kilimanjaro trek price

Fórsa Climb Kilimanjaro for the Irish Hospice Foundation

12 Days / Tanzania
Inclusions
training weekend
accommodation
parkfees
meals
international
intl guide
doctor
transfers
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3,999.00

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Overview

Kilimanjaro (5896m) is not only Africa’s highest point, but it’s also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is a huge crater known as Kibo over 2km wide with several distinct cones, the highest being Uhuru Peak.

This 12-day itinerary includes seven days of walking on the Machame trail, the most scenic route to the summit. The Kilimanjaro climb incorporates seven days on the mountain which allows for great acclimatisation and maximises chances of a successful summit attempt.

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. This trek is suitable for people with a good level of fitness who enjoy a challenge. The sense of achievement after climbing Kilimanjaro and view from the roof of Africa makes all the hard work and effort well worth it!

About Fórsa

Fórsa is Ireland’s largest public service union, representing 80,000 members in the public service, private sector, state agencies and the community and voluntary sector. The union has a unique charitable culture with many fundraising events organised each year by staff and members alike. From one-off initiatives like Christmas jumper collection days to larger annual and biennial events such as the conference cycle and youth quiz, hundreds of thousands of euro has been raised by the Fórsa family for countless worthy causes.

There is also a strong sense of collective pride that 3% of Fórsa’s membership subscription fees are ring-fenced for the union’s developing world fund which finances various global solidarity projects. To build on this proud tradition of helping those in need, a group of staff members wanted to do something to contribute to the fantastic work of the Irish Hospice Foundation. We decided that climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is an undertaking large enough to match the fundraising goal we hope to achieve for this highly deserving organisation. A portion of the funds raised will also go to the Kilimanjaro Porter’s Assistance Project which is a cause important to us as trade unionists

The more people that get involved, the better chance we have of making a real difference to these charities. So we strongly encourage all those considering the climb to take a leap of faith and participate in this experience of a lifetime.

About the Irish Hospice Foundation

The Irish Hospice Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Every day, eighty people die in Ireland and the IHF believes everyone has the right to be cared for and to die with dignity and respect in their care setting of choice. Our mission is to strive for the best end-of-life care for all. The IHF campaigns to make excellence in hospice practices, bereavement and end-of-life care a national priority and to stimulate the conversation about dying and bereavement in Ireland.

We rely almost entirely on donations and voluntary funding to support and maintain our work. We are therefore very reliant on events such as ‘Forsa Climb Kilimanjaro’. All funds raised will go towards the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation and we are very grateful to anyone who helps make a difference. For more information, visit www.hospicefoundation.ie

About Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

In December 2015 Earth’s Edge became Ireland’s first and only partner of the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Programme (KPAP). KPAP is an American run Tanzanian based NGO, who are campaigning for porter welfare on Kilimanjaro. As you will understand when climbing Kilimanjaro we are all so reliant on the hard work of the porters who carry loads on the mountain. They are the unsung heroes of all climbing teams and without their help we would not be able to experience this wonderful mountain. The reality is the porters are often impoverished Tanzanians who are dependent on this labour-intensive work to feed their families. KPAP’s focus is improving the working conditions of the porters.

Unfortunately, the porters have very few working rights and are often exploited. All too often they are underpaid, poorly fed, overloaded and don’t have adequate clothing for the mountain. This is where KPAP come in. KPAP’s focus is improving the working conditions of the porters. The four areas they focus on are as follows:

• That we provide our porters with three meals per day.
• That porters have adequate clothing for the mountain.
• That porters carry a maximum of 20kg on the mountain. This is typically made up of a 15kg load plus 5 kg of their own clothing.
• That the porters are paid properly and that we have a fair and transparent tipping process in place.

For more information, visit – www.kiliporters.org.

Fundraising Costs

A minimum of €60,000 fundraised collectively to be divided between the Irish Hospice Foundation and KPAP. This is in addition to the expedition costs.

For fundraising support and ideas contact Louise McCarron at the Irish Hospice Foundation. Phone: +353 1 679 3188 E-mail: louise.mccarron@hospicefoundation.ie

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Dublin.

    Depart Dublin for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Tanzania.

    Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to Arusha.

    arrive
    transfer
    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.

    breakfast
    transfer
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 4

    Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,840m), 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek above the tree line to Shira Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

    Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (4,000m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek through an alpine desert to set up camp in the Karanga Valley.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 7

    Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp (4,800m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Kosovo camp and prepare for tomorrow's summit attempt.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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!

    breakfast
    trek
    transfer
    hotel
  • Day 10

    Day of leisure.

    Relax by the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!

    breakfast
    relax
    safari
  • Day 11

    Depart Tanzania.

    Relax for the morning. Transfer to the airport for an evening departure.

    breakfast
    transfer
    plane
    depart
  • Day 12

    Arrive Dublin.

    Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.

    arrive

Available Dates

  • Jan 9th, 2021 - Jan 20th, 2021
    Limited availability
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3,999.00

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What Our Clients Say

Earth's Edge is an excellent company with which to travel. They provide local expertise and pre-departure support to allow you to travel in confidence and take on significant challenges.

Darren O'Connor. Co. Dublin, Ireland. 

I signed up to do Kilimanjaro based on the reviews I read online and boy - I was not disappointed! Genuinely could not recommend Earth’s Edge highly enough, from months before the trip even happened, until we got home; they created an experience that I don’t think could be equalled. Any more “Once in a Lifetime” trips for me - will definitely be through Earth’s Edge!

Gordon Graham. Newry, Down

A really unforgettable experience on Kilimanjaro! From the moment I signed up, the information, advice, and support I received was second to none. On arriving at the airport, all I needed to worry about was my hike. The planning was like clockwork. The food was amazing, the porters and guides were superhuman, and our excellent group leader Gracjan was always there to offer a hand! An adventure of a lifetime!

Pat Downing. Bandon, Cork

 

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