Fórsa Climb Kilimanjaro for the Irish Hospice Foundation. 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.
Fórsa Climb Kilimanjaro for the Irish Hospice Foundation
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.
Fórsa is Ireland’s largest public service union, representing 80,000 members in the public service, private sector, state agencies and the community and voluntary sector. The union has a unique charitable culture with many fundraising events organised each year by staff and members alike. From one-off initiatives like Christmas jumper collection days to larger annual and biennial events such as the conference cycle and youth quiz, hundreds of thousands of euro has been raised by the Fórsa family for countless worthy causes.
There is also a strong sense of collective pride that 3% of Fórsa’s membership subscription fees are ring-fenced for the union’s developing world fund which finances various global solidarity projects. To build on this proud tradition of helping those in need, a group of staff members wanted to do something to contribute to the fantastic work of the Irish Hospice Foundation. We decided that climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is an undertaking large enough to match the fundraising goal we hope to achieve for this highly deserving organisation. A portion of the funds raised will also go to the Kilimanjaro Porter’s Assistance Project which is a cause important to us as trade unionists
The more people that get involved, the better chance we have of making a real difference to these charities. So we strongly encourage all those considering the climb to take a leap of faith and participate in this experience of a lifetime.
About the Irish Hospice Foundation
The Irish Hospice Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Every day, eighty people die in Ireland and the IHF believes everyone has the right to be cared for and to die with dignity and respect in their care setting of choice. Our mission is to strive for the best end-of-life care for all. The IHF campaigns to make excellence in hospice practices, bereavement and end-of-life care a national priority and to stimulate the conversation about dying and bereavement in Ireland.
We rely almost entirely on donations and voluntary funding to support and maintain our work. We are therefore very reliant on events such as ‘Forsa Climb Kilimanjaro’. All funds raised will go towards the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation and we are very grateful to anyone who helps make a difference. For more information, visit www.hospicefoundation.ie
About Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project
In December 2015 Earth’s Edge became Ireland’s first and only partner of the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Programme (KPAP). KPAP is an American run Tanzanian based NGO, who are campaigning for porter welfare on Kilimanjaro. As you will understand when climbing Kilimanjaro we are all so reliant on the hard work of the porters who carry loads on the mountain. They are the unsung heroes of all climbing teams and without their help we would not be able to experience this wonderful mountain. The reality is the porters are often impoverished Tanzanians who are dependent on this labour-intensive work to feed their families. KPAP’s focus is improving the working conditions of the porters.
Unfortunately, the porters have very few working rights and are often exploited. All too often they are underpaid, poorly fed, overloaded and don’t have adequate clothing for the mountain. This is where KPAP come in. KPAP’s focus is improving the working conditions of the porters. The four areas they focus on are as follows:
- That we provide our porters with three meals per day.
- That porters have adequate clothing for the mountain.
- That porters carry a maximum of 20kg on the mountain. This is typically made up of a 15kg load plus 5 kg of their own clothing.
- That the porters are paid properly and that we have a fair and transparent tipping process in place.
For more information, visit – www.kiliporters.org.
A minimum of €60,000 fundraised collectively to be divided between the Irish Hospice Foundation and KPAP. This is in addition to the expedition costs.
For fundraising support and ideas contact Louise McCarron at the Irish Hospice Foundation. Phone: +353 1 679 3188 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Depart Dublin for Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Arrive in Tanzania.
Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to Arusha.
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.
Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,840m), 6 hrs trekking.
Trek above the tree line to Shira Camp.
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.
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (4,000m), 5 hrs trekking.
Trek through an alpine desert to set up camp in the Karanga Valley.
Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp (4,800m), 5 hrs trekking.
Trek to Kosovo camp and prepare for tomorrow's summit attempt.
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.
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 of leisure.
Relax by the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!
Relax for the morning. Transfer to the airport for an evening departure.
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.
9 January 2021 - 21 January 2021
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