Kilimanjaro - Full Moon Summit (Escorted)
(Ex Moshi) Tanzania, United Republic of - Fri 25th September 2020

Max Participants:
12
Location:
(Ex Moshi) Tanzania, United Republic of  
Date:
Fri 25th September 2020
Start Time:
12:00pm
End Time:
10:00am
Duration:
10 Days
Meals:
9 Breakfasts 7 Lunches 6 Dinners
Non-Member Cost:
$5225.00 per person
Member Cost:
$5125.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$400.00
Single Supplement:
From $795.00 per person
Tagged:
hiking summit trekking
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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!


"A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink .......Gina Carey"

Gallery

Friendly Porters
Receeding Glaciers on top of Kili
Gorgeous Mt Kili
Mt Mawenzi in the distance
Roof of Africa
Go Team!
There she is!
Sunrise
Fabulous support team
Celebration Time
Heading to Baraful
Last supper before final summit

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● Climbing one of The Seven Summits in 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

Itinerary

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.

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Local Hotel

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Local Hotel

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 travelled: (11km, 6-7 hours)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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 travelled: (5km, 4-5 hours)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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 travelled: (11km, 7-8 hours)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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 travelled: (5km, 4-5 hours)

Note Full Moon Details:

Full moon

Visible: 99% ↑

Age: 13.52 days

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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 – 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 travelled: (6km, 4-5 hours)

Full moon

Visible: 100%

Age: 14.42 days

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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 – luxury!

Trek to Uhuru Peak: 4640 - 5895m

Distance travelled: (8km, 7-8 hours)

Trek to Mweka Camp: 5895 - 3090m

Distance travelled: (9km, 7 hours)

Full moon

Visible: 100%

Age: 15.32 days

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

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 travelled (10km, 4-5 hours)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Local Hotel

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.

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

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

Acclimatisation Day

Accommodation on twin share basis in tents / hotel

Meals as indicated

National Park Fees

Camping Rescue Fees if required

Adventurous Women Peak Cap

Certificate of Completion

9 Breakfasts

7 Lunches

6 Dinners

Excludes

International Airfares

Any visa's required

Sleeping Bag - You Can Hire (please ask at time of booking)

Services not mentioned in the itinerary

Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

Water on the first day of the trek

Tips for leaders, guide and driver

Expenditure of a personal nature

Personal appropriate travel insurance (Mandatory)

Accommodation

Twin Share Tent & Hotel Room

 

Single Supplement Option is available and is subject to availability at the time of booking. Single Supplement covers the hotel room pre/post tour and your own tent during the trek.

What To Bring/Wear

- Pre-departure notes will be provided well in advance of your travel date to assist you in your preparation, training & packing.

More Information

 

Our Chosen Path - The Machame Route – Mt Kilimanjaro

- One of the most popular trekking routes due to it's high success rate

- Great for acclimatisation, climbers 'walk high, sleep low'

- Challenging trek offering stunning scenery over 5 amazing climatic zones


No Princess Policy

Princess crossed out

This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience' (Once in a Lifetime)! You should be able to adopt a "Go With The Flow" attitude, after-all we are in a foreign country and things don't always go to plan...this will help you chill out and therefore get the best out of your holiday.

 

You need to be aware of the conditions and understand the type of trip you're undertaking:  By choosing this route we are camping, you will have a wash bowl with warm water for bathing, we do have a private portable toilet just for our group which is a bit of luxury, night temps on the trek can be freezing, dropping below zero so you need to ensure you get the right gear.  You also need to be aware that it's not a race - acclimatisation is so important to prevent altitude sickness. Understand that it's achievable, but also understand that prior preparation and training is important to give yourself the best chance of summitting.  You aren't carrying heavy backpacks - we have enlisted the services of porters to do this for you (included in cost of trip).

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