Here's your chance to climb one of the largest volcanoes to ever break through the Earth's crust and help make breakthroughs possible in dementia research.
With over 4,500m of ascent and a 12+ hour summit day, this is one of the toughest but most exhilarating adventures you will ever embark on.
Beginning in the lush rainforests of the Lemosho Glades, you’ll then climb towards the Shira Plateau to acclimatize. From here you can see your goal: the ice-capped peak of Kibo. You then follow the impressive Southern Flank, Barranco Wall and Barafu Route to the summit, Uhuru Peak.
The majority of people will sign up by themselves and meet people on the challenge - so don't worry if you're on your own.
Significant physical training is part of the journey for you to successfully endure the physical and mental test of this extreme challenge, however, participants come in all shapes and sizes and simply have the desire to do something outside of their comfort zone for this worthy cause.
Days 1 and 2: Travel
Day 3: Lemosho Glades to Big Tree Camp
Register at the National Park main gate, drive on to Lemosho Glades then start your trek on a little-used rainforest path.
Day 4: Acclimatisation trek to Shira One
Enjoy a morning climb at altitude to an incredible valley, then after lunch cross to the Shira Caldera - a high altitude desert plateau. Camp at Shira One, one of Kilimanjaro's three volcanic cones where you'll glimpse the summit for the first time.
Day 5: Shira Plateau to Shira Two
An early start across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral with fantastic views from the ridge and ending with a wonderful nights' sleep above the clouds of Africa.
Day 6: Southern Flank to Barranco
Tackle the Southern Flank, up over the Lava Tower, before passing through the Barranco Valley. Your campsite will be one of the mountain's most spectacular beauty spots.
Day 7: Barranco Wall and the Karanga Valley
Summon up your energy for this morning's climb up the mighty Barranco Wall, continuing over valleys and ridges before arriving at Karanga camp.
Day 8: Barafu Ridge and Summit preparation
After an energy-filled breakfast the trek to Barafu Ridge Camp begins with an afternoon of rest or an optional walk. Early night in preparation for the midnight summit departure.
Day 9: Summit day! Uhuru Point
Midnight start through tough and unforgiving scree slopes to Stella Point which offers stunning views over the summit itself. Temperatures plummet but you'll be buoyed by the warmth of the rising sun. Final push to the summit where you'll celebrate your astounding achievement with your fellow adventurers and take time to admire your surroundings before descending for celebratory drinks!
Day 10: Mweka Gate through Kidia
A long descent on a pretty track into rainforest with lunch and team photos. After lunch it's time for a hot shower, rest and celebratory dinner at the hotel.
Days 11 and 12: Travel
Plan ahead for the biggest challenge of your life. Signing up now gives you plenty of time to prepare, train and fundraise.
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FLEXI OPTION AVAILABLE: (1) Register for £525. (2) Then pay £875 by 23 Dec 2020. (3) And raise £3765 for Alzheimer's Research UK. IF YOU CHOOSE THE 'MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP' OPTION: £4440 of your sponsorship must be submitted by 9 Dec 2020.
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Funding world-class scientific research to make breakthroughs possible.
The UK’s leading dementia research charity committed to making life-changing breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure for a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.
A mission to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025 as it is forecast that, without treatment, one in three children born today will die with dementia.
£50 can help develop a blood test for early diagnosis or £100 could help fund tools needed for a scientist to map 10,000 genes for possible new treatments.
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