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Kilimanjaro Challenge

Autumn 2021 – TBC

Always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro? Now is your chance. Join us for our Kilimanjaro Challenge 2020, explore some of the most incredible, varied landscape while ascending the equivalent of 4.4 times the height of Ben Nevis.  

We’ll trek across some of the most spectacular and varied landscapes on Earth. From Kilimanjaro’s rich montane forests filled with amazing flora and fauna, across its other-worldly high altitude desert, past Kilimanjaro’s cathedral high glaciers, before reaching the crater’s rocky rim and summiting the iconic Uhuru Peak, 5896 metres high.

Our 2020 team is now complete. Please use this form to register your interest for our next Kilimanjaro Challenge Autumn 2021.

Key Points

  • Challenge duration: 9 days
  • Activity duration: 5 days 
  • Challenge Grading: Challenging
  • Accommodation Type: Tents & Hotel

The Itinerary

Day 1: Depart from Bristol airport, on an early morning flight to Kilimanjaro. Stay in Marangu Hotel

Day 2: Meet local guides. Free day to acclimatise and refresh after flight.

Day 3: Transfer from Marangu Hotel to start point of trek. Trekking 3 to 4 hours, gradually ascending through the forest to the Simba Camp which is just clear of the forest at 2,600 metres.

Day 4: Simba camp to Third Cave camp. Climbers trek to Second Cave on a path which climbs through the alpine zone to an altitude of 3500 metres. After lunch, trek for 2 hours towards the peak of Kibo. Camp is made at Third Cave, 3,700 metres.

Day 5: Third Cave to Kibo Hut camp. Trekking 5 to 6 hours.  

Day 6: Early morning ascent of the summit.  On a fine morning, the views of the sun rising from behind Mawenzi are spectacular. After summiting, we’ll then descend back to Kibo Hut then to Horombo Hut. 

Day 7: Horombo Hut to the Park Gate (starting point). Trekking time 5 hours. Return to Marangu Hotel. 

Day 8: Free day to explore the local area.  Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for evening flight back to UK.

Day 9: Arrive back home in the morning.

Your Impact

Your involvement and the funds you raise will make a big difference to the lives of many of our clients. Julian House is not a large organisation but the challenge that faces us is enormous. A large part of our resources are devoted to helping our clients with the key issues which force them to use our facilities. These problems are many and complex e.g. family breakdown, drug or alcohol abuse, domestic violence, mental illness or indeed any combination of these. All of the money you raise will go towards supporting our clients, by providing safe accommodation, food, clothing, mentoring, employment support and much more.

We will support you through your fundraising journey and have some great tips to get you started here.

Please note: We are working with Natural High Safaris to organise and manage the trek. They are experienced world-wide challenge organisers who have been delivering adventures since 2002! The cost of the Trek is £1665 and is taken out of the minimum sponsorship amount.


Registration Fee: £400

Minimum level of Sponsorship: £3,500


Pictures courtesy of Marangu Hotel 

We asked Stephen Bird, a previous participant about his experience:

How would you describe the experience of climbing to the highest point on the African continent?

For me it was not only a journey into the unknown, into a strange and alien world, it was a nostalgic journey into my past, to my early childhood when I lived in East Africa. I was introduced to Kili from afar by my father, a land surveyor, and its majesty had always remained with me.

What was the feeling like when you reached the summit?

It was a combination of physical exhaustion and utter euphoria; getting to the summit was as much a psychological challenge as it was physical. It felt like a tipping point for me; there was my life before I climbed Kili and there was my life after I climbed Kili.

What was the best part of the whole experience?

So much to say here! Was it the first beer on returning to base at Marangu? Was it the cameraderie forged within the team by overcoming adversity together? Or was it the tens of millions of stars one could see, so far above light pollution and above the atmosphere, so many that it seemed there were more pinpricks in the sky than blackness?