Trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. If you’ve dreamed about it, now it’s time to do it! Experience the challenge and achievement of a lifetime as you climb Mt Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak) on this exhilarating eight-day climb in January and September 2020 with an optional 5-day Tanzania safari to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
Check this iconic hiking challenge off your bucket list! Join AdventureWomen for a physically demanding but wholly rewarding trekking adventure up the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro! On this transformational journey, (re)discover your power, persevere with like-minded women, and experience some of Africa’s greatest wonders – from its wildlife to its diverse ecosystems.
At 19,341 feet in elevation, flat-topped Uhuru Peak is truly the “Roof of Africa” so AdventureWomen has chosen the Lemosho Route which allows gradual acclimatization and a 98% summit success rate. The trek is challenging but you’re hiking with women who share your grit and drive, lifting each other up to ensure everyone reaches the top as one. Plus, a team of experienced and friendly porters and Wilderness First Responder African guides, following rigorous safety protocols, takes care of every detail including setting up each camp with comfortable tents and preparing delicious and nutritious meals, each one better than the last!
On your first day, you arrive as strangers but quickly become friends with your fellow trekkers enjoying a stroll together across the lowlands to watch for giraffe and other African wildlife. Rise the next morning for a final gear check and a chance to meet your amazing crew before driving through the rainforest to the Lemosho Route trailhead with chattering Colobus and blue monkeys cheering you on. Here begins your “pole pole” (slowly slowly) trek up through the rainforest. As you ascend, the green canopy gives way to heath and moorlands, thick with heather and flora of otherworldly proportions. Camping among the heath, you shed your boots, stretch your toes, and dream about the next day’s trek to Shira Plateau, one of the highest plateaus on earth. It’s cloud-covered terrain of volcanic rock all the way. You’ve got this!
The next day, a steady climb across rocky ridges to an alpine desert and the 300 foot Lava Tower precedes our descent to a lower-altitude camp in preparation for your summit up Mount Kilimanjaro. Your body is now more accustomed to the thinning air and as you hike along, you learn about how plant life adapts to higher altitude conditions such as the bizarre flora of the Great Barranco Valley. Scramble up the steep Barranco Wall for a jolt of inspiration where you can view Kibo massif’s glacier-rimmed cone. You’re getting closer to your goal! Back through the high alpine desert, we step carefully through a lunar landscape of massive volcanic formations and scree; you may even scare up a few white-necked ravens. Upon reaching our Kilimanjaro base camp for your summit attempt, you’ll rest, drink deeply, and eat hearty because our team sets out for Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit at 1 AM, headlamps on. You’re pushing for Uhuru Peak!
As the day dawns, with exuberant cheers and shouts, share your triumphant summit of Uhuru’s rocky crown with the victorious Adventure Women who’ve hiked alongside you for seven peerless days, encouraging you to press on. Savor this moment of glory and gratitude!
Optional 5-day Tanzania Safari to Nogorongoro Crater and Serengeti
Since you’re in Tanzania, cap your epic Kilimajaro climb with an optional five-day safari across bio-diverse Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti. Explore the Ngorongoro Crater, home to 25,000 of Africa’s largest mammals, then stop for a rejuvenating lunch at Gibb’s Farm, just below the crater’s rim. After a stop to view the Olduvai Gorge, camp in a nyumba (Swahili for ‘home’). From here, venture out at dawn to search for Serengeti wildlife, and if you book in advance, take a hot air balloon excursion for jaw-dropping 360º views of the Serengeti.
Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking Trip Highlights:
- The measured pace and trails of the Lemosho Route provide optimal acclimatization and a 98% summit rate
- Summit Mount Kilimanjaro to Uhuru Peak, the highest freestanding mountain in the world
- From the “Roof of Africa,” take in sweeping views of African landscapes below the clouds
- Traverse 5 climate zones: Rainforest, Heath, Moorlands, Alpine Desert, and Arctic
- You’re not alone! Adventure Women work together to reach this challenging goal
- Enjoy an optional five-day safari to visit Tanzania’s most iconic national parks.
Kilimanjaro Climb Price: $5,790
Optional Safari Price: $3,050
January 15 – 23, 2020
September 14 – 22, 2020
“I traveled with Adventure Women to Kilimanjaro in January – the trip was great! Everything was very well organized – the guides were well trained and encouraging, the camps were great, we were very well fed … best of all, this was my second attempt at Kili and this time I made the summit! I returned home and immediately signed up for my next AW trip :)” -Jane H.
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