2023 Kilimanjaro

Tanzania | 24th June - 1st July 2023

Any questions please contact: [email protected] or +971 52 253 1909

Our return to Kili! One of the world’s most challenging mountain treks and one of our most popular adventures. We’ll trek through rainforests, meadows, moorlands, via mountain huts, and up through “The Saddle” before the final ascent to Uhuru Peak (5,895m).

FUNDRAISING: This charity challenge will shortly be confirmed.

Together, our goal is to raise USD 50,000. To ensure we achieve our targets, we request each individual to fundraise USD 2,000 so that together, we can succeed.

FITNESS LEVEL: This will be an extreme test of fitness and determination. There is no technical climbing, but there will be plenty of challenging sections and trekking at high altitude. Regular fitness training and long-distance walking is highly recommended. Click here to read more about the challenge difficulty levels.

TRAINING: We run a variety of training sessions throughout the year and our Hiking for Good programme (between mid-Oct to mid-Mar) that we encourage you to take part in before the challenge. 

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COST INCLUDES:

  • A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
  • An opportunity to visit the charity and experience the difference your fundraising will make
  • Access to a range of Gulf for Good hiking and training activities in the UAE 
  • Fundraising approval and advice regarding fundraising events
  • Pre-challenge briefing 
  • Discount with Gulf for Good partner outdoor outfitters
  • Safety, medical and equipment advice
  • Internal ground transfers
  • Accommodation, food and water
  • Experienced Guides who are First Aid certified and Gulf for Good support team
  • In-country medical and vehicle back up
  • Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters
  • AED 500 admin fee to GFG and is based on a minimum of 10 pax 

PAYMENT DEADLINES:

Either pay at once or opt for our easy instalment plan below.

  • On registration AED1,000 (USD275) deposit toward the Challenge Expenses (non-refundable and non-transferable) paid to Gulf for Good to reserve your space on the challenge. This includes the non-refundable and non-transferable Inca Trail permit
  • 24th March 2023: AED4,500 (USD1225), 50% remaining balance towards the Challenge Expenses paid to Gulf for Good
  • 5th May 2023: AED4,500 (USD1225), 50% final balance towards the Challenge Expenses paid to Gulf for Good
  • 16th June 2023: AED5,000 (USD1,360) minimum Charity Donation paid to International Humanitarian City

(USD1 = AED3.67)

EXCLUDES:

• International flights
• Visas
• Tips and spending money
• Vaccinations
• Insurance
• Kit items
• Drinks (other than water)

This challenge is pending approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department 

 

Day1

Saturday 24th June - Travel to Moshi, Tanzania

Depart Dubai for Tanzania

Overnight in Marangu hotel

Day2

Sunday 25th June: Acclimitisation Day

There is an option to visit some lovely waterfalls at a spot near Kilaremo and for those who wish, a chance to look around the local markets. In the evening, we will do a final kit check and pre-trek briefing.

Overnight in Marangu hotel

Day3

Monday 26th June: Marangu to Mandara Hut (4 hours)

The first day’s climb is relatively easy and passes through rain forest to reach Mandara Hut. We will have a great chance to enjoy the verdant scenery, abundant bird life and monkeys that inhabit the forest. We will have lunch along the way before reaching the hut, where there will be some time to relax and explore before dinner.

Overnight at Mandara Hut

Day4

Tuesday 27th June: Mandara to Horombo (6/7 hours)

After breakfast, we will trek for about half an hour before emerging from the rain forest into Alpine meadow. The rest of the trek today is beautiful, with splendid views and spectacular vegetation.

Overnight in Horombo Hut

Day5

Wednesday 28th June: Rest/acclimatization

There will be a gentle trek to the Zebra rocks.

Overnight at Horombo Hut

Day6

Thursday 29th June: Horombo to Kibo (6 hours)

After breakfast, we will begin the climb to the Kibo Hut. The route crosses the saddle between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi and then onto the high altitude desert, before reaching the hut.

Early dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut

Day7

Friday 30th June: Kibo to Summit (12 hours)

Rising at midnight, we will start the ascent to attempt the summit. We should reach the rim of the crater at Gilman’s Point after a steep 6 hour climb up a loose scree slope. From here, those of us who still have the energy to spare(!) will continue on around the snow-covered rim to the highest point, Uhuru Peak, taking around an extra 2 hours. All climbers will descend past Kibo hut to the Horombo Hut for a well-earned overnight rest.

Overnight at Horombo Hut

Day8

Saturday 1st July: Horombo to Park Gate

Today we will complete the descent to the Marangu Gate via the Mandara hut, and then transfer to the hotel.

Celebratory dinner and overnight at the Marangu Hotel

Day9

Sunday: Departure

Today is our charity visit. We will spend the best part of the day with the children before transferring to the airport for our departure

Foundation of African Empowerment - project details to follow shortly

Kristina Pluckrose

Stewart Magill

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