Climb for Kids 2018

  • Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge
    Are you looking to tick climbing the highest freestanding mountain off your bucket list… then why not join us and our group of intrepid adventurers as we trek to the very roof of Africa.

    In February 2018, will embark on the adventure of a lifetime to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, we are raising funds to build a secondary school in the district of Abim and each climber is fully funding their climb and will also commit to raising funds towards to school project, our goal is $100,000

    We can’t all travel to Tanzania to climb the mountain’s summit, but you can be part of the team helping Ugandan children to achieve their potential. Your donation will make a real and lasting difference to. 

    If your interested in joining the team in February 2018 please email us on info@operationuganda.org for a full info pack.

    Day One - Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport
    Welcome! Your adventure begins!
    Today, you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). You will be met at the airport by a team representative and transferred to the team hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, we will meet for a team dinner and sleep overnight .
    Altitude 850m - Dinner

    Day Two - Rest Day
    Today is a day of leisure, allowing you to settle into the relaxed African lifestyle. Forget about your watch, you are now on African time. Your Trip Leader will deliver a thorough briefing regarding daily routines, timings, altitude, safety and other important topics. A final gear check will be done before you will have the chance to head out for any last minute supplies. Early to bed tonight in anticipation for the start of an amazing adventure.
    Altitude 850m - Breakfast

    Day Three - To Rongai Simba Camp
    We take a ride to Marangu to complete the necessary registration formalities, before transferring to Rongai. The climb begins from Nalemoru (1,950m) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest be- gins to thin out at the edge of the moorland zone. Then, we take in the expansive views over the Kenyan plains as we arrive at our first campsite at Rongai One Camp.
    Altitude 2,600m - 3-4 hours - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

    Day Four - Kikelewa Cave
    The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out and head southeast across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi before reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the ob- vious stream below the cave, although you might have to wan- der downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).
    Altitude 3,600 - 7-8 hours - 13km - B, L, D

    Day Five - Mawenzi Tarn Camp
    A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situ- ated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
    Altitude 4,330m - 6-7 hours - 4km - B, L, D

    Day Six - Mawenzi Tarn Camp (Rest Day)
    Today is classified as a rest day, but technically there is no such thing. We will climb one of the ridges close to camp, and attempt to reach around 4650m. This will put us in a good position for the following day, as we plan on staying up at this height for a few hours, enjoying a snack and drink before heading back down to camp for lunch. Acclimatisation walks are an important part of any climb, and will definitely maximise your chances of summit success.
    Altitude 4,330m - 3 hours - B, L, D

    Day Seven - Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut
    We cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for an early morning push for the summit.
    Altitude 4,7000m - 4-5 hours - 9km - B, L, D

    Day Eight - Kibo Hut to Summit, down to Horombo Hut
    When we are at Kibo Huts, we will plan an early dinner so that you can get to bed early so as to get some zzzzz’s before we leave for the summit tonight. With head torches on, and excitement and a few welcome nerves perhaps, we will leave around 12am – 1am and make slow and steady progress up a formed scree like slope, with switchbacks, up to Gilman’s Point (5,681m) and then walk along another formed path toward Stella Point (5,752m). As you move toward the peak’s high point – Uhuru Peak, you will have the amazing crater view on your right, and the Shira route trail on your left, where climbers from that route and others converge at Stella Point.
    Before, you might have had a quieter trail... but not for this section, since the trails converge from here to the summit. After a short rest and recharge at Stella Point, we make slow and steady progress to the summit! We have reached Uhuru Peak, and the view is spectacular – glaciers in different directions and the volcanic crater all in one view – unbelievable. How lucky are we to be in this environment!
    After time for photos and to enjoy the view on the summit, we begin our descent back to Kibo Huts where we will stop for refreshments and a much-deserved rest. After recharging, we continue on down to the Horombo encampment. We will camp here overnight and chat eagerly about our experience. Altitude 4,700m - 5,895 - 11-15 hours - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day Nine - Horombo Hut to Moshi
    A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Huts (2,700m). We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu (1,828m), where we will be transferred back to the team hotel in Moshi.
    Altitude 900m - 5-6 hours - Breakfast, Lunch

    Details
    DURATION - 10 Days
    GRADE - Moderate to Challenging DEPARTS - 14 FEBRUARY 2018
    Cost
    10 DAY RONGAI ROUTE  AUD$ 3450.00 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AUD$225.00

    Highlights
    Magnificent views of the Kenyan plains - Only northern approach to Kilimanjaro - A true wilderness experience
    Mawenzi peak

    Inclusions
    10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
    Accommodation in 3 star hotel in Moshi
    Experienced mountain guides, western & local,
    Experienced cook and porters
    Park entrance fees
    All team camping & cooking equipment on the climb > Emergency oxygen
    Sleeping Mat

    Exclusions
    Airfare - Qatar cost as currently $1,500 rtn into Kilimanjaro from Brisbane
    Travel Insurance
    Vaccinations
    Visa
    Porters Tips
    Drinks & items of personal nature