Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

Trip Dates

October 7-15, 2019

Trip Style Trip Style


Bohemian Comfort - Authentic and true immersive experience! Sleep in tents, eat simple, delicious and healthy food and get cozy and intimate with your fellow Betties! Might have to arrange somethings on your own such as ground transportation or do a more extensive preparation than you might in other trip styles*


Convenient Comfort – Minimum effort on your part! Sleep in a room which you might share with one other Betty, eat prepared meals that are hearty and healthy and prepare minimally as the rest is provided. In most cases, ground transportation is included*


Luxury Comfort - Just show up and the rest is covered. Sleep with comfort in a nice bed with luxury linen, eat gourmet food, drink wonderful wine and get plenty of rest before your full day of adventure. Ground transportation is included and all of your gear is provided*

*Air transportation is not included in Bold Betties adventures

Adventure Rating Adventure Rating


This is a great entry level trip for newcomers or Betties looking build confidence outdoors. Expect 2-5 hours of activity a day on mostly flat or slightly hilly terrain with the occassional steep and/or uneven trail. You'll travel approximately 4-6 miles per day and experience moderate elevation/altitude changes.


Moderately difficult featuring more hills and mountain terrain, but still accessible for Betties inexperienced in outdoor adventure. Expect 4-6 hours of activity covering up to 10 miles a day. Expect steep and uneven trails and altitudes up to 10,000 ft.


Challenging adventures for Betties who are fit adventurers and possess a basic skill set for the outdoors. Expect 5-8 hours of activity per day over a variety of exposed terrain and steep uneven trails. Distances up to 12 miles per day and altitudes up to 14,000 ft.


Designed for the most experienced Betties who are do adventures on a regular basis. You'll be taken to remote locations over exposed, uneven and challenging terrain, requiring 10+ hours of activity per day and distances of 12+ miles. Altitudes could exceed 14,000 ft.

Adventure Type Adventure Types

Social
Active
Educational
Skill Building
Combination
N/A

Active

Skill Building

Available Spots

11

Price

$ 4,398.00

 

Bold Capabilities.

We are all capable of so much. But often, we wander through life, wondering “Can I?” Maybe that’s one of the reasons you joined Bold Betties: to be presented with opportunities that help you answer the question of “Can I?” with an exuberant “Hell yes I can!”.

Mt. Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountain in Africa but it’s actually the tallest free standing mountain in the world, and we are going to climb it.

Join Bold Betties as we embark on a life changing challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. 

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physical challenge, there’s just no way around it. You’ll need to be in good shape but most importantly, you’ll need to keep a positive mental attitude. Luckily there is plenty of time to train for the physical elements and you’ll have the most positive humans to help you when you start to fade. 

Details

Elevation

Mount Kilimanjaro has an elevation of 19, 341ft but we start out at 10,000 feet, which helps a little bit. High altitude is always a concern for every participant. We’ll be working with local guides who will be able to assist with your acclimatization and who will always be looking out for your well being.

Hiking

In order to have a successful climb of Kili, you must acclimatize appropriately. The Machame route allows for extra time just for this purpose. Each day you will hike between 4 and 12 km (approximately), with the summit push being the longest day at 12km. The elevation gain will be significant, but that’s kind of how it goes when you want to climb one of the world’s tallest peaks. You can expect an elevation gain each day until you head back down, sometimes gaining as much as 4,000 ft.

Summit

While the goal of a Kilimanjaro expedition is always to get to the summit, there is no guarantee. There are a ton of variables to look out for while on the mountain, and it is your guide’s responsibility to make decisions that keep everyone safe. As much as it might suck to have to turn around, it would suck even worse to not make it back home. We encourage you to consider the entire journey as the goal, and the summit is just icing on that amazing cake!

Training and Preparation

In order to give Kili your best shot, you’re going to want to feel prepared. We’re happy to share various training plans with you to give you options! If you’re in a local Bold Betties chapter, look for local hikes that are strenuous and that happen at higher elevations (looking at you, Colorado Betties!). Don’t see any hikes in your chapter? Reach out to your chapter leader and let them know!

Logistics

Getting to Tanzania from the US is usually a two day process. Please remember to NOT book your airfare until the trip has been 100% confirmed. We do not book flights for you, but we are happy to assist when the time comes!

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is absolutely mandatory for this trip, no exceptions! You will need to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. Please consider an all-inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption as well. We do not sell insurance but we are happy to discuss options with you!

Packing List

An extensive and detailed packing list will be provided upon the trip being confirmed.

 

What’s Included:

  • Visit to Moshi Women’s Cooperative
  • Guided Trek up the Machame Route
  • Local guides, cooks, and porters
  • Additional acclimatization day during ascent
  • All Permits and Fees
  • All Transport between destinations and to/from activities
  • Accommodations: 2 nights of hotels
  • Accommodations: Tents 
  • Sleeping pads for tents

What's Not Included:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Duffel Bag
  • Daypack 30-35 L
  • Hiking Poles
  • Airfare
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuities 
  • Airport Transfers

Day 1

Moshi

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Moshi and go to the hotel. Attend a pre-departure meeting with your guide scheduled for the evening.

Arrival Day

Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.

Accommodation: Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)

 

Day 2

Moshi/Machame Camp

Hike lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to Machame Camp.

Private Vehicle

Moshi – Machame: 1 hour

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Hiking: 5-7 hours, 11km

Start at the Machame Gate where the group will register and begin hiking. The slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro are a rainforest zone, so trails can be wet and muddy. Keep a look-out for black and white colobus monkeys and exotic birds. On the first day of hiking the group covers a long distance with a gradual gradient. End the day at the Machame Campsite above the rainforest.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 3

Machame Camp - Shira 2 Camp

Hike through the lower alpine moorland to Shira 2 camp and observe the spectacular view of Kibo Peak.

Hiking: 5-6 hours, 5km

Start with a steep ascent towards the edge of the forest. Climb the steep ridge and stop for a break. Before reaching camp, continue hiking to Shira Cathedral and enjoy the view of the peaks. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 4 

Shira 2 Camp - Barranco Camp

Hike to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower. Enjoy the fantastic view of Western Breach and the Breach Wall.

Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

Hiking: 3-4 hours, 7km

Climb slowly through the rocky terrain to the Lava Tower (4600m, 15,092 ft) from the Shira 2 Camp. The route becomes increasingly challenging and steep. Some hikers might start to feel weak or short of breath from the altitude so go slowly— “pole pole” as they say in Swahili—to avoid exasperating the symptoms. 

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Hiking: 1.5-2 hours, 3km

Descend from the Lava Tower 650m (2133 ft) to the Great Barranco Valley. Hike about 2 hours to reach the valley, acclimate to the elevation and take in the view of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way. Reach the Barranco Camp and enjoy the beautiful landscape as a reward for the day’s difficult hike. The Breach Wall surrounds the Camp on three sides and the area has an amazing view of hanging glaciers and the Kibo massif. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 5

Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

Hike to Karanga camp via the Great Barranco Wall and the vast alpine desert of the Karanga Valley.

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Hiking: 4-5 hours, 5km

Start the steady hike up the eastern side of the Great Barranco Wall. On the way to the Karanga Camp (4100m, 13,451 ft), pass below the Heim Glacier and through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Depending on the weather, enjoy the fantastic view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Heim Glacier. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 6

Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

Make the short trek to Barafu Camp. Prepare for the upcoming hike to the summit.

Hiking: 3 - 4 hours, 4km

Trek through the Karanga Valley to the Barafu Camp at 4600m (15,092ft). The trail through the alpine desert is dry, barren, and temperatures will get colder after leaving the valley camp. The Barafu Camp is on a narrow ridge with no barriers from the wind, but with a beautiful view of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Take some time before dark to get familiar with the camp area to avoid any accidents later.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 7

Barafu Camp - Mweka Camp

Night hike to the summit via Stella Point. Appreciate the beautiful sunrise before descending to Mweka Camp.

The route from Barafu Camp to the summit is mentally and physically, the longest, most challenging day of the entire trek. Despite the difficulty, the memory of conquering Mt Kilimanjaro will stay with you forever.

Barafu Camp to Stella Point

Hiking: 6 hours, 4km

Wake up call today is at 11pm in order to reach Stella Point (5756m, 18,885 ft) in time for the spectacular view of the sunrise (depending on weather). Enjoy a snack and warm drink and get ready for the ascent in the dark up the northwest scree. Go slowly as the terrain is rocky and difficult, pass between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers before arriving at Stella Point. 

Stella Point to Summit

Hiking: 1.5 hours, 1km

Start the 1 hour, gradual ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m, 19341 ft) along the snow-covered trail. Temperatures near the summit can range from -23° C (-9°f) in the morning to just below freezing overnight. Arrive at the summit at last! Take a deep breath and celebrate a successful climb.

Summit to Mweka Camp

Hiking: 4-6 hours, 12km

Begin the descent from the summit towards the Barafu camp, where the group will pack up and enjoy a quick rest. The route down will use the same rock and scree path as the ascent and will pass back through moorland and forest terrain. Reach Mweka hut in the late afternoon.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 8

Meek - Moshi

Continue the descent through forested, lower slopes to Moshi. Meet the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a G supported project, for a climbing ceremony.

Arrive to Moshi in the afternoon. Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! Before dinner, you will be welcomed and congratulated on your climb by the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures. They will present you with a gift and a certificate to remember all your efforts on the mountain. 

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Hiking: 4-5 hours, 10km

Hike downhill to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the lower altitude and the view of the forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route can be muddy underfoot so take care. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Upon arrival to Moshi in the afternoon, relax, or opt to have that much-deserved shower and congratulatory beverage. 

Private Vehicle

Mweka – Moshi: 30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Your G for Good Moment: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit

This project is supported by the Planeterra Foundation and G Adventures. Women and girls are often the first to be excluded from educational programs in Tanzania, with most girls being pulled out of school by Grade 3 to help out around the home. Our ground partners provide free adult business education for women in Moshi, and Planeterra and G Adventures have rented a cooperative space to allow these students to practice their academic skills and save income to start their own business. Feel free to shop for for souvenirs and speak to the women who run the cooperative about their lives and how the project has assisted in building a brighter future.

Accommodation

Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

 

Day 9

Moshi

Depart at any time.

Today is departure day, and you are free to leave at any time.

Departure Day

Meals included:

 Breakfast

 

COST

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  • Non-refundable Deposit: $495
  • Full Cost: $3,958.20
  • Remaining Balance (after deposit): $3,463.20
  • Single Occupancy Upgrade: $315

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Non-Affinity Members

  • Non-refundable Deposit: $550
  • Full Cost: $4,398.00
  • Remaining Balance (after deposit): $3,848.00
  • Single Occupancy Upgrade: $350

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IMPORTANT

Please wait to purchase airfare until the trip is 100% confirmed.  

Cancellation Policy

If cancelled by March 30, adventure is 100% refundable, less the deposit.
If cancelled after March 30 but before August 1, 2019, adventure is 50% refundable, less the deposit. 
If cancelled after after August 1, 2019, adventure is non-refundable. 

**There is a minimum of 8 participants required for this adventure to happen. If we do not receive 8 participants, adventure will be cancelled and all payments will be refunded including the deposit.**

Disclaimer

While it is our intention at Bold Betties to adhere to the event as described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to the nature of Bold Betties events, adventuring and travel can be unpredictable. Our itinerary overview is a general guide regarding the event and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. These changes can be made with regards to safety, attendee capabilities, time constraints, weather and various other reasons. You are solely responsible for arriving to the meeting place on time. In the event of a delay, it is up to you to make alternative arrangements. Any additional costs incurred is your responsibility. Refunds will not be given due to missed connections, canceled flights, weather, or any other delays or unforeseen circumstances. Allow yourself extra time to arrive safely to the meeting place so that everyone leaves on time. Please see the cancellation/refund policy. 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Bold Betties - October 7-15, 2019

October 7-15, 2019

$ 4,398.00