What's on?

Kilimanjaro Trek 2016

  • When Oct 6th 2016
  • Where Tanzania

Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world and also the highest mountain on the African continent at 5896m, is a magnet for trekkers and climbers the world over and one of the most impressive treks charity events can offer

The Children's Centre Kilimanjaro summit

Its snow-capped summit rises high above the dusty African plains; huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for pushing your limits both physically and mentally on this, the mightiest of charity challenges.

This is a tough trek in the world of charity challenge events and takes us along the beautiful Machame route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the south, allowing gradual acclimatisation to the altitude and an excellent chance of reaching the summit. Our trek for charity takes us through dense tropical rainforest, moorland and scree until we reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point.

This is one of the most challenging charity treks at altitude, climbing one of the most impressive mountains in the world for simply breathtaking views. A tough but spectacularly rewarding route. On reaching the summit you will feel a sense of overwhelming achievement, a truly unforgettable charity challenge.


Day 1 – Depart the UK for our overnight fight to Arusha.

Day 2 – Transfer to our hotel in Arusha. Briefing and equipment check with each participant to be sure that we are all fully prepared.

Day 3 – Machame Gate to Machame Hut Camp – 3,100m. 2hr transfer to Machame Gate where we register and start our challenge! Trekking distance – approx. 18km / 5-7 hours

Day 4 – Machame Hut Camp to Shira Camp – 3,840m. Trekking distance – approx. 9km / 4–6 hours

Day 5 – Shira Camp to Barranco Camp – 3,900m. Trekking distance – approx. 15km / 6–7 hours

Day 6 – Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp – 4,100m. Trekking distance – approx. 6km / 3–4 hours

Day 7 – Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Hut Camp – 4,600m. We reach our camp then it's an early dinner before getting our heads down, as we will be woken at 11pm for our summit attempt! Trekking distance – approx. 11km / 4 – 6 hours

Day 8 – Barafu Hut Camp to Uhuru Peak – 5,896m. We aim to leave camp at 12am and reach the summit by about 6 or 7am, we then descend to Mweka. Trekking distance – approx 6 km / 6-7 hours to Uhuru Peak Trekking distance – approx 16km / 6-8 hours to Mweka Camp

Day 9 – Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate. We then transfer to our hotel in Arusha to relax with a nice hot shower or cool dip in the swimming pool! This evening, we meet as a group and celebrate our achievements at our farewell dinner. Trekking distance – approx. 12km / 4-5 hours

Day 10 – Depart to the airport for flight to UK.

Day 11 – Arrive UK.

Tempted by this challenge?

For more information please contact the fundraising team on 676076 or email markeastham@thechildrenscentre.org.im or to register now please click the button below.

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week