KILIMANJARO
HIKE + YOGA FULL MOON SUMMIT 2016

TREK THE 7 DAY MACHAME ROUTE & CLIMB TO THE ROOF OF AFRICA UNDER THE GLOW OF A FULL MOON + DAILY YOGA, GUIDED MEDITATION & INTENTION SETTING

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR FRIENDS AT YOGA TRAVEL TREE

JULY 13 - JULY 21 

$3,350


THE BREAKDOWN

JULY 13 // JAMBO and GET READY

Arrival at Kilimanjaro airport (JRO). We’ll pick you up from the airport and bring you to the hotel in Moshi. You’ll have the day to relax, pick up rental gear and meet some of the others in the group. That afternoon we'll have an optional vinyasa flow session to help you  loosen your tight travel muscles and set your intention for this adventure. We’ll all get together for a WHOA welcome dinner that night!

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JULY 14 // TWENDE - LET’S GO

Machame Gate to Machame Camp (Elevation: 1,800 - 3,000 m)
Hiking Time: 5 - 7 hours (Distance: 11 km)

Rise and shine - we begin the day with an invigorating vinyasa flow yoga practice. We’ll drive from Moshi to the gate where the Machame route begins! We’ll start the trek in the early afternoon on a winding trail through lush rainforest. It tends to be misty and foggy here (it’s a rainforest after all)! Be sure to keep an eye out for all the colorful flowers, like the Impatiens Kilimanjari, and Colobus Monkeys as we make our way to the Machame Camp. We’ll enjoy a restorative/yin yoga practice to stretch the muscles and calm the mind after our first full day of trekking.

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JULY 15 // POLE, POLE...

Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,000 - 3,840 m)
Hiking Time: 4 - 6 hours (Distance: 5 km)

After breakfast, we’ll leave the glades of the rainforest and enter a completely new climate zone, the heath. It’s characterized by everlasting flowers , grass and mosses. After a little scrambling above the tree line we’ll make our way to Shira camp just in time to relax before enjoying a beautiful sunset hatha yoga practice over Mount Meru.

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JULY 16 // IT’S ALL ABOUT ACCLIMATIZING

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower (3,840 - 4,600 - 3,950 m) 
Hiking Time: 6 - 8 hours (Distance: 10 km)

From the Shira Plateau, we’ll head upwards through a barren surreal landscape to Lava Tower, which is our highest elevation so far at 4,600 m. After resting there for a snack and some acclimatization, we’ll head down through a forest of wild Senecio Kilimanjari trees to our camp that’s in valley beside Barranco Wall. We’ll end the day with a very gentle hatha flow, pranayama (focused breathing) and group meditation.

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JULY 17 // TAKE IT EASY

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (3,950 - 4,000 m)
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours (Distance: 5 km)

In the morning, we’ll tackle the famous and fun challenge of steep scrambling that is the Barranco Wall. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most amazing views and photo ops on Kili! Here we’ll take a very gentle hatha yoga practice followed by guided meditation. This also a great opportunity for us to try some group yoga photo ops! This is a short day that again helps us acclimatize and rest at Karanga camp.

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JULY 18 // ALPINE DESERT, HERE WE COME

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,000 - 4,600 m)
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours (Distance: 4 km)

After breakfast and taking in some great views of the summit on the early morning light, we’ll make our way up to Barafu Camp through the barren Alpine Desert.  We’ll get there in the early afternoon to eat, rest up, and enjoy a group guided meditation because this night is the big night we’ve been waiting for!

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JULY 19 // SUMMIT UNDER THE GLOW OF A FULL MOON

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut (4,600 - 5,895 - 3,100 m)
Hiking Time: 7 - 8  hours ascent / 4 - 6 hours descent (Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent)

Around midnight, under the glow of the full moon, we’ll put on our head lamps and start our ascent to the summit under thousands of stars. It’s a steep and long night, the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. Our guided meditations and intention setting throughout the journey will all lead to this moment where your mental fortitude will be just as important as your physical strength. The rhythm and energy of our group in combination with the guides Swahili chants (a walking meditation!) will help you keep going! We should get to Stella Point (5,670 m) as the sun is rising over Mawenzi peak. From there, it’s an easy 1-hour ascent along the Furtwängler Glacier to the highest point in Africa- UHURU PEAK! After taking in the views (and getting your picture in front of the iconic yellow and green sign), you’ll make your way back down in the skree to Barafu for lunch. In the late afternoon, after a quick nap, we’ll make our way to camp back through the moorland and heath into the rainforest. This evening our gentle yoga and guided meditation practice will center around our accomplishment and how we hope to carry that with us throughout our lives.

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JULY 20 // BACK TO SEA LEVEL

Mweka Camp to Moshi (3,100 - 1,800 m)
Hiking Time: 3 - 4 hours 

After a morning yoga practice, we’ll savor our last breakfast with our new mountain family and start our final descent down through the rainforest to the Mweka Park Gate. We’ll have a lunch (complete with some celebratory food and drinks) before driving back to the hotel in Moshi for much deserved warm showers.  At night, we’ll celebrate with a closing gratitude circle and meditation, dinner, and our certificate ceremony!

JULY 21 // GIVE BACK

After our final vinyasa flow session of the adventure, we’ll spend the day connecting with local women and helping to give back to the causes that are near and dear to them. This is always a very special experience that gives more meaning to the whole adventure! You can depart in the evening, or transfer to your WHOA Add-On (safari, anyone?!)

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JULY 22 - 23 // LIONS AND ZEBRAS AND ELEPHANTS! OH MY!

The best way to wrap up an epic Kilimanjaro climb is with a safari in Tanzania's amazing national parks! Over 2 days we'll explore the Tarangire National Park and the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. You'll get up close and personal with zebras, lions, elephants, flamingos, hippos, cheetahs, antelopes, ostriches, warthogs, hyenas...we could go on and on and on! In the evening you'll get to relax at a world class safari lodge right near the parks so you'll be ready for your early wake up calls - that's when you get the best animal sightings!