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KILIMANJARO

ALL WOMEN CLIMB

LEMOSHO ROUTE

FIXED DEPARTURE DATES
​(11 DAYS)
2019
december 28, 2019  to january 7, 2020 
private trips available

Kilimanjaro is one of the 7 Summits - one of the highest in the world.  It's completely non-technical but what makes it challenging is the altitude. More than anything, a climb up the peak of Kilimanjaro is a mental game.  There are various routes one can take to the peak but the rule is to go as slow as possible for a successful summit day.  

 

As the locals say, "POLE, POLE! (Swahili for slowly, slowly).  It's the only way to go.  The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail in Kilimanjaro and  it provides a longer time to acclimatize to increase the chances of a successful summit.  

This is our special trek to promote the roles of female guides and porters in Kilimanjaro.  It's a trek open only to women for a dual form of empowerment on the trail.  We will have a woman as our chief guide with a mix of male and female assistant guides and porters as part of our mission to create inclusion in the industry. NOTE:  We have a co-ed group doing the same route for the same schedule. If the group is small (4 or less people), we may combine the two groups together to minimize the per person cost.

 

 

This trek is also in support of the work to elevate the voices of the porters via The Porter Voice Collective (PVC).  Portion of the trip cost will be used to support the work of the PVC in Kilimanjaro to tell stories from the viewpoint of the porters.   The funds will be used towards supporting the PVC film crew in Tanzania by way of gear purchases and in employing filmmakers/videographers to create video interviews and documentaries about the lives of porters in Kilimanjaro. The PVC works with porters in Nepal, Peru and Tanzania by creating content that celebrates, amplifies and elevates their voices.

We will run this program in compliance with the fair and equitable treatment of porters in Kilimanjaro to include the following:

Paying them the minimum standard salary of $15 a day.

Ensuring that they do not pay for extra expenses on the trek.

Providing them with tents that are in good condition without overcrowding.

Providing them with a sleeping mat and sleeping bags/blankets.

Providing them with proper meals 3 times a day.

Ensuring that porters eat alongside tourists.

Ensuring that they have proper hiking clothes and shoes.

Ensuring they carry a maximum of 20 kgs.

Inclusion of women as porters.

Tipping is provided directly to the porters.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AT KILIMANJARO AIRPORT


Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport and then transfer to hotel in Moshi or similar for overnight.

DAY 2 - VISIT TO PORTERS' COMMUNITY

Today, we meet some of our porters and visit an actual community to learn more about their families and community.  We  encourage full immersion and interaction between our clients and the trekking team as a way to educate travelers about the realities of working as a porter and how you can be an ally in improving the current standard of industry practices on the trails. Take this as an opportunity to become a more responsible tourist.  In the afternoon, we do gear preparation.

DAY 3 - MOSHI (915 m/3,000 ft) TO LONDROSSI GATE (2,250 m/7,380 ft) to LEMOSHO GLADES (2,000 m/6,560 ft) TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,750 m/9,948 ft)

 

Drive from Moshi to the Londorossi Park Gate. Early morning after having your breakfast, the crew will pick you up from the hotel and you will all departurefrom Moshi to Londorossi Gate, it will takes about 4 hours where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead, upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site at Mti Mkubwa and overnight there.

 

Elevation: 7,742 ft. to 9,498 ft.

Distance: 6 km/ 4 miles

Hiking Time; 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest


DAY 4 - MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,750 m/9,498 ft) TO SHIRA CAMP 1 (3,500 m/11,485 ft)
 

In the morning after the breakfast, we will continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we will reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau. Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.

Elevation: 9498 ft. to 11,500 ft.

Distance: 8 km/ 5 miles

HikingTime: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Heath



DAY 5 - SHIRA 1 CAMP ~ MOIR CAMP (13,800 ft. / 4,205m)


After the breakfast, we explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadow towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

 

Elevation: 11,500 ft. to 13,800 ft.

Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Heath             


DAY 6 - MOIR CAMP ~ LAVA TOWER (15,190 ft. / 4630 m) ~ BARRANCO CAMP (13,044 ft./ 3,975m)


We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft. tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization. Overnight at Barranco Camp.

Elevation: 13, 800 ft. to 15, 190 ft.

Distance: 7 km/4 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 15,190 ft. to 13,044 ft.

Distance: 3 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

 


DAY 7 - BARRANCO CAMP ~ KARANGA CAMP (13,106 ft./ 3,995m) 


We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Elevation: 13,044 ft. to 13,106 ft.

Distance; 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert


DAY 8 - KARANGA CAMP ~ BARAFU CAMP (15,331 ft./ 4,673m)


We leave to Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position. 

Elevation: 13,106 ft. to 15,331 ft.

Distance: 4 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert


DAY 9 - BARAFU CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK (19,341 ft./ 4,750m)
 

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to 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. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft.), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

 

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Elevation: 15,331 ft. to 19,341 ft.

Distance: 5 km/ 3 miles

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic             

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19341 ft. to 10,065 ft.

Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest


DAY 10 - MWEKA CAMP ~ MWEKA GATE (6,000 ft. /1,830m)


On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel Moshi. Overnight at hotel.

Elevation: 10,065 ft. to 5,380 ft.

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours           

Habitat: Rain Forest

 

 

DAY 11 - FLY HOME
The group will be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport.

NOTE: The guide and his team reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary to accommodate the group, as needed.

TREK STYLE 

This is a STRENUOUS trek.  Recent hiking and/or backpacking experience is highly recommended.  You will need to prepare in terms of cardio workout and consult with your doctor prior to joining the trip given the high altitude reaching up to almost 6000 meters / 20,000 feet.  You will be required to familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking, sign a liability waiver and terms & conditions forms.  A medical certification from your doctor may be required if Peak Explorations deems it necessary prior to joining this trip.

PRICE: 
Starts at $2900 per person

 

9 persons &  up: $2900

8 persons: $2995

7 persons: $3100

6  persons: $3200

5 persons: $3300

4 persons: $3440

3 persons: $3575

2 persons: $3700

1 person: $3850


Single supplement:  $ 150  Tent for 7 nights (during trek)
                                    $330 3 nights Hotel stay in Moshi    

 

Want to add a safari trip?  Let us know and we can make arrangements.

Balance is due 45 days prior to the departure date.
 

DEPOSIT: $840 A non-refundable deposit is required to book. Please read the TERMS & CONDITIONS and LIABILITY WAIVER before booking. Click on Book Now below to book.

INCLUSIONS: 

 

  • Portable toilet tent.

  • 3 Nights Hotel accommodations in Moshi.

  • Transportation to and from your selected route.

  • Transfer from Airport/Bus station in Moshi on arrival and return to airport/Bus station after climb.

  • Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent.

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs.

  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides.

  • All Tanzanian National Park Fees.

  • Government Climbing Taxes.

  • Climbing permits.

  • All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain.

  • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries.

  • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters.

  • Enough porters to carry your luggage

  • Safety Equipment: Emergency Oxygen and Pulse Ox meter

  • Hot drinks at every meal.

  • Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day.

  • Emergency rescue fees

  • Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide


EXCLUSIONS:


● Personal items and toiletries

Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain.

● Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber):

    Guides: $20/day/guide

    Cook: $15/day

    Porter: $10/day/porter

● Alcoholic/nonalcoholic drinks.

● Laundry services International airfares and departure taxes

● All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc.

● Visa and International flight ticket fees.


FLIGHTS:
International flights are excluded.  You must fly into Kilimanjaro Airport from your home country.  Clients must book their own flights and send a copy of their flight itinerary by e-mail to bgtrekker@peakexplorations.com no later than the trip balance due date.

TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIRED:
After making a deposit, you are required to obtain appropriate travel and medical evacuation insurance through Global  Rescue.  Proof of travel insurance must be provided via electronic mail to bgtrekker@peakexplorations.com no later than the trip balance due date.  Failure to obtain travel insurance by the trip balance due date will result in cancellation and no refund of your trip deposit and/or applicable cancellation fees as noted in the Terms & Conditions.

Note: If you opt to buy your insurance from a company other than what we recommend, please ensure that the insurance you purchase covers high altitude trekking as there are only a select number of companies that provide such type of coverage.

VISA & VACCINATIOINS:

Please check ahead of time as to the visa requirements.  You are responsible for securing your own visa, if required. Check the CDC website for  up to date information on vaccine requirements for Tanzania.

TRIP NOTES:

Upon booking, you will receive trip notes that include the recommended gear list and  specific trek information.

meet your guide

Eliakeney