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The vision for Wings of Kilimanjaro is three-fold.

  • Firstly (and most importantly) our goal is to alleviate the inequalities faced by millions of Tanzanians each and every day. We plan to do this by raising millions of dollars over the next 5 years, of which 100% of funds raised will continue to be put to good use with our various Tanzanian projects focused around clean water, education and environmental restoration.
  • Our 2nd objective is of course to safely get 100% of our fund raising participants to the top of Kilimanjaro and safely back home again.
  • Our 3rd and final objective is obviously to have all participants experience a once in a lifetime (and mind blowing) paragliding flight from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Please remember however, that the safety of our participants will always be our number one priority from the second we set foot on the mountain.

For more info on our next event, including official dates, itinerary and route, check out the details on our Events page!

We are proud to say that 100% of funds raised by Wings of Kilimanjaro goes directly to our Charity Partner every year.

We have supported a range of different charity initiatives over the years that WOK has been operating. Currently, WorldServe International is our exclusive charity partner. They and their wholly owned Tanzanian social enterprise Majitech are the beneficiary of all funds raised through Wings of Kilimanjaro to help them better the lives of Tanzanian families, digging wells for fresh water and building schools.

The WorldServe International board of directors have also been instrumental in leveraging Tanzanian political connections to help Wings of Kilimanjaro gain new and additional Kilimanjaro Paragliding permits.

 

First and foremost, you must have a genuine desire to make a positive impact in Tanzania. The Wings of Kilimanjaro adventure is centered around improving the lives of the people of this incredible country whose mountain we’re climbing. To be a part of this mind-blowing adventure, you need to share this passion with us!

Secondly, since this once in a lifetime opportunity is often a dream of all adventure driven pilots from beginner to advanced, pilots will need to meet specific criteria for skills and experience (i.e. mountaineering and high altitude experience). If this is not met, pilots will need to fully commit to a scheduled training plan to reach the necessary skill levels in time for the event. (We know that everybody is different, so if you have any questions about how your own experience levels are going to match up with this adventure, please don’t hesitate to contact us!)

Thirdly, you must be able to meet all financial requirements, starting with the initial registration fee (which goes directly to our charity partner) within 7 days of signing up in order to guarantee that your spot is reserved.

We can’t wait to see you on the adventure!

No. All charity funds raised will be administered and distributed by registered independent charities.

We’d love you to get involved in climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and helping us meet our fundraising goals for charity!

As this is a charity event, there are costs for each participant, and to be accepted into the event, you must commit to certain charity fund raising targets too.

There are three separate sets of costs that each participant is required to meet:

  1. Kilimanjaro Climbing Fees,
  2. Crater Camp Services deposit (which is fully refundable if not used), and
  3. Your WOK Fundraising Commitment.

Please read on for more detail on each of these costs.

Everybody on the event must pay the Kilimanjaro Climbing Fees, which are always paid by any climber who enters the Kilimanjaro National Park. All WOK participants will need to fund their own Kilimanjaro climbing expenses. These must be paid at least 1 month before the annual event commences: i.e. by the 20th August at the latest.

The Climbing Fee includes a special once-off Kilimanjaro National Park Paragliding Entrance Permit, camping fees, National Park Rescue Fees, Wings Of Kilimanjaro Helicopter Rescue Fees, Tents, Guides, Trained Chefs, 6 Porters per person, 3 meals a day while on the mountain and all tips for Porters, Chefs and Guides.

Also included in the Kilimanjaro climbing fees are transfers to and from the airport to the team hotel, transfer to Machame Park Gate from the team hotel, and return transfer to the team hotel from the Landing Zone.

After all of these different costs are calculated and factored in, the total climbing fee amount does vary each year. For our next event’s Climbing Fees, please see the details on the Event Page.

Accommodation before and after the event is not included in the price – however there will be significant WOK Team discounts at the team hotel (Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha). Further details will be given to participants upon confirmation of their place.

In addition to the climbing fees, a fully refundable deposit of $900 per person (to spend an extra 3 nights sleeping in the Kilimanjaro’s Crater Camp) is required. This is payment for Crater Camp Services if the need arises to wait on favourable flying conditions, and as such, it is completely dependent on the weather.

The cost is $300 per person per night, for a maximum of 3 nights stay.

Therefore:
If we are able to fly straight away, on the same day that we reach the summit, we will get the full $900 deposit refunded.
If we have to wait 1 day to fly (spending 1 night in the crater), $600 deposit will be refunded.
If we have to wait 2 days to fly (spending 2 nights in the crater), $300 deposit will be refunded.
If we have to wait 3 days to fly (spending 3 nights in the crater), there will be no refund.

Separately to the Kilimanjaro Climbing Fees and the Crater Camping Services deposit, of course you’ll also need to help us to fundraise for charity! To help us meet our fundraising targets, each level of participation has a different minimum base charity fundraising commitment, depending on your role (solo paragliding pilot, tandem passenger/team, or spectator).

Each annual WOK event has different fundraising goals – for the next upcoming event’s fundraising commitment figures, please see the details on the Event Page.

Part of this fundraising target will include a $USD 100 initial registration fee, which must be transferred within 7 days of signing up to guarantee your spot. This will show as the first $100 on your fundraising tally, and goes directly to our charity partner. The remainder of your fundraising goal will need to be raised by the time we embark on the event.

Once officially accepted, each participant will set up a fundraising page. From the get go, all monies raised will go directly to our beneficiary charities. A running tally for each participant will be visible on our website – and you can also share this through your own personal social media too!

Wings of Kilimanjaro has been granted exclusive permission by the Tanzanian Authorities to paraglide from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, and this privilege has been granted on the basis of WOK’s continuing promise to raise significant amounts of charity money for worthy philanthropic causes within Tanzania. 100% of all charity funds raised will be going directly to our 2015 Charity Partner WorldServe International, with zero administration fees at any level.

Each year, a small select group of Professionally Licensed Tandem Pilots will be given the opportunity to participate in the Wings of Kilimanjaro event with minimal fundraising commitments required. These pilots will be asked to allow Wings of Kilimanjaro to utilise these pilot’s tandem passenger seats for celebrity, sponsorship and media purposes. If you are a Professionally Licensed Tandem Pilot and would like to learn more about this option, please contact us.

Once you successfully register and are accepted as a Wings of Kilimanjaro participant, you make the commitment to raise your role’s minimum fundraising amount by the time the event commences (i.e. by September that year).

You will have your own fundraising profile page on our website, which will show your fundraising tally as you go, and which you can direct people towards to make donations and help you reach your target! You can share it on social media, send it to your friends and family, encourage donations from people and businesses in your town, host your own fundraising drives, and do what it takes to get your tally up to the target before you strap on your hiking boots! Every cent you raise helps to bring better living conditions to Tanzanians – and when you reach the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro, trust us, it’ll be worth every second you spent fundraising to get there.

Your fundraising tally kicks off with your initial Registration Fee (which goes straight to charity) – this shows up immediately on your tally to get the ball rolling and encourage more donations!

A paragliding permit can not be issued until the base charity amount has been raised by participants for the events, so it’s really important that you make a serious commitment to raising the required amount of money for charity before we set off. Good luck!

Want to host your own fundraiser?

Hosting your own fundraiser in aid of Wings of Kilimanjaro is a great way to involve family, friends and colleagues. The purpose of these events is to help us raise awareness of concerns in Tanzania as well as raise money for our fabulous local beneficiaries that are working endlessly to address health, education and environmental concerns in Tanzania. Don’t forget to keep us in the loop of what your plans are, so we can help to publicize it for you!

Social Media: Showing your support to our cause has never been easier. Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and share our videos with friends. GET SOCIAL!

If you have your own ideas on how to fundraise, or have any stories about your fundraising adventures so far, share them with us so we can give you a shoutout!

The more money we raise the more good we can do in Tanzania! Now we are talking!

There will be numerous incentives along the way for participants who raise the bar with raising funds and awareness for our event and our cause. Stay tuned!

Yes! The Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority has declared that only full paragliding licence holders will be allowed to participate as pilots (sorry, no student pilots or beginners). A full paragliding pilot licence issued by your country of nationality must be produced by the 31st of August preceding the event.

If you don’t hold a full paragliding licence however, we still want you there on the mountain with us! You can still jump as a tandem passenger (paired with a licensed pilot), or you can climb with us as a spectator.

Jump on over to our Registration page and sign up for the next annual event now!

Of course. You have the option of either flying as a tandem passenger along with a licensed pilot, or climbing up and down the mountain as a spectator (not jumping off it at the top)!

Tandem Passengers: If you’re not a pilot yourself but still want to jump, we can pair you with a licensed pilot to create a tandem team.

Spectators: If jumping off a mountain isn’t your thing but climbing up and down it is, we have a spot for you. Come with us to take in the mind-blowing views at the top, watch the pilots and tandem teams take flight, and then hike back down again with our trekking team (staying on nice solid ground the whole time)!

Have family or friends who are getting a little jealous of your next WOK adventure? Well, go ahead and get them to register! If they’re not into paragliding, well you can still let them in on a little secret: Wings of Kilimanjaro take a limited amount of spectators along for the journey, so they can still climb the mountain alongside you! This is a first-come, first-served basis though – spectator numbers are strictly limited.

Each spectating supporter that comes along for the hike still has to meet a minimum fund-raise amount (see the Events page for details). The funds raised by additional climbers will go to enhance the amount of positive impact we can do on the ground in Tanzania.

NO! Paragliding is inherently a weather dependent sport and at these altitudes, weather is highly unpredictable and can change in minutes. Although no guarantee can be given that everyone will fly, years of weather data analysis tells us that we have the best possible opportunity to fly on the dates we have chosen.

Even though Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb, a high level of fitness is required to successfully reach the peak (Uhuru, the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim). Remember that Kilimanjaro is the highest base camp to summit in the world and on average, 25% of climbers do not reach this point.

So, break in your hiking boots and please start training now (physically and mentally) – our goal is for every pilot (and passenger) to reach the peak and launch from this magnificent mountain!

We put heavy emphasis on all pilots practicing in busy paragliding traffic as often as possible in the coming months. Taking off in high and low wind conditions is also great practice. A good forward start technique and high altitude experience is also highly recommended. All pilots must be extremely proficient with ground handling techniques. Kilimanjaro is not a launch pad for nervous pilots.

The window for launch on Kilimanjaro can potentially be small and factoring in hypoxia, fatigue and potentially several dozen gliders all launching within minutes of each other, we request that flying in high stress, high traffic environments is second nature for all our pilots.

Above all else, we want to have a celebratory ‘Kilimanjaro Lager’ with every single pilot at the end of the day!

Wings of Kilimanjaro 2015 has been made possible with the assistance of Eddie Frank and his team at Tusker Trails to lead us and to carry our gear, equipment and food.

Tusker Trails will be leading the team to the summit as well as providing guides, porters and cooks for the climb.

No! There are several reasons for this.

First, even for the very strongest and fittest of us, it’s still a very arduous and exhausting trek up Mt Kilimanjaro. By the time the first day’s hard climbing ends, you’ll be amazed at how grateful you’ll be feeling towards the tireless local Tanzanian porters who are carrying your heavy gear for you!

Second, aside from the sheer strength and tenacity of our porter teams, they’re also highly trained and experienced professionals at this exact job. They know this mountain like the back of their hand, they make this climb and descent too many times a year to count, and even loaded up to the gunnels, your porters aren’t likely to put a foot wrong on the steep mountain trails. For many of you, it will be your first time setting foot on Mt Kilimanjaro, and perhaps your first time on a mountain climb of this scale. Let the porters do what they do best and carry your gear so you can concentrate your energies on the climb (and on the breathtaking views!)

Third, climbing Kilimanjaro is not only a wonderful experience for you, but it allows the annual employment of tens of thousands of often exceptionally poor Tanzanians. At WOK, we believe strongly in supporting the local communities around Kilimanjaro itself and Tanzanians across the country with our charity projects. We believe it to be against the spirit of our event to climb Tanzania’s mountain without at least employing a few locals for the privilege.

Happy climbing!

Of course! Our events have several highly experienced Adventure and Emergency Medics along for the climb.

In 1981, Australian Gliding Pioneers (and heroes to the WOK team) Bill and Steve Moyes carried Hang Gliders to the summit of Kilimanjaro and successfully launched.

This legendary and world renowned father and son team paved the way for a small selection of Paraglider Pilots who have successfully, but also illegally, managed to fly from Kilimanjaro in the 3 decades that followed.

In 2013, Wings of Kilimanjaro was the first ever to be granted an exclusive and unanimous Kilimanjaro Paragliding permit from the Board Of Directors of TANAPA, the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority and the Tanzanian Armed Forces.

The famed National Geographic 2012 World Adventurer of the Year, Nepali Sano Babu Sunuwar, was the first to jump, under WOK’s exclusive Kilimanjaro Paragliding permit. Since then, many successful paragliders have followed his journey off the peak during WOK’s incredible annual events.

As of today, flying with WOK remains the ONLY legal way to paraglide off the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro. Register for the next event today!

Any level of corporate sponsorship will assist us in raising more money and awareness for our fabulous beneficiaries and the amazing work they are doing on the ground in Tanzania.

Wings of Kilimanjaro offers a fabulous opportunity for sponsors to get tangible results for their Social Responsibility commitments, while at the same time gaining considerable branding exposure with one of the most highly publicized and exciting events on the global charity calendar. We offer customized branding and marketing opportunities for corporate entities which simply can’t be matched anywhere else. Get your company’s name right to the top of the tallest mountain in Africa!

Please contact us if you wish to become a corporate sponsor, or pass on our contact details to companies who may be interested in this very unique sponsorship opportunity.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on how our charity projects are going! You helped to fundraise for them, so please stick around to see the results! Ongoing information can also be found through our charity partner Worldserve International.

Please come and clink your glasses together with us at our post-climb celebration for our pilots, participants, sponsors and beneficiaries! There’s usually also an invite to one of our official openings of our charity projects in Tanzania. It’s different each year depending on what’s on! Check out the Events page for details on what might be happening at the next event.

We’d be so sad to see you go! However, we know that sometimes unexpected circumstances do come up. If you absolutely have to cancel your attendance at the next Wings of Kilimanjaro event after you’ve already been accepted, we’ll try to assist in any way we can.

All charity money raised by Wings of Kilimanjaro participants goes directly to WOK’s charity partner WorldServe International, not to WOK, and therefore any charity donations that you or any other donors have made towards your fundraising tally (including the initial registration fee) can not be refunded.

All mountain climbing expenses however will be reimbursed should someone cancel more than 4 weeks outside the event. (50% will be reimbursed if cancellation is less than 4 weeks outside the event.) Exceptional circumstances will be considered and negotiated by the Tanzanian Tour Operator, Tusker Trails.

PLEASE NOTE: Permits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Wings of Kilimanjaro will not withhold anyone’s money at any time, and we’ll try to work with you for the best possible outcome if you do have to cancel.

There will be significant WOK Team discounts at the team hotel (Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha). Participants are also welcome to stay at accommodations of their own choosing within the immediate Arusha surroundings. Participants will then need to find their own way to the Team Hotel for WOK Briefings and for Team Departure at start of trek.
Further details will be given to participants upon confirmation of their place in the event.

Excluding personal day-pack hiking bags, each participant is limited to 30kg of porter carried luggage. This 30kg (66lb) can be spread over a maximum of two packs, with no single bag weighing more than 20kg (44lb).

This weight restriction includes paragliding equipment, but does not include tents, water or food which is carried by our porters.