Kilimanjaro - Western Breach - Altitude 5,895m/19,340ft - Duration 13 Days - Grade 1A

The extinct volcano of Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most recognisable peaks. It rises dramatically above the dusty East African plains with the impressive snow-capped summit awarding awe-inspiring views of this magnificent landscape. The expedition travels through one of Africa's best-known game reserves and climbs through five ecosystems, offering a full mountain experience with the ascent of the continent's highest peak.

Of the Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro is the least difficult to climb. However, at over 19,000ft high, it is still a tough ascent.

Sponsors

The whole expedition will cost £100,000 so we plan to match this cost and raise £100,000 for Cancer Research.

With charities it is not only the fundraising that is important! Raising awareness, heightening charity profile and commitment from corporate sponsors and individuals is another vital piece in the charity jigsaw puzzle.

It is safe to say that everyone in their life will have been touched by cancer in some way, therefore support to Cancer Research is imperative.

Firstly donating to Just Giving will make a difference but costs of the expedition are also required.

We need sponsors to cover the cost of the expedition so most of our time can be spent fund-raising for the charity.

A maximum of 2 sponsors will be required for each mountain as this will enable us to focus all our advertising and Media exposure to include both these sponsors.

Sponsors will also be on our new website and all printed advertising regarding our Expedition. On top of this website addresses and logos will be sewn into garments worn on the climb, and most importantly your company logo and name will be captured with Steven at the summit of the mountain..

For more information on becoming a sponsor please contact

steven@8summits.co.uk

Typical Itinery

We have chosen the Rongai route up Kilimanjaro because of its relative solitude and its less steep walk compared to the Machame or Marangu routes. I will meet my guide who will be a qualified mountain leader when I arrive in Tanzania. At this time they will go through the planned route and carry out an equipment check to ensure I have everything I need to enable me to enjoy the trip.

A typical day on the trek starts with a wake up call at about 7am depending upon what your activity will be for the day. Breakfast at 7:30 or 8:00 followed by trekking start at 8:30am. You can stop for tea during the morning and probably break for lunch at about 12:00. If you need to walk in the afternoon, then you will generally be at your day's destination by about 3 or 4pm. Evening meal will be served at about 6:00 before an early bed time. Of course these times are flexible but the rhythm is dictated by daylight and you will need a lot of sleep. Depending which flight you catch this may be on the way back instead in which case you start and finish a day earlier on the mountain.

Climatic conditions

The meaning and origin of the name Kilimanjaro is unknown. It is thought to be a combination of the Swahili word Kilima, meaning mountain, and the KiChagga word Njaro, loosely translated as whiteness, giving the name White Mountain. The name Kibo in KiChagga means spotted and refers to rocks seen on snowfields. The name Uhuru translates as freedom, a name given to commemorate Tanzanian independence from Great Britain in 1961.

Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo 19,340 feet (5,895 meters); Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5,149 meters); and Shira 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo crater rim.

Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming a million years ago when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. The mountain was created by successive lava flows. Two of its three peaks Mawenzi and Shira are extinct while Kibo, the highest peak is dormant and could erupt again. The last major eruption was 360,000 years ago, while the most recent activity was only just 200 years ago. Kilimanjaro has 2.2 square kilometers of glacial ice and is losing it quickly due to climate change. The glaciers have shrunk 82% since 1912 and declined 33% since 1989. It may be ice free within 20 years, dramatically affecting local drinking water and crop irrigation.

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Sponsors List

Sponsors for Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc.

Infinity Maintenance Ltd. MediaCorp Online.

Equipment Sponsors

Cotswold Outdoor.