Sir Edmund Hillary once said, "It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves." We might not be scaling Everest through wind and freezing temps, but there is much to be said for overcoming fear and finding parts of yourself you didn't know existed above the clouds on a mountaintop. Kilimanjaro, or "Kili", as the locals call it, is the tallest mountain in Africa at 19,341 ft (we start at just under 10,000 feet). The hike to the summit itself is not technical provided that you are in decent shape and exercise somewhat regularly. However, reaching such a breathtaking summit with your fellow Bold Betties is worth some extra hours preparing this summer. We will have local guides and expert porters leading the way and doing the heavy lifting while we focus on our journey. There will also be many other groups on the mountain so we will be sharing in camaraderie and motivation. Those that have achieved summits often discuss things they rediscover and find on these treks such as trusting yourself, taking one step at a time, being present in the moment, focusing on deliberation and steadiness, relying on your "tribe"...lessons we can all use for both literal and figurative mountains in our life. You should seriously consider this life-changing opportunity joining women of all walks of life on this adventure.
Kili is located in Tanzania, Eastern Africa.
We will be hiking the Machame route, which offers the highest probability of a successful summit. This route begins at an elevation of 9,350 feet and rises to a peak elevation of 19,341 feet.
The trek is 6 days/5 nights; it will start on Monday, August 31, and end on Saturday, September 5th. You should plan to land in Tanzania on Saturday, August 29. This will leave you with all day Sunday to acclimate before the trek begins on Monday. This means you need to leave the U.S. on Thursday the 27th. We can help you make travel arrangements if you'd like.
We have negotiated a very good rate with our tour company. The trek will cost $1,510 per person which includes the following:
- All park entrance fees
- Hotel accommodation on Sunday, 8/30, and Saturday, 9/5
- Rescue fees if required- better safe than sorry!
- 3 meals daily plus evening tea with popcorn or nuts
- Tent, sleeping pad, mess tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs
- Salaries to all porters, cook, assistant guide, and chief guide
- Transfer to the gate and return to Moshi after the climb
- Transfer from JRO to hotel and back
- Small company first aid kit
- Oxygen tanks
- Medically qualified guides
- Twice a day medical health checks up
- Orientation meeting in Moshi with gear check
- As much treated water you can drink while climbing
- Hot water for washing up daily
We imagine you will have some questions you'd like answered before committing to this trip! Please reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up a call or video chat ASAP to get acquainted and to get your questions answered.
If you are interested in joining us on this amazing trek, you will need to commit with a 10%, non-refundable deposit ($150.10) no later than Friday, July 24. The balance will be due two weeks prior to departure (August 13th). Please note that space is limited!
For those who plan to make the trek, we suggest that you begin pricing airfare soon, since rates will only rise as the trek approaches. We can help you make travel arrangements if you like.
We can't contain our excitement about this trip, and we hope to have many of you join us on this incredible adventure!
If you have any questions about the trip, please feel free to reach out to email@example.com.
Note that you will need a valid passport that does not expire before March of 2016. If you do not currently have a passport, get the application process started now!
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