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  • Team members: Burti Montagu-leon
  • Event: Scope - Kilimanjaro Trek, 28 Jan 2011 to 06 Feb 2011

Scope

We provide support, information and advice to disabled people and their families

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If you have made it this far... Thank you, this means a lot to me.

Thanks for making it thus far and whatever you donate, it is going to a great charity (SCOPE - which helps people with cerebral palsy and their families https://www.scope.org.uk/ ) who do a flipping amazing job of make sure people are treated equally so that they can have as independent life as possible and support the families of people who have, though no fault of their own been affected by cerebral palsy.

I have sourced my kit, had steroid injections for my neuromas in my food, paid for my visa, my vaccinations, my GP to say I am fit and now I just need you wonderful people to give some money to make this happen. Without your contribution this will not happen, without with minimum of £3250 raised I will not be able to attempt to this feat, so please, please, please dig deep.

Just so you know it is a feat, just think of it being six time higher than Snowdon (no cable car, honest) which will take 6 days to ascend. It will be freezing up there and I will be knackered though lack of oxygen, lack of sleep and sheer exhaustion with the 7 odd hours trekking for five days and 12 on summit day.

Please dig deep, the commitment is here in me, can you make it a reality?

Thanks again Burti

Mount Kilimanjaro Trek Itinerary

Day one
Overnight flight from the UK to Tanzania.

Day two
Moshi
After arriving at our hotel, we eat and have a briefing on the challenge ahead.

Day three
Machame camp – 3,000 metres (five to six hours trekking)
Start our trek from the Machame gate through the lush vegetation of the humid rainforest. Reaching our camp we settle down to our first night under canvas.

Day four
Shira camp – 3,840 metres (six to seven hours trekking)
Our route takes us through the ever changing scenery as we make the steep ascent up through heather and moorland to the Shira Plateau. Continuing across the plateau to our camp, which is above the cloud line, we relax and enjoy the fabulous views.

Day five
Barranco camp – 3,950 metres (six to seven hours trekking)
Trekking east across beautiful, barren, moonlike landscape we reach the Lava  Tower, where we stop for lunch. This is the highest point of our trek so far, at 4,526 metres, and is a tough ascent. We descend through the surrounding ravines to reach our camp by late afternoon. The descent aids the acclimatisation process and allows our bodies to adjust to the ever changing altitude.

Day six
Barafu camp – 4,600 metres (six to seven hours trekking)
We leave camp early for a short climb and scramble up the volcanic rock of the Barranco wall. From here we have fantastic views over to Barafu. For the rest of the day we make the steady ascent to our camp, positioned on a ridge overlooking the south east valley. After an early dinner, we get a few hours sleep before the tough summit challenge ahead.

Day seven
Summit day – 5,896 metres (12 hours trekking)
We awake just before midnight, and trek for about six hours by torchlight up the steepest and most demanding part of the route to reach Stella point at the crater rim. We then make our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent at 5,895 metres. The morning sunlight gives us spectacular views across the plains below and of Mount Meru in the distance. We have a tough descent to Barafu camp, where we stop for a rest and some breakfast before continuing onto Mweka camp.


Day eight
Moshi (three to four hours trekking)
After breakfast we continue our descent back through the rainforest to Mweka Gate.

Day nine
Moshi
We can enjoy a free morning before transferring to the airport for our overnight flight back to the UK.

Day ten
Arrive home.

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