ActionAid helps the local community.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 (Sunday 30 October 2022):

Machame Gate – Machame Huts (3,000m)
After a hearty breakfast we set off for the 45 minute drive to Machame Gate where we will be officially registered for the trek and meet your assistant guides, cooks and porters. After registration is complete and your porters have been allocated their loads, you will start the trek at a slow and gentle pace on a gentle uphill incline trail through the beautiful rainforest. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys who make this area their home, and see if you can spot the beautiful seahorse-shaped red flower impatiens kilimanjari which only grows on the mountain. The trek day typically takes 7–8 hours, ending at a clearing in the forest and the welcome sight of your tents, hot tea and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Campsite

Day 5 (Monday 31 October 2022):

Machame Huts – Shira Plateau (3,840m)
After a hot breakfast you will start the trek through the remaining rainforest towards the giant moorland zone. The trek today is shorter but steeper and the environment changes rapidly as you leave the rainforest. Depending on the group pace, it is a 5-6 hour trek, during which you gain approximately 800 metres in altitude. You will arrive at Shira Camp at around lunchtime and enjoy the stunning view over the Shira Plateau. Weather permitting you should also get your first close views of Kibo, the iconic peak of Kilimanjaro.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Campsite

Day 6 (Tuesday 1 November 2022):

Shira Plateau – Barranco Camp (3,950m)
Today isn’t as steep as yesterday but it is a challenging trek which sees us gradually gain 660m of altitude as we leave the moorland zone and enter the dry, rocky alpine desert to the Lava Tower, a volcanic plug at an altitude of 4,500 metres. Although it’s a challenging day, reaching the Lava Tower it is very important for acclimatisation and will give you a better chance of reaching the summit. After lunch and a rest at the Lava Tower, we descend to Barranco Camp (3950m) for a hot meal and a good rest.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Campsite

Day 7 (Wednesday 2 November 2022):

Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp (3,963m)
The first obstacle today is to breach the Barranco Wall, a 200m rock face with a winding trail to the top. To ascend the wall will take around two hours, using your hands and feet to help you clamber up some of the large boulders. No technical skill or rock climbing experience is required – it is still classified as a trek. This section is often the part people enjoy the most! Once over the wall you find yourself on a large flat plateau with breath-taking views. As you trek down towards the Karanga Valley you will enjoy dramatic views of the jagged crags and see some of the giant lobelias dotting the landscape. As you reach camp you will be treated to magnificent views of Kibo (clouds permitting) and a hearty meal. This is a long day but highly rewarding.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Campsite

Day 8 (Thursday 3 November 2022):

Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp (4,700m)
Today’s trek is slow and steady as you ascend to Barafu camp, with the splendid summit peak of Kibo dominating the horizon all morning. As you progress the terrain becomes drier and almost moon-like with very little flora or fauna to be seen. The trail is steep in places so it is important to follow the gentle pace of the guide, one step at a time. Today will feel much colder than previous days as the area is quite exposed and can experience high winds. You will arrive into Barafu camp this afternoon where you will rest and relax before an early dinner and early night to bed. At 11pm you will start the final ascent to the summit, Uhuru Peak.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Campsite

Day 9 (Friday 4 November 2022):

Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Millennium Camp
After snacks and hot drinks, we start the most demanding part of the trek. Light is provided by your head torches and the moon on a clear night. As you ascend on zigzagging trails, keeping a steady pace, you will gradually wind your way up the mountain. As you approach Stella Point, the rim of the volcano, the sun will climb spectacularly behind you, staining the horizon with vibrant reds, pinks and oranges. After a short rest at Stella Point you will continue around the crater rim for an hour until you reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak; the highest point in Africa and the world’s highest solitary peak (5895m/19,340ft). After taking your summit photos you will descend to Barafu Camp for lunch, pack away your kit and continue trekking for 5-6 hours down to Millennium Camp (2800m) where you will have a well-deserved rest. This could be the toughest day that you have ever experienced. You will have ascended 1295m and descended 3095m in 14-18 hours. Although exhausting, you will have just achieved something extraordinary.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Campsite

Day 10 (Saturday 5 November 2022):

Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi
This morning you will say thank you and farewell to your team of porters in a joyful Kilimanjaro-style celebration. From camp you will trek to Mweka Gate through the rainforest (approx. 6 hours) where you will sign out from the national park and transfer back to the hotel (approx. 1 hour) for a rest and a hot shower. Tonight you will enjoy a farewell dinner together at your hotel and can celebrate your achievements.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel in Moshi

Day 11 – 12 (Sunday 6 November – Monday 7 November 2022):

Moshi – Kilimanjaro – London
Today we will transfer to the airport for your indirect flight back to London, arriving the next day.
Meals: Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Day 11 (Sunday 6 November 2022):

Moshi – Tarangire
Depart after breakfast for Tarangire National Park, one of Tanzania’s largest parks and known for its large elephant population. Enjoy a game drive this afternoon before settling into Sangaiwe tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 (Monday 7 November 2022):

Tarangire – Ngorongoro Crater
Set off this morning into the Ngorongoro highlands before descending into the crater, a wonderful haven for wildlife. Ngorongoro is unique in that almost all the wildlife live within the crater walls, so it is usually very easy to spot game. Look out for rhino, lion, cheetah and hippo on the afternoon game drive before spending the night at Rhino Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 (Tuesday 8 November 2022):

Ngorongoro Crater – Moshi
This morning take part in a walking safari around the crater rim before setting off for the return journey to Moshi.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14-15 (Wednesday 9 November – Thursday 10 November 2022):

Moshi – London
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving into London the next day.
Meals: Breakfast on Tuesday

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £590 (payable in instalments if required)
and then…
Trips costs: £2630 (payable in 3 instalments) and £1500 minimum sponsorship for ActionAid.

SPONSORSHIP

There is a minimum sponsorship amount for this tour that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum donation must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • Tour cost balance is payable to Different Travel eight weeks prior to departure.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

  • £850 per person (minimum of 4 participants)
  • A deposit of £150 is payable directly to The Different Travel Company to confirm your place; you will be contacted by them after you make your booking.
  • Please note that depending on the final group size and gender composition, a single supplement of £125 may be applied to your booking.

What's included

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport
  • 3* hotel in Moshi and tents on trek
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Porters, cooks and support crew
  • Current National Park entrance fees
  • Trekking permits
  • Different Travel UK tour manager

What's not included

  • Any necessary vaccinations or malaria medication
  • Tanzanian visa (current cost US$50)
  • Drinks, laundry, souvenirs and personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities (approx US$250pp depending on group size)
  • Flights from Guernsey
  • Personal trek kit
  • Travel insurance
  • Any increases in Kilimanjaro National Park fees between time of writing (Feb 2019) and time of departure

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