Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Adventure with Koa – February 12-18, 2023

Please note this trip is hosted with a third party operator and all payments paid to the third party operator will follow their payment, refund and cancellation guidelines. Please see below for additional details and contact us with any questions.

At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and one of the Seven Summits, standing among Mount Everest and Mount Blanc as some of the tallest mountains in the world. This climb is not for the faint of heart—it takes hard work and determination to push past both physical and mental barriers. Hike the popular Marangu route to reach the summit, Uhuru Peak—a once in a lifetime experience. The journey is challenging, but this expedition is guaranteed to be one of the most truly fulfilling accomplishments of your life. Take in extraordinary views from the summit of Kilimanjaro; Experience the sunrise from above the clouds of of Africa; Taste local Tanzanian cuisine and dine on warm soups, succulent curries, and spiced breads; hike alongside some of the best guides in the country; Participate in an unforgettable, once in a lifetime expedition.

Please note that Tanzania requires proof of your yellow fever vaccination which you should arrange for prior to arrival at a certified medical facility in your home country. Tanzania has strict guidelines regarding the yellow fever vaccination and will require proof of this in order to enter the country. If you are going to Tanzania from the United States, you will not need the yellow fever vaccine, but if you are coming from a neighboring country (even just a flight stopover) you will need it. Please remember to keep your certificate safe and readily available for immigration if you are coming from an area that requires the yellow fever immunization.


DAY ONE - WELCOME TO TANZANIA!

Arrival Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Afternoon: Arrive in Tanzania by flight into Tanzania. After disembarking the plane and collecting your baggage. Please proceed to the immigration hall where you will purchase your visa upon arrival (unless you have obtained this in advance). As of June, 2018 the visa cost $100 USD per person to be paid in new, crisp bills. After exiting the arrival hall, you will see your driver with a sign reading “Acanela Expeditions” to welcome you to Tanzania. You will be transported to your hotel where you will meet with Abdul, your Kilimanjaro guide to give you a debrief of the climbing schedule, ask about any dietary restrictions or needs, and help prepare you for the climb the following day!

Dinner: Enjoy a traditional welcome dinner and experience the flavors of authentic East African cuisine at your hotel. Be sure not to stay up too late, as you will have several long days of hiking as you begin your
experience on Kilimanjaro.

Evening: Relax and prepare to begin ascending Mount Kilimanjaro by spending the night

DAY TWO - MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before packing up your gear and preparing for the climb up Kilimanjaro. Hydration and proper nutrition are incredibly important in ensuring you have energy to climb several days up the mountain.

Morning: Your guide will pick us up at the hotel and a beautiful one hour drive will take us to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. At the base, we will meet up with our chefs and porters who will accompany us on the climb.

Lunch: We will break for lunch before starting our trek up the mountain.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will begin our journey towards Mandara Hut (2,700m), traversing through lush, untouched rainforest (5-8 hours of walking).

Dinner: Dine on traditional mountain food that will keep you energized for the days ahead.

Evening: Unwind from the day’s adventure by taking in the gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. When you are ready to get some rest, relax and catch a good night’s sleep in a Mandara Hut.

DAY THREE - MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Breakfast: Awaken to golden sun rays peeking through the huts. A nutrient-rich meal will get us ready for the journey ahead of us today as we begin climbing.

Morning: The first leg of our journey takes us up a steep ascent, past the Maundi Crater and through the verdant rainforest. Soon, the path will open into grassy moorland- cross your fingers for clear weather as it allows for spectacular views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.

Lunch: We will break for lunch before continuing our trek up the mountain.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will continue hiking steadily through the grassy moorland zone and we should reach Horombo Hut (3,700 m) by late afternoon (4-6 hours walking). Take a moment to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy robust soups, breads, dried meats and curries at the camp lodge.

Evening: Relax and unwind while enjoying the brilliant sunset before catching some shut eye in a Horombo Hut.

DAY FOUR - MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Breakfast: Fuel up with an energizing breakfast prepared by our wonderful chefs before preparing to resume our climb.

Morning: You’ll feel as if you’ve set foot on the moon as we trek across the Saddle, a vast stretch of desolate land between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.

Lunch: Around midday, we’ll reach the bottom of the latter peak’s crater wall and stop to recharge with a packed lunch.

Afternoon: Upon finishing lunch, we hike just a short distance to Kibo Hut (4,700 m). We will spend the remainder of the day resting and eating in preparation for the final climb! (4-6 hours walking).

Dinner: Enjoy a nutritious meal that will restore and re-energize your body.

Evening: Get some much-needed sleep and rest in a Kibo Hut before resuming our climb at 12 a.m. to the top of the mountain.

DAY FIVE - MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Early Morning: Guided by our experts, we will set out by torchlight at 12 a.m. toward Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit, Uhuru Peak (5,896 m). This early start will allow us to slowly and safely ascend a steep slope over loose volcanic scree to reach Gillman’s Point (5,685 m) in 5-6 hours without acclimatization problems by sunrise.

Breakfast: While taking in the breathtaking view of the sun’s fiery rays stretching across a sea of clouds, enjoy a breakfast that will carry you through the next leg of our journey.

Mid-Morning: After sunrise, we’ll continue on our final ascent along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, the highest peak in Africa. We’ll traverse by one of the largest craters on the continent, see the only glaciers in Africa, and revel in the stunning panoramic views as we reach Uhuru peak—an experience of a lifetime. Despite your exhaustion, celebrate this incredible moment and take pride in this special accomplishment.

Lunch: Take a break to enjoy lunch as we enjoy the scenery.

Afternoon: After documenting your success in reaching Africa’s highest summit, we’ll begin our surprisingly quick and easy descent down the crater rim and back to Horombo Hut.

Dinner: Upon arrival to base camp, the crew will greet us with one of the most satisfying dinners you’ve ever had.

Evening: Relax, celebrate your success and enjoy the views once more from Horombo Hut.

DAY SIX - MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast and enjoy spending a few last moments on the beautiful mountain.

Morning: Say goodbye to the mountain as we retrace our steps with a laidback walk to Mandara Hut.

Lunch: We’ll stop at Mandara Hut for lunch before resuming our journey out of the park.

Afternoon: Enjoy a scenic trek through the forest to the park gates. From here, we’ll part with our invaluable
crew and head back to Moshi via private bus.

Dinner: Dine on delicious food prepared by our team.

Evening: Rest and enjoy the exotic surroundings before getting some much needed sleep in your hotel.

DAY SEVEN - MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Breakfast: Enjoy one more breakfast in Africa before preparing to go home.

Morning: Sadly, it’s time to leave Africa. Our private bus will bring us to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where we’ll board our international flights home.

Departure Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Inclusions:
- Experienced, professional, English speaking trekking guide
- Accommodations; four nights in cozy mountain huts and two nights double occupancy in 3-star hotel in Moshi.
- Roundtrip airport transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport to hotel in Moshi.
- Transportation to and from the hotel to the trailhead 
- Trek crew which includes porters to carry gear and luggage
- Trip checklists, packing list and pre-travel support
- Meals from dinner the first evening through breakfast the last day. This equals 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners.

Exclusions:
- International Flights: Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
- Tips and gratuity for guides and porters (suggested $50 per person per day of the climb).
- Airport transfers outside of designated times
- Alcohol, additional beverages, snacks and meals as noted above
- Gear including sleeping bags, walking poles, etc. A packing list will be provided once the trip is confirmed.
- Any other additional excursions and activities not included above
- Tanzania Visa & Traveler's Insurance (required)
- Medical expenses, immunizations and any required Covid-19 testing
- Personal expenses including souvenirs

Meals:
After booking you will be invited to complete a questionnaire. If you have any food allergies or sensitivities, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation:
This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let us know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

Cost:
$2,520 per person. Double occupancy in the hotel which includes a shared room with twin beds and shared accommodations in mountain huts during the trek.

Payment:
A deposit of $250 is due at the time of booking to secure your spot. The trip balance must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure. Payment plans can be arranged with our trip partner, Acanela; please contact us for further details. Please note trip deposits are non-refundable but may be applied to another trip hosted with our trip partner only. Payments made to our trip partner, Acanela, are non-transferrable and cannot be applied to Women Who Explore hosted trips. Women Who Explore Travel Credits are not applicable to this trip as it is hosted by a third-party. See cancellation policy below for additional details. 

Our Trip Partner's Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel your trip booking before the final payment is made, you can choose to transfer your deposit to an alternative Women Who Explore trip hosted with our trip partner, Acanela, or you may hold what you have paid as a credit towards a future trip with Acanela taken within 12 months from the date of cancellation. If you have paid in full and cancel at least 45 days prior to departure, you will receive a refund at 50% of the trip cost and the remaining 50% will be held as credit towards a future trip taken within 12 months from the date of cancellation. If you have paid in full and cancel at 30 days or less prior to departure, a 50% cancellation fee will be charged and  the remaining 50% will be held as credit towards a future trip taken within 12 months from the date of cancellation with our trip partner Acanela. Any payments made to Acanela are non-transferrable and cannot be applied to Women Who Explore hosted trips. 

Covid-19 Travel Policy:
Please see our Terms of Service.

Women Who Explore Travel Credits:
Women Who Explore travel credits may not be applied to this trip as it is hosted by a third-party operator. Exceptions may be granted a case-by-case basis. Please contact Women Who Explore below with any questions.

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

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Meet Your Trip Leader - Okanagan Ambassador - Koa 

Koa Hughes has been a Woman Who Explores Ambassador for 2 years. She lives in the Okanagan Valley of BC Canada.

She is a passionate outdoor enthusiast who can’t get enough of it all! Hiking, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, you name it and she is usually doing it. When she is not in the outdoors, she is a Firefighter, business owner, mom and wife.

Her passion is helping women get into the outdoors because it’s the place she truly found herself and she knows that others will experience the same thing too.