Climb Kilimanjaro for Down Syndrome Ireland. We are the only company in the world who send an international guide and doctor on all Kilimanjaro expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breath-taking locations around the world.
Climb Kilimanjaro for Down Syndrome Ireland
Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s tallest mountain standing at 5,896m, but it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is in fact a huge crater known as Kibo and it is over 2km wide.
Our 12-day itinerary includes seven days of trekking on the Machame Trail. This time-frame allows for greater acclimatisation and increases the chance of a successful summit. This route is rich in biodiversity, you will experience both African wildlife and the snow and rock of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Unlike most companies who spend their last night before summiting in Barafu camp, we stay in Kosovo camp. Kosovo camp is a much quieter camp which is 120m higher and cuts an hour off our summit night! This trek is suitable for people with a good level of fitness. You do not need mountaineering experience to climb Kilimanjaro.
The international guide and doctor work in tandem with our incredible local team of guides and porters to deliver an exhilarating experience each and every day on the trail! The morning ritual of native song and dance gets the blood pumping in the early sunlight and will help you reach the top!
There’s also a ‘free-day’ at the end of your trip where you can get some R&R or go on Safari in Tarangire National Park.
About Down Syndrome Ireland
Down Syndrome Ireland is the voice of people with Down syndrome and their families throughout Ireland. We provide a wide range of vital services including Early Intervention, Speech & Language Therapy, Health, Education, Personal Development and Employment Opportunities that enhance the lives of thousands of children and adults with Down syndrome. We have over 3,500 members across 25 branches nationwide.
Every year we need to raise at least 87% of our €3.7+ million costs to enable us to continue providing these essential services, and we are therefore very heavily reliant on public fundraising and events such as ‘Climb Kilimanjaro 4 DSI’. All funds raised will go towards the work of Down Syndrome Ireland and we are truly grateful to anyone who helps make a difference. For further information please visit www.downsyndrome.ie
A minimum of €2,500 fundraised for Down Syndrome Ireland to provide essential services. This is in addition to the expedition costs.
For fundraising support and ideas contact Mark O’Doherty at Down Syndrome Ireland
Phone: +353 1 426 6500 Email: email@example.com
Kilimanjaro Expedition Costs & What’s Included
The total cost of climbing Kilimanjaro is highlighted above. You are required to pay a 399.00 deposit. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid two months prior to departure.
Your fees include the following;
- Return international flights from Dublin to Kilimanjaro (UK flights not included)
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition leader
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition doctor
- Training Weekend
- Local guides, porters and support staff
- All accommodation
- All meals (except in Arusha where accommodation is based on B&B)
- A celebratory dinner at the end of the expedition
- All transport throughout the expedition
- National Park fees & local VAT
- All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc.
- Use of state of the art tents and thermarests
Day 1 Depart Dublin.↓
Depart Dublin for Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Day 2 Arrive in Tanzania.↓
Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to Arusha.
Day 3 Machame Gate (1,490m) to Machame Camp (2,980m), 7 hrs trekking.↓
Drive to Machame gate and then trek through Montane forest to reach Machame Camp.
Day 4 Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,840m), 6 hrs trekking.↓
Trek above the tree line to Shira Camp.
Day 5 Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,950m), 7 hrs trekking.↓
Trek to Barranco camp via Lava Tower (4630m). Today's route has stunning views throughout.
Day 6 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (4,000m), 5 hrs trekking.↓
Trek through an alpine desert to set up camp in the Karanga Valley.
Day 7 Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp (4,800m), 5 hrs trekking.↓
Trek to Kosovo camp and prepare for tomorrow's summit attempt.
Day 8 Kosovo Camp to Uhuru Peak (5,896m) to Millennium Camp (3,832m), 14 hrs trekking.↓
Trek to the summit of Africa! Afterwards, descend to Millennium Camp.
Day 9 Millennium Camp to Arusha, 6 hrs trekking.↓
Trek to Mweka Gate and then drive to Arusha. Enjoy the pool and bar at the hotel in the afternoon and evening!
Day 10 Day of leisure.↓
Relax by the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!
Day 11 Depart Tanzania.↓
Relax for the morning. Transfer to the airport for an evening departure.
Day 12 Arrive Dublin.↓
Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.
Kilimanjaro lies within the 756-square-kilometre Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the few places on earth that supports five major ecological zones: rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers.
There are actually three volcanoes that form Kilimanjaro and they are Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. You will pass Shira on route to the summit, but it is Uhuru Peak on the volcano of Kibo that marks the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa. Its last eruption was around 200 years ago and today Kibo lies dormant.
Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. About two-thirds of them are successful. Altitude-related problems are the most common reason climbers turn back.
The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project is an American run Tanzanian NGO which campaigns for the fair treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro. KPAP send an investigator on all our Kilimanjaro treks to monitor porter welfare. KPAP investigators report on porter compensation, tips, clothing, food and the weight of their loads. Earth's Edge is a proud partner of KPAP.
Kilimanjaro is not a peak you can climb on your own. It is mandatory to climb with a licensed guide and have porters carry your equipment. This sustains the local economy and allows local people to reap the rewards of tourism.
Best time to climb Kilimanjaro
In Tanzania, there are two wet seasons and two dry seasons. The "long rains" run from March through May and the "short rains" run from November to mid-December. Outside these times is considered the dry season. It can still rain during the dry season but statistically, it is much drier. This makes January, February and June through to October the best time to climb the mountain.
What you need to climb Kilimanjaro
We have an extensive packing list on what you should bring with you when hiking Kilimanjaro. You can view this packing list here.here.
How to prepare to climb Kilimanjaro
We have classified Kilimanjaro as a level 5 expedition, for more information about our levels system click here. We expect participants to have a very good level of fitness. Although this is not a technical climb, it is very steep in places and you will be gaining height very quickly. The group moves at a comfortable pace and nobody is ever left behind. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health or ability to complete the trek. We strongly recommend that you read our information pack, which gives in detail on how you should prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro. You can read this document here.
20 July 2022 - 31 July 2022
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