Esmée Gummer’s Kilimanjaro Expedition

Tanzania

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Duration: 10 Days


Inclusions

Training Weekend Accommodation Park Fees Meals Intl Guide Doctor Transfers

Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $3,689.00


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Overview

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. We are super excited to be launching Esmée Gummer’s Kilimanjaro expedition with her.

Climbing Kilimanjaro

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 10-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 to deliver an exhilarating experience every day on the trail! The morning ritual of native song and dance gets the blood pumping in the early sunlight.

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 Esmée Gummer

In 2009, Esmée was about to start training at a Professional Dance College. However, Esmée underwent a surgery that took a wrong turn. She became paralysed from the waist down and was told that she would never walk again. Refusing to give up, Esmée endured intense physiotherapy. Despite the odds, she trained her body to move again. Esmée is now a leading fitness instructor, gaining the title of GQ Star Trainer for London in 2015. Some of Esmée’s most notable achievements are climbing Kilimanjaro, London Marathon, Sas Who Dares Wins,  Multistage Ultra Marathon 250km across Jordan Desert, Multistage Ultra Marathon 260km Azores Island and Scotland 125km Ultra Marathon across 2 days. You can visit Esmée’s Instagram here.

Added extras for Esmée Gummer’s Kilimanjaro Expedition

There are a number of added extras that Esmée is offering with her expedition. They are all optional, but we would love you to partake in them all.

Training Days and Weekend

Esmée will be hosting two pre-departure training events. One day in Dorset and a weekend event in Brecon Beacons. You will meet an expedition leader, expedition doctor and your fellow adventurers on these training days. As well as this, on the training weekend an experienced expedition leader will be giving a full expedition brief. In addition to, two training hikes and expert advice on all aspects of the expedition. You will need to register for the events once you have booked your place via the Earth’s Edge booking portal. Training days are included within the price of the trip. However, food and accommodation required for the training events are not included.

Training Program

Full access to a specific online training program created by Esmée. The training plan is aimed towards successfully summiting Kilimanjaro in 2022.

Team Facebook Group

Esmée would like to invite everyone to a private group where you can meet each other, share pictures, share progress and get excited about this trip of a lifetime. Members of the Earth’s Edge team will also be in the group to help us with anything that is needed.

Equipment for the porters

Furthermore, we are asking you to bring any second-hand clothing that you no longer need. These clothes are for the hard-working porters that will help us climb Kilimanjaro. For more information about the porters and the items we are trying to collect please read our info document here.

Sustainability

B corporationCertified B-Corp

Earth’s Edge is a certified B-Corp. In fact, we are the highest scoring B-Corp in Ireland. We are passionate about sustainable travel, bettering the lives of the people connected with the company and minimising our environmental impact.

Tree PlantingTree Planting

We are planting one native tree on your behalf in December 2022 in Co.Wicklow, Ireland. If you would like to plant more, please contact info@earths-edge.com . Each extra tree costs €5. If you would like to learn more about our tree planting click here.

Mountain Clean-upMountain Clean-Up

We are bringing three litter pickers on the mountain with us. While walking you will have the option to help us gather rubbish which we will dispose of responsibly after the climb.

 

 

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;

  • Experienced expedition leader
  • Experienced expedition doctor
  • Training Day/Weekend
  • Local guides, porters and support staff
  • All accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels & camping for the duration.
  • All meals (except in Arusha where accommodation is based on B&B)
  • A celebratory dinner at the end of the expedition
  • Airport transfers if you arrive and depart on our suggested flights
  • 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
  • An Earth’s Edge bandana for all participants.

Read our Kilimanjaro blogs

Do you fancy having more information on this expedition? We have lots of extra insight into our Kilimanjaro trips here.

Itinerary


Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer to our hotel in Arusha and then relax for the rest of the day. Have an expedition brief before dinner. Overnight hotel.

Arrive Hotel

After breakfast and meeting the local guides, we drive for just over an hour to Machame Gate (1,828m). At the gate we register with the National Park and then meet our team of porters. Once we start walking it's not long before we enter the tropical rain forest. Depending on how much rain there has been the trail can be quite muddy. After some time we stop for lunch and then continue to Machame Gate in the afternoon. By the time we reach the campsite the porters will already have set up your tent and the cook will be preparing dinner. Most people are quite tired after the first day's walk so we advise and early night. Overnight camp. Altitude 2,980m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner Transfer

After breakfast we leave Machame Camp and follow a steep trail all the way to the Shira Plateau. We stop for plenty of rests and photos throughout the day. We are rewarded with great views of the western breach with its stunning glaciers. We set up camp in the early afternoon and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,840m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch

We leave Shira Camp and walk east towards Lava Tower, a huge rocky outcrop. After five hours of walking along a rocky trail we have lunch just before Lava Tower, allowing us extra time at this higher altitude. By walking to Lava Tower we reach 4,630m before walking back down to Barranco Camp. This jump in elevation greatly helps us with acclimatisation and is key to a successful summit attempt. After lunch we descend 680 metres over two hours to set up camp below the Barranco Wall. Today’s route has stunning views throughout. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,950m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch

The day starts by walking up and over the Barranco Wall which is not quite as hard as it looks! Upon reaching the top we are rewarded with great views of Kilimanjaro, the Heim Glacier and the surrounding landscape. The trail then enters the Karanga Valley with many short ascents and descents as we cross many small streams. We set up camp just after the Karanga River. Spend the afternoon relaxing, chatting to fellow trekker, guides and porters. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,000m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast we walk along a ridge towards Barafu Camp. We set an easy pace to ensure good acclimatisation. As we gain altitude the landscape becomes completely barren and free of vegetation, a quite inhospitable environment. After about three and half hours we reach Barafu camp where we need to register with the park rangers. After a short rest we continue on a steep trail to reach the much quieter Kosovo Camp. Because of the elevation this campsite is colder than previous camps but the views are amazing. We spend the afternoon resting, eating and preparing for tomorrow’s summit day. Your expedition leader will give you a full summit brief in the afternoon. Go to bed very early in preparation for the big day! Overnight camp. Altitude 4,800m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We rise very early usually around 12:00a.m, have some tea and snacks and start walking. We keep a steady pace as we walk on steep scree to reach Stella Point (5,685m). For many trekkers, this six-hour walk is the toughest section of the day. We take a short rest at Stella Point to enjoy the sunrise. From Stella Point it is a further two hours on an often snow-covered route to reach Mt Kilimanjaro (5,896m)! All the effort is well worth it as the feeling of being on the roof of Africa is second to none! After a short stay at the summit we start the descent to Millennium Camp. After three hours we reach Kosovo Camp and enjoy a rest and some food. We then walk for a further four hours to reach Millennium Camp. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,832m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After a hot breakfast we walk downhill for six hours and finish our trek at Mweka Gate. From the gate we drive back to Arusha and enjoy a well earned hot shower. The rest of the day is spent resting tired bodies by the pool. In the evening enjoy a celebratory meal and some drinks at the hotel. Overnight hotel.

Trek Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner Hotel

Free day to relax by the pool, explore Arusha or go on safari. Overnight hotel.

Relax Safari Hotel

In the afternoon transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home. Expedition ends.

Depart

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.

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.

Covid Protocol

Safety is paramont at Earth's Edge. As of December 2021,  in order to fully protect all our staff and clients on each of our expeditions we require that all staff and clients and are fully vaccinated for Covid 19. You will need to produce proof of Covid 19 vaccination in order to join any expedition with Earth's Edge. If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, you can apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Available Dates

17 June 2022 - 26 June 2022


5 Spaces Available

Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $3,689.00


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What Our Clients Say

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

Having gone to Kilimanjaro with Earth’s Edge, I would never contemplate doing expeditions with anyone else. Highly professional and organised, Earth’s Edge think of everything required to make the trip an unforgettable experience.

Annette Quinn, Co. Cork

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