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 our limits both physically and mentally on this, the mightiest of charity challenges.
Our trek 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. On reaching the summit we will feel a sense of overwhelming achievement – a truly unforgettable charity challenge with exceptional support and encouragement.
This trek which follows the beautiful Machame Route, approaching Kilimanjaro from the south. Our route has been designed allowing gradual acclimatisation to the altitude – with an extra day included from the more traditional Machame Route, this gives us the platform for summit success. With our exceptional support and care combined with highly trained leaders and medics, we will achieve and conquer the toughest of treks together as one.
Depart the UK for our overnight fight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Transfer to our hotel in Moshi. Briefing and equipment check with each participant to be sure that we are all fully prepared.
Machame Gate to Machame Camp – 3,100m. 2hr transfer to Machame Gate where we register and start our challenge! Trekking distance – 9km (approx.) / 5-7 hours.
Karanga Camp to Barafu 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 – 4.5m (approx.) / 4 – 5 hours.
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak – 5,895m. We aim to leave camp at 12am and reach the summit by about 6 or 7am, we then descend to Millennium Camp. Trekking distance – approx. 6.5 km / 7 – 8 hours to Uhuru Peak Trekking distance – 10.5km (approx.) / 6-7 hours to Millennium Camp.
Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate. Transfer to hotel in Moshi 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 – 13km (approx.) / 5 – 6 hours.
Depart to the airport for flight to UK.
Sign up today for just a £399 registration fee (plus a £250 Airport Tax and Fuel Surcharge Contribution)
There are two payment options to choose from:
Minimum Sponsorship – pledge to raise a minimum of £4,538 in sponsorship for young cancer patients and this covers your trip costs too.
Self Fund – fund the trip costs yourself by paying the balance of £2,269 and raise what you can for young cancer patients
We love our trekkers, and we want them to have an awesome experience! Some of the benefits of joining our team are:
Our closed Facebook group where you can meet other Young Lives vs Cancer sporting legends, share fundraising ideas and training tips
A Young Lives vs Cancer t-shirt so you look awesome and stand out in the crowd
We’ll shower you with advice, ideas and materials to get the money rolling in, and if you ever need us we’re only a phone call away.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer it threatens everything, for them and their family.
At a time when they should be busy being children, enjoying their rollercoaster teenage years or finding their feet at uni, life becomes full of fear. Fear of treatment, but also of families being torn apart, of overwhelming money worries, mental health stretched to breaking point, of having nowhere to turn, no one to talk to.
At Young Lives vs Cancer, we get that. We are the charity that helps children and young people and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them. But every day 12 more children and young people hear the devastating news they have cancer. We’ll face it all together – but we can’t do it without you.