Climbing a mountain is the ultimate personal challenge and couldn’t be more worth it for that moment at the summit taking in the view of the world below. We offer a real selection of mountain treks and volcano treks, available to volunteers on programmes in Kenya, Tanzania, Borneo and Ecuador. Our qualified and highly experienced local guides will keep you safe, fed and watered, and of course do everything in their power to get you to the top for that summit selfie.
Take a look below to decide which of these challenges you’ve got your eye on conquering. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Advisors if you are wanting to add one of these adventures on to your volunteer programme.
Kilimanjaro – Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing volcano in the world and the tallest mountain in Africa. At an altitude of 5895 metres, the key to summiting success is to go slow. We take our time over 7 days and as a result, over 90% of our climbers reach the top. We follow the Machame route to the summit, which is undoubtedly the most beautiful of the 6 routes up the mountain with the highest summit success rate. The awesome views as you trek through tropical cloud forest and alpine desert will keep you motivated.
Mt Meru – Tanzania.
Mount Meru may not be the highest mountain in Africa but it is renowned as one of the most challenging and beautiful treks. Mount Meru stands at a little over 4566 metres making it the fourth highest mountain in Africa. The mountain is a stunning feature of the Tanzanian landscape, standing tall above the town of Arusha and offers unparalleled views of its famous neighbour, Kilimanjaro. This 4-day trek leads to you reaching the summit via a narrow ridge that provides stunning views of Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru’s location in Arusha National Park means you’ll get some good wildlife spotting in whilst you trek, the park is home to elephant, buffalo, baboons, warthogs, colobus monkeys and antelopes.
Mt Kenya – Kenya.
Challenge yourself to climb Kenya’s highest peak and experience the exhilaration of trekking the second highest mountain in Africa. Mount Kenya stands at 4985 metres and is an amazing 5-day trek in some of the most beautiful scenery Kenya has to offer. On your final summit day, an early start sees you on the summit circuit path, which is arguably the finest walking trail in all of East Africa. On this climb you will experience stunning views of ice- carved rock formations and glaciers, before reaching Point Lenana to see a spectacular African sunrise.
Mt Kinabalu – Borneo.
Mount Kinabalu (or Mt K as the locals call it) stands at an impressive 4096 metres above sea level and is the highest point in South East Asia. The views from the summit are utterly spectacular and this impressive mountain dominates the landscape. Although the climb itself is only 24 hours of trekking on the mountain, it is not for the faint-hearted. The 8 km trek starts from the park headquarters with an overnight stay at a lodge at Laban Rata (3273 metres) before pushing on to the summit early next morning in time to see the sunrise, this is so worth the climb! You then return to Laban Rata for breakfast before descending back to the park headquarters by mid afternoon. The return trek to the summit from Laban Rata can take anywhere from 6-9 hours.
Mt Cotopaxi – Ecuador.
This weekend trek begins in the beautiful Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and is home to one of the few existing equatorial glaciers. Cotopaxi sits at 5,897m above sea leavel forming a string of volcanoes known as the Pacific Ring of Fire. The National Park that Cotopaxi sits in is one of Ecuador’s largest, the scenery is just awesome. Summiting the mountain is a real challenge, requiring a strong fitness level. For those who aren’t quite up for the climb there’s the option for a short trek up to the icy glacier and if you want to, you can come down by mountain bike.