Celebrities with Kilimanjaro backdrop

Kilimanjaro:
the return

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Congratulations Team Kilimanjaro. You did it!

This year a brand new set of climbers took on Africa’s highest mountain. They climbed the 5,895 metres, braving tough terrain, high altitudes and potential illness, to raise funds for Comic Relief supported projects in the UK and abroad. You can watch the documentary on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday 13 March. 

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Celebrities partaking in the climb

The #ReturnToKili Team

  • Strictly Come Dancing Head Judge Shirley Ballas
  • Former MP Ed Balls
  • Broadcaster Anita Rani
  • Love Island’s Dani Dyer
  • BBC Breakfasts’ Dan Walker
  • Pointless host Alexander Armstrong
  • NFL star Osi Umenyiora
  • Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock
The team at the summit

Day 7

Congratulations Team Kilimanjaro. After a gruelling week of debilitating altitude sickness, severe weather changes and basic camping conditions, the heroic team reached the highest point in all of Africa.

 

 

the team climbing over rocks

Day 6

Progress is slow as the terrain becomes even more difficult to traverse. The team are finding it tough, but motivated by your donations, they are more determined than ever to reach the top. 

Day 6 social

 

 

 

Dani climbing

Day 5

As they continue to climb, Team Kilimanjaro must traverse a tough mountain ridge before begin to think about their final approach to the summit. 

Day 5 social posts

 

 

 

all of team Kilimanjaro inside a tent

Day 4

Illness and tough conditions are starting to take their toll on the climbers, but each one is determined to soldier on towards the summit. 

 

 

 

 

 

Osi Umenyiora

Day 3 

Team Kilimanjaro must ascend a further 500m above sea level in a single day. As the altitude increases the difficulty of the challenge before them begins to dawn on the climbers.

 

 

 

 

One climber kisses another on the forehead in the rain

Day 2

After facing a spot of rain, Team Kilimanjaro spent their first night on the mountain. They emerged from their tents early to embark on day two as the reality of their epic climb set in.

 

 

 

Kilimanjaro challenge day 1

Day 1

Team Kilimanjaro have left behind their lives of luxury and officially begun their epic #RedNoseDay challenge.

 

 

 

 

People walking up Mount Kilimanjaro

The challenge

Following in the footsteps of their predecessors 10 years ago, the intrepid team face a gruelling 8-day trek, basic conditions, freezing night-time temperatures and the risk of altitude sickness. Enduring the climb took the 2009 group to their physical and mental limits.

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Girl at boxing class

Why?

The team are swapping their comfortable lives for Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for Red Nose Day, in order to transform the lives of vulnerable people and communities throughout the UK and internationally. Your donation is their motivation so please donate and give what you can.

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Where to watch

Track the team’s progress each morning on BBC Breakfast and each night on The One Show as the challenge happens.

On BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday 13 March. , an hour-long documentary will reveal the full story of the team’s triumphs and turmoils.

 

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It goes without saying

A huge thank you to Professor Greg Whyte, Threshold Sports, Shine TV, Berghaus, Regatta, Kathmandu, English Institute for Sport, The Altitude Centre, Sporting Edge UK, MrFlag® and BUFF®.