KILI-CHALLENGE: climb Kilimanjaro to support children affected by conflict

10 aug 2023 - 11 sep 2023

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kili-Challenge Kilimanjaro beklimmen War Child
Are you up for a challenge and are you prepared to reach great heights? Then we have something for you - our Kili-Challenge! Your assignment: climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise as much money as possible for children who are forced to live with the effects of armed conflict.

A journey to the roof of Africa for children affected by conflict

Climb Kilimanjaro for War Child

Do you support our mission that no child should be part of war? And are you not afraid of a challenge? Are you prepared to reach great heights? Then join the Kili-Challenge for War Child!

Your assignment? Climb Kilimanjaro to raise at least € 2,400 for War Child. This amount might seem a lot, but in recent years all participants have been able to reach this fundraising goal. We will of course support you with promotional material, personal coaching and a fundraising workshop.

Climb with impact

Children are stronger than war. They are resilient - we see that every day! With your participation you help us protect children and provide them with psychosocial support and education. With music, sports and games, we help children find a place for their anxiety, stress and sadness. Because we believe in the resilience of children. And hopefully you do too. Join us!

Getting ready

We offer you an inspiring program to physically and mentally prepare you for your journey to the highest mountain of Africa (5,895 meters). We’ll help you with fundraising as well as with the physical preparation for mountaineering, this includes a training weekend in the Belgian Ardennes.

Kilimanjaro beklimmen met War Child Kili-Challenge

Reaching the roof of Africa

Photo: Eric, Kili-Challenge participant

The costs of the Kili-Challenge 2023

The journey to the top of the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania takes ten days, of which you spend seven days on the mountain. The total cost of participating in the challenge is € 3,145 p.p. You pay for this yourself. This amount includes overnight stays, meals, travel assistance, professional guides and porters, permits, transfers and all preparatory meetings, but does not include your flight, equipment, visas, vaccinations, etc. Expect all this to cost you about € 4,500 to € 5,000. For more information, please contact us at challenge@warchild.nl or (00)31 - 20 422 77 77.

Can it be done cheaper?

We know that this amount - € 4,500 to € 5,000 - is not cheap. It can be done cheaper, but that is often at the expense of the local employees who are crucial to ensure a smooth and safe climb. We therefore choose to work with one of the few local organizations in Tanzania that pays their professional guides, cooks and porters fairly. The organization is affiliated with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). They actively check that our travel partner adheres to the agreements made. This way we also work together for more socially responsible travel.

Does this trip have an impact on the environment?

We do everything we can to minimize the impact on the environment. However we cannot avoid CO2 emissions, but we can offset them. And we do by investing in greening projects in Africa through JustDiggit. More information about this and other measures can be found in our frequently asked questions.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with War Child - Kili-Challenge

Supporting thousands of children affected by conflict

Photo: Eric, Kili-Challenge participant

What we offer our participants

  • A weekend in the Belgian Ardennes to help you get in shape
  • An experienced and certified Dutch guide, who will take care of medical checks and guide the group to the top
  • A local guide for every two participants, so a lot of personal support and attention
  • Your own toilet facilities
  • Good provisions during the trip, including nutritious and quality meals
  • Medical supplies, emergency oxygen and a satellite phone in case of emergencies
  • No shortcuts: we take the long route - this is more expensive due to permits but well worth it as it allows you to get used to the altitude. These few extra days increase your chance to reach the top and reduce the chance of altitude sickness.

Reaching the summit

All in all our approach will lead to a better chance of you reaching the top, fewer cases of altitude sickness - and fair working conditions for the local guides, cooks and porters in Tanzania.

Do you have specific questions about the trip and/or any (physical) requirements? Please reach out to Mountain Network at travel@mountain-network.nl.