100 Things – Kilimanjaro Challenge September 5th – 13th, 2015

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Day 1 / 5 September 2015

Jambo- Welcome to Tanzania!

Arriving to the African continent and assembling in the foothills of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, (1,300 m/4,500 ft), our 100 Things group assembles for an evening of introduction and settling in. Meeting Seb and the team leaders, we enjoy a relaxing night as the acclimatisation begins. As the perfect introduction to the adventure, we prepare for the next morning’s visit to local community in need where we’ll be ‘giving back’ in trademark 100 Things style.

Marangu Hotel is a beautiful farmhouse set in 12 acres of delightful tropical gardens.

Accommodation: Marangu Hotel or similar (1 nt)

 

Day 2 / 6 September 2015

Giving Back and Ice Breaker

After breakfast our team leader officially welcomes us whilst also collecting our insurance details etc (don’t worry- it’s standard!). Today is all about giving back and our visit to a local community will be something unique and memorable. With a very hands-on approach to helping, we’ll be inspired even further for our climb in the days to come.

In the evening we will have a full climb briefing and kit inspection before dinner by an experienced Kilimanjaro climber, in preparation for the start of our trek. We’ll also sit down and experience a 100 Things Ice-Breaking session where we learn more about our fellow group members and hear Seb’s story of latest progressions of the 100 Things journey.

Accommodation: Marangu Hotel or similar (1 nt)

 

Day 3 / 7 September 2015

It’s Trekking Time!

Today we meet our guides and porters after breakfast. Each person has a personal porter as well as extra porters for camping equipment and food. Our team is strengthened by the expertise of these guys and our own philosophy of team-work.

It takes just 15 minutes to get to Marangu Gate (1,860 m/6,000 ft) at the entrance of the Mt Kilimanjaro National Park. This is where we start our trek through dense rainforest to the first mountain hut. It’s go-time!

In the forest there are many species of brightly coloured birds and different types of monkeys can be seen and heard. We walk through giant heather on our way to Mandara Hut (2,725 m/9,000 ft) where we stop for the night. From here an optional walk to nearby Maundi Crater can be undertaken. If the skies are clear, there may be excellent views of the nearby town of Moshi far below.

The distance from Marangu Hotel to Mandara Hut is 12 km (approximately 3-5 hours).

Accommodation: Mandara Hut (1 nt)

 

Day 4 / 8 September 2015

Up, Up and Away

Our second day on the mountain involves another long hike over a slightly steeper stretch. The rainforest gives way to open and rolling alpine meadows dotted with giant heather trees. Once out of the forest canopy, the stunning twin snow-tipped peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi lie directly ahead.

During the day’s walk we traverse several ravines before reaching the hut, which is set in a rocky valley. As we walk there is time to enjoy a wide variety of vegetation and changing landscapes on the way to Horombo Hut (3,780 m/12,000 ft), where we spend the night.

The distance from Mandara to Horombo Huts is 15 km (approximately 5-7 hours).

Accommodation: Horombo Hut or similar (2 nt)

 

Day 5 / 9 September 2015

Getting Close at Kibo Hut

The landscape becomes progressively more rugged and rocky and the air noticeably thinner today so we slow our pace accordingly. We pass giant groundsels and lobelias while travelling across the sparse moorland.

Skirting Mawenzi Peak, we arrive at the stark lunar landscape of the Saddle. Reaching Kibo Hut in afternoon (4,740m/15,450ft), we take the opportunity to have an early night.

The distance from Horombo to Kibo Hut is 15km (approximately 5-7 hours).

Accommodation: Kibo Hut (1 nt)

Day 6 / 10 September 2015

It’s Summit Time!

This is what we’ve been striving for. At around 11pm we are woken by our guides and hot tea is served before we begin the last leg of our trek to the summit.

The trek begins beneath the stars as we zigzag our way up a large scree slope guided only by torch light to reach Gilman’s Point (5,685 m). We arrive in time to see breathtaking views of the sun rising behind Mawenzi Peak. This is the stretch that most people find the hardest but as part of our 100 thinsg group, we help eachother along every step of the way (be prepared for a very cold morning). The dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields of the crater will make the early start totally worthwhile.

With the sun comes extra energy and as a group we’ll trek the further two hours along the rim of the crater to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), the highest point in Africa! From this peak, there are unforgettable views of the crater, the ice fields and the vast and distant East African plains below. We’ve made it!

After photos (perhaps some tears) and time to catch our breath we descend back to Horombo Hut for a well-earned rest.

The distance from Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak is 14 km (approximately 6-8 hours), and the descent to Horombo takes approximately the same amount of time.

Accommodation: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak (1 nt)

 

Days 7 / 11 September 2015

The Return

Today we continue our descent through alpine meadows and rainforest to the park gate. The descent from Horombo to Mandara Hut takes around 3 hours, and the final part of the descent through the forest to Marangu Gate takes another 2 hours (walking a total distance of approximately 27 km today).

With transport waiting we return to the Marangu Hotel for a relaxing shower or bath – and a celebration dinner (and drink) as we digest and cheer an epic adventure. At the hotel there will be time to thank your porters and climbing crew for their efforts in getting you safely up and down the mountain.

Accommodation: Marangu Hotel or similar

 

Days 8 / 12 September 2015

Awards Night

After a great rest, you have a free day to unwind and digest at your own pace. The evening will again include a ceremonial touch as we enjoy a unique 100 Things awards night. Get ready for fun and closure on an amazing trip!

Accommodation: Marangu Hotel or similar

 

Days 9/ 13 September 2015

What’s Next?

With an amazing 8 days behind you, you are free to depart at any time on this final day of your trip. Whether it be a flight home or a trip elsewhere within the amazing continent, the opportunities are a plenty.

 

COSTS: $2,970

20% Deposit confirms spot (non-refundable). First in, first served.

Remainder due July 3rd, 2015

Included:

  • All of above mentioned items
  • Training Tips and Unique Group Training events with Seb and other members from your group
  • Access to 100 Things online Mount Kilimanjaro group (a great place to meet and organise ourselves pre-trip)
  • Seb’s renowned 100 Things story and daily conversational pieces
  • 100 Things Visor

Not Included:

  • Flights to and from Tanzania

 

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:

Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude – regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. We will supply more information on dealing with Altitude Sickness once we hear from you.

 

QUESTIONS AND HELP:

If you’d like to BOOK NOW or would like to find out more info, please email now on projects@100things.com.au

 

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