THE ULTIMATE HIKING EXPERIENCE
10 Nights | 23rd July – 3rd August 2020
£3,499 (flights not included)
Deposit Required to Hold Place £399
Come join me on this epic adventure in Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro (5,896m). It’s not only Africa’s highest point but it’s also the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
For all of you who want to set yourself the ultimate challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro, this expedition includes an expertly guided 7-day trek on the Machame Trail, the most scenic route to the summit. I have also taken care of the detailed preparation that’s required to ensure you have the most incredible experience throughout the expedition. An incredible support team will be behind you every step of the way; from booking the trip to the top of the mountain (-and back again!). However, you do require a good level of fitness to complete the challenge. For this reason, I have put together what I believe to be an extra special adventure that will definitely be the trip of a lifetime.
What makes this adventure extra special?
- EXPERIENCED TEAM. From the outset, you will be provided with the support of an expert team at Earth’s Edge, they are highly experienced expedition leaders who have summited Kilimanjaro numerous times before. They are there to support you through any questions you may have pre-booking and all the way up and down the mountain.
- FIRST PRACTICE HIKE. To get you started, your first training day with me – Zanna and the expedition leader will take you on a 6-hour hike through the beautiful scenery of the South Downs. (January 11th)
- SCULPT GUIDE PROGRAMME. I will also get you started on my Sculpt Guide Programme which will be gifted to each of you. It will be a massive help in developing your cardio-vascular fitness.
- ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP. A closed facebook group will help you stay in touch, report back on progress, ask those all-important questions as well as motivating each other with preparation updates, photos and fun.
- SECOND PRACTICE HIKE. I will meet you again for a 2-day adventure and your first mountain experience, climbing Snowdon as a group with Earth’s Edge – including our expedition leader and our mountain doctor. (16th/17th May)
- PORTER WELFARE. The trip is undertaken with the greatest consideration to socially responsible tourism. In particular, we will focus on the often unsung heroes of climbing teams, the incredible porters who will help take us to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Earth’s Edge are the first and only Irish partners of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. As well as ensuring the fair treatment of every porter on the trip, we will be taking donated clothing to gift to our team. Please see further details below on responsible tourism and porter welfare.
- EXPEDITION DOCTOR. Unlike any other expedition group, Earth’s Edge provides a dedicated doctor that joins us for the entirety of the trek up and down Kilimanjaro. In the event of any health problems, we have a medical expert with us every step of the way.
- VEGAN ADVENTURERS. For all of you who are vegan, we will be ensuring that you are well-nourished throughout the expedition. Only vegetarian and vegan food will be served while climbing Kilimanjaro.
- MOUNTAIN CLEAN-UP. You know how much I love a litter pick, and I am determined to take part in a mountain clear up as we go – I’d love you to help me out for some of the way.
- TREE PLANTING. The trip will support a tree planting initiative to help reduce our carbon footprint.
The Machame trail leads us along rough terrain but provides spectacular scenery and a wide variety of landscape. We start with scrublands thick with African wildlife and then move into lush forests followed by flowering alpine tundra. Above 4,500m we encounter more snow and rock as we approach the summit.
Kilimanjaro is often underestimated with many climbers ascending too fast and then failing due to altitude sickness. Seven days on the mountain allows for greater acclimatisation and maximises chances of a successful summit attempt.
Unlike most companies who spend their last night before summiting Kilimanjaro in Barafu camp we stay in Kosovo camp. Kosovo camp is not nearly as busy as Barafu camp and 120 metres higher on the mountain which takes an hour off our summit day. The sense of achievement and view from the roof of Africa make all the hard work and effort well worth it!
Whilst on the expedition you will be encouraged to take it easy, eat well and stay very hydrated. In our experience, it is those who cannot stay well hydrated that run into problems at altitude. We will have a dedicated doctor on hand at all times to support each and everyone of us should we encounter any problems.
At the end of the trip we have time to celebrate. There’s a pool and bar waiting for us at our hotel at the bottom of the mountain and there is also the opportunity to have a day of incredible safari if you still have energy left – you may just want a day with your feet up!!
DETAILED TRIP INFORMATION
Here you will find everything you need to know about the trip from equipment and clothing required, flight details, weather, travel insurance, vaccinations, visas, safety standards and further information about Earth’s Edge.
Earth’s Edge are looking after the booking process, to register your interest, ask questions and book your place you can email them below. If you would prefer to talk to one of the team to discuss the trip please leave your contact details within your email.
If you are ready to book, please follow the link below.
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AND PORTER WELFARE
Sustainable and ethical tourism is hugely important to me and I only ever partner with companies that match my travel ethos. I have chosen Earth’s Edge for this particular trip as they focus on minimising the impact of tourism on the environment and spreading awareness about conservation. They ensure fair compensation for all staff and work closely with local communities to improve education standards and respect local traditions. The porters on Kilimanjaro are notoriously friendly and extremely hard-working people and will go out of their way to assist you in reaching the summit.
Earth’s Edge take the treatment of porters very seriously. In December 2015 Earth’s Edge became Ireland’s first and only partner of the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Programme. KPAP is an American run Tanzanian based NGO, who are campaigning for porter welfare on Kilimanjaro. As you will understand when climbing Kilimanjaro we are all so reliant on the hard work of the porters who carry loads on the mountain. They are the unsung heroes of all climbing teams and without their help we would not be able to experience this wonderful mountain.
KPAP will send one of their staff on our Kilimanjaro climb to independently audit how our porters are treated and focus on the following:
- That we provide our porters with three meals per day.
- That porters have adequate clothing for the mountain.
- That porters carry a maximum of 20kg on the mountain. This is typically made up of a 15kg load plus 5 kg of their own clothing.
- That the porters are paid properly and that we have a fair and transparent tipping process in place.
The single most important thing one can do as a climber on Kilimanjaro is to book your climb with a KPAP partner company. Unfortunately, porters are still all too often mistreated on Kilimanjaro. When you book this trip you can be sure the porters on your climb are treated fairly and your visit to Tanzania has a positive impact on the local people and economy.