Thursday, February 01, 2007

Kilimanjaro Trek 2007

Following the success of last year’s challenge the Wilderness Foundation is delighted to offer to its members and friends an opportunity to take part in an expedition to ascend the snow-capped volcano of Kilimanjaro in October 2007. Kilimanjaro is in Northern Tanzania just south of the Kenyan border in equatorial Africa. The summit, at 5895m, makes it the highest mountain in Africa and one of the so-called ‘Seven Summits’ – the highest points on the seven continents. The trail affords stunning views of the Plains of the Masai Mara to the north and the Serengeti to the south.

The trek would take place over a 10 day period working in partnership with the best operator on the mountain and offer the highest levels of comfort and safety This trek is via the non technical and more remote Lemosho route – incorporating fantastic scenery and ever-changing landscapes and eco-systems. The start of the route begins on the western slope through jungle and continues through heathland and arid plains. On the higher slopes, Kilimanjaro’s glaciers and rock formations are resplendent with icefalls, chasms and snowfields - an awe inspiring setting. Viewing the vast expanse of clouds below you on the higher slopes is a compelling and unforgettable experience. The ascent of Kilimanjaro will take at least six days to allow for altitude preparation and this route is suitable for the reasonably fit trekker.

This is a fundraising expedition and we expect all participants to raise a minimum of £500 the Foundation will assist you in any way we can. The funds raised will benefit many of our projects such as the Umzi programme for aids orphaned children to provide a home and education in conjunction with training for work in eco-tourism. Other programmes which provide social and psychological benefits of wilderness to young people at risk and many other projects.

For those trekkers interested in visiting the wildlife of Tanzania we can also provide an extension to Tarangire National Park to participate in a wilderness trail or take safari drives through the reserve staying in a lodge with panoramic views of the abundant wildlife.

The cost for this 10 day itinerary on the Lemosho Route is £1545 per person (excluding flights - approximately £650)), based on a group of 10 people. This also includes the Kilimanjaro National Park fee £460.

The price includes:

  • 2 nights half-board hotel accommodation (continental breakfast and dinner

  • 8 day trekking itinerary on the Lemosho Route including guides and porters

  • All meals during the Kilimanjaro trek

  • Use of tents and camping equipment (excluding sleeping bags) during the climb

  • Porters during the Kilimanjaro trek

  • Return transfers from Moshi to/from park gates where you start/finish the trek

  • All Kilimanjaro National Park

The price does not include the following:-

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance

  • Vaccinations
  • Personal equipment and incidental expenditure

  • Gratuities for local guides, porters, cooks and other staff
  • Costs of optional extension (Cost on application)

If you are interested in participating in this expedition please contact us at the Foundation as soon as possible to secure a place. Depending on your location we would be happy perform a presentation to an interested group.


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