Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, has long lured travelers looking for a challenging but non-technical ascent to the rooftop of the world. Situated in the stable country of Tanzania, trekkers from all over the world come to experience its many different ecosystems, challenge their stamina, enjoy the hospitality of Tanzanians, and relax after the climb with some of the best game viewing in the world. We climb on the Machame Route, which goes through a variety of ecosystems and is suitable for women in excellent physical condition without mountaineering experience. Our summit attempt occurs during the full moon, truly one of the most magical of experiences. After our trek we relax on a five-day safari, visiting Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater, world-famous for abundant wildlife and giving us ample time to track the big five on the Serengeti plains. Maximum group size: 12
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Not included: airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport, AGC guide gratuities, alcoholic beverages, evacuation/travel insurance, and items of a personal nature
Note: For this trip, evacuation/rescue insurance is mandatory and is often referred to as Post Departure Benefits. If you purchase regular travel/trip cancellation insurance, this is automatically included. You can also purchase the Post Departure Benefits through TravelEx as a stand-alone. To determine the cost for just the Post Departure Benefits package, put $1.00 in the blank for trip cost.
This adventure is suitable for women who are in excellent physical condition. Prior hiking experience, a flexible and inquisitive attitude, and an adventurous spirit are all important. Please read the itinerary carefully. High altitude and mountaineering experience are not required.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro involves a steady and at times steep ascent over a period of 5 days on good trails. When not hiking we can relax at camps that have been set up by our porters. The final ascent is a tough day, with 4000 foot elevation gain followed by a 10,000 foot descent on trails that are rocky. We start before midnight and the pace is slow but steady. In contrast the safari is quite sedentary with almost all the time spent in vehicles. It's a totally amazing experience.
We spend two nights before the climb and one night after at Marangu Hotel. During the climb we spend six nights camping in two - woman tents. Our camp has a dining tent with chairs for meals and a toilet tent for privacy. On the safari we will stay for two nights at Tloma Lodge and 2 nights at Ndutu Kati Kati Safari Camp or similar accommodations. There are a limited number of single supplements available for both parts of the trip at an additional cost. A single supplement for the climb includes a single at the Marangu Hotel both before and after the climb as well as a single tent while on the climb (and additional $400). The single supplement for the safari will be a single at all the hotels throughout the duration of the safari (an additional $350).
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The team of women who joined this trip are all amazing. Great company and leadership (Jody rocks!). One of the hardest things I've ever done, but also the most rewarding.
The thing that made this trip special for me was the amazing women I met. There were days each of us struggled and questioned whether we could make it, but we cheered each other on with encouragement and helped find strength when we thought there was not left to be had helping each one of us to persevere and summit as a group.
I have to say that doing this trip with my daughter, Patricia Miguel, made this trip very special. But also, the the safari was fantastic through the Serengeti. Also, being able to pull the strength to do Kilimanjaro left me with an accomplishment I haven’t felt in a while.
Jody was amazing. She was not only a strong supporter physically but as an advocate when we had questions, concerns, frustrations, or suggestions
I wouldn't have attempted to organize on my own. Going with AGC allowed me to venture where I wanted, without the apprehension of traveling to Africa.