Climb Kilimanjaro for Down Syndrome Ireland

Tanzania

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Duration: 12 Days


Inclusions

Training Weekend Accommodation Park Fees Meals International Intl Guide Doctor

Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $4,731.00


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Overview

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

Fundraising Costs

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: mark@downsyndrome.ie

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

 

Itinerary


Depart Dublin for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Depart Plane

Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to Arusha.

Arrive Hotel Transfer

Drive to Machame gate and then trek through Montane forest to reach Machame Camp.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Trek above the tree line to Shira Camp.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Trek to Barranco camp via Lava Tower (4630m). Today's route has stunning views throughout.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Trek through an alpine desert to set up camp in the Karanga Valley.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Trek to Kosovo camp and prepare for tomorrow's summit attempt.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Trek to the summit of Africa! Afterwards, descend to Millennium Camp.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Trek to Mweka Gate and then drive to Arusha. Enjoy the pool and bar at the hotel in the afternoon and evening!

Trek Breakfast Hotel Transfer

Relax by the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!

Relax Safari Breakfast

Relax for the morning. Transfer to the airport for an evening departure.

Depart Plane Breakfast Transfer

Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.

Arrive

Facts

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.

In 1889, German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountain climber Ludwig Purtscheller were the first to climb Kilimanjaro.

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.

Available Dates

20 July 2022 - 31 July 2022


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Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $4,731.00


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What Our Clients Say

If Carlsberg did expeditions, they wouldn’t beat this one. Probably one of the most amazing experiences of my life! The attention to detail, constant care and craic was second to none. I’ve never been so prepared for any trip or hike ever. Yet still blown…

Ciara Ryan, Co. Dublin

Trip of a lifetime! Everything was really well organised,  with great leaders who really knew their stuff. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough!

Cara Murphy, Co. Dublin

Hands down the most special and amazing trip I have done to date, and coming from a well-seasoned traveler this is saying a lot! Climbing Kilimanjaro had been on my bucket list for quite some time and when I turned 40 this year, I decided…

Adele Woods, Co. Kildare

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