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  KILIMANJARO 2021

    LET'S GO FOR IT!

Groups departing in

  ... May 2021

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 The Mountain is Open...

  .. is it for You now?

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With positive announcements of Covid vaccines & testing programmes, adventure is back on the menu! While we  expect that travel advisories will remain in place for the early part of 2021, the outlook is changing and we know there are many people who want to take on Kilimanjaro sooner rather than just pushing it back - and we are very keen to get back on the mountain.

Airlines are flying to Kilimanjaro, and Western travellers are already climbing once again. The Director of Moshi Hospital confirms that they've seen no Covid patients for months, and appropriate travel insurance is now available. All of this means we are very confident that we can run safe, fun & exciting Kilimanjaro trips whilst the travel advisories remain in place.

All trips during the current measures will be run on an amended basis to our usual Group Challenges, complying with all guidelines on travel, and be eligible for insurance cover for the trip.

So, it couldn't be clearer...

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.. Kilimanjaro is open again!

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.. You're welcome to join us.

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Our early 2021 format

  • Taking the Lemosho Route to the summit
  • Total trip is 12 days (UK to UK)
  • Trip price - standard Lemosho
  • £2,895 inc flights / £2,390 land only
  • Fuel surcharge payable on flights included packages (capped at £225)
  • 1 extra night in a hotel (compared to standard package)
  • Extra day means you can fit in a 2-day safari!
  • Group size 12 – 20 challengers
  • Qatar Airways flights from Heathrow
  • UK Mountain Leader & Medic with group
  • Tents & hotels are on a single basis
  • ATOL protected
  • Sensible ‘Covid Risk Reduction’ measures

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Need to know...

Testing

  • You’ll need to have a negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

  • You would need to comply with whatever UK quarantining / or testing is required on return (hopefully by the end of January this will have reduced from the current 14 days - and an announcement is expected soon).
  • Of course the world of 'testing' is set to change - and there may well be developments that negate these requirements.

 

You can get a test from any of the below places:

Quarantine

  • All participants will need to comply with the current guidelines on isolating and quarantingin on arrival back in the UK

  • On the 24th November, the Transport Secretary announced a Test to Release scheme - meaning arrivals to the UK can take a Covid test on their return, and pending a negative result, can end their self-isolation after just 5 days

  • You can read more on the Test to Release scheme here

Travel insurance

  • You would need to take out a ‘special’ insurance policy we’ve sourced (circa £100 - depending on age / medical history).

  • The insurance covers travel + trekking to Tanzania (even if travel is against FCDO advice)

  • Insurance covers medical costs if Covid is caught whilst away.

  • The insurance would not cover ‘isolation‘ costs (eg staying in a hotel) if Covid was caught whilst overseas.

  • The insurance is only available for those aged less than 60 years old.

  • Those aged 60 & over can still take part, but will need to source their own travel insurance, ensuring that it covers:
    - Trekking up to 6,000m
    - Hospitalisation / medical costs overseas if you contract Covid

  • Insurance policies are unlikley to cover the cost of food, accommodation or repatriation if you need to isolate for 14 days while in Tanzania, so please ensure you will be able to cover these costs in the event you test positive while in Tanzania.

Payment & fundraising

  • If you are successful in your application, we will require payment in full for your place by 12 weeks before departure (which would be immediately for some trip dates) 

  • Due to the timelines of this event, we are unable to offer charity sponsorship or mixed-funding as payment methods for this climb. You are, however, most welcome to fundraise for a charity of your choice independently.

  • The per person prices are: 

    Flights included: £2,895
    Land Only: £2,390

  • Fuel surcharge payable on flights included packages (capped at £225)

Cancellations

  • If you need to cancel, due to receiving a positive Covid-19 test result, you can change to a 2021 or 2022 departure free of charge.

  • If you are unable to take part for any other reason,  you will need to ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Safari & tour options

The airline schedule means we need to include one extra day in Moshi after the climb. You can spend this day relaxing by the pool or souvenir shopping, or you can book one of our optional tours, and experience more of what this wonderful country has to offer. You can either take on a half-day cultural tour, experiencing more of the local culture & scenery around Kilimanjaro. Or, take on a 2-day safari, and view the incredibel wildlife, roaming one of the world's finest safari parks. 

 

All extensions are run in compliance with our social distancing guidelines, and offer great value for money. 

 

Read more about these options here.

Why are we running these trips?

We're not in a position to run our Kilimanjaro trips as 'normal' currently. We are however planning to a limited number of departures as we're happy that the right form of travel insurance can now be obtained, which covers travel & high altitude trekking to countries that are on the 'not recommended list' of the FCDO, and also covers medical costs if a participant was unfortunate to catch Covid whilst on the trip and required extensive treatment whilst in Tanzania - which at its worst could be expensive. 

 

Our customers who are booked on our 'existing' Kilimanjaro departures will have the option to transfer to these 'special trip' dates on a similar basis to what has been set out here - plus of course adjusted as Covid measures unfold in the UK & wordwide. 

Available Dates:

Full info & details for departures available with this revised format are via the links below. More dates will be added soon!

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Please get in touch if you've questions about Kilimanjaro.

Telephone:  +44 (0)207 609 6695

Or email and we'll get back to you.

kili@actionchallenge.com

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