Greene King Kilimanjaro 2017

5 - 15 October 2017

Have you got what it takes to conquer Kilimanjaro? Push yourself to the limits to tackle the world's highest free-standing mountain.

Registration fee: £550

Minimum sponsorship required: £4,550

This is a challenge of a lifetime and a chance to help support people affected by cancer.

Our trip follows the Machamé Route and spends seven days on the mountain, instead of the normal six. This gives you more time to acclimatise to the altitude and increases your chances of reaching the summit.

By taking part you’ll make a big difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

Read our FAQs

When does the trip take place?

The trip will take place from 5-15 October 2017.

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What do I have to do to take part?

Simply sign up online above 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 hiking@macmillan.org.uk.

You will then need to raise a minimum of £4,550, of which £1,850 must be received by Macmillan Cancer Support four months prior to departure. The remainder must be with us 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 £1,850 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 £4,550 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £4,550, 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 £1,850 four months prior to departure you will either have to forfeit your place on the challenge, make up the shortfall yourself or transfer to a later challenge, thereby giving yourself longer to fundraise.

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Who organises the trip?

This trip is conceived and 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's not included?

Insurance: Our tour operator, Discover Adventure, offers insurance specifically created to cover you for the activity you will be undertaking.

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-£200 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 do I have to do to take part?

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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What age do I need to be to take part?

Minimum Age: Participants must be 18 years or over.

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Itinerary of the trek

Day by day

Day 1 Leave London Heathrow for Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day 2 Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport-Moshi

Upon arrival we transfer to a hotel in Moshi town where we relax after our long flight. Tonight we will sort out our kit ready for tomorrow's trek.

Day 3 Moshi-Machamé Camp

We drive to our starting point at Machamé Gate where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start our trek. The path winds its way through magnificent forest where the air is noticeably humid, however the climb is a steady one and takes us to our first camp at 3,100m.

Trekking time approximately five-seven hours.

Day 4 Machamé Camp-Shira Plateau

We continue up, out of the jungle forest with a steep climb up to more open moorland. After lunch we head for Shira Plateau and our campsite at 3,800m. Here we are greeted with amazing views of both the summit of Kili and Mount Meru.

Trekking time approximately four-six hours.

Day 5 Shira Plateau-Barranco Camp

Now Trekking on high moorland, the landscape changes dramatically as the lush forests are left behind. Traversing the southwest side of Kilimanjaro we climb up to heights of 4,600m before passing under the Lava Tower and descending towards our camp at Barranco at 3,900m.

Trekking time approximately six-seven hours.

Day 6 Barranco Camp-Karanga Valley

Today is a shorter day but begins with a steep ascent up the Barranco Wall which divides us from the slopes of Kibo, Kilimanjaro's neighbouring peak. The climb isn't technical but can be long and tiring. We pass under magnificent glaciers as our route takes us through the Karanga Valley to our camp at 3,963m. For those feeling strong the afternoon can be spent on a further acclimatisation trek up to 4,200m.

Trekking time approximately five-seven hours.

Day 7 Karanga Valley-Barafu Camp

After a good night's rest we set off on our walk to Barafu Camp at 4,600m. The climb takes us across desolate scree and the lack of vegetation is evident. The walk is tough and steep, but we arrive at camp early and spend the afternoon resting ahead of the long night and day ahead. At 11.00pm we'll set off for the final climb to the summit.

Trekking time approximately five hours.

Day 8 Barafu Camp-Millennium Camp

Our night-time trek enables us to avoid Trekking for too long in the heat of the sun but temperatures will be below freezing. Our progress will appear slow over the scree but we gain height rapidly over a short distance. As day breaks and we approach Stellar Point the views of the ice cliffs within the crater and the African plains in the distance are breathtaking. Another hour's trekking takes us to the summit Uhuru (5,896m), the highest point in Africa. We leave the freezing crater rim and descend on scree to Millennium Camp at 3,900m.

Trekking time approximately 12-14 hours.

Day 9 Millennium Camp-Moshi

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate where we complete park formalities and say goodbye to the mountain. Awaiting vehicles take us back to our hotel in Moshi where a welcome shower and celebration meal awaits.

Trekking time approximately four-five hours.

Day 10

Fly from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi

Day 11

Arrive back in London

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