Kilimanjaro Trek 2018
Trek Africa's highest mountain with Marie Curie.
As you make your way along the Rongai mountain route, enjoy views across the African plains before reaching the mountain's 5,895m summit.
The Kilimanjaro Trek is a nine day trip, including six days trekking, taking in some of Tanzania's most spectacular sights before reaching the mountain's peak.
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Why trek with Marie Curie?
By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. When you join us you will benefit from:
- Training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
- Lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack. If you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check out some of these ideas.
- Access to a local community fundraiser who will advise you and help you smash your target
- Two Marie Curie representatives who will trek the entire journey, join you on a training day and organise a post-trek reunion
- A brightly coloured Marie Curie Overseas T-Shirt
- Access to a Facebook Group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers beforehand
- A 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to sign up online?
Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. The registration form is also available to download and print. If you are not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?
Who can take part?
You must be 18 years old or over to take part. The group size will be around 25-30 with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Most will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
How fit do I have to be?
This trek is an extreme challenge. All of our treks are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure. The challenge has some steep sections, with altitudes up to 5,898 metres above sea level.
Will I need specialist kit?
We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any equipment you may need.
What is not included in the package?
- Registration fee
- Recommended vaccinations
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Airport and departure taxes where applicable
- Tanzanian visa (around £38)
- Personal spending money
What food and drink will there be?
All the water on the trek will be boiled and safe to drink. All meals are provided on the trek and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes, along with cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs plus some meat. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.
What type of vaccinations will I need?
Yellow fever, typhoid, diphtheria and hepatitis A vaccinations are advisable along with anti-malarial protection. Your tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. We recommend you seek advice from your GP before you travel.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you'll meet other trekkers and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a doctor and trek leader as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported by porters to each night's camp.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £4,600. A minimum of £2,504 will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0845 052 4184.
What will the weather be like?
Equatorial and arctic conditions are both present on Mount Kilimanjaro so you can expect the weather to change from hot and dry, to wet and misty, to very cold. The higher we climb the colder it gets. There is permanent ice at the summit and below freezing temperatures. Night-time temperatures will be very cold.
Passports and visas
Participants should have at least six months' validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. Everyone travelling from the UK will require a Tanzanian visa (at a cost of around £38) before departure.
What will the accommodation be like?
A mixture of hotels and camping allocated on a twin sharing basis.
Is it possible to extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through World Expeditions at a cost and subject to availability. Please note you may need to buy a separate visa if you are extending your trip.
Do overseas challenges effect the environment?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.
What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?
We require the 80% minimum of £4,600 (£3,680) by 20 July 2018. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.
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Here’s what you’ll be doing on the trek:
London - Marangu
We will meet in the morning at the airport for our group flight to Tanzania. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport we will be met by our World Expedition Trekking representatives and transferred to the pretty village of Marangu. We will be staying at the Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, located on the scenic lower slopes of Kilimanjaro and the perfect place to prepare for your adventure. Complete with a pool and bar, we'll spend this first evening relaxing, enjoying dinner together and discussing the upcoming challenge. We will need a good night’s sleep as the trek begins tomorrow at dawn.
Transferring to Camp Rongai to commence climb (Altitude 2,600m, 3-4 hours)
After breakfast we will begin completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate and then transfer to Rongai by Landrover for the start of our challenge. The climb begins from the striking wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950m) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest.
The track then starts to climb consistently but gently through woodland that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. After a while, the forest begins to thin out and our first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Climb to Second Cave (Altitude 3,450m, 3-4 hours)
After another hearty breakfast and sunrise at the base of the mountain, we will enjoy a morning walk up to tonight’s campsite at ‘Second Cave’ (3,450m). The walk is a steady ascent with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.
The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the camp and enjoying the view over the Kenyan plains or completing a short three to four hour acclimatisation walk up towards Third Cave.
Mawenzi Tarn (Altitude 3,600m, 7-8 hours)
We now leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant and curious looking senecio plants located near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m). After lunch we will start to leave the vegetation behind as we ascend higher up the mountain where the air is much thinner. Our next camp will be at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi.
Walk to Kibo (Altitude 4,700m, 5-6 hours)
Today we cross the lunar-like desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at (4,700m), situated at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. We will take our time as the oxygen levels begin to reduce the higher we get. The remainder of the day is spent resting and making sure we get enough sleep for tomorrow’s big day.
Summit and descending to Horombo Hut (Highest altitude 5,896m, 11-15 hours)
We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 1am. We will walk very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685m). We will rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi.
Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896m); passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. Congratulations - you will then be standing on the roof of Africa! All those months of fundraising, training and planning have paid off for this moment, as you stare out over the clouds, standing almost 6km above sea level.
The descent to Kibo (4,700m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we will continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720m). Today’s trekking involves 11 to 15 hours walking, made more strenuous by the effects of altitude and extreme cold. This section of the trek is one of the steepest and most demanding and should not be taken lightly, and it's recommended that trekkers have your own head torch so that your hands are free for balance. Most people are surprised by the extreme cold and the best advice is to follow the clothing list and pack warm clothes.
Descend to Marangu (approx 5-6 hours)
After the exertions and success of the previous day, we still have to get off the mountain. A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m) and we then continue to descend through lovely lush forest on a steady path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m). We will spend the evening relaxing with our feet in the pool and a drink in hand, talking about our challenge and enjoying a celebratory meal together.
Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport
This morning we will have free time to unwind, have a swim and check out of the hotel. Later today, depending on the time of our international flight, we will transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for our flight back to the UK and the end of our adventure.
We will arrive back into the UK early in the morning after our overnight flight.
This itinerary is subject to change with any change in Community regulations as well as Governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.
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