Are you ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime? St Michael’s Hospice invites you to take on the ultimate challenge: climbing the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Picture yourself standing at the summit, triumphant, surrounded by vast, breathtaking landscapes. This is more than a trek; it’s an opportunity to push your limits, experience diverse ecosystems, and make a significant difference in the lives of others. Guided by the expert hands of The Different Travel Company, our Conquer Kilimanjaro Challenge promises an unforgettable adventure filled with camaraderie, discovery, and purpose.
Why Choose Conquer Kilimanjaro?
✨ An unforgettable journey: Embark on an awe-inspiring trek through five distinct ecological zones, from lush rainforests to Arctic glaciers. Each day brings new wonders, making this journey as visually stunning as it is physically rewarding.
✊ Make a meaningful impact: By participating, you’re supporting St Michael’s Hospice in providing essential care and services to those in need. Your fundraising efforts will directly contribute to improving lives and bringing hope to patients and their families.
🌍 Adventure with a purpose: Conquer Kilimanjaro not only tests your endurance but also fuels your sense of purpose. Every step you take brings us closer to a world where compassion knows no bounds.
🏔️ Expert Guidance: The Different Travel Company ensures your safety and enjoyment throughout the expedition. Their English-speaking local guides will lead the way, sharing their knowledge of Kilimanjaro’s secrets.
🍽️ Nourishing Meals: Enjoy hearty, delicious meals prepared to keep you energised and ready for the challenges ahead.
🛌 Accommodation: Rest in comfortable hotels and campsites, allowing you to recharge for the next day’s adventure.
🤝 Community: Join a community of like-minded individuals, all passionate about making a difference. Forge friendships, share stories, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
✈️ Travel: Return flights from London.
Are you ready to conquer?
This challenge is open to those aged 18 and above, with a high level of fitness and a heart ready for adventure. It’s time to embrace the echoes of history, create lasting memories, and make a genuine impact. Join us to Conquer Kilimanjaro, where legends meet reality, and the journey is just as important as the destination.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each participant should arrive in Tanzania with a good level of fitness having engaged in suitable fitness training; they should be healthy, have a determined attitude and be willing to be pushed out of their comfort zone.
This trek is accompanied by English-speaking local guides who have summited Kilimanjaro hundreds of times on various routes around the mountain and a Different Travel Company UK tour manager. They are first-aid trained and will support you throughout your journey.
You will also be supported by a huge team of assistant guides, cooks and porters who together make your journey possible.
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. Underfoot the terrain will vary from muddy forests, rocky and dry trails, barren gravelly tracks, scree and possibly even snow.
Halfway through the trek, you reach the Barranco wall which is a vertical rock wall with a narrow winding path and 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.
For the majority of the trek you will ‘trek high, sleep low’. This 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. That said the effects of high altitude exposure should not be underestimated.
You will stay in a hotel in Moshi before and after the trek and you will camp in tents during the trek.
All accommodation is on a shared basis, but single occupancy may be available subject to payment of a single supplement.
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 are cooked by your dedicated trek chef who will prepare hearty, delicious Tanzanian and Western meals. They will be taken in a mess tent where a table, chairs, plates, mugs, cutlery and other equipment are provided for you.
Commitment to physical preparation is fundamental for this challenge, to ensure your best chance of success, and enjoyment, during the trek.
Attempting to complete the trek without training will make each day more challenging than necessary, being inadequately prepared may prevent you from reaching the summit, and it may hinder the experience of your teammates.
The ascent does not require technical climbing skills but it is a huge mountain at a high altitude so you must take your training seriously and not underestimate the scale of the challenge.