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  12 February 2019       Oluwakemi Ojo       5 min read

The Kilimanjaro Adventure Challenge

Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is a world of real-life adventures, with its impressive sights and challenging routes. It’s the world’s largest free-standing mountain and the highest in Africa. It stands majestically at the peak of 19,340 feet, providing stunning views of the vast plains and the wilderness. The Kilimanjaro Adventure Challenge is an annual event where participants climb the mountain through the different routes to help raise funds for charity.

The challenge is mainly for groups, an average group size of 20 to 25 participants who climb as a team and stick together throughout the adventure.

Kilimanjaro Adventure Challenge

Mount Kilimanjaro Peak

Challenge Routes

There are eight routes to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the journey varies in days and distance. However, the adventure challenge selects the paths with good acclimatisation, which are best for climbing to the peak. The two popular courses are Rongai Route and Machame Route, and other routes include Marangu, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe, Western Breach, and Northern Circuit.

Challenge Routes

Rongai Route

Participants begin the journey in the North East through the beautiful forest and farmland, and they get a chance to see the Kilimanjaro colobus monkey. As they climb to the mountain summit – Uhuru Peak at 5896 metres, they pass through several climate zones while ensuring optimal acclimatisation. From Uhuru Peak, participants will have gorgeous 360-degree views of the savannah plains surrounding the mountain. The participants will also have an opportunity to trek to the Second Caveat (3450 metres) to see and enjoy the stunning views of Kibo. At 4330 metres, they will visit Mawemzi Tarn, which is found in a cirque below the spires of Mawenzi. This route takes about six to seven days with camping either at Gillman's Point or Kibo High Camp.

Rongai Route

Machame Route

The Machame Route allows participants to gradually acclimatise to the altitude when climbing to the peak of the mountain. The journey begins through dense tropical rainforest, alpine desert, scree and moorland to the highest point of the mountain – Uhuru Peak. This route is one of the challenging treks; however, the participants will be rewarded with beautiful 360-degree views at the peak. This route is very popular, and it takes about 6 to 7 days including camping at Barafu High camp.

Machame Route

Who can partake in Kilimanjaro Adventure Challenge?

Kilimanjaro Adventure Challenge is for everyone. However, participants must be fit for the climb and be prepared for the challenge at least three months before the adventure begins. Participants can indulge in a wide range of activities to stay fit for the adventure challenge such as hill walking. These exercises will help the participants to build up their strength and confidence as well as the anaerobic capacity to climb the mountain.



Are you up for the challenge?

Time to dust off the gear, test out the running shoes, break out the bicycle and start hitting the road. Training regularly to prepare for this challenge. Do not take preparation lightly and make sure you consult your doctor before attempting to take on a challenge of this intensity. 

Will you be entering the Kilimanjaro Challenge? Have you done it previously? Let us know! 

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