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Trek Kilimanjaro 6-16th October 2016 Action Challenge has been leading inspirational team adventures across the globe for individuals, private groups, charities and corporate clients since Our trips
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Trek Kilimanjaro 6-16th October 2016 Action Challenge has been leading inspirational team adventures across the globe for individuals, private groups, charities and corporate clients since Our trips enable people to experience the world s most exhilarating locations, often in aid of charity. At the heart of every challenge is team spirit and fulfilment; together we take on once-in-a-lifetime adventures, achieve formidable goals and forge friendships for life Contents Page We are excited to be launching the first ever Ultra Kilimanjaro Challenge - designed to take our past Ultra Challengers to the roof of Africa. In October 2016 Action Challenge are looking to recruit 100 trekkers tackling 3 different routes, all to summit Kilimanjaro on the same day before a big party to celebrate our achievements! An all-inclusive 11 day trip - with 7 days on the mountain, your journey will start as soon as you sign up to the challenge with training guides, plans & more to kick start your challenge! Join us for the Ultra Kilimanjaro climb in 2016! Pg. 3 The Machame Route Pg. 4 The Lemosho Route Pg. 5 The Rongai Route Pg. 6 Costs & Inclusions of all the paths you choose in life, make sure some of them are dirt About Action Challenge Since 1999 Action Challenge has been operating unique group challenge events the world over. Our head office in London is staffed by a highly experienced, passionate team focused on developing and delivering inspirational adventures. We operate a host of varied itineraries across all seven continents, from rainforest to desert, mountain to jungle, snow to sea. Our adventures are fantastic group experiences, which can be enjoyed by anyone who is looking for a new challenge. We are proud of the lengths we go to, to bring you memories you will not find elsewhere! The majority of our head office have climbed Kilimanjaro and love nothing more than talking about their experience on the mountain! So please contact the Action Challenge team directly to ask any questions or discuss your challenge, by calling: or ing: 2 The 7 Day Machame Route The beautiful Machame Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the south, and the 7 day trek starts in dense tropical rainforest, and passes through some of the mountains best features the Shira Plateau, Barranco Wall, and Karanga Valley on the way to the summit. This is a tough, but spectacularly rewarding route with stunning views and a good acclimatisation feature on day 6. DAY 1 DEPARTURE FROM THE UK DAY 2 MOSHI On arrival we are transferred to our hotel near the town of Moshi, where there is a welcome meal and a briefing on the challenge ahead. DAY 3 MACHAME CAMP 3000m 5-6 HRS TREKKING After a good breakfast we make the ½ hour road transfer to the Machame Gate and start trekking through the lush vegetation of the rainforest. In the afternoon we reach the camp, enjoy dinner and settle down to our first night under canvas. DAY 4 SHIRA CAMP 3840m 6-7 HRS TREKKING Our route takes us through ever changing scenery as there is a steep ascent up through heather and moorland to the Shira Plateau. We continue across the plateau to our camp for the evening to relax and enjoy the fabulous views. DAY 5 BARRANCO CAMP 3950m 6-7 HRS TREKKING Trekking east across beautiful barren moonlike landscape, reaching the Lava Tower, with a stop for lunch, then descend through the surrounding ravines to our camp by late afternoon. The descent aids the acclimatisation process and allows our bodies to adjust to the ever changing altitude. DAY 6 KARANGA CAMP 4002m 5-6 HRS TREKKING Today we climb the Barranco Wall, where at the top we are rewarded with fantastic views of Mt Meru and the surrounding valleys below. We then head onwards to Karanga Camp where we enjoy an afternoon walk followed by an early night! DAY 7 BARAFU CAMP 4600m 6-7HRS TREKKING Today we have a tough ascent to Barafu Camp and after arriving we continue with an acclimatisation walk to get our bodies used to the altitude. After an early dinner we rest as much as possible before waking at midnight to begin the ascent to the summit. DAY 8 SUMMIT DAY 5895m HRS TREKKING Awaking just before midnight, we climb for about 6 hours, with the steepest and most demanding part of the route by torchlight, to reach Stella Point at the crater rim. Then, our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African Continent, at 5895m. The morning sunlight gives us spectacular views across the plains below and of Mount Meru in the distance. After a tough descent to Barafu camp, we stop for a well-earned breakfast, before continuing on to Millennium Camp. DAY 9 MOSHI 5-6 HRS TREKKING After breakfast we continue the descent back through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate. A short transfer by bus takes us to Moshi, where we have the afternoon free before celebrating our fantastic achievement with a celebratory dinner. DAY 10 A FREE MORNING IN MOSHI Today you have some free time to explore the local area before boarding our flight back to the UK. DAY 11 ARRIVE HOME IN THE UK 3 The 7 Lemosho Day Lemosho Route Route The Lemosho Route has only recently opened up to trekkers wishing to tackle Kilimanjaro from the western Lemosho glades. Following in the footsteps of the celebrity Comic Relief group, the route starts in the pristine rainforest before crossing the vast Shira plateau, and merging into the Machame Route. However, this itinerary includes a shorter days trek prior to the summit day, which ensures you more rest, and allows for more time to acclimatise giving you the best chance of making it to the top! DAY 1 DEPARTURE FROM THE UK DAY 2 MOSHI On arrival we transfer to our hotel near the town of Moshi, where we enjoy a welcome meal and a briefing on the challenge ahead. DAY 3 MTI MKUBWA 2780m 3-5 HRS TREKKING After breakfast we transfer to the west of the park at 1,981m and begin trekking along a pristine route through the Lemosho Glades. Eventually we reach our camp at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree Camp). DAY 4 SHIRA CAMP 3505m 7-9 HRS TREKKING This morning we begin our first full day trekking, where we will gain over 700m in height. A slow and steady ascent allows for our bodies to acclimatise to the higher altitude as we cross the Shira plateau. Tonight we camp at Shira 1. DAY 5 BARRANCO CAMP 3972m 6-7 HRS TREKKING Trekking east across beautiful barren moonlike landscape we reach Lava Tower for lunch. We then descend through the surrounding ravines to reach our camp late in the afternoon. This descent aids our acclimatisation to the ever changing altitude. DAY 6 KARANGA VALLEY 4002m 5-6 HRS TREKKING Today we climb the Barranco Wall, where at the top we are rewarded with fantastic views of Mount Meru and the surrounding valleys below. We then head onwards to Karanga Camp where we enjoy an afternoon walk followed by an early night! DAY 7 BARAFU CAMP 4600m 5-6 HRS TREKKING We have a tough ascent to Barafu Camp and after arriving, we continue with an acclimatisation walk to get our bodies used to the altitude. After an early dinner we rest as much as possible before waking just before midnight to begin the ascent to the summit. DAY 8 SUMMIT DAY 5895m HRS TREKKING By torchlight we have a tough climb for about 6 hours to reach Stella Point at the crater rim before our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African Continent, at 5895m. The morning sunlight provides spectacular views across the plains below and to Mt Meru in the distance. We have a tough descent back down to Barafu camp where we stop for breakfast before continuing on to Millennium Camp. DAY 9 MOSHI 5-6 HRS TREKKING After breakfast we continue our descent to Mweka Gate. A short bus transfer takes us to our hotel in Moshi, where we rest before celebrating our fantastic achievements! DAY 10 A FREE MORNING IN MOSHI Today we have some free time to explore the local area before boarding our flight back to the UK. DAY 11 ARRIVE HOME IN THE UK Note: some departures may transfer from Nairobi by road depending on flight availability and hotels may be in Arusha. 4 Trek The 7 Day Rongai Route The only route that approaches from the north, starting close to the Kenyan border. This is a quieter route than most and perhaps the most manageable, as the 7 day trek has a full acclimatisation day built in. It s scenic than and there s a good chance of seeing a wide variety of wildlife on the lower slopes. It s ideal for those who want to make things just a little bit easier on the way to the summit! Summit night itself however, is longer and steeper than the other two routes. DAY 1 DEPARTURE FROM THE UK DAY 2 MOSHI On arrival there is a transfer to the hotel near the town of Moshi, where we enjoy a challenge ahead. welcome meal and a briefing on the DAY 3 SIMBA CAMP 2668m 4 HRS TREKKING After breakfast we transfer to Nalemoru Gate and start our trek at 1950m, through farm land and forest where we should spot some wildlife before eventually reaching camp just under 2700m. After dinner we settle for our first night under canvas. DAY 4 KIKELEWA CAMP 3679m 6-7 HRS TREKKING The route ascends through heather and moorland to the jagged peak of Mawenzi. We stop for lunch at Second Cave Camp, before turning South East for fantastic views of the Kibo. Camp tonight is just below the Mawenzi Saddle. DAY 5 MAWENZI TARN CAMP 4330m 4-5 HRS TREKKING We start early towards Mawenzi Tarn which sits in a bowl, next to a lake, protected by the ridges and spires of Mawenzi. An afternoon walk allows time to explore and get used to the altitude, before an early dinner. DAY 6 ACCLIMITISATION DAY 4440m 3-4 HRS TREKKING After a later than usual breakfast we have a more relaxed day of walking to acclimatise and trek up to Mawenzi ridge at 4440m. After lunch, the afternoon is spent in camp relaxing with stunning views over the Kenyan plains in the distance. DAY 7 KIBO CAMP 4700m 5-6 HRS TREKKING We head across the desert style landscape between Mwenzi and Kibo, and reach our campsite at the base of the mighty Kibo. In the afternoon it s time to rest and eat before the final push to the summit later tonight! DAY 8 SUMMIT DAY 5895m HRS TREKKING From around midnight, we have a tough climb by torchlight to Gilman s Point at the crater rim before making our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African Continent, at 5895m. After admiring the views and taking photos, we descend stopping at our camp for breakfast, and then continuing down to Horombo at 3700m. DAY 9 MOSHI 5-6 HRS TREKKING After a good night s sleep we continue our descent off the mountain to the Marangu Gate. A short transfer by bus takes us to Moshi, where we have a free afternoon, before celebrating our fantastic achievement with a celebratory dinner. DAY 10 A FREE MORNING IN MOSHI Today we enjoy some free time before boarding our flight back to the UK. DAY 11 ARRIVE HOME IN UK Note: some departures may transfer from Nairobi by road depending on flight availability and hotels may be in Arusha. 5 Payment Options Payment Options Explained There are 3 flexible payment options for you to sign up to a Kilimanjaro Challenge. With all 3, an initial registration deposit is required to confirm your place on the challenge, which is payable on-line when you sign up either online or using the form. Self Funding You pay for the entire trip cost yourself - the initial registration deposit and a final balance. Action Challenge will invoice you for your final balance, 12 weeks before the departure of your challenge. If you wish to fundraise, you may still do so, and make arrangements with the charity yourself. Minimum Sponsorship Commit to fundraising a minimum amount for your chosen charity (from which some of this fundraising will cover The balance of your trip cost) fundraising targets differ slightly depending on which route you choose. Your chosen charity will support you with your fundraising and all sponsorship money must go directly to them. A minimum of 50% of the minimum sponsorship target will be retained by your charity. These arrangements are agreed with your charity. At least 80% of your minimum sponsorship target must be with your charity 12 weeks before the departure of your challenge, at which point Action Challenge will invoice your charity for your trip cost balance. The remaining 20% of fundraising is due to the charity two weeks before you depart. Mixed Funding A mixture of the above two options! Commit to fundraising a minimum amount for your chosen charity (from which some of this fundraising will cover part of your trip cost) fundraising targets differ slightly depending on which route you choose. Your chosen charity will support you with your fundraising and all sponsorship money must go directly to them. You make a further personal contribution to cover the remaining cost of your place. At least 80% of your minimum sponsorship target must be with your charity 12 weeks before the departure of your challenge, at which point Action Challenge will invoice you for your personal contribution and your charity for the remainder of the trip cost. The remaining 20% of fundraising is due to the charity two weeks before you depart. MACHAME, LEMOSHO & RONGAI ROUTES 2016 Total Trip Cost 2,549 Registration Deposit 299 (usually 449) Self Funding Final Balance 2,250 Minimum Sponsorship 4,500 Mixed Funding Option 980 personal contribution & 2,580 minimum sponsorship Special offer for past participants only! Valid until 1st December! What s Included? Free place on one of our Training Weekends Free place on one of our UK Ultra Challenges Free kit bag for the challenge International and domestic flights (including all taxes) Action Challenge Mountain Leader UK Doctor (carries full expedition medical kit) English-speaking head guide and assistant Team of specialised local porters (approx 2.5 pp) All accommodation (on a twin share basis): -2 nights in a 3* hotel -6 nights in twin share private tents All meals, except in free time Treated drinking water All transfers in local vehicles Private toilets National Park entrance fees Celebration dinner with certificate/medal ceremony Pre-event challenge launch and/or briefing Fitness and training guide Discounts on kit to buy and hire Reduced rates at selected Travel Clinics 6
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