H4H Rally Co-Organiser to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for H4H!

Tim Price-Bowen, one of the H4H Rally Event Co-Organisers will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro & conquer the ‘Roof of Africa’ in aid of Help for Heroes on 12th-22nd February.
 
To make an online donation visit: http://www.bmycharity.com/h4hkili2015
 
Tim also has a FaceBook blog, please ‘Like’ his page by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/h4hkili2015
 
Tim recently appeared in his local newspaper, have a look at the article: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/frimley-man-set-scale-new-8381804
 
The highest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro is also 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. Our trek takes the Machame route, allowing gradual acclimatisation to the altitude and an excellent chance of reaching the summit. We pass through thick forest, moorland and scree en route to Uhuru Peak, the highest point. This is a challenging trek at altitude, climbing one of the most impressive and well-known mountains in the world.
 
TIM’S ITINERARY
 
Day 1: Depart London
 
Day 2: Arrive Moshi
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; transfer to Moshi town, where we can admire the views of Kibo, the crater at the summit and the youngest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones. We check in and relax, with time to sort out our kit for tomorrow before dinner and a briefing. Night hotel.
 
Day 3: Machame Gate – Machame Camp
Trek approx 18km / 5-7 hrs
 
One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. Night camp: Machame Camp (3100m).
 
Day 4: Machame Camp – Shira Caves
Trek approx 9km / 4-6 hrs
 
Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach 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).
 
Day 5: Shira Caves – Barranco Hut
Trek approx 15km / 8-10 hrs
 
Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp at Barranco Hut (3900m), a tin shack where we pitch our tents. The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatisation to altitude. Night camp: Barranco Hut (3900m).
 
Day 6: Barranco Hut – Karanga Camp
Trek approx 5-7 hours / 10km
 
Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatisation trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night. After this point our water supply will be strictly limited to drinking until we descend. Night camp: Karanga (3963m).
 
Day 7: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
Trek approx 4-5 hours / 8km
 
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4600m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit. Night camp: Barafu (4600m)
 
Day 8: Barafu Camp – Summit – Millennium Camp
Trek approx 20km (7km climb); 12 – 14 hrs
 
We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting while it’s dark, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi – Kilimanjaro’s secondary but more technical peak – and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5896m); Uhuru means freedom in Swahili. We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to camp for a long well-earned rest. On our descent we have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi. Night camp: Millennium Camp (3720m).
 
Day 9: Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi
Trek approx 10km; 5 hrs
 
A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration. Night hotel. (Dinner not included).
 
Day 10: Free time Moshi – Flight
 
Free day, allowing you to explore Moshi, where there are some good markets, and relax with your fellow achievers. You can also opt to visit a Community Project we support on a long-term basis – a children’s home near Moshi. We return to the hotel mid-afternoon in time to transfer to the airport for our international flight home. (Lunch not included)
 
Day 11: Arrive UK
 

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