Trek Mount Kilimanjaro for UNICEF
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most majestic sights on the African continent, and for a good reason. It’s also one of the highest volcanoes and tallest freestanding mountain on Earth. To stand at its snow-capped peak will make you feel like you’re on top of the world. And, on this awe-inspiring 12-day challenge you will experience it all.
From lush farmlands and rainforests, through mountainous meadows and across a barren lunar-like landscape, you’ll gaze out upon the East African plains that stretch before your eyes. It’s a challenge like no other.
Best of all, with every step you take to the summit, you’ll help UNICEF work towards ensuring every child has the right to safe water, adequate sanitation and good hygiene practices.
“Good health, clean water and nutritious food are a child’s right.” – Article 19, Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989
Yet millions of children around the world have no choice but to drink unclean water and face illness, exhaustion – even death. Tragically, as a result, over 800 children die from preventable diseases caused by poor water, and a lack of sanitation and hygiene every day.
There is a solution though! Child mortality could be prevented or treated with simple and affordable interventions. This is why we ask you to join UNICEF’s Kilimanjaro Climb for Kids and help give a child a fair chance at life.
Trek Mount Kilimanjaro for UNICEF
As part of the Kilimanjaro Climb for Kids, you will directly help fund programs that provide clean water, education facilities, health support and vaccinations to children who need it most:
• $80 can provide 10,000 water purification tablets to help stop the spread of deadly waterborne diseases
• $157 can buy a family hygiene kit to protect a family from illness even in the most difficult situations
• $494 can buy a water pump for a remote village giving them access to clean drinking water
Safe water, adequate sanitation and good hygiene practices are essential for young children to survive and thrive—to be healthy and flourish both physically and mentally. When provided together, these basic rights significantly reduce health risks for young children and their families.
With your support, UNICEF can continue to improve children’s health and lower the risk of preventable diseases.
Trek Mount Kilimanjaro for UNICEF
Dates: 17 – 25 August 2017
Registration fee: $770 (non-refundable)
Fundraising target: $4,000 (excludes travel)
Travel cost: $4,999* excluding flights
Trip duration: 9 days
Challenge duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Twin-share in 3 star hotels and comfortable camping
Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)
*Subject to change
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2. Ready to register? Click on the Register Now button to secure your spot on the team.
3. Questions? Give us a call on 1300 905 188.
ADVENTURE BLOG: 17 – 25 August
Today we finally started our trek up Kilimanjaro. After months of training this was where our journey began in earnest.
We had barely started making our way up the dusty track when we ran into a group of kids on their way home from school. They joined us, walking with the group as far as their village, holding hands and delighting in being swung through the air.
We walked for about three hours and then settled into our camp for the evening where popcorn was waiting for us. Luxury!
All into bed now for an early night though, as we’ve got a long way to go and tomorrow is going to be a much longer day.
A much longer and tougher day today – 12km and over 1000m altitude gained, finishing the day at 3800m. The effect of the altitude was really starting to be noticeable, but we kept the pace “pole pole” (slowly slowly) and all made it to camp before sunset. Despite the physical effort, the views were stunning, the group banter was hilarious, and there were smiles all around. All in bed early again tonight to get some much needed rest before another big day tomorrow.
A shorter, but much steeper day today and everyone is feeling the effects of the altitude more and more. A couple team members have been hit by a nasty virus but are soldiering on like absolute champions. We reached camp at 4200m altitude and are all quite excited for a well deserved rest day tomorrow.
Rest Day! We went for a short acclimatisation walk this morning with stunning views and then settled in for a relaxing afternoon of singing, dancing, cards, and some interesting stories came out in “two truths and a lie”. What happens on the mountain stays on the mountain…
Today we walked to basecamp. A fairly easy gradient, but the altitude took it out of us, making it seem much harder than it felt like it should have. We arrived at basecamp for a late lunch and then attempted to sleep as much as we could for the afternoon and evening before our final summit push.
Summit day! We were woken at 10pm (yesterday evening) to start our long push to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – Uhuru Peak. The path was steep up a loose, dusty, gravelly path, where for every step you took, your foot would slip back at least half a step. The temperature was extremely cold, with water bottles freezing in our packs. We were exhausted and every step was an effort, but we couldn’t rest for long as stopping meant we became too cold and everyone was pretty keen to keep their fingers and toes!
Our wonderful team of porters and guides kept the atmosphere positive by singing to us most of the way up. When the sun finally rose we were at Gilman’s point (5681m) on the crater rim of the volcano. This lifted spirits considerably, knowing the hardest part of the climb was behind us, bringing the peak into view, and the light and warmth of the sun was an absolute blessing.
However, we were not done yet – we still had 2km of undulating rocky terrain in front of us and another 214m altitude to gain. This at an altitude where there is less than half the air of sea level, making every step a challenge.
But eventually we did it, we stood on top of Mt Kilimanjaro, 5895m altitude, the highest free standing mountain in the world! And since we were doing this trek for UNICEF and the amazing work they do protecting child rights around the world, we thought we would do something a bit childish ourselves and so we got into our dress ups for summit photos.
Many of us were dreading the descent as our legs were exhausted and the path we walked up was slippery and difficult. However, much of our descent back to basecamp ended up being down a steep scree slope which we all skied down in style.
But our descent wasn’t over. Once we arrived at basecamp we had to pack up our camping kit, eat some lunch, and then walk another 10km and 1000m descent to our final camp of the trip. By the time we arrived we were all absolutely exhausted, so we just forced down a quick dinner and fell into bed.
“Hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life” – a quote from just about everyone on the trip.
Our final walk out. This morning we were woken at 5am for the last walk of the trip. 20km through beautiful terrain that changed constantly as we descended through different climatic zones. The smells of the forest and sounds of the river reinvigorated us as we neared the end of the trip. As we arrived at the bottom, emotions were high, with a mixture of sadness and relief that it was over. What an amazing experience!
At the bottom we had the final ceremony with our amazing team of porters and guides, who did so much to motivate us and help us up the mountain. There was much singing, dancing and emotional hugs goodbye. It’s hard to imagine we could have done it without them.