Mount Kilimanjaro Trek 2020

Event Details

  • 25-09-2020 to 04-10-2020
  • Tanzania
  • Registration Fee: £499
  • Fundraising Target: £4600
  • You will be required to raise £3,680 (Fundraising option) or £2,880 (Part-payment option) of your fundraising total by Friday 3 July 2020 to confirm your participation in the trip. Alternatively, if you wish to self-fund your trip payment of £2,050 is due 4-8 weeks prior to your departure date.

Register for this challenge

Take the trip of a lifetime by tackling Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain on the African continent at 5896m.

Its snow-capped summit rises high above the dusty African plains; huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for pushing your limits both physically and mentally.

The trek takes the Machame route, allowing gradual acclimatisation to the altitude and an excellent chance of reaching the summit. Pass through thick forest, moorland and scree en route to the highest point Uhuru Peak. This is a challenging trek at altitude, climbing one of the most impressive mountains in the world.

What’s Included?

  • Return transport from London to Moshi 
  • All meals except where specified, accommodation and camping equipment.
  • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 12 or more participants; local guides, porters and cooks
  • Back-up equipment
  • Entry permit to National Park
  • Help for Heroes supporter’s T-shirt


Fundraising – pay your registration fee and fundraise the remaining target.
Part-payment pay a higher contribution to the cost of your place and fundraise the remaining target.
We will retain 50% of the target plus any additional fundraising you achieve.
Full payment - self-fund your trip and fundraise.


Registration fee

First fundraising target

Final fundraising target

Tour cost

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The Events team is on hand to answer all your questions from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Whether you’re after event specifics, training tips or fundraising advice, we’d love to hear from you.

Phone: 0300 303 9888


Friday 25 September 2020 – Depart from London.

Saturday 26 September - Arrive Moshi - Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; transfer to Moshi town, admire the views of Kibo, the crater at the summit and the youngest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones. Check in and relax, dinner and a briefing. Night in a hotel.

Sunday 27 September - Machame Camp - An hour’s drive to the Machame route gate, where park formalities are completed, meet the crew of porters and the climb begins! A steady climb through magnificent, dense rainforest. The night camp is Machame Camp (3100m) (trek approx. 18km – 5-7 hours)

Monday 28 September - Machame Camp to Shira Caves – The route continues on up through the forest until the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance. Night camp: Shira Caves (3840m) (Trek approx 9Km 4-6 hours)

Tuesday 29 September - Shira Caves to Barranco Hut - Walking on high moorland, the landscape changes. Traversing the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reaching camp at Barranco Hut (3900m). The day is spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but following the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid the body’s acclimatisation to altitude. Night camp: Barranco Hut (3900m) (Trek approx. 15km – 8-10 hours)

Wednesday 30 September - Barranco Hut to Barafu Camp – Descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine which divides the south eastern slopes of Kibo. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, heading towards the Karanga valley, the last stop for fresh water before the summit. Night camp: Barafu Camp (4600m) (Trek approx. 18km 7-9 hours)

Thursday 1 October - Barafu Camp – Summit – Millennium Camp - Starting while it’s dark and walking steeply upwards to the summit glaciers the climb is on scree for 4 to 5 hours as incredible height is gained over a short distance. The views are spectacular as the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) is reached with the first rays of the sun. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater are all around with views to the jagged Mawenzi – Kilimanjaro’s secondary but more technical peak – and beyond which are breath taking. The summit, Uhuru Peak (5896m) is another hour’s walk. Descending by returning to Stella Point and on a scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast before finally heading down to Millenium camp for a well-earned rest. Night camp: Millennium Camp (3720m). (trek approx. 20km (7km climb, 10-12 hours)

Friday 2 October - Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi - A gentle trek down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where park formalities are competed to receive certificates. Meeting the vehicles and returning to the hotel in Moshi, a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration. Night hotel. (trek approx. 10km 5 hours)

Saturday 3 October - Moshi – Flight - Free day to explore Moshi and relax. Or opt to visit a Community Project – a children’s home on the outskirts of Moshi. Mid-afternoon transfer to the airport for our international flight home. (Lunch not included.)

Sunday 4 October - Arrive back in the UK.

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Where does my fundraising go?

Your first fundraising target needs to be received by the Charity by 3 July 2020 to confirm your participation in the challenge.The fundraising we receive beyond this cost covering target will allow Help for Heroes to continue providing lifelong support to our wounded Servicemen and women. Ideally, we would like your final fundraising to have hit £4,600 within two weeks of the challenge finishing.

Who organises the Trek?

This is an Open Challenge, meaning anyone can take part, organised and run by our partner Discover Adventure and is a fantastic opportunity to meet different people. All communications, regarding trip registration and logistics are directly with Discover Adventure, whilst Help for Heroes will support you every step of the way with your fundraising.

What will the trekking be like?

Discover Adventure grade their treks on a spectrum of Yellow, Orange and Red, increasing in difficulty based on distance, terrain, climate etc. Due to trekking at altitude in exposed, tough terrain with longer trekking days this challenge is graded Red, demanding total dedication and commitment.

The Help for Heroes Events Team will work closely with you throughout your fundraising journey and share helpful tips and advice every step of the way. You will receive a comprehensive fundraising guide to help you get started, along with monthly fundraising ideas straight to your inbox!

Although sponsorship from your friends and family is amazing, getting creative and coming up with other ways to fundraise will provide a massive boost to your fundraising. You can do this by planning events throughout the months leading up to your challenge and for three months after the end of it – plenty of time to reach that magic target. Your fundraising journey is all part of the experience, so relish it!

It’s easier if you break your fundraising down into smaller monthly chunks and plan an event or activity for each month to hit that amount.

  • Your first target is £3680 which is due 03/07/2020. Take this amount and divide it by the number of months you have until that date. You now have your monthly target.
  • Plan how you can make that monthly target. For some great fundraising ideas contact the Help for Heroes Events Team.
  • Your final fundraising target of £4,600 isn’t due until two weeks after your return.

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