FUNDRAISING & KILI CLIMB
About your adventure:
Join Future Stars Academy for an adventure of a lifetime climbing Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro. During this 10-day challenge, witness Future Stars Academy’s mission in action. Discover a new place, experience amazing transformation, and prove to yourself that you are capable of more than you can imagine. Cost includes all meals, accommodation, transport, and activities during the 10-days.
Climb the highest peak in Africa
Play football alongside Future Stars Academy players
Experience FSA’s impact first hand
Day By Day Summary
July 2, 2021:
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to hotel
July 3, 2021:
Introductions, briefing, gear check and then visit FSA practice
July 4, 2021:
First day of climb, Drive to gate. Machame Gate to Machame Camp (3000m), 4 hours through forest
July 5, 2021:
To Shira Plateau (3850m’), 5 hours through forest and open heath
July 6, 2021:
To Barranco Hut (3950m), 6 hours on open heath and over two valleys
July 7, 2021:
To Karanga Valley (3930m), 3 hours on open heath and rock across one valley
July 8, 2021:
To Barafu Hut (4600m), 3 hours ascent on open ground
July 9, 2021:
To Summit (5895m) and down to Millennium Camp (3300m), 6-8 hours to crater rim at night, 45 minutes from rim to Uhuru Peak, 3 or 4 hours back to Barafu Hut, 1-2 hours down to Millennium Camp
July 10, 2021:
To Mweka Gate (1500m) and Moshi, 4 hours in forest. Arrive hotel 3.00pm
July 11, 2021:
Free morning, transfer to airport for flight or continue onto safari or Zanzibar
Full Detailed itinerary
Climb the highest freestanding mountain in the world! Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent at 5895m. 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.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Someone will be there to meet and greet you and bring you to your hotel in Arusha. Rest and relax! The fun begins tomorrow.
After a hearty breakfast we will gather for your Kilimanjaro Briefing at 8:00 am. Here, you’ll meet your crew and we will ensure you have all the required gear for your adventure of a lifetime. After the briefing, we will hop in the bus and make our way to the Future Stars Academy for a bit of football and fun. Enjoy an authentic Tanzanian lunch with Future Stars Families. We will return to the hotel in the afternoon for some rest. Meet for dinner at 7:30 pm. Our head guides will be there to join us in case you have any last minute questions before tomorrow’s trek.
First day of climb: Machame Gate (1800m) to Machame Camp (3010m), distance is about 11 km. Hiking time 6 hours.
First day of your climb! After breakfast, depart the hotel at 8:30 am and make the two-hour drive to Machame gate. After signing in we will begin our trek to the first camp. The trail can be muddy so make sure you’re wearing your gaiters to keep your shoes dry. Overhead we can sometimes see the white Colobus monkeys.
Second day of climb - Machame Camp (3010) to Shira Camp (3840), distance is about 5 kms, Hiking time: 4–5 hours.
We leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, we pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.
Third day of climb - Shira Camp 2 (3840m or 12,500ft) to Barranco Camp (3960 or 12,995ft), distance is about 15 km.
We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation reaching 15,190 ft (4,630 m). We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.
Fourth day of climb - Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (4035m), the distance is about 6 kms.
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900ft (270m) cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.
Fifth day of climb - Karanga Camp (4035m or 13,238ft) to Barafu Camp (4640m or 15,331ft), distance is about 5km.
We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.
Sixth day of climb - Barafu Camp (4640m or 15,331 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5895m - 19,341 ft) to Mweka Camp (3090m - 10,065 ft), distance is about 5km ascent, 17 km descent.Very early in the morning (around 1:30 am), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Seventh day of climb - Mweka Camp (3090m - 10,065ft) to Mweka Gate (1640m or 5,380ft).
On our last day, we will continue the descent to Mweka Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we will enjoy a quick lunch. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Arusha, about a two-hour drive. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon. Enjoy a long-awaited shower and get some rest. We will meet for dinner and celebrations at 7:00 pm. Here, you’ll receive your certificates.
Today is a free Day until your scheduled transfer to the Airport. Enjoy a late breakfast or get some souvenir shopping in.