Mount Kilimanjaro

Charity climb

Overview

Charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro

We organise many charity climbs of Kilimanjaro every year and they range from inspired solo fundraisers aiming to help a local charity to us running multiple private climbs for national and international charities. If you would like more details about climbing Kilimanjaro for your own charity please contact us on the details at the bottom of this page or through the Contact Us button in the left hand menu. Do also have a read of our blog 'How to climb Kilimanjaro for Charity'

The rest of this page and the price shown is for an annual charity climb of Kilimanjaro for our own charity, The Moving Mountains Trust. If you would like further details about Moving Mountains have a look at our website: www.movingmountainstrust.org

At 5895 metres, to climb Kilimanjaro is a great challenge, not to be underestimated, but entirely feasible for the hill walker looking to combine a high mountain adventure with the magic of a trip to Africa. As a charity trek it is well known but for good reason, it's a fantastic climb to the roof of Africa and a really enjoyable challenge. We offer pre-trip training and advice and we go the extra mile for charities at no extra cost.

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Moving Mountains - the charity we work with

Moving Mountains' work includes educational support programmes, construction and development of school facilities and vital community infrastructure, support for health programmes and medical centres, environmental projects, capacity building work and support for organizational development, vocational training and employment and economic development initiatives. So as well as taking part in a truly magical trek of a lifetime to the top of the highest mountain in Africa you will also help us to continue to move mountains for disadvantaged children, families and communities across the world.

Please see movingmountainstrust.org for more information and details of all of the charity's projects and programmes across the world.

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Climb Kilimanjaro for Charity

 

Dates & Bookings

Bespoke Dates

Itinerary

Charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro itinerary

Day Summary
1 Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport / Moshi
2 Introductions, Briefing, Kit Check, Preparation
3 Drive to gate. Machame Gate to Machame Camp (3000m), 4 hours through forest
4 To Shira Plateau (3850m'), 5 hours through forest and open heath
5 To Barranco Hut (3950m), 6 hours on open heath and over two valleys
6 To Karanga Valley (3930m), 3 hours on open heath and rock across one valley
7 To Barafu Hut (4600m), 3 hours ascent on open ground
8 To Summit (5895m) and down to Millennium Camp (3300m), 6-8 hours to crater rim at night, 45 minutes from rim to Uhuru Peak, 3 or 4 hours back to Barafu Hut, 1-2 hours down to Millennium Camp
9 To Mweka Gate (1500m) and Moshi, 4 hours in forest. Arrive hotel 3.00pm
10 Depart Tanzania or onward travel to charity project or Safari
DETAILED ITINERARY
DayElevationTravel TimeInfo
1     This is our advertised date for the start of the trip and is the day which you should arrive into Tanzania. Most people fly into Kilimanjaro airport either directly or via Kenya. Others travel overland from Kenya. The advertised date is the date you should arrive and we can collect you from Kilimanjaro airport or assist you to travel from Kenya. Overnight in Keys Annexe Hotel in Moshi Town.
2     Briefing day in Moshi Town, meet the AA Tanzania staff and have time for hiring equipment or relaxing in the hotel.
3 1490m - 2580m 5 hours, 16 kms Transport to Machame Gate (1 hour). Registration. Trek to Machame Camp through beautiful montane forest on good path. Camp overnight at the edge of the forest.
4 2980m - 3840m 5 hours, 9 kms Machame Camp to Shira Plateau uphill through thinning forest and onto a huge volcanic plateau. Camping is more exposed here with great views of the summit massif.
5 3840m - 3950m 7 hours, 15 kms Shira Camp to Barranco Camp traversing the mountain over two valleys and skirting the base of the summit massif. High desert environment with amazing rock formations, quite exposed to the weather, dropping into the Barranco Valley right beneath the Western Breach. This day ascends a maximum of 700 metres but the net gain is only about 100 metres.
6 3950m - 3950m 5 hours, 6 kms Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley, starting with a scramble over the Barranco Wall and over a further two valleys to get to this open campsite with great views of the Heim Glacier. Another up and down day but no net gain in height, which is all good for acclimatisation.
7 3950m - 4550m 4 hours, 7 kms Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp, now heading more directly upwards towards the open rock and colder temperatures. This is the average freezing level on the mountain and Barafu means 'ice'. Camping in amongst the rocks and an early night.
8 4550m - 5895m - 2800m 7 hours up, 4 hours down, 18 kms Night-time ascent on rock and scree, occasional snow, to the crater rim and the summit. Cold temperatures with windchill. Final slope to the crater rim is steeper and has loose scree. Descend in sunlight to Barafu for early lunch, and then walk to Millennium Camp, normally arriving mid-afternoon.
9 2800m - 1200m 4-6 hours, 13 kms Descending through the lush forest to Mweka Gate where you sign out and pick up the summit certificate. Legs will be tired! Meet Castro at the gate for transport back to the hotel, arriving normally at about 2pm. The gate is where tips are handed out and you say goodbye to the mountain staff. A hot shower and an afternoon relaxing before an overnight in the hotel
10     Either start your safari or depart home.

 

Daily Altitude Gains

Our itinerary on the mountain is designed to give you the most effective rate of acclimitisation and therefore to promote your safety and enjoyment. You can read more about the effects of altitude and how to manage them on our corresponding information page, see links to the right.

Day Start High Pt Sleep  
 3 1830m 3000m 3000m  
 4 3000m 3850m 3850m  
 5 3850m 4560m 3950m  
 6 3950m 4600m 3950m  
 7 3950m 4600m 4600m  
 8 4600m 5985m 3800m  
 9 3800m 3800m 1830m  
HEIGHT GAINED

We will only run 7 day trips, since any less is dangerous for a peak just short of 6000 metres (equivalent to Camp 1 on Mount Everest). Current National Park and camping fees are USD$110 per person per day, which makes Kilimanjaro an expensive peak to visit. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of summiting reduce to around 50% and it is potentially dangerous.

Cost

Charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro  cost £1595.00

INCLUDES

  • Full ground price for the Machame Route
  • Accommodation in Moshi for 3 nights in the Keys Annexe Hotel (twin, B&B)
  • Jeep or coach transport to the mountain gate from and to Moshi
  • Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
  • Park certified guides (ratio of 1:4) and assistant guides/company reps
  • Porters and cooks, plus equipment and tents for them
  • All camping equipment including sleeping tents with mattresses
  • Tanzanian expedition administrator, translator and Manager (Castro)
  • Meals on the mountain - fresh food, 3 meals per day
  • UK administration and organisation of your trip

EXCLUDES

  • A fundraising target for the charity
  • International airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
  • Airport transfers
  • Tanzanian Visa - $50 for UK/Irish citizens, purchased on arrival
  • Vaccinations and malaria tablets
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinners in Moshi
  • Tips -  £80 paid in local currency only to Castro Capelo for distribution at exit gate

Payments

A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. We make payments as flexible as possible and you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.

NOT ALL ABOUT MONEY

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and a strong stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practise of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider.

Additionally we will only run 7 day trips, since any less is dangerous for a peak just short of 6000 metres (equivalent to Camp 1 on Mount Everest). Current National Park and camping fees are USD$110 per person per day, which makes Kilimanjaro an expensive peak to visit. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of summiting reduce to around 50% and it is potentially dangerous.

We include three support staff to each member plus one guide for every four members which is the Park requirement. We do not operate kitties and we use a very good hotel in town with which we have built up a strong relationship for the past ten years.

We have our own license to operate tours on Mount Kilimanjaro and are a member of the local Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators.

Fitness

Charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro - fitness and terrain

The terrain on Kilimanjaro varies throughout; in a period of seven days, traversing the mountain over 24 miles, ascending from 2000m to 5895m and back down, you will pass through cultivated farmland, equatorial forest and alpine heath, across a lunar-like volcanic desert and up to a glaciated summit. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb and there are no precipitous drops along the way, no rock climbing or specialist equipment needed.

The paths are in good condition and well trodden; some are steeper than others (in particular the Great Barranco Wall is an exciting scramble) and you will most likely meet people all along the way. On summit day the path is mostly scree, which can be loose and unrelenting, especially on the descent when your knees may suffer.

Camps used on the Kilimanjaro charity climb

Machame and Millennium Camp are on the tree line and have a number of campsites set in small clearings in the forest. You will see a central ranger station and a number of drop-hole latrines. Mobile coverage here and it is quite easy to descend back to the gate if necessary.

Shira Camp is situated on the vast Shira plateau which is a volcanic spill-off from the last explosion some 100,000 years ago. Open and exposed and often dusty with smaller, more fragile plants amongst the rocks. Latrines and Ranger huts are around and the area is so huge it is easy to have some privacy. Meanwhile the Horombo Huts are busy with people and Mawenzi Tarn is very quiet and remote.

Barranco Camp is in a big clearing at the head of the steep valley which drops down into the Umbwe route, with dramatic cliffs around and right below the ice fields of Kibo, a stunning location for a camp.

Karanga Camp is a very open camp on the side of a hillside with great views of the summit massif and the expanse of land beyond the mountain. Many people go direct from Barranco to Barafu, so Karanga is traditionally a bit of half-way stop, but there are still latrines and a Ranger hut here.

Barafu, meaning ‘ice’, is now no longer covered in permanent snow but it is cold and rocky and exposed. People definitely feel the altitude here and you can expect snow and sometimes high wind. The camp sites are dotted amongst nooks and crannies in the rocks, perched on a sort of ridge.

Experience needed for the Kilimanjaro charity climb

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a non-technical trek but it does offer a full mountaineering experience. Experience in hill walking is a benefit but not absolutely necessary, since this is a supported climb. You will have however be outdoors constantly and living in tents so any sort of experience with camping will be useful.

It is not necessary to have any experience of high altitude to climb Kilimanjaro, and there is nowhere in the United Kingdom or Ireland to possibly train for it. The important factor will be to go slowly and allow your metabolism to adapt to the lower air pressure and the thinner air.

Adventure Alternative support for the charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro

The staff will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 15 kgs plus all the tents, kitchen equipment, food, fuel, tables and chairs. They will cater for all the group needs, providing excellent meals and putting up the tents. The guides will also brief you daily on the climb.

Castro Capelo is our operations manager in Moshi and Director of Adventure Alternative Tanzania. He organises all the staff, equipment, permits and hotel arrangements. You will have his telephone number, or the staff at the hotel desk can call him for you. He is organiser, translator, problem-solver, advisor and the main link between you and the UK office. He talks to the guides every day on the mountain and can make arrangements while you are up high.

You also have continued support from the main office in Northern Ireland. For charity climbs we offer additional training and support for groups, in the form of visits and powerpoints and advice on training for the trip.

We don't charge any extra for charity climbs, in fact we offer them at a discount. We don't hold charities to stringent contracts either, and nor do we apply punitive financial costs for groups falling below and agreed number. We don't mind if a charity has one or twenty people, as long as the trip can run with a total minimum of around ten people.

Kit List

Charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro kit list

  • Strong, waterproof duffle bag or rucksack for your main gear
  • Waterproof day sack of about 30 -40 litres for carrying your daily needs
  • Sleeping bag rated down to -10° Celsius or lower if you get cold easily
  • Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support, and a sole that does not bend too easily. Gore-Tex lined fabric boots are fine but not quite as warm as leather. Gaiters are advised also.
  • Waterproof windbreaker and trousers, preferably breathable, with a hood and big enough to accommodate several layers beneath
  • Down jacket or a heavy duty fleece for warmth especially on summit night
  • Thermal underwear or long johns for summit night
  • Balaclava or insulated warm hat, insulated gloves or mittens and thermal inner gloves
  • Sun hat, sun lotion, SPF lip screen and sunglasses
  • Trekking clothes - trousers and shorts, shirts and T-shirts, jumper or midlayer fleece, underwear and several pairs of hiking socks, trainers or sandals
  • Water bottle and/or bladder (take a protective cover for the mouthpiece) and water purification tablets (optional, iodine-based is fine)
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Trekking poles (especially useful for coming down from the summit)
  • Personal wash kit to include a nail brush, moisturising cream, a small towel, tweezers, soap, nail clippers and wet wipes
  • Variety of waterproof bags - for dirty clothes, sleeping bag and things to keep dry
  • Personal first aid to include aspirin, Nurofen, plasters, Germolene, Immodium, strepsils and prescription medicines for possible gastric problems
  • Passport, insurance papers, spending money, air tickets, 2 pin (round) plug adaptor, spare batteries for digital cameras, reading books, diary, pen

 

PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT
Paracetamol 
Ibuprofen 
Antiseptic Wipes 
Adhesive Plasters 
Blister Plasters 
Zinc Tape 
Insect Repellent 
Antihistamine tablets 
Sunblock Cream 
Water Purification Tablets 
Rehydration Sachets 
Personal Medication as required: 
  eg. Anti-Malarials, Asthma Inhalers, Insulin, Epi-Pen etc 

Possible Additional Personal First Aid Items 
Lip Salve 
Throat Lozenges 
Latex gloves 
Crepe Bandage 
Hydrocortisone Cream 
Prochlorperazine tablets (for sickness/nausea) 
Ciprofloxacin tablets (general antibiotic; prescription required) 
Acetazolamide tablets (altitude prophylactic; prescription required) 

Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use though the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them. You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, ie not in the cargo hold.

 

Why Us

  • We have a 95% success rate of achieving Kilimkanjaro's summit, and a 100% safety record.
  • All our guides are personally trained by Gavin Bate, Company Director, Mountaineer and Everest Guide. They have each been working for us for between 10 and 15 years.
  • We do not contract out our trips, we employ full time staff, offering job security and good benefits, and we are continually improving our quality service year on year.
  • All the staff in our UK office have climbed Kilimanjaro so you can chat to people who understand what it is like to go up for the first time, before you go.
  • We are passionate about responsible tourism and our company supports sustainable development in Tanzania and Kenya in a real way.
  • We have a number of national awards for responsible tourism in recent years.
  • We are a bonded member of ABTOT so that your fee is financially protected.
  • We are members on Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.

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