FUNDRAISING: This charity challenge will be announced shortly.
Together, our goal is to raise USD 20,000. To ensure we achieve our targets, we request each individual to fundraise USD 2,000 so that together, we can succeed.
FITNESS LEVEL: This will be a test of fitness and determination. There is no technical climbing, but there will be some challenging sections. Regular fitness training and long-distance walking is highly recommended. Click here to read more about the challenge difficulty levels.
TRAINING: We run a variety of training sessions throughout the year and our Hiking for Good programme (between mid-Oct to mid-Mar) that we encourage you to take part in before the challenge.
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This challenge is pending approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department
Depart Dubai for Nairobi
Transfer to hotel
Overnight stay in Nairobi
Sirimon Park Gate – Old Moses Camp: 2600m – 3400m
On completion of park entry formalities, begin a 3 to 4-hour hike through forest, ascending 800m in height, through the bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (formerly Judmier Camp). The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species. The hike would be a gentle uphill slope to Old Moses Camp with half- point stopover for lunch.
Overnight stay at Old Moses Camp (3,400 m) in cabins
Old Moses Camp – Shipton’s Camp: 3400m – 4200m
A long day leading to the base of the peaks. Awake at 6am for breakfast and depart Old Moses Camp by 7:30am for a 6 to 7-hour trail to Shipton’s Camp. Enjoy great views of the Sirimon and Mackinder Valleys up a ridge with surroundings of the vast alpine desert, with fewer trees and more rocks. More alpine vegetation is present in this zone, especially the area just before the campsite - the ‘Garden of the Senecias’ which features many of the huge senecia plant and shorter lobelia plants. A picnic lunch will be served on route.
Overnight stay at Shipton’s Camp (4,200m) in cabins
Shipton’s Camp – Austrian Hut: 4200m – 4700m
Today we trek approximately 5 hours up the Simba Col route all the way to Austrian Camp. Passing tarns and rock columns along the way this trek also opens up to beautiful panoramic views of the Eastern part of the mountain with sheer cliffs and valleys. The trek is on a windy path with scree and rock, and Austrian Camp is at the base of the Lewis glacier.
Tents are set up within its reach and one can walk a little into the tunnel under the glacier, formed naturally with melting water seeping from the top. Austrian Camp is within an hour’s proximity from Lenana peak.
Once at Camp, relax and enjoy the stunning views, prepare your layers for the peak ascent, and try to experience the starry night sky before going to bed. Your guide will brief you that evening on the plan for the short hike up Lenana.
Overnight Camp (4,700m) in tents
Austrian Camp – Point Lenana - Lake Ellis: 4700m – 4985m – 3600m
Awake at 4:30am for a hot drink and snack before embarking on the 1-hour hike (approximately 1.5km ascent to the peak) up the ridge to point Lenana. On your left you will see views of Nelion and Batian opening up as you go higher along the glacier line. On your right views of the western valleys will open up. There will most likely be other groups on the same hike up – please stick with your guides and stay on the path – this is narrow in some places and it may not be possible to give way until it opens up in sections.
Once at the top of the peak, timed for sunrise, enjoy the beautiful views – more will come to sight as it gets brighter on your descent. Take a picture by the sign board and when ready proceed to the Chogoria trek down. At Tooth Col we turn-off to Mintos Camp (for breakfast/brunch) and onward for 19kms (approximately 7 hours) to Lake Ellis for the overnight.
Breath taking views await on the way down this trek over the Gorges Valley, Ithanguni and the northern Moorlands.
Overnight Camp (3,600m) in tents
Lake Ellis – Chogoria Gate: 3600m – 2900m
Today we hike approximately 3 hours along Lake Ellis to a road leading to the park gate. A vehicle will await you for a transfer to Nairobi.
Overnight in Nairobi, with traditional Swahili celebration dinner
Transfer to the airport
Departure for Dubai
The Kilimanjaro Initiative - project details to follow shortly