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.
The #ReturnToKili Team
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 ULTIMATE Friday feeling! Yes, it’s the moment you’ve waited for 😍 After a week of trekking, crying, climbing, sweating and freezing their way up the mighty mountain, our Kilimanjaro 9 made it to the summit 😭🙌 . Send them your congrats below and don’t forget to support their momentous efforts for our #ReturnToKili challenge - make a donation now, just visit the link in bio 🥳
Day seven and in sub-zero temperatures, Team Kilimanjaro powered through the final chapter of their trek 🥶 Up against snow and ice, exhaustion and unbelievable altitude, our nine celebrities showed serious grit and determination, working as a team to reach the top. . Catch up on the final part of our #ReturnToKili on @bbctheoneshow NOW on @bbcone and hit the link in our bio for the full story and to make a donation.
. @mrdanwalker is probably as shattered as we all are after a long week... The #ReturnToKili team will be making last appearance on @BBCTheOneShow at 19:00 GMT to talk about their incredible achievement.— Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (@comicrelief) March 1, 2019
Help us make this a record breaking fundraiser >> https://t.co/XoGQcHIOCe pic.twitter.com/VQ2dJgHjhH
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.
Hardest thing about climbing Kilimanjaro?— Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (@comicrelief) February 28, 2019
Altitude sickness? No
Freezing temperatures? No
All the blisters? No
Smelly armpits? YES
Safe to say @Dani_MasDyer isn't a big fan of not washing for six days🤢
We still need your donations for #RedNoseDay >>> https://t.co/qQmPLA319H🏔️ pic.twitter.com/cawbL8HCzM
Yesterday Team Kilimanjaro faced one of their toughest challenges yet as #ReturnToKili edges closer to it’s final chapter. They travelled from Pofu to Massif across rocky terrain and our climbers had to skirt the edge of the heath zone, all with the mountain’s summit coming in to plain sight 🏔 . But team morale, new friendships and, most of all, your donations are the driving them on. Visit the link in our bio now to support the team.
Day six and the end is in sight, but the team must face the trek’s most brutal and gruelling chapter. Yes, tonight, in darkness, they tackle the dreaded summit. 😩 . Temperatures will be freezing, altitude will continue to increase, and they will be trekking for a whopping 8 hours through the night. . If you’ve yet to donate and support the team, please do so now - you could be the push they need to make it to the top. Link in bio.
The @comicrelief #ReturnToKili team have not only been battling altitude sickness, but also changing weather conditions as they ascend— Matt Taylor (@MetMattTaylor) February 28, 2019
Sub-zero temperatures and possible #snow flurries await them nearer the summit. Heavy snow likely this weekend 🥶🌨️😱@mrdanwalker @BBCBreakfast pic.twitter.com/AetxYhBHE3
As they continue to climb, Team Kilimanjaro must traverse a tough mountain ridge before begin to think about their final approach to the summit.
Not sure why I didn’t spit my toothpaste out. #kilimanjaro does funny things. There’s magic on this mountain but make no mistake it’s tough as hell. I’ve cried like a baby and already had crippling altitude sickness. Please give what you can @comicrelief #rednoseday #returntokili this was 6am this morning 4000 meters up. I’m listening to #thisistheday #thethe #conqueringmountains 2 days to summit
Illness and tough conditions are starting to take their toll on the climbers, but each one is determined to soldier on towards the summit.
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He’s a two time Super Bowl winner and well on his way to being a Kilimanjaro champion, but last night our @NFL star gained another accolade 🏆 Osi Umenyiora won the award for Best Sports Pundit at the British Sports Journalism Awards for his work on @bbcsport’s ‘The NFL Show’ 🏈👏 . Send Osi your congrats in the comments! Now if only someone could let him know the good news... 👀🙈 #ReturnToKili
Day 4 of the #ReturnToKili for @comicrelief— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) February 26, 2019
Nearly got sent home yesterday after some pretty grim altitude sickness. Such an amazing experience and hopefully we’ll be ready to summit in a few days time 👍🏻⛰🙌🏻
Please go to https://t.co/smhMW4DhYa to support pic.twitter.com/uj9j2mTJrg
Mixers breath easy. @LittleMix's Jade and @mrdanwalker have cracked open the tuck shop! 🍫🍬🍭— Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (@comicrelief) February 26, 2019
They're eating the traditional Tanzanian mountaineers snack... Sainsbury's strawberry laces 🍓
Remember, they're doing this for your donations! >>>> https://t.co/QPj34Pep1T pic.twitter.com/lLgRQZcFNC
Good night! Sleep tight! #ReturnToKili🏔️ teams all safe in their camp for the night.— Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (@comicrelief) February 25, 2019
Today saw some real challenges start to emerge on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Don't forget to donate to support everyone while you still can: https://t.co/ZFesihK82j pic.twitter.com/2CFJMWKZkc
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.
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.
After a testing day in the elements - and with eight hours of walking completed - Team Kilimanjaro safely made it to camp, where they’ll be spending their first night sleeping above 3000m. . Tomorrow, the journey continues, with an even bigger increase in altitude awaiting them... #ReturnToKili 🏔 . Follow their journey and support the team with a donation now, link in bio.
When it rains, it pours 🌧 . The challenge became very real for the team today when the heavens opened mid-trek. But fuelled by adrenaline, and knowing they’re working hard for your donations, they ploughed through. Let’s hope it stays dry enough tonight to air out those soggy trousers 😬 . Don’t forget to support our #ReturnToKili team and make a donation, hit the link in our bio now 🙌
Remember - it's important to warm up before doing strenuous challenges like mountain climbing.... Even if the warming up has to be @ShirleyBallas style 💃😂— Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (@comicrelief) February 24, 2019
On the scale of 1-10, what do we rate @edballs' performance here?#ReturnToKili🏔️ pic.twitter.com/MqrGB7Nb7p
We guess someone just really, *really* loves a spot of mountain climbing, eh?— Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (@comicrelief) February 24, 2019
(Spoiler: It's @edballs. Look how happy he is!)
Will Ed still be smiling at end of the week? Follow #ReturnToKili🏔️ at https://t.co/lqLQZlfuPy
And don't forget to donate! https://t.co/qQmPLA319H✨ pic.twitter.com/rJH4ruBQS6
Team Kilimanjaro have left behind their lives of luxury and officially begun their epic #RedNoseDay challenge.
Love and appreciation, @Dani_MasDyer!! 💕💕— Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (@comicrelief) February 23, 2019
Day 1 of the #ReturnToKili🏔️ challenge has seen our team put all of their creature comforts behind them and start the upward trek to the 19,000ft Mt. Kilimanjaro summit. But they need your support! https://t.co/QPj34Pep1T pic.twitter.com/xXH3kppUsK
GO TEAM KILI! 🎉🎉— Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (@comicrelief) February 23, 2019
Big shout out to our #ReturnToKili🏔️ teams today as they begin the hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro! @mrdanwalker, @itsanitarani, @LittleMix, @Dani_MasDyer, @OsiUmenyiora, @XanderArmstrong, @ShirleyBallas, and @edballs. pic.twitter.com/nvlq9ohIuB
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.
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.
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.
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®.