Climb Kilimanjaro: 17th – 27th February, 2019
We are excited to be launching our first team fundraising trek to Kilimanjaro in 2019. We will be taking a team to the summit next February (17th – 27th) and would love for you to join us. Raising money for the Chiltern Centre whilst achieving something truly spectacular could make 2019 one of the most memorable years of your life. Our team is already half full, so do get in touch:
Kilimanjaro 5,895m / ‘The Roof of Africa’ / Uhuru Peak (take your pick). One of the famed 7 Summits, this lone mountain dominates the African horizon. It deservedly tops the bucket list of everyone with an adventurous spirit. It is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders: a snow-covered mountain on the equator, an ocean of green forest surrounded by dry savannah. Climbing Kilimanjaro is like walking from the equator to the North Pole in a week, providing dramatic changes in vegetation and animal life day by day. Its high altitudes have created habitat for strange and unique life forms found only on a few other peaks on the planet, such as the delicate elephant flower and the bizarre Kilimanjaro tree.
The Lemosho Route
A carefully thought out plan is essential to gain Kilimanjaro’s coveted summit. There are a number of route to climb Kilimanjaro but the Lemosho,Route is 360 Expedition’s favourite and the one that this trip will be taking. It approaches from the west and ascends through arid lowlands before a heft up onto the Shira Plateau moorlands. Here you’ll encounter Giant Groundsels, huge mutant weeds unique to Kilimanjaro which pepper the landscape. From Shira, we pass the great lava tower and, with a helping hand from our dedicated team, climb the exhilarating Barranco Wall. Then it’s don head torches and make for the summit under moonlight. You’ll get good time at the top to reflect on your achievement before descending through lush tropical rainforests crowded with monkeys and butterflies. Everyone experiences something magical climbing ‘Kili’: incredible sunsets over the vast African plains, the surreal ever-changing landscape, the rousing dancing and singing with our much-loved support team, and ultimately, sheer pride at climbing Africa’s highest point. We know that by taking this route over 7 days (rather than the shorter routes that many other companies prefer) we give our groups the very best chances of fully acclimatising and not only reaching the summit but enjoying the experience.
Can I really do it?
This fully supported expedition is attainable by those with a good base level of fitness. It is physically tough and frequent exercise is necessary to prepare properly for this expedition. Regular walking and training to build up endurance and cardiovascular fitness is key. On the mountain you should expect to do 8-hour days in hilly and often steep terrain carrying a pack of 6 – 10kg weight with the occasional extra-long day. You will be provided with training plans, kit lists and the very highest levels of support both on and off the mountain to allow you to achieve this amazing challenge and with a full year to train before the trip, we are confident that if you want to, you can achieve this.
Why the Chiltern centre?
The pressures that a family with a disabled child face can be immense and challenging. The Chiltern Centre gives families the chance to have a break from some of these pressures safe in the knowledge that their children are being looked after in a safe and caring home-from-home environment. Not only that, they know that their children have the opportunity to form friendships, build confidence and achieve. By removing the barriers that many disabled young people face, the Centre enables them to socialise and enjoy themselves whilst taking part in leisure and developmental activities that are too often off limits for them. It is no exaggeration to say the Chiltern Centre is a lifeline to disabled children and young people locally, and their families.
Each year the Chiltern Centre has to raise £200,000 in order to open the doors the following year. In order to do this, we are reliant on the generosity of the local community. By taking on this extraordinary challenge, you would help us to keep on changing the lives of disabled children and young people in the local area.
Why 360 Expeditions?
Experience: We employ sought-after leaders. We know remarkable individuals make or break expeditions. 360 leaders pack huge enthusiasm, true expertise & dedication on every expedition. It’s not uncommon to find yourself trekking Kilimanjaro with an Everest summiteer as your guide.
Standards: They’re high. From office to support in country to supplying fresh tasty food (very important!), value for money is key. You get what you pay for, and so does the crew. All our Sherpas, porters, cooks, even four-legged team members, are treated & paid fairly.
Organisation: Out in the field & out of your comfort zone, emotionally & physically, you need total support. Our meticulous office staff have wide field experience & ensure everything’s covered for a seamless experience: detailed information prior to departure, practical tuition when out, gathering feedback on return. Absolute attention to detail means we’re ready for all eventualities.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
We know that taking on a challenge like this is a huge undertaking and so we want to make it as affordable as possible and give you plenty of options on how to pay. For some, it will be preferable to pay the upfront costs so that less time is committed to fundraising whilst for others, it makes sense to pay less upfront and fundraise more. We have three different payment options for you to consider.
The Chiltern Centre will help you to find creative and effective ways to fundraise for the trip giving advice and support as you need it to ensure that you are able to achieve your fundraising target. Please note that with the two fundraising options, 55% of all money fundraised goes directly to the Chiltern Centre and of course, any money raised in addition to the minimum target goes directly to the Chiltern Centre.
Fundraising OptionTour Cost (excluding deposit)
- Deposit: £650
- Fundraising Target: £5,500 (minimum)
Part Payment OptionTour Cost (excluding deposit)
- Deposit: £650
- Fundraising Target: £3,210 (minimum)
Full Payment OptionTour Cost (excluding deposit)
- Deposit: £650
- Fundraising Target: £1,500 (minimum)
- International flights
- Local guides and a 360 guide
- Scheduled hotel nights
- Park fees
- Group climbing and cooking gear
- Ground transportation in country
- All accommodation based on two people sharing
- All meals on the trek and all those detailed on the itinerary
- Tanzanian visa
- Personal equipment
- Tips for local and western guides
- Personal travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature – laundry, room service, alcohol etc
- Any unforeseen increase in park fees
- Single Supplement: £140
- And additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early including and airline surcharges as a result of changing return airline tickets.