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Ireland’s Call to Kilimanjaro

ABOUT THE EXPEDITION:
We are looking for 64 adventurous men and women aged over 18 to answer the call to climb Kilimanjaro and raise vital funds for the IRFU Charitable Trust. We need four teams of 16 people from each of Ireland’s proud provinces. The provincial team that gets the most people to the summit of Africa’s highest peak will each receive a free wildlife safari in the Serengeti on Day 10 of the itinerary worth €250. You must be from or live in the province you choose the climb with, the Grandfather rule also applies. There are only 16 spaces available per team so register below asap to avoid disappointment. Each team will be accompanied by a former legendary player to help motivate you to get to the top and lead their team to victory!

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ABOUT KILIMANJARO:
Kilimanjaro (5896m) is not only Africa’s highest point, it is the highest free standing mountain in the world. Towering over 4,500m above the Rift Valley and the surrounding landscape, it makes for an impressive sight. This 12 day itinerary includes seven days of walking on the Machame trail, the most scenic route to the summit. The route provides spectacular scenery and a wide variety of different landscapes. We start in scrublands thick with African wildlife and then move into lush forests followed by flowering alpine tundra. Above 4,500m the landscape changes to snow and rock as we approach the summit.

ABOUT EARTH’S EDGE:
Established in 2007, Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s only fully licensed Adventure Travel Company. We specialise in running high quality expeditions in some of the wildest places on the planet. Our philosophy of ‘Explore, Experience, Evolve’ epitomises our ultimate goal to provide a life-changing experience for our guests in a safe and fun environment. We operate trekking, biking, river and tri-adventure expeditions in 40 countries around the world. We send an Irish guide and doctor on all expeditions which allows us to provide an unparalleled level of safety and service. We love to design and operate expeditions like Ireland’s Call to Kilimanjaro and we are counting the days until January 2019, to pull off this epic trip and help raise much needed funds for injured rugby players.  

ABOUT THE IRFU CHARITABLE TRUST:IRUF Charitable Trust Logo
The Irish Rugby Football Union Charitable Trust was formed in 1978 to assist severely injured rugby players in their everyday lives, and help to restore their confidence and independence. There are currently 36 seriously injured players registered with the Charitable Trust in Ireland, most of whom are wheelchair bound and have some form of permanent paralysis. The support provided by the Trust takes many forms and includes financial assistance for medical, nursing and caring expenses, home alterations, education and training costs, provision of wheelchairs and specialised equipment together with motor vehicles and vehicle conversion costs. The Trust also maintains regular contact with each injured player and their families.

EXPEDITION COSTS:

Total cost to you: €5,799 (€3,799 to Earth’s Edge to cover costs and €2000 to the IRFU Charitable Trust)

To secure your place please complete the booking form below and pay a €399 deposit.

Costs include international flights to Tanzania, an expedition leader & doctor travelling with the group from Dublin, all transport in Tanzania, all meals on the trek, all accommodation based on twin sharing in lodges & camping, local support team & an Earth’s Edge softshell jacket.

For an information pack with all the challenge information and package inclusions contact Joyce Bartley at Earth’s Edge. Phone: +353 1 532 0869 Email: joyce@earths-edge.com

For fundraising support and ideas contact Linda Black at the IRFU Charitable Trust. Phone: +353 1 647 3866 Email: charitabletrust@irfu.ie

EXPEDITION DATES: January 14th to 25th, 2019

DURATION: 12 days.                                                                                      MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 5,896m.

EXPEDITION ITINERARY:
Day 1: Depart Dublin.
Depart Dublin for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Day 2: Arrive in Tanzania.
Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to Arusha. Overnight hotel.

Day 3: Machame Gate (1,490m) to Machame Camp (2,980m), 7 hrs trekking.
Drive to Machame gate and then trek through Montane forest to reach Machame Camp. Overnight camp.

Day 4: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,840m), 6 hrs trekking.
Trek above the tree line to Shira Camp. Overnight camp.

Day 5: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,950m), 7 hrs trekking.
Trek to Barranco camp via Lava Tower (4630m). Today’s route has stunning views throughout. Overnight camp.

Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (4,000m), 5 hrs trekking.
Trek through alpine desert to set up camp in the Karanga Valley. Overnight camp.

Day 7: Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp (4,800m), 5 hrs trekking.
Trek to Kosovo camp and prepare for tomorrow’s summit attempt. Overnight camp.

Day 8: Kosovo Camp to Uhuru Peak (5,896m) to Millennium Camp (3,832m), 14 hrs trekking.
Trek to the summit of Africa! Afterwards descend to Millennium Camp. Overnight camp.

Day 9: Millennium Camp to Arusha, 6 hrs trekking.
Trek to Mweka Gate and then drive to Arusha. Enjoy the pool and bar at the hotel in the afternoon and evening! Overnight hotel.

Day 10: Day of leisure.
Relax at the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!

Day 11: Depart Tanzania.
Relax for the morning. Transfer to the airport for an evening departure.

Day 12: Arrive Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.