International Woman's Day Expedition to Kilimanjaro

  • 9-13 Days
  • Summit Africa’s Tallest Peak – Mt. Kilimanjaro on this woman’s only trip to Tanzania. 7 days trekking & optional 4 days on Safari in Serengeti & Ngorongoro National Parks.
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Expedition Details 

Join vlogger Alice Ford in conjunction with Eco- Africa Climbing and a group of woman from around the world on this once in a lifetime trip to Tanzania to hike Africa’s tallest mountain. Hike the Machame route,  one of the most popular routes on Mount Kilimanjaro, and for good reason: the Machame Route scenery is amazing and summit success rates on the 7-day trek are over 90%! The trek begins at the Machame Gate, located at the southern base of the mountain, within its lush, fertile rainforest. The route heads toward the Shira Plateau, before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain. Reach the summit on International Women’s day. Optional extension will take you on a 4 day Safari  through some of Tanzania’s most pristine National Parks getting you up close to wildlife like lions, cheetahs and elephants.

Trip Highlights

    • Summit Africa’s tallest mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro
    • Experience many different ecosystems from grasslands to rainforest
    • Create long lasting friendships with other woman
  • *For Safari Participants *
    • Meet, sing & dance with Masai women in their traditional villages
    • Safari through Serengeti National Park & See the Big 5
    • Walk and Safari through The Ngorongoro Crater and Park

At TravGanic we believe in helping those in need and will be donating 2% of every tour booked to a local orphanage & school in Tanzania.

 

View Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro and Transfer to hotel in Moshi (on 2nd March 2018)

Arrive at any time at Kilimanjaro Airport (IATA code: JRO). Eco-Africa Climbing representative will be there to collect and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. That night or early the next morning you will meet the rest of the group and the Eco-Africa Climbing crew. Your Eco-Africa Climbing guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing.

DAY 2: Moshi-Machame Hut (on 3rd March 2018)

A one-hour drive from Moshi lays the gate to the Machame route, where you will complete park formalities, meet your crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and involves real jungle bashing through a magnificent forest. This path is less well trodden and is often wet and muddy underfoot. Camping at Machame Hut (3100m).

Trekkin Time: 4-6 Hours | Distance 9km | Altitude Gain: 1210 Meters

DAY 3: Machame Hut – Shira Caves (on 4th March 2018)

The route continues on up through the forest until reaching the steep ascent on the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt. Meru rising high above Arusha town. Camping at Shira Caves (3840 m).

Trekking Time: 4-6 hours ⎟ Distance: 5 km ⎟ Altitude Gain: 740 m

DAY 4: Shira Caves – Barranco Camp (on 5th March 2018)

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. You will traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach, finally reaching Barranco Camp (3900 m). The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600 m), but you will have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to avoid altitude sickness by aiding your bodies in acclimatization.

Trekking Time: 6 – 7 hours ⎟ Distance: 10 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 60 m

DAY 5: Barranco Camp –Karanga Valley (on 6th March 2018)

Start the day by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. Then exit steeply, up what has been termed the Breakfast Wall, which divides you from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It is a climb over rocks, although not technical. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, head towards the Karanga Valley (4000 m) for overnight.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours ⎟ Distance: 5 km ⎟ Altitude Gain: 100 m

DAY 6: Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp (on 7th March 2018)

The day is characterized by a short hike on terrain formed by scree. Walk through arid land towards Barafu Camp (4600 m) where you have the entire afternoon to rest before ascending towards the summit. Trekking Time: 2-4 hours ⎟ Distance: 4 km ⎟ Altitude Gain: 600 m

DAY 7: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Millennium Camp (on 8th March 2018 Summit Day to Celebrate International Women Day) We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting around midnight, walking steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. You will be climbing scree for 5 to 6 hours but you gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. You should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5750 m) as the first rays of the sun emerged. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround you and the views of Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walk takes you to your goal, the summit of Uhuru (5896 m), the highest point; Uhuru means freedom in Swahili. Trekking Time: 6-8 hours ⎟ Distance: 7 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 1296 m 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 back to Barafu Camp for breakfast and a short rest before finally heading down to Millennium Camp (3000 m) for a well-earned rest. On the descent, you will have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi peak.

Trekking Time: 6-8 hours ⎟ Distance: 12 km ⎟ Altitude Loss: 2896

DAY 8: Millennium Camp – Moshi (on 9th March 2018)

A gentle trek takes you down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate (1640 m), where park formalities will be completed, you will be met by our vehicles, and receive your certificate of ascent courtesy of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. Thereafter, drive back to Moshi where you can treat yourself to a well-earned shower and a cold beer or two.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours ⎟ Distance: 10 km ⎟ Altitude Loss: 1360

DAY 9: Moshi: Visit Orphanage, Masai Woman & Hot Spring (on 10th March 2018)   

We will visit Rundagi Orphanage and primary school where we will present them with a donation from all of us. Followed by a visit with the local Masai Women to learn about their culture. Then we stop at a local hot spring for an afternoon swim and lunch.

Day 10THOSE RETURNING HOME- Departure day in Tanzania (on 11th March 2018)

Transport to  Kilimanjaro Airport (JCO) for departure to home city.

*Continued itinerary for Safari participants 

Day 10: Moshi – Serengeti (on March 11th 2018) 

On this day early in the morning, you will start by driving from Moshi to the Serengeti National Park crossing the Masaai Steppe and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, entering the Serengeti via Naabi Hill Gate. The afternoon will be spent doing game drives in Serengeti until late afternoon when you will drive and check in at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp or Similar Lodge, for dinner and overnight. All meals included.

Day 11: Safari in Serengeti National Park (on March 12th 2018) 

Wake up for a full day of game drives in the Serengeti plains with picnic lunch taken at one of the designated sites, or if you wish you can do an early morning game drive then go back to the lodge/tented camp for breakfast then relax until in the afternoon. You can then go for a sunset game drives in the plain and overnight will be at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp or Similar Lodge, All meals included.

Day 12: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater ( on March 13 2018) 

After breakfast in the morning, we drive back slowly through the Central Serengeti with game viewing on the way until Naabi Hill Gate where we check out of the Serengeti National Park. We will drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. You will have a chance to visit the Olduvai Gorge or Maasai Village (at extra costs) if you wish. After arriving at Rhino Lodge drive to the starting point on the Crater rim about 5 kilometers from Rhino Lodge. The walk is along the Western rim of the Crater past the Oloirobi viewpoint. There are patches of forest, to begin with, and later it opens up into thicket and grassland, giving beautiful views down into the Crater on your right and eventually equally good views towards Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti and the Gol mountains to your left. This is an easy-paced walk with no arduous climbs, just a few short gradients. It lasts about 2 hours and can be done at any time of day. A good time would be either early morning before departure on a game drive or late afternoon on arrival at the Lodge after a day’s game viewing. Dinner and overnight will be at Rhino Lodge or Similar Lodge. All meals included.

Day 13: Ngorongoro – Drive back to Moshi ( on March 14 2018) 

Very early morning we drive down the Ngorongoro Crater walls to the Crater floor where we will spend the better part of the day doing game drives in this 8th wonder of the world also referred to as the Eden of Africa. Here we will get the chance to spot the animals that we might have missed at Serengeti with a little luck you can spot the Big 5 that is; Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, and Rhinos, in a single day’s game drive. Later in the afternoon, we shall drive back to Moshi where your safari ends. You can catch an evening flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Zanzibar or to Nairobi for further travel or take your international flight back home.

Additional night in hotel in Moshi can be arranged for next day departures.

Expedition Cost & Dates
Kilimanjaro Trekking 9 Days Moshi to Moshi
March 2 – 11th, 2018
From $2,600 USD.
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Kilimanjaro Trekking & Safari 13 Days Moshi to Moshi
March 2 – 14th, 2018
From $4,400 USD.
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About Eco- Africa Climbing

Why we love Eco Africa Climbing

A local company whom focuses on organizing tours with an ethical and professional approach to exceed tourist expectations. Specializing in Wildlife Safari’s, Mountain Kilimanjaro Trekking, Volunteerism Safari, Walking Safari and Beach Holiday in Tanzania that focus on involving and helping the local community. With a dream to satisfy their guests in unforgotten adventurous experience with participation from community development, cultural tourism conservation project and Eco-tourism they are in line with TravGanic’s Mission and Vision of ethical travel. They aspire to support the cultural ethics of community while simultaneously assisting the community to embrace change. One of Eco-Africa’s priorities is the fair & ethical treatment of porters (crew) who make climbing Kilimanjaro possible. They are currently in the process of becoming a partner with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project an NPO that improves working conditions for porters on Kilimanjaro. They are also members of Carbon Tanzania, offsetting every trip & Safari that their clients take.

Kilimanjaro FAQ’s

What’s Included on your Expedition to Kilimanjaro? 

 

  • 2 transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro airport.
  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees.
  • Adequate and appropriate number of guides, porters, and cooks for your group.
  • Government taxes.
  • All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees.
  • Carbon Offset.
  • Transfers to and from the route gate(s) (2 transfers).
  • Sleeping mattress pad(s), dining tent(s), sleeping tent(s), and crew’s equipment– Dining tent and sleeping tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
  • 2 nights in a hotel in Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis (2 before trekking & 1 after trekking).
  • 3 full fresh meals daily. We provide fresh food on the mountain in plentiful and well, prepared by skilled professional cook (we also consider your choice of food that you would prefer -Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian). Menu especially designed for climbers (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain).
  • Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provided every day on the mountain.
  • 3-4 liters of mineral (per Climber) provided daily during the climb.
  • Portable toilet for the trek with the tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
  • Emergency evacuation covers with AMREF Flying Doctors for Kilimanjaro trek.
  • Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).
  • Chief guide carries a Pulse Ox meter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.
  • Forest fee.
  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid).
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
  • Salaries for mountain support crew, as per required MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND TOURISM IN TANZANIA and KPAP.
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with a maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
  • Certificate of Carbon Offset.
  • Flights and airport taxes. (Option we can organize a flight from your destination to JRO).
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Compulsory tips for guides, porters, and cook.
  • Entry visa for Tanzania (US $50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders).
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional but comes recommended).
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
  • Snacks, personal medicine, and water purifying tablets.
  • Meals and drinks not specified.
  • Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $250.
  • Extra porter, for excess gear, $30 per day.
  • Extra hotel night in Moshi, check-in at 11 AM, check out 10 AM, per double room $180.
  • Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardware Lamina, synthetic -30F, per trip $50.
  • Trekking poles rental, telescopic, per trip $20.
Alice Ford is a travel writer, blogger, host, spokesperson and stunt woman with a passion for adventure, nature and conservation. She is also the owner and CEO of TravGanic. With a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management she is on a mission to share her love for adventure, travel and green living with all she comes in contact with. When she’s not performing in some big Hollywood blockbusters as a stunt woman, Transformer 4, Star Trek 3 and Entourage to name a few. She spends her time traveling, filmmaking and writing about some of the more than 30 countries she has visited. You can watch her videos at www.youtube.com/alicelogan1 and read about her travels and tips at www.alicesadventuresonearth.com. She is ecstatic to share her love for adventure, nature and exploration with woman from all over the world.

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