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Mission: Kilimanjaro 2011

Mawenzi Tarn Hut camp. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)

Dates: March 7-23, 2011

Purpose: To continue working with Kilimanjaro Chapter members. Climb Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route, which provides views into Kenya and offers the best campsite on the mountain (Mawenzi Tarn Hut). Visit Project 1:27 Malawi orphans and minister to children there. Also, hiking on Mulanje Massif.

Team members: CLICK HERE for bios.

Itinerary (tentative):

Crossing the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Huts. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)

  • Day 1 – Air travel. North American team members flying from New York City/JFK in the evening.
  • Day 2 – Air travel. Arriving in Moshi, Tanzania in the evening. Overnight at Springlands Hotel, Moshi.
  • Day 3 – Meeting/training with Kilimanjaro Chapter. At Lyasongoro Lutheran Church in Marangu. Overnight at Springlands.
  • Day 4 – Kili climb starts on Rongai Route. Day 1 on the mountain is an ascent from 6,500 feet to 9,500 feet. This is a gentle hike of about 5 miles, taking 4-5 hours to go from the trailhead to the First Cave.
  • Day 5 – Kili climb. Day 2 on the mountain is an ascent to 12,700 feet and the Third Cave. It's another 5 miles that takes 4-5 hours.
  • Day 6 – Kili climb. Day 3 on the mountain is an ascent to 14,100 feet and the Mawenzi Tarn Hut.
  • Day 7 – Kili climb. Day 4 on the mountain is an acclimitization day.
  • Day 8 – Kili climb. Day 5 for Kibo climbers is a traverse across the Saddle to Kibo Hut (High Camp) at 15,400 feet.
  • Day 9 – Kili climb. Summit day. Kibo climbers rise early (midnight) and begin the final push in order to watch the sunrise out of the Indian Ocean over Mawenzi from Uhuru Peak. The trail starts fairly gently to the Hans Meyer Cave at 16,900 feet. Above the cave, the trail steepens and switchbacks to Gillman's Point (18,600 feet). Gilman's is the rim of the dormant volcano. From there, it is about a two-hour walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, the summit at 19,341 feet. Descent is back the same way you came up to Kibo Hut. After resting at Kibo Hut, descent continues on the Marangu Route to Mandara Hut at 8,900 feet. Summit day is a long, rigorous day.
  • Day 10 – Kili climb. Last day of descent off the mountain, stopping to do a Prayer Hike with members of the Kilimanjaro Chapter and Pastor Winford Mosha of Lyasongoro Lutheran Church. Return and overnight at Springlands Hotel in Moshi.
  • Day 11 – Travel to Malawi. Flight from Kilimanjaro airport to Lilongwe, arriving mid-day. Drive about five hours to Kambona, where Pastor Duncan's Searchlight Ministries is located.
  • Day 12 – Work with orphans at Far & Wide Children's Home.
  • Day 13 – Work with orphans.
  • Day 14 – Work with orphans.
  • Day 15 – Hike on Mulange Massif. Travel to Lilongwe.
  • Day 16 – Air travel.
  • Day 17 – Air travel.

Cost: $5,430, includes airfare (roundtrip from JFK for North American team members); Tanzania visa, Kilimanjaro climb and tips, hotel, transfers and meals; and Malawi expenses.

Payment schedule:

  • $500 deposit – due after being accepted to mission team.
  • Airfare – due before Dec. 1, 2010.
  • Balance due before Jan. 1, 2011.

Gearing up: CLICK HERE for an equipment list of things you'll need to take and some more information about climbing Kilimanjaro.

Learn more: E-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org to more information on this Evangelic Expedition or to request a mission application.

Our Malawi orphans in class, wearing clothing we gave them for CHRISTmas in 2009. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)

Posted Aug. 12, 2010 / Updated Nov. 21, 2010 

The Word

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...”
— 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)


Kilimanjaro holds a special place in the formation and growth of Climbing For Christ. As Gary Fallesen was training to climb Kilimanjaro in 1998, God spoke to him and told him to start a Christian climbing organization. From that meeting on a road, Climbing For Christ was eventually born. In the original “Mission: Vision,” written in 2004, Kilimanjaro was identified as a “model mission,” where we could serve the hundreds of guides and porters and reach tens of thousands of trekkers.

In 2007, our first short-term team went to Kilimanjaro. As always, God had gone before us and prepared the way. A pastor and a church were waiting to help us do His work in Tanzania. In 2008, we returned and started the Kilimanjaro Chapter. More than 75 guides and porters joined. Our goal: to reach other guides and porters with the life-saving message of Jesus Christ and to be a witness to trekkers who visit from throughout the world. In 2010, a team was sent to teach the guides and porters about evangelism. On this trip we also followed the Lord's leading and ventured south to Malawi, where God used us to rescue an orphanage.

The work continues to this day.



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