Rob Edmond and David Pickles

We are both excited to offer you the opportunity to acclimatise together on a week-long training trek up Kilimanjaro, as well as an additional week with Dave and Rob to prepare for the challenge, getting to know your surroundings and acclimatise to set yourself up for success.

There is not a better place to be than Kilimanjaro to acclimatise and to ask questions! Learn from the world leading experts, on everything you need to know about mountains, altitude and OCR!

DAY 1    Kilimanjaro.

Arrive in Moshi and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is left free to prepare for the start of the trek; we may be treated to views of Kilimanjaro from here, weather permitting. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. 

DAY 2    Drive to Marangu; Hike to Mandara Hut

We make a short drive to the National Park Marangu Gate at 1800m, and begin our hike up the Mountain. Porters will assist throughout the trek, carrying all of our luggage. You only need to carry what you need for the day – waterproofs, a camera, water bottle and a packed lunch. The first stage is along a rocky path through lush rainforest, with lichens and bright ferns, huge trees and tiny colourful flowers all adding interest to our first day. We arrive at our first hut at Mandara, situated close to the Maundi Crater at an altitude of 2727m (About 3-4 hours walking.) (Over night stay with Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 3    Walk to Horombo Hut

Leaving the forest, we ascend on a path through open Moorland and alpine meadow. As we are climbing to over 3700m today, you may start to feel the effects of altitude: may become breathless quite easily. The guide will make sure you take your time and have plenty of rest stops; giving many opportunities to take in the views. Later, above podocarpus Hill, the scenery changes again; rocky volcanic ravines covered with dense shrubbery, giant lobelia and groundsels, as well as many other wild flowers peculiar to Kilimanjaro. If the weather is clear you should get views of the gaunt peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. We arrive at Horombo Hut (at 3720m) and spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring our surroundings. There is plenty to do, but you may prefer to conserve your energy for the days ahead. (About 6-7 hours walking.) (Two nights stay with Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 4    Spare day for acclimatisation.

We have built in an extra day to acclimatise. There are plenty of walks that can be done from the hut, and since we are now above the forest, views are not hampered by the trees. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 5    Walk to Kibo Hut.

The sun rises dramatically from behind Mawenzi Peak, lighting up the sea of cloud which shrouds the lower reaches of the mountain. After our rest we continue ever higher, past huge cactus like groundsel, and the last spring water (we now rely on porters to carry supplies). Breathing becomes noticeably shorter and the climb now begins to test even the fittest. Climbing above 4115m we get clearer views of Kibo and almost lunar landscape of the saddle. Here we’ll find only the hardiest forms of vegetation amid the sand and rocks. Temperatures may vary dramatically, and strong winds can whip up in a very short space of time. Despite the seemingly inhospitable terrain, you meet herds of Eland at this altitude. Continuing for 2-3 hours across the plateau, we finally reach Kibo Hut, at the base of Kibo peak. The air is considerably cooler here, and once the sun drops temperatures often fall below freezing. If you are finding that the altitude is having a bad effect on you, you may make a tough but wise decision to go no further than Kibo Hut (4703m) (About 5 hours walking) (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 6    Walk to summit; descend to Horombo Hut

Setting off in the early morning we begin a hard walk, ascending to 5660m in just a few hours to reach Gilmans Point on the rim of the crater. We begin in darkness, walking up a steep scree slope, past icy crevasses and giant boulders to the final ridge. Although at times you may only be able to walk 10 paces before you have to stop and rest, there is no doubt that it is all worth it when you reach the top. Gilmans point is perhaps the most spectacular in Africa, where the whole of East Africa seems to spread out below you; the Masai plains; the Rift Valley; Mt. Meru; Amboseli and Tsavo of Kenya. From Gilmans, you may continue around the crater rim to Uhuru peak, the highest point in Africa at 5895m. Then we descend, down the scree to Kibo Hut for a brief rest, and then down to Horombo Hut. (About 11 hours walking.) (Over night stay with Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 7    Walk to Marangu; drive to Moshi

After a good long rest at Horombo, we pass once more over Moorland and through ravines, enjoying the increasing warmth and richness of the mountain air. Stopping for a short time in Mandara, we continue down through the forest entrance and continue by road to Moshi, and onto our hotel. (About 5 hours walking.) (Overnight hotel – Dinner)

Price for Training Trek: £2,975 per person

Please note that this price does not include flights.

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