You can do it!
Kili is the tallest mountain in Africa, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,340 ft/5,895m tall. It is around the same elevation as Everest base camp!
On 26 February 2021 you too can take on this notorious challenge and change lives of children living in extreme poverty
This will be an incredible opportunity to see Compassion’s work first-hand in the beautiful country of Kenya before heading to Tanzania to Climb Kilimanjaro. The team will be raising money for Compassion interventions in Kenya as well as finding new sponsors for Children.
Your 10 Days Include:
- Day 1: Travel to Nairobi
- Day 2: Visiting Compassion Project in Kenya
- Day 3 to 9: Kilimanjaro climb via the Rongai Route
- Day 10: Rest and travel back to London Heathrow
Our Kilimanjaro treks are run in partnership with RightFoot Adventures.
Compassion UK has contracted the provision of the Kilimanjaro Adventure Challenge services to RightFoot Adventure Travel. RightFoot organise travel services in accordance with the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 which provides more information on your legal rights.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this challenge, please don't hesitate to contact us by telephone on 07471476426 or email AndrewH@compassionuk.org for further information. Our postal address is: Compassion UK, Compassion House, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire. GU51 2UT.
See a Compassion project in action and meet sponsored children
Learn about the holistic child development approach through the activities on offer at a Compassion project. If you sponsor a child in Kenya this is your opportunity to meet them. Make sure you check out the task section to let us know that you want to meet your sponsored child.
(The dates for these itinerary items are provisional).
First Day of the Trek
Trek Day 1
4 miles / 4 hours / 1,950 – 2,600m: An early start to the day as you depart on a 4-hour drive to the Rongai starting point. After registration, you will be introduced to your guides and porters who will remain with you for the duration of the trek. The trek begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950m) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.
Trek Day 2: Trek to Kikelewa Caves
Trek Day 2
5.6 miles / 6-7 hours / 2,600 – 3,600m: A morning walk up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450m). The walk is steadily uphill with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. The afternoon route leaves the main trail and heads out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m).
Trek Day 3: Trek to Mawenzi Tarn
Trek Day 3
3.7 miles / 4 hours / 3,600 – 4,330m: A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Vegetation is left behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.
Trek Day 4: Cross the Lunar Desert
Trek Day 4
4: 5.6 miles / 5 hours / 4,330 – 4,700m: You will cross the seemingly never-ending lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi Peak and Kibo campsite (4,700m), which lies at the foot of the Kibo crater wall. The open landscape affords stunning all-round views and, as you approach Kibo, you will begin to be able to make out the winding summit path that you will take the following day. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent.
Trek Day 5: Summit Day & Descent
Trek Day 5
3.1 miles ascent + 9.3 miles descent / 12-15 hours / 4,700 – 5,895 – 3,720m: The final and most demanding part of the climb takes place by torchlight departing at 12am on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685m) There is a short rest to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi, followed by a three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700m) is surprisingly fast and, after a chance to rest, the descent continues to the final campsite at Horombo (3,720m).
Trek Day 6: Descent and End of Trek
Trek Day 6: 12.5 miles / 5-6 hours / 3,720 – 1,650m: A steady descent through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), which is the first stopping place for those on the Marangu route. The descent continues through lush forest on a path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830m), at which point the trek is complete. You will transfer back to hotel in Marangu where the rest of the day is spent resting, recuperating and celebrating.