nib Newcastle Knights legend Mark Hughes and a host of NRL personalities have conquered the tallest peak in Africa, reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Hughes was joined on the epic trek by the likes of former players Danny Buderus and Michael Gordon, along with premiership winning Sydney Roosters Coach Trent Robinson and 18 other Mark Hughes Foundation supporters.

They performed the task in an effort to raise money and awareness for both the foundation and brain cancer research.

Unfortunately for the trekkers it was anything but smooth sailing, with blizzard-like conditions standing in their way.

However, Wild Spirit Adventures, who helped organise the trek, were full of praise for the determined group.

“Today was one of… if not the toughest days of any of our past adventures,” they said on their Facebook page.

“The team woke for our midnight start to the bellowing of thunder through the mountain and a snow-storm.

“Fortunately, the storm passed before the group started the climb trudging through inches of snow and blustery conditions. 

“On the summit, they encountered blizzard like conditions with snow and ice belting and blanketing the trekkers.

“Tonight, everyone is safe, happy and proud of their amazing and epic adventure for MHF.”

Standing in Tanzania at 19,340 feet (5895m), Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

For the past three years, the foundation has trekked to various places around the world, including the Kokoda Track, Everest Base Camp and The Sandakan Death March in Borneo. The treks have so far raised a combined total of well over a million dollars.

If you want to support the foundation by learning more or making a donation, you can head to their website by clicking here