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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania All-Gay Climb

Lemosho Route

9 Days from/to Arusha, Tanzania

January 16 – 24, 2019

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Kilimanjaro All-Gay ClimbClimb Kilimanjaro on the scenic Lemosho Route • Experience a near full moon at a height of 19,340' on one of the "Seven Summits" of the world • Take an excursion to crater floor • Be led by the most experienced guides and a top-notch crew • Enjoy an alternate route that enjoys higher summit success rates. Imagine waking up on one of the world's Seven Summits to watch a golden sunrise over the vast African plains below.

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On this trip, we take the more beautiful, lesser travelled Lemosho Route which allows more opportunity to acclimatize, resulting in a much higher summit success rate. We start our climb in a dense rainforest, then make our way through five other ecological zones before our summit. Don't celebrate yet, as we'll enjoy some time in the crater of this massive mountain before making our way back to Arusha to bask in our glory. Pair this trip with our Tanzania Gay Luxury Safari

 

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Included on your Trip

• Expert Mountain Guides
• Arrival & Departure Transfers
• Two Nights at Arusha Luxury Lodge including breakfast
• All meals while on Kilimanjaro Climb
• Six-night/seven-day Mount Kilimanjaro fully-supported climb
• Crater excursion, dependent on the condition of the group at the time of summit
• Camping supplies including tent (twin-share), sleeping mat, group dining tent, basic washroom facilities
• Spacious tent based on twin share accommodation
• Sleeping mat
• Dining tent with table/chairs
• All Meals & Fees while climbing Kilimanjaro
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss

Meals:
During our climb, our crew will prepare a variety of meals including fresh fruits and vegetables, hot soup, and meat, with guidelines that aim to balance carbohydrates and proteins, reducing fat content as we gain elevation. Our choice of local operator will ensure that we are some of the best-fed climbers on the mountain, with a nutritious, balanced diet.

Accommodation:
Hotel (2 nights), Fully Supported Camping (6 nights)

 

Not Included

• Gratuities for guides and support staff (see tipping recommendations)
• Visas
• International/domestic airfare
• Overland transfers if arriving from Nairobi. It is recommended that you arrive via Kilimanjaro International Airport.
• Alcohol/beverages other than water/tea
• Additional accommodation for anyone that may not succeed in summiting Mount Kilimanjaro
• Gear required for the Kilimanjaro Climb (see what to take recommendations)

 

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Accommodation

4 to 5-Star Luxury Lodges and Tented Camps

We have carefully chosen these gay-welcoming properties with you in mind. They have the right balance of luxury while still being locally owned.

Joining/Finishing Point Hotel
Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage, Arusha

Onsea House, ArushaOnesa House is located just outside Arusha, the so-called 'safari capital' of Tanzania. Arusha is the base from which most travellers visit the country's most renowned game reserves and the busiest tourist centre anywhere on the Tanzanian mainland. All interesting Landmarks can be reached easily within maximum half a day. Discover idyllic setting for spectacular sundowners and a truly rural feel only 7 minutes drive from Arusha town centre and 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Onsea House Arusha strives to be the best luxury bed and breakfast in Arusha. Enjoy greater comfort and better food than any guesthouse or restaurant, with more personalized service than in a hotel and more privacy than a lodge resort.

If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 20 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, please hire a taxi and make your way to our joining point hotel.

No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.

If for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your trip leader.

 

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Trip Notes

Accommodation
4 Star Hotel (2 nights), Camping (6 nights)

Physical Rating
Be prepared for some serious physical activity. We strongly recommend that you follow a pre-climb training program, and that you are in good physical condition. Your Adventure Specialist will provide you with the necessary information to ensure that you are ready for this adventure.

Group Size
Maximum of 16 travellers per group. Departure is guaranteed, subject to 6 people travelling.

Budget
Allow USD $500 for meals not included and gratuities

Single Supplement
A Single Supplement is available for two nights at our Arusha lodge, at a price of $225 USD.

 

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Kilimanjaro All-Gay Climb Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha, Tanzania
Arusha, TanzaniaWelcome to Tanzania!

You are picked up upon arrival and taken to our hotel where you can get some rest and relaxation by the pool before the adventure that lays ahead.

There will be a pre-trip meeting at 6:00pm where we'll be briefed on our climb, followed by an optional dinner at our joining point hotel.

Check-in time at the joining point hotel is at midday, and early check-in cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving early, luggage storage is available.

 

Day 2 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Forest Camp
Londorossi Gate KilimanjaroWe will have breakfast at 7:00 AM and will depart our hotel at 7:30 AM for Londorossi Gate where we complete registration formalities before continuing to the starting point for our climb.

From the Lemosho Start Point (2,424m/7,952ft) we trek 5.4km/3.4mi, with an elevation gain of 400m/1,312ft to Forest Camp (2,821m) where we spend our first night on the mountain. Keep your eyes peeled today, as we may spot small antelopes which are unique to the Lemosho and Rongai routes.

Today's hiking time: Approximately 3-4 hours

 

Day 3 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Shira 1 Camp
Shira 1 Camp KilimanjaroRise and shine! After breakfast, we trek for around an hour to the end of the forest where the trail steepens and we enter the giant heather moorland zone, crossing several streams.

We continue to Shira 1 Camp (3,508m/11,500ft) located on the Western edge of the Shira Plateau, where we will have lunch, and camp for the night.

This afternoon we will have an optional acclimatization ascent of Shira Ridge (3,959m/13,000ft) for the best views of Kibo, one of Kili's three volcanic cones.

Today's hiking time: 5-6 hours

 

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Moir Hut
Moir Hut, KilimanjaroToday we trek from Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut (4,166m/13,700ft) across the Shira Plateau. Following lunch we continue ascending.

Weather permitting, we'll view a breathtaking sunset on our way to our overnight camp located on a mountain ridge at 4,305m/14,125ft.

We'll then head out for another optional acclimatization trek of 1.9km/1.2mi to view sunset.

Today's hiking time: 5-7 hours

 

Day 5 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Third Caves Camp
Kilimanjaro Gay TrekWe'll trek a total distance of 17km/10.5mi clockwise around the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro from Moir Hut via Pofu (4,040m/13,250ft) to 3rd Caves Camp (3,971m/13,000ft).

Today we'll see some of the classic Kili views to the Northwest, North and Northeast that make our hard work worth the effort.

Today's hiking time: 6-8 hours

 

Day 6 - Kilimanjaro Climb - School Hut
Full Moon KilimanjaroToday we make our way upwards from Third Caves Camp to the School Hut (4,722m/15,500ft) for a total of 4.9km/3mi, but with an altitude gain of 750m/2,500ft.

There we will rest before waking up around midnight tonight to begin our final assault towards the summit of Kilimanjaro. We've timed our itinerary to take advantage of the near-full moon's light, weather permitting, while avoiding the full moon crowds.

Today's hiking time: 5-7 hours.

 

Day 7 - Kilimanjaro Summit - Uhuru Peak & Millennium Camp
Uhuru Peak KilimanjaroWe ascend from School Hut via Hans Meyer Cave (5,243m/17,200ft) and Gilman's Point (5,708m/18,700ft) where we will rest before continuing to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft), our summit point. Take it all in, and snap a few photos. We made it!

We then take an exciting excursion to the crater floor for 1-2 hours where we have the chance to explore a number of fascinating and rarely seen features, from the Reusch Ash Pit at the crater's centre to the rapidly retreating edges of the northern and eastern ice fields and glaciers.

We then descend via Stella Point to Barafu, then on to Mweka Camp (3,090m/10,100ft) where we overnight. If our guide determines that the group requires a shorter day, we may overnight at Millennium Camp (3,820m/12,500ft) for our final overnight on the mountain.

Today is a very difficult, but incredibly rewarding day. We will work as a team to get up the mountain, encouraging each other along the way, even when our minds and bodies may disagree. Our expert guides will provide support as well, while watching over the group for signs of extreme fatigue and altitude sickness.

Today's hiking time: 5-8 hours.

 

Day 8 - Kilimanjaro Descent - Mweka Gate & Arusha
Mweka Gate KilimanjaroThis morning we descend from Mweka or Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate (1,641m/5400ft) where we sign the summit register, then continue on foot to Mweka Village to meet our transportation, which will transfer us back to Arusha this afternoon. Before transferring to our hotel, we'll stop for refreshments where we will bid farewell to our support crew.

Upon arrival at our lodge, we will have time to rest before we enjoy a farewell dinner where we'll recount the week behind us - the highs and lows, the stuggles and accomplishments. Take it all in - you've earned this moment!

Today's hiking time: 3-4 hours.

 

Day 9 - Arusha
Take your time getting up this morning. You deserve it! There are no activities planned today, and you are free to depart at any time, unless you are joining our Tanzania Luxury Gay Safari, in which case we will have our briefing before hitting the road towards our first tented lodge.

 

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Trip Notes

Trip Style - Active
As you'd expect, activity is key on an Active trip. On this tour we climb one of the Seven Summits of the world, and given this fact, you are required to be in above-average physical condition. We will provide each adventurer with a recommended training program to help prepare for the trip.

Culture Shock Rating: 4
Expect to rough it on this trip. You'll be using portable toilets, washing in wash basins while on the mountain, and you may have difficulties sleeping while camping.

Gay Rating: 1
This trip travels to a very conservative area. Public Display of affection are frowned upon in this region among all travellers, not just those on an OUT Adventure. Gay-specific activities and gay-hosted events, meals or day tours are not a part of this itinerary due to the cultural sensitivity of this region. We will do our best to provide a safe, comfortable environment for you and your fellow travellers, and can assure you that our partners on the ground will be welcoming to our group.

Physical Preparation
This trip requires a commitment to physical preparation, which will ensure you are as likely as possible to succeed in summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. Upon booking, we will provide you with a recommended training program, and our team of Adventure Specialists will gladly guide you through the process. This will include a variety of activities and exercises such as hiking, running and swimming, or alternative activities that can be done inside of a fitness centre.

Meals
During our climb, our crew will prepare a variety of meals including fresh fruits and vegetables, hot soup, and meat, with guidelines that aim to balance carbohydrates and proteins, reducing fat content as we gain elevation. Our choice of local operator will ensure that we are some of the best-fed climbers on the mountain, with a nutritious, balanced diet.

Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights), Fully Supported Camping (6 nights)

Visas
All visas are the responsibility of the traveller, and should be arranged in advance of arriving to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Although visas can be arranged upon arrival, we recommend making arrangements in advance to avoid possible delays or problems. If you are flying into Nairobi, a Kenyan visa will also be required.

Vaccines/Travel Medications
There are no vaccinations required for this trip, unless you are travelling from a country with risk of Yellow Fever. See complete list: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

We recommend that you are up-to-date with your regular travel vaccinations. Some travellers to Tanzania will use an anti-malaria prescription or altitude sickness tablets. We recommend discussing these vaccinations and prescriptions with a medical professional

Camping
We will spend six nights/seven days camping while we climb Mount Kilimanjaro. You will be provided with a tent and sleeping mat, and accommodation is based on a twin-share basis unless you purchase a tent only single supplement ($15/day). Breakfast and dinner will be served in a tent with capacity for the full group, and lunches will be served usually on the trail unless poor weather forces the crew to set up the dining tent. Simple, portable toilets will be available, and you will be provided with a small wash basin each day with warm water to wash.

Before you book this tour:
We ask that you fully understand the challenge you are considering, as this trip is no 'walk in the park'. During a complete trek on Mount Kilimanjaro, you will go through a range of emotions and situations which will challenge your reasons for being there, which should not be underestimated. As long as you are mentally and physically prepared, reaching the summit should be achievable for most climbers. No technical ability or experience is required to successfully summit Mount Kilimanjaro; however, it is recommended that you physically prepare for the trip for 12 weeks leading up to your climb, and that you are at an above-average level of fitness. While we cannot guarantee that you will successfully summit Kilimanjaro, we can assure you that our team knows how to best bring out your strengths and fortify them at times of weakness, offering you the greatest summit opportunity possible.

 

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Spending Money:
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. We recommend a budget of approximately $500 USD to cover meals not included and gratuities.

Emergency Funds:
Please make sure you have access to an additional $400 USD to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside of our control (eg. a natural disaster or civil unrest) necessitate a change to our planned route.

Money Exchange:
There are a limited number of ATM's located at Kilimanjaro International Airport and in Arusha, but money can be exchanged at the airport, or at your hotel. Please check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

It is also advisable to carry some cash in small denominations, for those times when ATMs may not be available. USD is the most readily changeable currency.

Tipping:
If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many OUT Adventures destinations.

The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: 10%
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however a base of USD 1-2 per day is generally appropriate.
Kilimanjaro Guides & Support Crew: $250-$350 USD. All climbers' contributions are usually added together and the total amount is presented to the chief guide at Mweka Gate. The chief guide will divide these tips fairly amongst their crew according to a customary scale that is determined by the responsibilities and experience of each staff member.

Your OUT Adventures Group Leader
All OUT Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our gay or gay-welcoming group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best vacation possible.

What to Take
When climbing, you will require two bags, preferably a large duffle/cargo bag and a smaller day pack between 25 and 35 litres in size. Our porters will carry the larger duffle/cargo bag, while you will carry your day pack, which should be comfortable, durable and big enough to hold everything you may need during a day. These bags are available for hire if you would prefer not to carry your own bags on the mountain, where they may be subject to wear and tear. Your larger bag should not exceed 15kg/33lbs, and you can store additional baggage at the hotel in Arusha.

Recommended for Kilimanjaro:
• Large waterproof duffel/cargo bag (70-90 litres of capacity)
• Waterproof Day pack (25-35 litres of capacity), preferably with camelback liquid holder to carry anything you need access to during the day such as your camera, sunscreen, waterproof outer layer, first aid kit, water, rehydration tablets, hat, sunglasses, lipbalm, etc.
• Waterproof bag covers, and waterproof liners or bags to store items in your bags
• Bags for trash and laundry
• Sleeping bag - minus 10 degrees Centigrade rating or colder (can be rented locally for $4/day)
• Blizzard survival sleeping bag to use inside of sleeping bag
• Supplements/inter-meal energy supplements and recovery drink powder/portable electrolyte replacement tablets
• Insulated down jacket
• Waterproof jacket and pants that can fit over down jacket if necessary (can be rented locally for $2/day each)
• Waterproof, worn-in, sturdy walking boots with a gore-tex or similar waterproof membrane
• Calf gaiters to keep rocks, dirt and water out of your hiking shoes/boots (can be rented locally for $1/day)
• Balaclava (can be rented locally for $1/day)
• Gore-tex Mountain Cap/Wool Hat
• Walking sticks/poles (can be rented locally for $2/day)

*Our team of guides will also carry a more comprehensive first aid kit along with expired pressure retention masks for the treatment of severe cases of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

 

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Altitude
Technically an ascent of Kilimanjaro is classified as entry into the Extremely High altitude zone. No specific factors such as age, sex, or physical condition can be used to predict susceptibility to altitude sickness.

AMS, or acute mountain sickness is common at high altitudes. At elevations over 3,000m/9,850ft, three quarters of people can expect to suffer mild symptoms. The occurrence of altitude sickness is dependent upon several factors, such as elevation, rate of ascent, and the individual's susceptibility. Many people experience mild altitude sickness during the normal acclimatization process. The mild discomfort that accompanies this adaptation should be considered normal and acceptable.

Symptoms usually start 12-24 hours after arrival at altitude and begin to decrease in severity about the third day. The symptoms of mild AMS are headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea, disturbed sleep, and a general feeling of malaise. Symptoms tend to be especially bad at night when respiratory drive is decreased.

Mild altitude sickness does not interfere with normal activity and symptoms generally subside within 2-4 days as the body acclimatizes. As long as symptoms are mild, and only a nuisance, ascent can continue at a moderate rate. When hiking, it is essential that you communicate any symptoms of altitude sickness immediately to the expedition leader or lead guide.

Altitude sickness is considered to be a neurological problem, and the only cures are acclimatization or descent. Symptoms of mild AMS can be alleviated with Ibuprofen but keep in mind that reducing the symptoms is not curing the problem or treating the cause.

Moderate AMS includes severe headache that is not relieved by medication, nausea and vomiting, increasing weakness and fatigue, shortness of breath, and decreased coordination (ataxia). Normal activity is difficult, although the person may still be able to walk on their own. At this stage only descent can reverse the problem. Descending even a hundred meters may help and definite improvement will be seen with a descent of 300-500 meters.

Severe AMS presents itself as an increase in the severity of the aforementioned symptoms, including shortness of breath at rest, inability to walk, decreasing mental status, and fluid build-up in the lungs. Severe AMS requires immediate descent to lower altitudes of around 1,000 meters.

There are some cases when climbers are not able to summit due to severe altitude sickness, and must turn back and descend, temporarily or otherwise.

Your Fellow Travellers
You will be travelling with other gay travellers and occasionally their friends or family. As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Please note that due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travelers booked on your trip prior the the pre-trip email approximately one month prior to departure.

Single Travellers
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation although a single supplement is often available for an additional charge. For no additional cost, single travellers share with a roommate of the same sex for the duration of the trip in a twin room (2 beds).

 

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