All Female Kilimanjaro Climb
Female guides & porters | Shira Route | Summit on Intl. Women’s Day | Support Tanzanian women in tourism
Join other kick ass women at the roof of Africa as you make your way up Kilimanjaro and summit on International Women’s Day. Contribute to training female guides with a donation to a local NGO set-up by the lead guide. Stay longer and share your skills with Tanzanian female entrepreneurs and business-owners.
Highlights: Summit on Intl. Women’s Day | All female climber, porter and guide team | Contribute to training Tanzanian female guides
Maximum acclimatisation | No single supplements* | 14 spots | Local female guide & porter team
*Prices per person, we pair you with another solo traveler
- INTL. WOMEN’S DAY SUMMIT: Mar 1 – 9, 2022
- IWD + SKILLS EXCHANGE + SAFARI: Feb 28 – Mar 14, 2022
Max. 14 guests
Our International Women’s Day Kilimanjaro Summit offers an optional pre-trek Cultural and skills workshop with local female business owners and entrepreneurs and a safari extension. Bring your expertise and help on social media, accounting, business planning, etc. whatever your expertise may be. Each booking contributes $200 to the Tanzanian Female Guides Foundation led by our very own Kili guide.
Our trek up to the Roof of Africa will follow the Shira route, also known as Londorossi route because of its starting point at Londorossi Gate. This route starts higher than the rest, so your drive on the first day of the trek will be longer and you will have a shorter walk.
Detailed Itinerary – Kilimanjaro climb only
Day 1 & 2 : Arrive in Arusha and pre-climb briefing
Welcome to Tanzania!
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be warmly welcomed by Wito Africa private vehicles and drivers, who will transfer you to your accommodation in Arusha.
A delicious welcome dinner will be served upon arrival and you will meet the guide and the rest of the climbers.
On Day 2, you can spend the morning resting by the pool or strolling around the beautiful city of Arusha. At 2 pm, you will be met at your hotel by your private female mountain guide, Glory, for a trek briefing and gear checking.
Ask as many questions as you can to make sure you are fully aware of the exciting adventure that is ahead of you! Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Note: If there is any essential gear you are missing, you will be able to rent it locally.
Overnight at Arusha Planet Hotel
Nestled in the heart of Arusha, Planet Lodge is made of tastefully decorated chalets with African decor creating a peaceful immersion in the colors and culture of Africa.
Distinctive guest rooms feature oversize panoramic windows to allow the Tanzanian sunshine to greet you each morning and are powered by solar and grid electricity, artisan bedding and spacious mosquito nets.
Day 3 : Morum Barrier Gate to Shira Camp 1
Vehicle Transfer Time: 4 hours | Zone: Heather and moorland | Trekking Distance: 6 km | Trekking Time: 1-2 hours | Altitude Change: From 1,400m to 3,610m. Hiking from 3,400 m to 3,610 m
After a delicious breakfast, your private transfer drivers, Kili guides and vehicles will greet you at the hotel.
A four-hour drive away from Moshi lays the entrance to the Londorossi Gate where you will complete park formalities and then meet your crew of porters.
After obtaining your permit, the porter’s will weigh the luggage, then we will jump back into our 4×4 vehicles and drive up to Morum Barrier Gate where you will begin the hike.
Standing at 3,400m, Morum Barrier is the highest elevation point in which you can start hiking on Kilimanjaro. Enjoy a nice picnic lunch and start to climb!
The first section of the route takes you through shrubs and the giant heather that are decorated with grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations on the plateau. This path is less well-trodden and therefore we will enjoy a nice leisurely walk to the Shira Camp 1 where you will spend a night.
Overnight at Shira Camp 1
Set on the West side of the Shira Plateau, Shira Camp 1 is one of the camp sites of the second leg of the journey up Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbers get to see a range of flora and fauna species with the chance of spotting the White Napped Raven. Because this route is a variation of the Lemosho, you will meet with campers from the Lemosho Route.
Day 4 : Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours | Distance: 5.4 km | Zone: Heather and Moorland to semi Alpine Desert | Altitude Change: From 3,610 m to 3,895 m
After having a delicious breakfast, we will leave Shira Camp 1 for Lava Tower.
Today is a short distance but we will take this option because we start our hike at a higher elevation point compared to other trekkers so our bodies will typically start to respond to the change of altitude, as a result, it will help us acclimatise well.
Beginning our hike in the early morning is the best way to keep us energized and ready to conquer this remarkable mountain.
As you hike in this zone, you will start noticing a blooming of beautiful everlasting flowers that run across the rocky areas with Stoebe Kilimanjari, Giant Senecio and Lobelia dominating this zone to offer food and shelter to biotic life that survives well in these harsh environments.
As we reach an elevation of 3,718m, we will come across the rescue road that provides a junction to the camp through Cathedral Tower.
For those who wish to take a direct route to the camp, they will have lunch and relaxation. The rest can continue to hike through Cathedral Tower and enjoy their lunch at the end of the rescue road before ascending to the camp for relaxation and an overnight stay.
Overnight at Shira Camp 2
Your camp for the night is located just above the clouds so remember to take time to enjoy some of the best views of Mount Meru and a series of stunning rock patterns that form Shira ridge.
Because this area is characterized by semi Alpine Desert, there are rocks everywhere, but we will find a cosy spot to pitch our tents for the night. In this camp, you will have a reliable mobile reception and access to the rescue road where emergency vehicles can easily get to and from the mountain.
Day 5 : Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower Camp
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours | Zone: Heather and moorland | Distance: 5.4 km | Altitude Change: From 3,895 m to 4,600 m
Walking now on the high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. You will traverse to the East up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower, a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation.
By hiking at a higher altitude of 4,600m to Lava Tower Camp, you will enjoy an extra time to acclimatise whilst avoiding the crowd that typically go through Barranco Camp for an overnight stay.
Lunch will be served at the camp followed by a much needed rest. You will then wake up to hike to the high elevation of 4,695m for acclimatization and then come back to the camp for dinner and an overnight stay. Doing so, you will have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to avoid altitude sickness by aiding your bodies in acclimatization.
The climb of the tower needs max 1 hour and the view down on the Tower Camp is amazing. The volcanic rock of the Lava Tower is easy to climb and no rope is necessary.
Overnight at Lava Tower Camp
The Lava Tower Camp is the start point just beneath the Tower. The camp is used by the trekkers who want to climb on Kilimanjaro over the Arrow Camp and the Western Breach.
We like camping at the Lava Tower because the camp typically has fewer campers than Barranco, therefore you will enjoy a peaceful and cosy night. When you wake up, you just might be able to see some snow.
Day 6 : Lava Tower Camp to Karanga Camp
Trekking Time: 6 hours | Distance: 8 km | Zone: Alpine Desert | Altitude Change: From 4,600 m to 4,645 m
After breakfast, we will leave our camp and head towards the northern side of the mountain.
Start the day by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. Then exit steeply, up what has been termed the kissing rock or Breakfast Wall, which divides you from the south-eastern slopes of Kibo.
Although not technical, this is the only section of the climb where you will use your hands to pass through beautiful rocks. Beyond the wall, you will begin to see the sparkling mountain glacier indicating that the roof of Africa is now within reach.
From here, we will pass through some Alpine Desert and cross some ridges to find the best spot to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Eastern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Lunch will be served at the camp followed by relaxation and an overnight stay. With warm weather and clear skies, you will see the summit route from the camp.
Yes, you start getting excited but importantly you will need to also start preparing your mind and align all your mental strength for the following day, the summit day. Take time to rest and enjoy some warm temperatures with a blanket of stars above you. With a clear sky, you will be able to see an aerial view of the Moshi town at night.
Overnight at Karanga Camp
Karanga Camp has access to cell phone reception so you will be able to find just enough mobile connection to communicate with your family and friends.
Day 7 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Trekking Time: 2-3 hours | Distance: 4.86 km | Zone: Alpine Desert – Summit Zone | Altitude Change: From 4,640 m to 4,675 m
The day is characterized by a short hike on terrain formed by scree. Walk through arid, lunar land towards Barafu Camp and then ascend slowly.
As you walk through rock terrains, you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the southern glacier and Kibo peak, in which the highest point in Africa lies.
After seeing a promising summit, you will strategically start to prepare for the summit by resting well. You will have the entire afternoon to rest and prepare for the early morning summit.
Overnight at Barafu Camp
Barafu Camp is located in the desert zone therefore no vegetation is found on this higher elevation. The word ‘barafu’ is the Swahili word for ‘ice,’ which refers to the cold climate at this altitude. This region occasionally receives some snow and it might get windy too.
Barafu Camp is the base for four routes so it might be noisy as many trekkers from different routes meet here.
Day 8 : Summit
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours to the top 4-6 h down | Distance: 4.8 km up and 7 km down | Zone: Summit | Altitude Change: From 4,675 m to the summit at 5,895 m and from the summit to 3,820 m
Since our summit is done during the day, we will start the preparation at 4 am where we will have a quick breakfast and start our hike just before the sunrise.
We will leave the rest of the crew at the camp and only go with your special summit team of guides to the summit.
Being the only attempt at the summit, this is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme so insulate yourself and make sure you have enough water to drink on the way.
Continue to walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers for several hours while taking frequent, but short breaks. Although you will be climbing scree for 5 to 6 hours, you will gain incredible height over a short distance.
After a long hike, you will come across a sign that congratulates you for reaching Stela Point (5,756 m). Reaching this point deserves a certificate!
Take a minute to look around you, the views are spectacular – especially with a backdrop of the Mawenzi Peak (5,149 m)!
Another 45 minutes walk takes you to your goal, the summit of Uhuru (Uhuru means freedom in Swahili), the highest point in Africa (5,895 m). Congrats, you made it!
After a quick celebration and photos at the top, you will begin the descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope.
The trail here is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees so trekking poles are helpful but after a couple of hours we will be back to Barafu Camp for breakfast.
Enjoy a short rest before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a well-earned rest and lunch. On the descent, you will have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi Peak.
Overnight at Millennium Camp
Day 9 : Final descent and departure
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours | Distance: 13.5 km | Zone: Rainforest | Altitude Change: 3,950 m to 1,640 m
A gentle trek takes you down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate, where park formalities will be completed and you will be met by our vehicles to return you to the Wito Africa’s office or the lodge.
Here you will receive your certificate of ascent courtesy of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority, have the tipping ceremony for your mountain crew and collect any luggage you stored.
Since your flight home will probably not depart until later in the evening, we have arranged day rooms for you at the Planet Lodge Arusha. Here, you can wash up, rest, and explore the city of Arusha.
In the afternoon or evening, your private transfer drivers will greet you and transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your self-booked international flight home.
Optional Cultural Exchange and Safari Extension
Start your time in Tanzania with a day of cultural and skills exchange with local Tanzanian women working in tourism and part of Glory’s foundation. This will bring you closer to the country and allow you to meet other trekkers and the porter / guide team while building a bond for the International Women’s Day Summit. Contribute and share your skills as you learn more about local life and take some Tanzanian cooking recipes home. Complete the trip with a 6 day / 5 night safari at Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Parks.
Day 2 : Cultural and Skills Exchange
We have arranged this special day to connect, share inspirational stories of empowerment and find solutions to simple and complex social issues that affect women and children from Tanzania. The workshop is informal and it will be hosted by Glory, the Founder of Tanzania Women Guides Foundation.
Glory will open the workshop with a quick presentation where she will introduce the guests to the group of local women entrepreneurs, guides and mountain crew. From there, we will pair each individual group of local women with a mentor guest(s) where they will spend a one-on-one session brainstorming and sharing ideas/skills that will benefit the community of local participants.
We will spend a few hours rotating the groups of mentors and pairing them with the corresponding groups of local women to ensure that we have provided the maximum flow of knowledge, skills and training needed to kickstart and inspire the local women to follow their dreams! We will break for lunch and soft drinks.
Note: All skills are welcome. Maybe you are an accountant, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur, an expert in finances, in web design, graphic design, social media, marketing, etc. and share your expertise for mutual growth.
The day will continue with the chairperson for Wito Women’s Organization, Mama Nas, to share an authentic Swahili cooking lesson with you.
We will start at the local market to get the ingredients for our cooking and continue with a fun, eye-opening and mouth-watering Swahili cooking lesson, a unique way to get an authentic taste of the real Tanzania – and take it home with you! You will learn to prepare and cook traditional Swahili dishes from Zanzibar and the mainland as you discover new ingredients and taste new cuisine.
You will sample your dishes for lunch while you experience a glimpse into the life of the African mamas all through this cooking lesson.
Note: We work with local women who speak Swahili and a little English, your guide will be able to translate when necessary, but you might even pick up one or two Swahili words while you’re at it!
In the evening, you will be transferred to the Arusha Planet Lodge for your Welcome dinner.
Day 10 & Day 11 – Arusha and Ngorongoro Creater
On Day 10, you will arrive back down from Kilimanjaro, enjoy a leisurely garden lunch and have the rest of the afternoon free to rest or explore Arusha. Dinner will be served at Arusha Planet Lodge where you will stay overnight.
On Day 11, After a delicious breakfast, your Wito Africa private field guides and vehicles will greet you at the lodge and transfer you in the direction of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive and exploration.
Lake Manyara is famous for its tree-climbing lions, flamingos, breathtaking scenery and the soda-ash lake in the center.
Lunch will be a classic safari picnic within the park, while enjoying a glimpse of the great wild of Northern Tanzania.
In the afternoon, transfer to your beautiful lodge near the lake for relaxation and an overnight stay.
Overnight at Manyara Secret
Located in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania, Manyara’s Secret offers breathtaking views of Lake Manyara and is an ideal option for travellers looking or a luxurious and secluded getaway surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.
The gorgeous lodge offers a selection of villas, all of which feature plunge pools, terraces, and outdoor showers with views over the lake. We can’t think of a better way to get into the safari mood than by spending an evening by the pool in the middle of nature.
Day 12 & 13 Serengeti National Park
After a leisurely breakfast on Day 12, your Wito Africa private guides will greet you at the accommodation and will take you on an exciting road transfer to the Serengeti National Park via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and through the walls of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge.
Leaving the highlands behind, you will enter the heart of wild Africa!
Known for its endless rolling plains, the Serengeti National Park is a haven filled with wildlife diversity and expansive landscape stretched into the distance as far as the eye can see.
Appreciate the vastness of this true wilderness with a gentle game drive as you make your way to your intimate safari camp for an overnight stay. Immerse yourself in your unique surroundings followed by a story telling by the campfire under the starry African skies and all capped off by a delicious dinner.
OPTIONAL – Why not take an unforgettable flight over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon!
You will enjoy two days and nights of unlimited game drives in this amazing secluded area of the park, viewing African wildlife by day and enjoying the calls of the animals from the comfort of your beautiful camp at night.
The endless plains of the Serengeti play home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations.
Overnight at Nyikani Camp Central
Nyikani Camp Central is located in Central Serengeti, taking advantage of the year-round wildlife.
Designed to be a haven of luxury amidst nature, the camp offers 12 double en-suite guest tents and one family tent with two en-suite bathrooms.
All tents are cosy in design and feature a power extension with a universal adapter, writing desk, digital safe and a private shaded veranda overlooking breath-taking views. When it comes to dining, guests can savor delicious meals prepared by the on-site chef in the dining room or lounge area.
Day 14 & 15 – Ngorongoro Crater and departure
Enjoy your final morning in the heart of the Serengeti by following up on a certain lion pride that you may have discovered, or simply exploring a new area to game drive. Game drive out of the Serengeti through Olduvai Gorge/Shifting Sands.
We will stop in the heart of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a taste of culture. Accompanied by your private safari guides, you will visit an authentic Maasai Village where you will have the opportunity to interact with one of Africa’s legendary tribes and learn more about their lifestyle, culture and customs. We will particularly meet the women and learn more about their traditions.
Enjoy a picnic lunch, and then continue on with a road transfer to your accommodation on the rim of the crater for relaxation and an overnight stay.
Overnight at Lion’s Paw Camp
Situated on the Eastern Rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, and visited quite often by the residents of the area, buffalo, wildebeest, leopards and the odd elephant, is the unique and luxurious Ngorongoro Lion’s Paw Camp.
Build without harming any of the trees and extensive vegetation in the area, the eco-friendly camp consists of 15 luxury suites strategically positioned to show off the crater’s majestic view from the balcony, where you can use your binoculars to feast your eyes on the action happening in the caldera itself from the comfort of your luxury suite.
The bar and lounge present a unique calming ambiance in the dense forest of the rim, and the barbeque grill evenings under the starry night play a special role in your experience.
On Day 15, after an early breakfast, you will descend with your private safari guides to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, where you will find spectacular scenery (arriving nice and early gives you the best chance of witnessing the predators returning from their overnight hunts) and game viewing in what has been described by UNESCO as the eighth wonder of the world.
Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano – an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km across, and teeming with more than 30,000 protected animals, including all members of The Big Five. Depart from the lodge with a picnic so that you can maximize your time in the Crater.
In the afternoon, you will make a timely transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport via Arusha. Upon arrival at the airport, gather your luggage and proceed to your departure lounge to board your scheduled flight home.
Note: Please do not book flights departing before 10pm on that evening.
About Your Host
Glory Thobias Salema is one of the very few female guides in Tanzania and was recognised as the Best Female Guide by Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and received awards from Mr. Kigwangala, Tanzania’s Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources.
Beyond taking you on safari, Glory can also guide you to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro being one of only 6 female guides (out of over 2,500).
She is passionate about empowering women and girls in tourism and founded the Tanzania Women Guides Foundation, an NGO focused on connecting women to opportunities in tourism so the future generations are more gender balanced.
Glory is thrilled to share with you the beauty of Tanzania’s wilderness.
✔️ $200 donation to Tanzania Women Guides Foundation
✔️ All ground Transportation
✔️ Airport pick up and drop off
✔️ Free Wi-Fi wherever available, charging stations and a stocked fridge in your Land cruiser
For the Kilimanjaro trek
✔️ A full female team: Lead Guide(s) – English speaking & Wilderness First Responder trained, Assistant Guide(s), Cooks, Porters for the equipment, Porters for your personal luggage (15 kg per guest)
✔️ 2 Nights Accommodation (double occupancy) in Arusha, 6 nights camping on Kilimanjaro
✔️ Full Board throughout the trip: Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, daily snacks while climbing.
✔️ Minimum 3l of water while trekking plus more at camp, tea, coffee
✔️ Camping equipment: Spacious Sleeping tents for two persons, Sleeping mat (2-inch foam), Pillow, Walk-in dining tent and table, Backed chairs, Wash basins with hot water each morning and evening, Private portable toilet with toilet paper
✔️ Kilimanjaro Park Fees (camping/hut, rescue, conservation and taxes) – $1,034 per person
✔️ Health and safety equipment: Pulse oximeter, Altitude sickness checklists, First aid kit, Emergency oxygen
✔️ Temporary local Emergency Evacuation Insurance Cover (covers rescue on the mountain, valid for two weeks, coverage starts upon arrival)
For the extension
✔️ 6 nights on shared twin accommodation: 2 nights in Arusha, 2 nights at Serengeti National Park and 2 nights at Ngorongoro Crater
✔️ Full board, including 6 dinners, 6 breakfasts and 7 lunches. Non-alcoholic drinks.
✔️ Safari Fees (national park entrance and conservation fees) – $1,136 per person
✘ International return flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport
✘ Travel & Medical Insurance (Required)
✘ COVID Vaccinations Pre Arrival (Required)
✘ Optional hot air balloon over the Serengeti. ($590 per person)
✘ Alcoholic drinks
✘ Tips for Drivers, Guides, Porters, Cooks (At your discretion)
✘ COVID Testing if required before your departure
IWD 2022 Kili Trek Only
$200 USD per person, fully refundable deposit to reserve your seat*
30% non-refundable deposit due 150 days before departure
70% final balance due 120 days before departure
IWD 2022 Extension
+ $3,650 USD
$200 USD per person, fully refundable deposit to reserve your seat*
30% non-refundable deposit due 150 days before departure
70% final balance due 120 days before departure
Note: This extension cannot be booked as a standalone trip but only as an add-on to the Kili trek. The total cost will be $8,000 USD for the Kili trek and Safari ($4,350 + $3,650).
*If the trip is cancelled by us before the 30% is due, a full refund of $200 will be issued minus any bank charges. By joining our trips you agree to our T&C. Please note that the extension cannot be booked separately as a stand alone trip.
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Note: Please do not book any flights until the trip is confirmed.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a trip of a lifetime and we know there are many things you’d like to know more about.
No specialist equipment or climbing experience is required to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The routes taken to reach the summit do not require technical climbing skills, only some scrambling at times and the use of hands and feet.
The most important preparation is that which involves getting used to carrying your own day pack (3-4kg of weight) and using your trekking boots so they do not cause pain or blisters. Other than that, mental preparation is key. The final 600 vertical meters to reach the summit are very challenging and require enormous resolve, however strong or experienced you may be.
While we cannot guarantee that you will summit, we can assure you that the team know how best to exploit your strengths and fortify them at times of weakness, and will offer the greatest summit opportunity possible. Being among likeminded female climbers and team, you will be among supportive friends.
To physically prepare for the climb, an above average level of fitness is strongly advised. Begin training at least 3 months before the climb, unless you have a particularly active lifestyle. Jogging two or three times a week for 40 minutes is recommended as is a long hilly walk (5-8 hours) with a 10 kg rucksack every two to three weeks.
Altitude sickness will be your biggest enemy on the mountain. While we have chosen a route that allows for a few days of acclimatisation, you won’t how your body reacts to it until you are there, because every person is different. Your level of fitness will not predict how well you will perform.
You can make an appointment with your doctor to get altitude sickness medication which can be taken as a preventative measure and the team will carry emergency oxygen should you need to be evacuated. The trip price includes helicopter evacuation coverage in case you need to descend urgently to safety.
Once the trip is confirmed, all payments become non-refundable. This is why we require all guests to purchase travel insurance that covers unforeseen circumstances which would prevent them from traveling.
The $200 deposit will be refunded if we decide to cancel or postpone the trip because it does not reach the minimum number of guests. In the event that the trip needs to be postponed for reasons beyond our control after the 30% deposit has been made, any payments made will be put towards a similar itinerary in the future.
We care deeply about the wellbeing of our guests and our trip follows all local regulations. We require our guests to be fully vaccinated to join the tour so that we ensure the safety of everyone on the trip.
A Kilimanjaro climb is uniquely designed for social distancing and isolation as it guarantee that you will only be interacting with the other guests in your group and with the guides and porters always in an open space
This trip is all inclusive except for lunch on day 2 when in Arusha, that means all meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) and breakfast and dinner in Arusha are part of the itinerary cost. The trip cost also includes a porter per climber to carry your equipment, porters to carry tents and other equipment, cooks and guides. All park and conservation fees are included as are the permits to climb Kilimanjaro. We have also included helicopter rescue insurance coverage for 2 weeks starting on arrival in the country. Sleeping arrangements with tents and foam mattresses and portable toilets are also part of the equipment.
All costs above are considered on a sharing basis with two guests per room in twin bedding in Arusha and a tent per every 2 guests; we will pair you with another solo female traveler on the trip. If you wish to have your own room, that is absolutely possible, reach out to ask us about the single supplements.
This is a female-only small group trip specifically designed for women traveling on their own. If you wish to travel with a female friend, they are most welcome, however we are not able to book male travelers on this trip.
How wonderful! If your daughter is above the age of 16, we will be glad to have her with us.
Yes, this trip will be be an all-female porter, guide and team specifically designed to bring together likeminded women to summit on this special day.
We believe that travel can be a force for good and wherever possible, we work with local travel companies in the country who can help us make a difference and ensure that the tourism dollars benefit local communities. For this trip, we have partnered with Wito Safaris, a Tanzanian-owned business founded by Abdullie who has personally put together this trip with us. Our lead guide, Glory, is committed to the development of women in tourism in Tanzania and has set up an NGO to help train more women to become guides. For every booking, we will donate $200 to Glory’s NGO to support her efforts in bringing more women to the industry.
You should make an appointment with your doctor to confirm any travel inoculations and other medications that you may need to take before and during the trip, including those to prevent malaria or yellow fever or those for altitude sickness. If your onward travel includes other African nations, you may also require a Yellow Fever certificate, you can check the CDC website for more details.
When climbing the mountain, climbers will need two luggage bags, preferably a large duffel/cargo bag and a smaller, lighter day sack, between 25 – 35 liters size. The porters will carry the larger duffel/cargo bag, while climbers carry their day sack themselves.
The day sack needs to be comfortable, durable and big enough to hold everything a climber may need with them when walking, as it is unlikely that they will see their main bag from the moment they break camp in the morning to the time they arrive at camp in the evening.
Day sacks and larger bags are available for hire if you do not have access to such, or would prefer not to take your own bags to the mountain. In an attempt to reduce the waste and rubbish on the mountain, the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority have now decreed that climbers must have their own trekking water bottles / containers for their trek and are required to decant any bottled water into them prior to progressing through the entry gate.
Items a you would potentially carry in you day sack: Sweets, Water (3 liters water carrying capacity — bladder system, with insulated hose, recommended, or water bottles), Camera, Sun hat/sun glasses and sun cream, Travel Pack Toilet Tissues and Wet Wipes, Waterproof jacket and trousers, Thin warm layer for any prolonged stops, Walking poles — if preferring to use them, Small personal Medical kit, including chapstick, for ready access and non-altitude specific medicines (guides will be carrying a much more comprehensive medical kit.)
The porters will carry the larger duffel/cargo bag, which will contain a climber’s other personal equipment and clothing for their time on the mountain. This large duffel/cargo bag does not need to have shoulder straps (in the form of a rucksack) as the porters will either carry this large bag on their shoulders or head. The porters will have their own rucksack for their personal and company gear.
Whatever ‘luggage container’ you bring to the mountain needs to be adequately waterproofed, or have a waterproof cover. As well as providing waterproofing for the ‘containers’ themselves, it is advisable to further waterproof the items inside them by means of using a liner inside the container.
Given the terrain that climbers will be walking in, the ‘luggage containers’ can suffer wear and tear. You can expect that at the end of a trekking day a porter will lower the luggage she has been carrying on her head to the floor. Sometimes, even with care applied, this luggage will end up being dropped and possibly torn against the volcanic rocks, with possible damage also being caused to possessions inside the bag that are not adequately protected.
The Kilimanjaro National Park has a maximum carrying weight per porter of 25 kg /50 lbs, which includes the porter’s company and personal gear, which is approximately 5 kg /11 lbs, plus 5 kg / 11 lbs of company gear. Thus, the load they carry for the climber should not exceed 15 kg / 33 lbs.
The prospect of getting sick while alone in a foreign country is daunting, and this is why we require all our guests have comprehensive travel and medical insurance that includes international evacuation. Should you fall sick, our local partner’s team will escort you to the nearest medical facility so you can get the help you need, and will stay with you if needed.
Your trip cost includes helicopter mountain rescue insurance valid for 14 days from arrival in Tanzania and would cover you in case you needed to be rescued from the mountain and taken down to safety because of accident or altitude sickness
We recommend you get the most comprehensive travel and medical insurance that would cover you in the event that you need to be evacuated to Kampala, Entebbe, Nairobi or back home. We recommend checking with an aggregator such as Travel Insurance Master to compare quotes and coverages.
All travelers to Tanzania need a visa which can now be obtained online on this link. We strongly recommend that you apply at least 3 weeks in advance of your trip. If you do not manage to obtain a visa online before your trip, you may also get one on arrival, but expect to queue for up to 2h to get it sorted.
Our payment plan includes 3 instalments: a $200 deposit to book a spot, a 30% payment 150 days before the trip and the balance 120 days before departure. You may make additional payments between the 2 instalments.
We offer the option to pay via bank transfers as these are the most cost effective bank charges. However, if you wish to use a credit card, we use Paypal and will need to add around 4% for bank fees.
All the accommodation we will be staying at during your extension has WiFi but in most cases this is only available at the main common area or may be limited in speed and bandwidth. This is because camps try to keep impact to a minimum and because connection in the bush is challenging.
There is barely any signal in Kilimanjaro except for the times when it is mentioned in the itinerary. We invite you to take this opportunity to be in the moment and disconnect from your always-on life.