Our Challenge Group trips are led by one of our experienced UK mountain leaders - with a UK doctor. Our local team provide full support on the mountain - and is made up of 60 or so in total - with Head Guides (who have climbed Kili 100+ times) - assistant Guides - Chefs - Camp Crew - Luggage Porters - Toilet Crew - and the important Water Team. The full support means that you only have to carry your small 'day pack' (with items for that days' trekking) - and the porters will carry your main bag on to the next camp , and our private area where your tent will be already pitched and waiting for you.
Meals (all hot & varied & all dietary requirements!) are in the large 'mess tents' - which in the evening are the hub of camp life, and where the leader will do a daily de-brief and set out the next days' agenda. The doctor is always available for check-ups. It's generally early to bed - as it's always an early start the following morning.
The walking pace on Kili is 'slow' - that's how you give your body the best chance of acclimatising (along with plenty of water - food - sleep) - and on the pre summit days the groups get into camp late afternoon - any can enjoy afternoon tea & snacks before unpacking bags and preparing for the evening with extra clothing - as temperatures drop fast after sunset (~6.30 pm).
The Kilimanjaro trek culminates with 'summit night' - and this is where it toughens up - as it's a midnight departure - a 6 hour climb with the head torches on - and eventually sunrise as we head towards the crater rim. From there its still up to an hour or so to the famous Kilimanjaro sign at the summit - and that magical photo and celebration on the Roof of Africa
We have a 'video presentation' - that gives much more detail on our Challenge Groups - why not take a look.
There's also NEW 'women only' group departure dates for the Rongai Route. Challenge Group Video >>