If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
- African Proverb -
Climbing Africa's tallest mountain is a once in a lifetime journey that will change the way you look at yourself and the world forever. Taking on this challenge with other adventurous women from around the world makes this hike even more meaningful and special! Join us in trekking up 5,895 meters, through five beautiful climate zones, to the Roof of Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro! Experience the support, safety and smiles that make all WHOA adventures so special and such a success. Expect to be challenged, changed, inspired...and to partake in some awesome high altitude dance parties!
KILIMANJARO SOUNDS KILLER...TELL ME MORE!
UPCOMING KILIMANJARO ADVENTURES
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) in Moshi by noon at the latest. We’ll be there to give you a warm Tanzanian welcome and bring you to our lodge. In the afternoon, we'll do a gear check to make sure everyone is fully equipped and ready to go. At night, we’ll all get together for a WHOA welcome dinner to meet the amazing guides and get briefed on the adventure that lies ahead of us!
PLEASE NOTE: We highly recommend our adventurers arrive at least one day early if possible! This will give you time to settle in, do your gear check, and have a buffer in case of flight delays. If you plan on arriving early or staying late, it’s your responsibility to book extra nights at the lodge. There will be detailed information on how to do this in the Prep Emails you will get upon booking.
TWENDE! (aka LET'S GO!)
MACHAME GATE to MACHAME CAMP
Elevation: 1,800 - 3,000 m
Hiking Time: 5 - 7 hours
Distance: 11 km
Time to rise and shine! After breakfast, we’ll ride to the gate where the Machame route, and our epic journey begin! We’ll start the trek in the early afternoon on a winding trail through the lush and misty Rainforest (they don't call it a rainforest for nothing)! Be sure to keep an eye out for the colorful Impatiens Kilimanjari flowers and Colobus Monkeys as we make our way to Machame Camp. In the evening, we’ll have time to relax, watch the sunset, and enjoy dinner together.
MACHAME CAMP to SHIRA CAMP
Elevation: 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 and beautiful climate zone: the Heath. It’s characterized by its everlasting flowers and mossy low trees, which we'll stop to enjoy on several beautiful overlooks. After a little scrambling above the tree line, we’ll make our way to Shira Camp just in time to enjoy a dance party and a breathtaking view of the sun setting over Mount Meru!
TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE
SHIRA CAMP to BARRANCO CAMP via LAVA TOWER
Elevation: 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 lunch and some acclimatization, we’ll head down through a forest of towering Senecio Kilimanjari that look straight out of Dr. Seuss’ imagination! Our home for the night will be in a beautiful valley beside the Barranco Wall overlooking Moshi.
TAKE IT EASY
BARRANCO CAMP to KARANGA CAMP
Elevation: 3,950 - 4,000 m
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 5 km
In the morning, we’ll pack up our hiking poles and tackle the famous (and fun!) challenge of steep scrambling that is the Barranco Wall! At the top, we'll be rewarded with some of the most amazing views and photo ops on Kili. Today's a relatively short hiking day, that helps us acclimatize more and give our bodies some rest. We’ll spend the afternoon and evening at Karanga Camp where we'll be able to take in a beautiful view of the summit, and reflect on what's to come!
KARANGA CAMP to BARAFU CAMP
Elevation: 4,000 - 4,600 m
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 4 km
After breakfast and taking in some more great views of Uhuru Peak in 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 gather our collective courage...because tonight is the big night we’ve been preparing for!
BARAFU CAMP to UHURU PEAK to MILLENNIUM CAMP
4,600 - 5,895 - 3,800 m
7 - 8 hrs ascent / 5 - 8 hrs descent
5 km ascent / 11 km descent
Around midnight, we’ll put on our head lamps and start our ascent to the summit under thousands of twinkling stars. It’s a steep, long night, and the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. However, the energy of our group, and the rhythm of our guides’ Swahili chants will help you keep going! This is the time when we will all dig deep and remember why we are doing this together. We should get to Stella Point (5,670 m) just as the sun is rising over Mawenzi peak. From there, it’s a slight, 1-hour ascent along the extraordinary Furtwängler Glacier to UHURU PEAK! After taking in the views and taking some pics, we’ll make our way back down the skree to our camp. In the afternoon, after some rest, we’ll head back through the Alpine Desert and Moorland to our camp nestled in the Heath.
MILLENNIUM CAMP to MOSHI
Elevation: 3,800 - 1,800 m
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 13 km
After our last breakfast (and dance party) with our new mountain family, we’ll start our final descent down through the Rainforest and off Kilimanjaro. At Mweka Gate, we’ll have a special WHOA style celebration lunch (complete with some celebratory food and drinks) before driving back to our hotel in Moshi for much deserved showers. We’ll have the night free to relax and reflect on the amazing experience we shared together and what great adventures are to come!
SHARE THE LOVE
At WHOA, we believe an important part of taking adventures is giving back, and that every travel experience is more special and meaningful if you immerse yourself and connect with locals and their culture. It's something that we weave into every aspect of our trips, but especially on this last morning, as we wrap up our time together. Today, we'll take time to reflect on our epic shared journey and celebrate how special and powerful women coming together is. We'll spend time with one of our local partners, a women-run social enterprise that empowers and changes the lives of disenfranchised women in the community. Connecting in this way is always heart warming and eye opening, and gives more depth to our entire Tanzanian adventure!**
In the evening, you can catch your plane back home if you need to go, OR get ready for a once in a lifetime safari to the region's stunning national parks! Our safari car will depart in the afternoon for Arusha (~2 hour drive), where we'll stay at another one of our favorite lodges and enjoy dinner together.
THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE
ARUSHA to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
We'll set off bright and early on a ~3 hour drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, a beautiful reserve that is famous for its vast herds of elephants roaming around giant baobab trees. After a full day of game viewing in the park, we'll head to our exotic safari lodge for dinner and some much deserved R&R.
NGORONGORO CRATER to MOSHI
Be ready for an early wake up call as we head to the grand finale of our safari, the Ngorongoro Crater. This natural wonder is a cradle for wildlife, and is home to zebras, lions, elephants, flamingos, hippos, cheetahs, antelopes, ostriches, warthogs, hyenas...you get the idea! After another beautiful day of game viewing, we'll head out on the 5-6 hour drive to Moshi. If you're flying this evening, it's important that you DO NOT schedule a flight before 8:30pm, in fact, it's common for people to book their flights out the next day to enjoy a little more down time in town before getting on a plane. After safari, we recommend continuing on to Zanzibar for some sun, sand and turquoise blue waters if you can! We don't have a group itinerary for this special, historic Tanzanian island, but are happy to help you put together exactly what you are looking for, so just ask.
THIS ALL LOOKS AMAZING! TAKE ME TO YOUR KILIMANJARO
Itinerary subject to change based on availability and unforeseen conditions, but that's part of the adventure! Even when things change, trust you'll be well taken care of with WHOA quality, professionalism, and TLC!
**It’s of the utmost importance to us that any giving back we do is sustainable and fills a need that is of value to our partners. For that reason, our visits and partnerships can and do vary depending on the season, the organization's needs, and the abilities and desires of our group. Bottom line, in each case, we do due diligence to seek out local partners that are doing great, sustainable work, and we work closely with them to understand their needs to create an experience that will truly be of value to them and you!