Our Kilimanjaro 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 Kilimanjaro 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 Kilimanjaro 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 Kilimanjaro '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 >>