lemosho, Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro Jan 20192019-01-12T15:55:30+00:00

Project Description

Everest Base Camp Charity Trek

Lemosho Route
Charity Challenge Trek

16 – 27 Jan 2019


Everest Base Camp Charity Trek

Lemosho Route
Charity Challenge Trek

16 – 27 Jan 2019

A genuinely tough challenge.
But there’s nothing like reaching the ‘roof of Africa’ at dawn.

This trek is the Lemosho route. It is the longest and by far the best for acclimatisation and therefore has the highest summit success rate. It also ascends the Barranco Wall, which always brings an air of anticipation especially if you have vertigo!

We fly you into Kilimanjaro’s international airport and transfer you to the small town of Moshi. The hotel is a beautiful relaxed establishment and it is here that you will meet your Guide for a briefing on the coming days. Can I train for altitude?

More dates, Home.

He will ensure that you are prepared for your departure the following morning.

The next day, you will drive to the ‘start gate’, go through the formal entry procedures and you’ll be on your way.

The scenery will slowly and dramatically change from the colourful dense rain forest (complete with monkeys!), to moorland through to alpine desert. Once up to about 3800m, you will head east on Kilimanjaro’s ‘southern circuit’, passing Cathedral Rock, the Lava Tower, Barranco, Karanga and then to Barafu. All of this time you are acclimatising. The short ascent up the vertical looking Barranco Wall is great fun!

The incredible final climb to Kilimanjaro’s summit is what you came for. It’s tough, dark, cold and 6 – 7 hrs long. But when you get there, savour the moment, watch that sun rise over the earth’s curvature above a blanket of fluffy cloud. Be sure to take in your surroundings; the endless view over Africa, the Kibo crater and the glacier before capturing your Kilimanjaro achievement with a photo next to the signpost.

The descent is much faster, especially if you like scree running! Completion of this Kilimanjaro challenge is something to be very proud of.

Fundraising and Itinerary


Price may change if you book now due to the close proximity of departure with flights

Self Fund

Deposit – £500 on booking
Interim self payment – £800
payable 1 Aug 2018
Final balance of £1680 payable 16 Nov 2018

Total trip cost – £2980

Raise as much as you can for your charity

Flexi Fund

Deposit – £500 on booking
Balance payment – £800
payable 1 Aug 2018

Cost to client – deposit + balance = £1300

Fundraise £3360 in sponsorship
to be complete by 16 Nov 2018
£1680 is retained by the charity
£1680 pays for the remaining balance of the trip 

Min Sponsorship

Deposit – £500 on booking

Fundraise £4960 in sponsorship
to be complete by 16 Nov 2018
£2480 is retained by the charity
£2480 pays for the remaining balance of the trip 

Fundraising Options Explained

Under this option, you pay the entire cost of your trip yourself, directly to us on the dates stated.
You then raise at least the stated amount (as sponsorship) for the charity by 13 July. You can continue to fundraise after 13 Jul.

You pay us the deposit PLUS the stated balance on the stated dates.
In addition, you commit to raising the stated amount of sponsorship for the charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining fees for your trip will be paid to us by the charity.
You will be asked to complete a Pledge Form with the charity. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.
Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity by 13 Jul 2019. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

You pay your deposit and then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.

The completion of a Pledge Form is required. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.

Your chosen charity will support your fundraising throughout and all sponsorship money you raise must be paid to them upon receipt. Generally, the sponsorship target is set to ensure that a minimum of 50% of the money you raise is retained by the charity. All money raised above the target will also be retained by the charity. Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

Day 1. Depart UK
Fly from London bound for Tanzania (Kilimanjaro’s international airport).

Day 2. Arrive Tanzania
You will be collected by our Staff at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Your Guide will be there to meet you and brief you on the timings for tomorrow and offer any further assistance.
You are then free to settle in and prepare for the trek the following day. Our friendly hotel staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance.

Day 3. Moshi – Londrossi Park Gate (2100m) – Forest Camp (2800m)
Your Guide will meet you at the hotel and after breakfast, drive to the Londrossi Gate (approx 2 hrs drive) on the west side of Kilimanjaro.
After registering at the gate (compulsory), meet your porters and begin this fantastic trek. It’ll take about 2 – 3 hrs of trekking through dense rain forest for you to reach Forest Camp, your first nights stop. BLD

Day 4. Forest Camp – Shira Camp One (3500m)
Continue your trek through the rain forest and keep an eye out for the monkeys! Leaving the rain forest, the trek continues upward through a high moor with some interesting flora and fauna to see. The altitude is already beginning to get to a significant level as you head towards your second night stop at Shira Camp. Great views towards Mt Meru. 4 – 5 hrs, BLD

Day 5. Shira Camp One – Shira Camp Two (3900m)
A great day to demonstrate the history of this area and to see how vast Kilimanjaro National Park is. We take a diversion trek via the Cathedral Rock formation across the wide Shira Plateau with glorious views to Mt. Meru and Kibo. The Shira Plateau is a relict of a gigantic volcano and oldest of the three volcanos of the Kilimanjaro Massive. 6hrs, BLD

Day 6. Shira Camp Two – Barranco (3950m), via the Lava Tower (4590m)
A good acclimatisation day as we ascend to the well known Lava Tower for lunch (4590m, approx 4 hrs of trekking). Cracking views of where you have come from.
The second half of the day is a descent back down to 3950m, where you will camp at Barranco. Right in front of you is the wonderful Barranco Wall, the first thing you will go up in the morning. 6 hrs, BLD

Day 7. Barranco – Karanga (4050m)
This is another trek high, sleep low day with the first hour and a half ascending up through the Barranco wall. Some fantastic views once you get onto the top of this. After a short break you will walk along the old original Machame Route, descending until you arrive in the Karanga valley. It is a relatively short day but all geared to your acclimatsation. Never be tempted to skip this day and move on to Barafu. 3 – 4 hrs, BLD

Day 8. Karanga – Barafu (4650m)
Another short day but a very important one. The ascend to the Barafu should be taken slowly and when you do arrive, take your time to rest, drink and take an early dinner in preparation for the overnight ascent to the summit. Ensure that all of your kit is ready for the climb; snacks, water, torch, batteries, etc… Check, check and check again. 3 hrs, BLD

Day 9. Barafu – summit (5895m) – Mweka Hut (3100m)
Summit day; this is the day you have been waiting for!

At approx midnight you will begin the ascent. You are likely to see lots of lights ahead of you and behind you. It is not a race, take your time to get into the climb. The initial target is Stella

Point (5730m) with the summit (Uhuru) just another 40 mins away. You should reach this by sunrise.

Get up to Uhuru and enjoy the view, enjoy the moment for just then, there is no human on the African Continent standing higher than you! The descent is much faster and in daylight, you will see why. The upper reaches of the mountain is made of soft ash, perfect for scree running! Once you have descended back down to Barafu, rest a little, eat, drink and then continue the long descent to Mweka Camp. Total trek time today is up to 15 hrs with a 1300m ascent. BLD

Day 10. Mweka Hut – Mweka Gate – Hotel
From here, it’s just a 3hr trek down through the rain forest to exit the park at the Mweka Gate, where you will be presented with your Certificate.
Your transport will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel for a well earned rest and shower. BL

Day 11. Depart
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to London. Depending on flight schedules, it is possible that you will arrive UK same day. B

Day 12. Arrive London

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

What the price includes

  • Return International flights London – Kilimanjaro International airport
  • Return international airport transfers from Kilimanjaro’s international airport
  • Hotel accommodation in Moshi, total 2 nights on a twin share, B&B basis
  • Tented accommodation throughout the trek, including thick foam sleeping mats
  • All meals and boiled drinking water on trek
  • A dining tent (complete with dining table and chairs), kitchen tent, toilet tent
  • All National Park, Camping fees and internal Park rescue fee
  • Services of an English speaking Guide throughout the trek
  • Porterage
  • Comprehensive Trip Dossier and other associated documentation

What the price does not include

  • Tanzanian Tourist visa
  • Staff tips (advice can be given if required)
  • Personal spending
  • Personal travel insurance
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Challenge Information

>  Trip length – 12 days UK – UK.
>  Trek length – 8 days.
>  Biggest risk factor – the altitude (summit is 5895m, 19,340 feet).
>  All meals and drinking water on trek, b’fasts in hotels.
>  Hotel accommodation in Moshi, tents on trek.

Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Tanzania

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Tanzania. You can either apply and obtain it prior to travel or obtain it on arrival at the airport. See the above link for further details.

Flight Tickets – Most airlines work on e-tickets now (the flight reference No (we supply) and your surname). There are no paper tickets. We supply you with the flight details and how to check in on line (or at the airport) as part of the process.

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

Min group size 2.

Once this number is reached, the trip is guaranteed to depart; the trip will not be cancelled.

You will be walking between 4 – 7 hours per day. Summit day is an exception; 12 – 16 hrs. Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 10°C and 25°C and the night temperatures will drop to single figures, potentially below zero.

Physically, the majority of this trek is within the bounds of an average trekker. It is that final ascent to the summit that is undoubtedly demanding followed by the descent and then a further number of hours to reach the Mkewa Camp (final night stop). Not only is the ascent conducted through the night, it will be cold and the altitude will play a huge part. You will need mental and physical robustness and endurance to undertake this trek we would recommend a good general level of fitness.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek at least as far as the base for the summit attempt.

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  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek (including drinking water).
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, pancakes, etc.. plus hot drinks.
  • Lunch is usually a packed lunch.
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits served on arrival into camp.
  • Evening meal: soup, pasta, rice, vegetables, potatoes, fruit, hot drink.


  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – tents, twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation cost – £80 (includes 2 x hotel nights + tent).

Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to JRO from London).

Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient?

Other regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Diphtheria; Hepatitis B; Meningococcal Meningitis; Rabies; Yellow Fever.
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/united-republic-of-tanzania.aspx
  • Malaria – recommended for all areas in Tanzania under 1800m in altitude. On trek, you above 1800m all of the time. Moshi is where you stay for 2 nights (1 night pre trek and 1 night post trek) is at a max altitude of 950m. Consult the above webpage for a malaria map coverage and further advice.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

INCLUDED – All taxes and fuel supplements associated with international and domestic flights.

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