Climb Mount Kilimanjaro June 12 – 18, 2017
Climbing a mountain is a perfect symbol of an individual patient’s battle with cancer. Oftentimes, as you climb higher and higher, you feel the physical strain of the climb, and also sometimes the sickness that goes along with high altitudes. Yet you climb on! The summit in your sights, you push through physical pain, mental exhaustion and push yourself to new physical and emotional heights.
In June 2017, a select group of largely amateur mountaineers will climb the tallest mountain on the African continent in a fundraising endeavor to bring cancer services to the surrounding community in Moshi, Tanzania. No cancer center currently exists in that region of Tanzania. All funds raised through this climb will go directly to the building of this cancer center. Our team will carry prayer flags in honor of those who have faced the struggle of cancer head on. High at the summit, we will fly these flags, which are inscribed with names of individuals who have in some way been afflicted by cancer.
June 11: ARRIVAL
Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met by our Climb Kili representative and transferred to your hotel. After check in, you will have a detailed meeting with your guide outlining the trek ahead. Overnight stay in bed and breakfast.
June 12: MACHAME GATE to MACHAME CAMP
9,400’ ~2865m ∙ 6.8 mi ∙ 5-7 hrs
After a restful night and an enjoyable breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by your Climb Kili guide and other mountain crew where we will transfer you from the hotel to the Machame Gate. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. At Machame Camp your tent will be set up and personal belongings will be ready for you as well as dinner.
June 13: MACHAME CAMP to SHIRA CAMP
12500’ ~3810m ∙ 2.8 mi~5 km ∙ 4-6 hours
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, entering in the moorland zone covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a dry river gorge. We reach our camp in time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira Camp.
desert plateau where the first views of Mt Kilimanjaro open on the horizon and the landscape is a magnificent contrast from the departed rain forest.
June 14: SHIRA CAMP to BARRANCO CAMP
13,000’ ~ 3962m ∙ 5.6 mi~10 km∙ 6-8 hrs
Today you depart Shira Camp in the morning taking the path which rises up gradually towards the Kibo peak, as we continue, our direction changes to the southeast towards the Lava Tower, also known as the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower we continue down to the Barranco Camp at an altitude of 13,000ft~ 3962m. Dinner and overnight stay at Barranco Camp.
June 15: BARRANCO to KARANGA CAMP
13100’ ~ 3992m ∙ 2.2 mi~3.2 km ∙ 4-5 hrs
Today the group conquers the great Barranco Valley and up the Barranco wall, and adventuourse stretch that ushers us into the arctic zone of Kili. We continue the trek on the South Circuit path through the Karanga Valley. We camp tonight at Karanga Camp.
15,300’ ~ 4663m ∙ 2.2 mi~3.5 km ∙ 4-5 hrs
Today we take a slow pace to Barafu Camp from Barafu you will have excellent views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Barufu Camp is situated on an exposed ridge, so it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark. We continue to acclimatize, rest, relax and make necessary preparation for the summit day ahead.
June 17: BARAFU to SUMMIT to MWEKA CAMP
19,340’~5,895m ∙ 13 mi~21 km ∙ 12-14 hrs
Tonight is the night! A midnight start to conquer the highest point in Africa. This section of the route is considered one of the steepest on the non-technical paths of Kilimanjaro. It is a 6-7 hour hike to Stella Point in order to see the sunrise. From Stella Point it is a 1 hour to Uhuru Peak and the rooftop of Africa. We then descend down to Mweka Camp for dinner and celebration.
June 18: MWEKA CAMP to EXIT
Mweka Gate 5,400’~1,620m ∙ 3.7 mi~5.9 km ∙ 3-4 hrs
A morning walking to Mweka gate reflecting of the past weeks experience with our Climb Kili vehicle waiting to transfer you to your hotel for a very welcomed shower! Overnight stay at bed and breakfast.
Contact us to reserve your spot on the climb. No prior experience is necessary – but you must be willing to train to be in the best shape of your life! If you are unable to join us for the climb, consider sponsoring a prayer flag in honor of someone you love.