Kili Climb FAQs

What is included in the trip cost?

Your AUD 1695 trip cost is inclusive of:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Experienced Intrepid leader and support crew
  • Climb permit and all national park and camping fees.
     

What’s not included in the trip cost?

  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Airline/airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal equipment including backpacks, boots and sleeping bags
  • Personal spending money and tips.
     

What key dates do I need to remember?

Kili Climb 1 (8 - 15 August 2014):

  • To join the Intrepid Kili Climb 1, you must pay your deposit before the booking period closes on Friday 28 March 2014
  • All fundraising must be finalised and trip costs paid by Tuesday 10 June 2014
  • The trip commences on Friday 8th August 2014 at Marangu Hotel in Tanzania - see you there!

 

Kili Climb 2 (5 - 12 September 2014):

  • To join the Intrepid Kili Climb 2, you must pay your deposit before the booking period closes on Friday 25 April 2014
  • All fundraising must be finalised and trip costs paid by Tuesday 8 July 2014
  • The trip commences on Friday 5th September 2014 at Marangu Hotel in Tanzania - see you there!


How many people will be in the group?

A maximum of 12 travellers and an additional 1 chaperone from Intrepid Travel, plus our experienced guides and crew.
 

There’s so many Kilimanjaro Challenge trips out there, why do one with Intrepid?

  • Low fundraising cost
  • We’ve been taking people on adventures for 23 years - it’s what we do!
  • A reduced trip cost price (RRP $2195)

Every year we take around 1,500 travellers to Mt Kilimanjaro and help them achieve their quest to reach the roof of Africa. Because we operate in this part of the world, we have asked our suppliers to run the trip at a reduced cost price so we can keep your fundraising targets at a more achievable level, which ensures that we are maximising the amount of money that goes to the SAMA supported Uganda project.
 

How much do I need to fundraise?

With the full support of Intrepid’s dedicated Project SAMA team, you will have until Tuesday 10 June 2014 (Kili Climb 1) and Tuesday 8 July 2014 (Kili Climb 2) to reach a modest fundraising target of AUD 1,500. We will be on hand to assist you with ideas, and once you have registered for the trip, we will provide you with a Fundraising Toolkit and guide you through setting up a personalised fundraising web page.

You also have the option to fundraise your Travel Cost of AUD 1,695. See the FAQ below.
 

How do I go about raising funds towards my trip cost?

Once you have successfully raised your fundraising goal of AUD 1,500, you may also raise additional funds towards your remaining trip cost (AUD 1445 after deposit) - but this cannot be done through your personalised fundraising page. You will need to raise these funds independently and it's imperative that you communicate to donors that you have already satisfied your fundraising goal for the Kili Climb, and that their donation is going towards helping you get to Tanzania. The deadline for submitting trip funds to Intrepid Travel, whether fundraised or self-funded, is close of business on Tuesday 10 June 2014 (Kili Climb 1) and Tuesday 8 July 2014 (Kili Climb 2).


How should I go about fundraising?

The best advice we can give is to be creative and try to break down your fundraising target into manageable chunks. Once you have paid your deposit, we will provide you with a detailed Fundraising Toolkit that has lots of advice and ideas on how to effectively fundraise. We will also be in regular contact with you to see how you are going and offer guidance. You can register here now.
 

Will 100% of the money I fundraise for the project annually reach the project?

Yes! Intrepid Travel covers the administration costs related the Intrepid Kili Climb so you can rest assure that 100% of the money you raise will reach Plan’s Early Education Project in Uganda. Intrepid Travel will even cover the administration costs involved with your personalised fundraising page, so you can also let your donors know that 100% of their donation will reach the project.


Where can people donate towards my fundraising goal?

Once you are booked on the trip, we will guide you through setting up an individual fundraising page, which can receive funds in any denomination. Intrepid will cover the administration costs involved with your personalised fundraising page so your donors can be confident that 100% of their donation will reach Plan’s Uganda project. 

What if I raise more than AUD 1,500?

We can keep your personalised fundraising page open as long as you like - the more money you can raise the better! Please note that if you have fulfilled your goal of fundraising AUD 1,500, as well as fundraised your remaining trip cost, all funds you raise beyond this for the purpose of the Intrepid Kili Climb must be transferred to Intrepid, who will then forward it to the designated project.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, all money raised from the Kili Climb will be going to our Plan supported project in Uganda where donations of $2 and over are tax deductible in Australia.
 

How do I book?

Get in contact with our Prokect SAMA team by registering your interest here. We will be in touch soon after we receive your registration, and will advise you how you can secure your spot on this exciting adventure to the Roof of Africa!
 

How fit do I need to be?

This trip has our highest physical rating of 5 out of 5. Get ready for a heart-pumping adventure with plenty of challenges and some extreme conditions. You will need to undertake significant training to be fit enough for this trip, which will at times include strenuous climbing for up to 10 hours a day. Your experienced guide will keep you moving at a comfortable, steady pace, with plenty of rest breaks.

Once you have paid your deposit, we recommend you consult your GP and, if possible, a personal trainer before starting a regular program of cardiovascular and aerobic exercise. Activities might include walking, running, outdoor hiking, stair climbing and even gym classes like boxing and spin cycling. Your GP can also advise you in greater detail about altitude sickness and any necessary precautions.
 

Can I extend my stay?

Yes - absolutely! Intrepid operates plenty of other trips including long and short breaks in East Africa. Just head to intrepidtravel.com.
 

Do I need to take malaria medicine?

Malaria is a serious problem in East Africa, so you must consult your doctor about getting effective malaria prophylaxis for your visit. You cannot catch malaria above 3,000 metres on Kilimanjaro, but you must be careful below that altitude, particularly if you visit the coast where the strains of malaria tend to be especially virulent.
 

Do I need a visa to enter Tanzania?

Visitors from many countries, including Australia, the USA and the United Kingdom, require a visa in order to enter Tanzania. See the Important Information section of the Trip Notes for more details.
 

I've heard many horror stories about Kilimanjaro. How do I know that it's safe to climb with you?

Our on-ground company has been sending people up Kilimanjaro since 1932, and they have an enormous amount of experience. They arrange climbs for around 1,500 climbers every year, and climb the mountain regularly so that their experience of conditions is always very recent. Their guides (numbering over 40 at the moment) only work for them, so we can be sure that their standards are consistent.
 

Is it possible to rent mountain equipment from the hotel?

We encourage climbers to bring as much of their own warm clothing as possible, please refer to the trip notes ‘What to Bring’ section found in the Trip Notes. In particular, climbers should avoid having to hire or borrow boots. Sleeping bags can be hired at no cost from the hotel; however, this is subject to availability and must be requested at time of booking.
 

What should I know about altitude sickness?

There are different types of altitude sickness. "Acute mountain sickness" is very common, and is not as frightening as its name suggests. The symptoms are headaches, nausea and vomiting, though not everyone suffers from all the symptoms. Normally, symptoms fade after a few hours, but if they do not a climber may need to turn back, especially if vomiting is leading to dehydration.

A much more serious type of altitude sickness is called oedema. This is a build-up of fluid in the body and when the fluid collects in the lungs or the brain, a serious condition develops that requires immediate action in the form of descent to a lower altitude, where recovery is usually miraculously fast.

During your pre-climb briefing, we describe altitude sickness to you in detail, and advise you how to cope with it. The most important thing is not to fear it, but to respect it and to know how to deal with it. Our guides have seen every condition that the mountain produces and they will always know how to deal with problems.
 

What to take
A comprehensive packing list can be found in the ‘What to Bring’ section of the trip notes, which can be found in the Trip Notes. Most of your clothing will be carried by your porter in a supplied bag. The maximum gear allowance for this bag is 15 kg.

Light clothing is generally sufficient until you reach the 3,000–4,000 metres/12,000-14,000 feet altitude range, provided you always have something warm and waterproof in your daypack. Beyond these altitudes, you must always be ready for dramatic changes in the weather, including snow storms.

It is for the final ascent that all your warm clothing is important. The ascents are normally done at night and this is when the coldest temperatures are experienced.
 

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
 

Have a question not covered in the FAQs? Email sama@intrepidtravel.com