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Kilimanjaro Hiking Challenge

Conquer Africa's highest mountain.

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When does the trek take place?

The trek will take place from 2-12 October 2014. The trek taking place between 30 January - 9 February 2014 is now full.

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What do I have to do to take part?

Simply sign up here and pay your £550 registration fee at the point of registration. If you would prefer to receive a paper version of the registration form please email us hiking@macmillan.org.uk.

You will then need to raise a minimum of £4,450, of which £1,800 must be received by Macmillan Cancer Support four months before you go. The remainder must be received within one month of the event taking place.

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How much will it cost Macmillan?

Your registration fee of £550, plus the first £1,800 of sponsorship, will be paid by Macmillan on your behalf to our tour operator, Discover Adventure, for the costs of your participation.

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How does Macmillan benefit?

At least 60% of the £4,450 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £4,450, 100% of any extra sponsorship will come straight to Macmillan.

Macmillan is proud to have one of the best cost:income ratios in the sector, meaning more of your hard earned sponsorship is spent on our vital services and not on trip costs.

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What if I can't raise the minimum sponsorship?

We will provide you with a fundraising pack full of ideas on how to reach your target. You will also have the support of the Challenge Team and our extensive network of Macmillan fundraisers throughout the UK.

However, if you do not manage to raise £1,800 four months before you go, you will have the choice of making up the shortfall yourself or transferring to a later challenge, which will give you longer to fundraise.

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Who organises the trip?

This trip is operated by Discover Adventure Ltd, ATOL 5636, whose booking conditions apply.

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What is included?

Return flight: London-Kilimanjaro International-London.

Accommodation: six nights rough camping, two nights in hotel

Park entry fees.

All food other than three meals.

All camping equipment other than a sleeping bag and sleeping mat

Full support with local guides, porters, cooks, Discover Adventure leaders and doctors.

Macmillan Cancer Support representative.

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What is not included?

Celebration meal on the final night, plus one other meal.

International departure tax.

A discretionary tip of $120 US for the local guides and porters.

We also recommend around £150 for personal expenses.

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What sort of person takes part?

The group will be made up of around 30 people, both men and women, from all backgrounds, abilities and ages, although you must be 18 or over to take part. Whilst some take part with friends, most people come on their own, so it's a great way of meeting new people. You will find that the group quickly bond and support each other throughout the challenge.

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What is the hiking like?

On the trek, porters carry the group's main luggage, food, water and camping equipment. However, each participant will carry a day pack with personal items needed during the day: water, sunscreen, camera, waterproofs etc. Trekking time varies from 5-14 hours per day and the terrain is varied and rough underfoot, through overgrown forest paths, moorland and rocky trails.

The terrain and weather conditions demand appropriate kit. It will be well below freezing at the summit. This is a very challenging trek due to the altitude factor. Participants should be fit and healthy, however it is impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude and how it will affect them. The Machamé route we will be taking allows better acclimatisation than other routes. However, we must emphasise that some trekkers will not reach the summit as a result of altitude sickness.

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Where will we stay while hiking?

While hiking on the trail we will be camping in two-man tents, staying at basic campsites with few facilities. 

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What will the weather be like?

In October the temperature is 17-30° C. The average level of rainfall per month is 21mm.

Although warm by day and hot on the valley floor, altitude dramatically affects temperatures and it will be below freezing at night.

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Am I fit enough?

This challenge is particularly tough and is not suitable for anyone who does not already walk or participate in active sport on a regular basis. You will need to commit to a considerable amount of training during the preceding months, but we will provide you with a full training programme and arrange a training weekend at least three months before the trip.

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Do I have to carry my own kit?

Throughout the trek we will be accompanied by porters who will carry all our equipment and supplies. You will carry a day pack to hold any equipment you might need during the day.

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Do I have to meet any medical requirements?

Everyone on the challenge is required to complete a medical form that must be signed by your GP. Medical forms will be provided in your fundraising packs and individual surgeries may charge for this service. As much of the trip is at altitude it is not suitable for anyone with chronic respiratory or cardio vascular disease.

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What else do I need?

A valid 10-year passport with at least one year to run is essential.

Entry into Tanzania requires a visa for UK citizens at a cost of approximately £38. Details of how to obtain a visa will be provided nearer the date of the trip. We recommend you consult your doctor about necessary vaccinations.

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Can I offset my carbon footprint?

One of the key determining criteria Macmillan looks for when selecting a tour operator to organise our events is a demonstrable appreciation of environmental concerns. Our tour operator Discover Adventure has links with 'Climate Care', a service that enables participants to neutralise the carbon emissions caused by taking long-haul flights.

For full details of how to offset your carbon emissions visit the Discover Adventure website.

If you have any more questions, please contact us by calling 020 7840 7887 or emailing hiking@macmillan.org.uk

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