Departs: 25th September 2020
Climbing one of The Seven Summits of the World
Summit Africa’s tallest mountain on a full moon
Stunning glaciers and ice curtains
Trekking through Kilimanjaro’s five diverse climatic zones affording stunning views to the west, across the Shira Plateau
The company and camaraderie of like-minded women
Expect to be challenged, changed and inspired on this awesome adventure with Adventurous Women!
We’re climbing to the Roof of Africa, one of the Seven Summits…. Mount Kilimanjaro! Experience the camaraderie, safety, support and friendliness that make our AW Adventures so memorable. Taking on this challenge with other adventurous women from all different walks of life, makes this experience even more special … you’ll make new friends for life!
Rated as a non-technical climb, (you don’t need ropes & picks), what does make this trek challenging is the high altitude! However, a combination of good fitness, determination and a sense of adventure makes it very achievable….. AND you will come away transformed by taking part in this once in a lifetime journey, so come join us!
Services of Professional & Certified Local Mountain Guides, Porters and Driver
Australian Adventurous Women Group Manager/Escort to support & encourage you throughout
Private portable toilet for the group
Mandatory Safari Pass
Accommodation on twin share basis in tents / hotel
National Park Fees
Camping Rescue Fees if required
Adventurous Women Peak Cap
Certificate of Completion
9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Moshi - Arrival
Today you are free to arrive in Moshi at any time and once checked into your hotel (after 12.00 noon), the rest of the day is yours to relax and explore! With a population of some 150,000, Moshi is home to the Chagga and Maasai people and is a typical Tanzanian town. There are markets to wander and a small array of cafes and restaurants from which you can watch Tanzanian 'life' go by. The town is situated on the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro and on a clear day there are views of Kilimanjaro from some of its rooftop cafes. Meet with your Adventurous Women Group Leader at 6pm in the lobby of the hotel, where she'll conduct intro's and a short briefing. Afterwards if you're up for it, join her and others from the group at a local restaurant nearby for dinner before retiring for the night.
Moshi - Acclimatisation Day
Today we've factored in a rest day to allow you to recover from the long flight from Australia, acclimatise yourself to the higher altitude and get ready for the big trek ahead starting tomorrow. Later in the day, you will attend a scheduled pre-departure meeting with your local guide who will conduct a comprehensive briefing in relation to the following days out on Kili. Afterwards head out for a meal together at a local restaurant.
Trek to Machame Camp
After breakfast and a briefing from our guide, we leave Moshi and drive (approx 1 hour) to Machame Gate and the start point of the trek. Depending on road conditions, we may be asked to walk from Machame village to the gate itself. At the gate we register, meet the mountain guides and allow porters time to prepare and pack equipment and supplies. As we start our ascent, we immediately enter rainforest. The path may be soggy, therefore poles and gaiters are recommended. We stop for lunch at a suitable spot and aim to reach Machame Camp later in the afternoon. (Porters will have gone on ahead and pitched camp). This evening the porters also boil drinking water and washing water, while the cook prepares dinner. Trek to Machame Camp: 1800-3010m - Distance 11km, 6-7 hours
Trek to Shira Camp
We eat breakfast early and continue the trek, beginning with an hour or so of steep climbing before reaching the end of the forest and entering the gentle gradient of the moorland.After a short lunch rest, we continue up the rocky ridge to Shira Plateau where the first view of Kilimanjaro's great Western Breach and its stunning glaciers and ice curtains can be seen. We are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. After a short hike west, we reach Shira Camp and have a well-earned tea or coffee, with time to unpack and rest before dinner in the early evening. Trek to Shira Camp: 3010 - 3840m - Distance 5km, 4-5 hours
Trek to Barranco Camp
After breakfast we hike east, up a steep path above the vegetation. After several hours we walk through a rocky volcanic landscape, to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630m. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro's earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high and the trail passes right below it. It's possible for sure-footed hikers to scramble to the top of the tower, but you may prefer to simply enjoy lunch and rest at the bottom! This afternoon the route descends for about two hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and from here you continue to Barranco Camp at 3,960m. There are numerous photo opportunities along the way, especially if the walls are covered with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley beneath the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, and often you can enjoy a fantastic view of the stunning sunset before dinner. Trek to Barranco Camp: 3840- 3960m Distance 11km, 7-8 hours
Trek to Karanga Camp
This morning we continue up the steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall and climb to its top, coming out just below the Heim Glacier we can now appreciate the beauty of Kilimanjaro. We descend into the lush Karanga Valley, from where it is sometimes possible to look east on a clear day and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. Trek to Karanga Camp: 3960 - 4100m Distance 5km, 4-5 hours
Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp
We hike east over interlocking ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route. At this point all eyes are usually on the summit and turning left towards the mountain, we hike up a ridge for another hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water on this route is earlier in the day in the Karanga Valley â€" there is no water at Barafu Camp (even though Barafu is a Swahilli word for 'ice'). The famous snow of Kilimanjaro is far above Barafu Camp near the summit. Up here our camp is located on a narrow windswept ridge, so it is important we familiarise ourselves with our surroundings before nightfall. The guide will remind us tonight to prepare our equipment and warm clothing for our summit climb and to drink lots of fluids. We have an early dinner and early night to get some rest before the summit climb in the early hours of the morning. Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp 4100-4640m Distance 6km, 4-5 hours
Trek to Uhuru Peak / Descend to Mweka Camp
We rise around 11:30pm (1st Oct) and after tea and biscuits, embark on our final push to the summit. Our climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route. At Stella Point (5685m) we stop for a short rest and the opportunity to view the sunrise, but not for too long as it is difficult to start again if you get too cold. From this point we join the top part of the Marangu Route and continue on the 2 hour trek to the summit. Depending on the season and current weather we may encounter snow on our remaining hike around the rim to Uhuru Peak (5895m). On summiting, we will celebrate our accomplishment - The roof of Africa! Enjoy the views of the surrounding plains as the new day begins before beginning the descent. It is a 3-hour hike back to Barafu camp where after a rest we collect our gear and hike down a rock and scree path into moorland and eventually forest, finishing at Mweka Camp. This is in the upper forest, so it may be misty or wet in late afternoons. Dinner and washing water will be prepared and there is even a camp office that sells refreshments here â€" luxury! Trek to Uhuru Peak: 4640 - 5895m Distance 8km, 7-8 hours
Trek to Mweka Camp: 5895 - 3090m Distance travelled: (9km, 7 hours)
Trek to Mweka Village
After breakfast it's a scenic 3-hour hike to the Mweka village (the trail is often muddy) and the park gate where you'll be collected and driven back to the hotel. After freshening up and enjoying a delicious lunch, successful climbers will be awarded with their trekking certificates and we say goodbye to our guides and porters. This evening it's time to relax and reflect on our achievement. Trek Mweka Village: 3090 - 1650m Distance 10km, 4-5 hours
Depart at any time today for home and say our goodbye's .... or stay on and join in our African Safari, along with your Tour Escort, Sue O. If you take this option you'll be transferred overland to Arusha to meet with travellers joining the safari option only, before venturing onward as a group to Karatu. Anyone wishing to combine the climb with the safari is eligible for $200.00 off the price of the Safari. Please visit our website to see all details about the safari if interested. If you make a booking, you're $200.00 discount will be taken off the final balance of the trip.