Mt Kilimanjaro Challenge

Mt Kilimanjaro Challenge – African Adventure

Dates: 5-16 October 2016

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Picture this. You are 5, 895 metres high, on the roof of Africa, just about to take your final steps on to the summit of the ‘Dark Continent’s highest mountain; the beautiful majestic Mt Kilimanjaro. As you reach the summit, the memories, the struggles and tribulations of the past seven days’ adventure come flooding back and culminate into one euphoric emotion. At that moment, the feeling of achievement and success in reaching your goal is almost overwhelming….YOU FEEL ALIVE!!. For the past seven days, you have experienced an array of emotions as you battled and pushed through new personal physical and mental barriers. Having climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, it is impossible not to be changed by the experience in a positive way – almost going home a new person. During your journey, you have discovered much more about yourself, your personal strengths……and limitations. Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is not just about reaching the summit; it is a journey of self-discovery from the day you make the commitment to do it to the day you return home, the memories and the experience will last a lifetime.

About The Mt Kilimanjaro Challenge

Peak Potential Adventures is offering you the opportunity to join this exclusive, fully led from start to finish, adventure and life changing experience to Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. There are only 10 positions available on this adventure, so don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the team on this amazing adventure..

Charity Challenge – raise funds for your favourite charity and change the lives of others

The charity organisation that Peak Potential Adventures regularly supports is Make-A-Wish® Australia, but team members are free to align themselves with any registered charity organisation that they choose under this structure. Whilst charity fundraising for this trek is not compulsory, we strongly encourage team members to choose a charity that they are passionate about to fundraise for as it really make the experience so much more rewarding knowing that you have changed the lives of other on your journey of adventure

Why Team up With Peak Potential Adventures

Peak Potential Adventures was founded by renowned adventurers, philanthropists and human performance advocates, Shane Pophfer and Darren Wise. Shane and Darren have built a solid, well regarded reputation – not just by taking on extreme adventures – but by extracting the most out of their experiences mentally as well as physically. Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one, and Shane and Darren will be there every step of the way to encourage and support your journey from start to finish. Previously serving with the Australian Regular Army’s elite airborne battalion as paratroopers, Shane and Darren know what it is like to be part of a high performance team and that cohesive team spirit and effort will ensure everyone has an amazing experience.

  • We provide 2 Australian guides with extensive high altitude mountaineering experience – number depends on group size
  • Our senior Tanzanian guiding team who support our Australian guides, have had more than 560 Kilimanjaro summits combined
  • We have extensive experience working with teams and helping individual reach their goals
  • We provide full fitness and health training leading up to the climb and arrange ongoing practice treks & training
  • We ensure the team gets to know each other before the climb, so you know who you are climbing with and you feel like you are part of a team before you depart
  • We provide personalised and individual advice about gear/equipment to ensure that your gear won’t let you down on the mountain
  • We provide medical support on the climb if required being trained Army first response medics
  • We climb with emergency oxygen to ensure you are safe at all times if there were any altitude medical complications
  • We prepare you extensively for the climb mentally, as well as physically
  • We are very passionate and dedicated about getting everyone to the summit safely and back down in a very safe and enjoyable operating environment
  • Best of all, you get to make a difference to the lives of  the people who need it most whilst realising your own dream.

Our Itinerary

Day 1  WednesdayDepart

Board an international flight for your amazing journey of adventure. If flying from Australia, we recommend flying with Emirates through to Dubai, to Nairobi and then on to Kilimanjaro Airport.

Day 2 & 3 – Thursday & Friday – Arrive Moshi, Tanzania on Thursday

On arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be greeted by the Peak Potential Adventures Team and transferred to your hotel. The next morning, we will have an expedition briefing after breakfast and organise your equipment for the climb. You will be able to hire any additional equipment required for the climb at the hotel. Most of Friday will be used to prepare our equipment and get ourselves organised for the climb.

Day 4 – Saturday – Your Adventure Begins. Moshi (915m) to Machame Gate (1,490m), then Machame Gate (1,490m) to Machame Camp (2,980m)

For the October, 2015 expedition, we have decided to take the Machame Route to the summit. This route is sometimes called the Whisky Route. This is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. The track then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields to join up with the Barafu Route to the summit. The Mweka Route is used for the descent from the summit.

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 50-minute drive from Moshi to the Machame Village (1,490m) where your guides and porters prepare and pack your equipment and supplies. You will receive a lunch pack, and you can also buy drinks in the village. If the road is very muddy, it may be impossible to drive from the village to the Machame Gate, and in this case, it will take us an extra hour to complete the muddy three km walk to the gate. After registering at the park office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest immediately. Heavy rains on this side of the mountain often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good footgear, trekking poles and gaiters are useful. You will enjoy a welcome lunch stop halfway up and we will reach the Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Your porters will arrive at camp before you and will erect your tent before you arrive. In the evening, the porters boil drinking and washing water while the cook prepares your dinner. Night time temperatures can drop to freezing at the Machame Camp.

Day 5 – Sunday – Machame Camp (2,980m) to Shira Camp (3,840m)

You rise early at Machame Camp, and after breakfast, climb for an hour to the top of the forest, then for two hours through gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Mt Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. You are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. After a short hike west, you reach the Shira Camp. The porters will boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

Day 6 – Monday – Shira Camp (3,840m) to Lava Tower (4,630m), then Lava Tower (4,630m) to Barranco Camp (3,950m)

After breakfast, you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Mt Kilimanjaro’s looming massif. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630m. This rugged remnant of Mt Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, you’ll descend for two hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950m. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are garlanded with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

Day 7 – Tuesday – Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Karanga Valley (4,000m)

After spending the night camped under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you climb this awesome natural feature, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Mt Kilimanjaro really is. Continue along Karanga Valley and you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. For now, all eyes are still on the summit. We will be spending the night at the Karanga Valley Camp to acclimatise more, before heading higher up the mountain to camp above 4,000m.

Day 8 & 9 – Wednesday & Thursday – Karanga Valley (4,000m) to Barafu Camp (4,550m), then Barafu Camp (4,550m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), then Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Mweka Camp (3,100m)

When we wake in the morning, we will hike up the ridge for another couple of hours to Barafu Camp where we will rest for the day and most of the night. There is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for ‘ice’. The famous snows of Mt Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow stony wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. This should include replacing your headlamp and camera batteries; and to prevent freezing, consider carrying your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed by 7 PM, and try to get a few hours of precious sleep as the next day will be the biggest day of the adventure. You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night.

Your six hour climb, northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim, is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685m) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely spectacular sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route; but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to the cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your three hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest and collect your gear. You then hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually through the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100m). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates and beer!

Day 10 – Friday -Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,980m), then Mweka Gate (1,980m) to Moshi (890m)

After a well-deserved early breakfast, it is a short three hour scenic hike back to the park gate. We strongly recommend you not tip your porters until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Mweka Gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Uhuru Peak (5,895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka Village, normally a muddy 3 km (one hour) hike. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations. You stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 – Saturday – Departure from Moshi

Today you will book out of your hotel and be driven in the shuttle to Kilimanjaro airport for your return flight home. Some of you may be staying on to participate in a safari and some people may be travelling on to other destinations in Africa or abroad

Day 12 – Transit & Home

Welcome home – Share your amazing adventure with your family and friends.

Join The Team

If you’re interested in joining the team on our exciting Mt Kilimanjaro Challenge, please contact the Peak Potential Adventures Team to receive your comprehensive information brochure.

Email: admin@peakpotential.net.au

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