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Tanzania: Women’s Kilimanjaro Climb

11 Days from/to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

July 26 – August 05, 2021
July 25 – August 04, 2022

 

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Kilimanjaro Lesbian adventure tourTanzania Women’s Kilimanjaro Climb. Surmount Africa’s tallest peak alongside a group of tenacious ladies. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain and surmounting her is one of life’s great travel achievements. Leading up to your climb, we’ll provide plenty of information such as fitness advice and packing lists so you arrive feeling thoroughly prepared. During the hike you’ll be joined by our team of local guides and porters to ensure your hike is successful and SAFE.

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After an 8-day ascent, you and your group will arrive sore but spirited at Kili’s highest peak.

Please note: 3–5 day pre- and post-hike safaris are available. Contact us for more information.

 

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Kilimanjaro Tanzania Lesbian Climb Highlights

• Surmount Africa’s highest peak with a group of like-minded women

• Reach an altitude of nearly 5,895m/19,340ft at the summit

• Feel challenged on an 8-day trek that rises through six different African ecosystems

• Spot colobus monkeys, tree hyrax and other local wildlife on the foothills of Kilimanjaro

• Photograph sunrise from the summit of Kilimanjaro

• Glimpse the local way of life on guided tours of Mbahe Village and Moshi Town

• Sip homegrown and freshly roasted Tanzanian coffee

• Feel supported throughout the entire journey by our passionate team of hosts, guides and porters.

• Receive an official certificate signed by your guide and the park warden commemorating your experience—the perfect souvenir!

 

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Kilimanjaro Tanzania Lesbian Climb Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Tanzania! Mbahe Village
Welcome to Tanzania!

Your Out Adventures rep will meet you in the Arrival Hall then transfer you to a beautiful eco-farm on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro (1800m/6000ft). The scenic drive will take approximately 2 hours from the airport.

Our home for the next two nights will be private cottages of our host at the Mbahe Village family farm. Those returning from the pre-climb safari will be driven here as well to await the arrival of the other participants.

Please note: Most flights arrive in the late evening, so our official Welcome Dinner isn’t until tomorrow. However, for those arriving early there will be an optional group dinner (not included).

Accommodation: Mabahe Village Farm, Kilimanjaro

 

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Day 2 - Mbahe Village
You have the morning to rest and relax.

Enjoy delicious homebrew Tanzanian coffee, grown and roasted on the farm, and meals made with fruits and vegetables from the garden.

Your climb leader will provide a climb orientation and equipment check. Today is a good day to stretch your legs on the mountain and enjoy a guided tour of Mbahe Village and the Mtuy family farm. You can even swim in the river and waterfall running through the farmland.

Tonight we’ll gather for our Welcome Dinner and discuss final details. Try and get some sleep before our big ascent.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Mabahe Village Farm, Kilimanjaro

 

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Day 3 - Londorossi Gate & Big Tree Camp
After breakfast we drive to Londorossi Gate where we’ll meet our other guides and mountain crew (we’ve requested as many female crew as possible!) before officially entering Kilimanjaro National Park.

After signing the climb log at park headquarters, our gear is weighed and divided amongst the mountain crew to carry for you so you have an unencumbered opportunity to successfully summit.

Then as a group we take our first tentative steps of our 8-day hike. From the trailhead we slowly walk for a few hours through the thick and undisturbed montane forest to our camp for the night. Many beautiful flowers are seen en route and with any luck we might see black-and-white colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza) playing in the trees.

In the evening we may also hear the unforgettable shrieking call of the tree hyrax (Dendrohyrax arboreus).

Ascent: 400m/1300ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 3 hours

 

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Day 4 - Shira 1 Camp
Our goal today is to reach the west side of the Shira Plateau. The trek should take approximately 6 hours taking into account regular stops to observe the native flora and fauna.

The day’s hike takes us from the Montane or Forest Zone, through a transition zone, and into the Heather Zone where old lava flows are visible. Our guides will point out unique environmental differences that characterize each zone.

After a picnic lunch we reach the edge of the Shira Plateau and eventually our camp that offers a dramatic view of Kilimanjaro and its permanent glaciers. The camp is also above the cloud line with views of the rainforest below.

Once the sun sets, the stars are overwhelming in the night sky and create a truly peaceful environment.

Ascent: 700m/2280ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 6 hours

 

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Day 5 - Shira 2 Camp
Today is an easy paced acclimatization day of 4–5 hours hiking. Camp is set higher on the Shira Plateau with more expansive views of Kilimanjaro.

There is a conditioning hike in the afternoon where you can examine the clusters of giant lobelias and senecios that grow at this elevation.

Ascent: 400m/1300ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 4–5 hours

 

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Day 6 - Lava Tower Camp
Good morning! After another peaceful night on the mountain we begin an important day of acclimatization. We’ll hike for 5 hours to an elevation above 4,575m/15,000ft.

We will pass through the Alpine Moorland Zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather.

Finally we’ll reach Kilimanjaro’s Alpine or Highland Desert Zone. From here you will have a spectacular view of the Western Breach. There will be little cloud cover to protect you from the sun’s UV rays so sunscreen is key.

Ascent: 750m/2480ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 5 hours

 

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Day 7 - Karanga Camp
There is an expression in mountaineering that goes “Climb high. Sleep low.” This is a time-tested technique to help climbers’ bodies adjust to altitude and both yesterday and today take the expression seriously.

After an initial descent from Lava Tower Camp we climb the Great Barranco Wall—not too steep but still an exhilarating challenge—which our guides make safe and accessible for everyone by ascending pole pole (or “slowly” in Kiswahili).

You will be able to see the breathtaking Heim Glacier from the top of the Wall. Descend into the Karanga Valley and then climb again to our camp on a ridge above the valley, where you will enjoy a well- deserved rest and your daily afternoon tea and snacks.

Descent: -600m/-1980ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 5 hours

 

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Day 8 - Barafu Camp
As we begin today’s hike you’ll notice the trail turn steadily uphill. Temperatures will be noticeably cooler and the landscape sparser. This is because as we work our way to Barafu Camp we’ll be entering the Arctic Zone. Barafu means “ice” in Kiswahili.

The camp is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for our push to the summit.

After an early dinner we have a summit briefing and prepare our equipment before resting.

Ascent: 645m/2110ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 4–5 hours

 

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Day 9 - Kilimanjaro Summit & Millennium Camp
Today is the day! Rising at midnight for a warm and hearty breakfast, we’ll begin the longest and most important day on tour.

We ascend under the stars, pole pole, on the steep switchback trail, drinking plenty of water and refueling with small snacks. Although the hour is early we’ll be brimming with excitement on our final assault of Uhuru, the summit of Kilimanjaro. If all goes as planned we’ll summit shortly after daybreak, granting us one of the most glorious sunrises we’ll ever witness. At this early hour, before the clouds close in, you will have spectacular views of Africa in all directions. Take it all in and enjoy this moment!

After a brief celebratory and well-deserved stop for photos and hugs, we descend 2–3 hours to Barafu Camp for lunch, rest, and to pack up our belongings.

Continuing downhill 3–4 hours to the edge of the Mweka Forest, we reach the final night’s camp—2,135m/7,000ft below the summit.

Still exhilarated from the summit we have our final dinner on the mountain. We’ll share our experiences of the climb, and sleep soundly.

Ascent: 1210m/3980ft
Descent: -2075m/-6810ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 6–7 hours to summit, 4 hours down to Millennium Camp

 

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Day 10 - Mweka Gate & Moshi Town
Our last day is another descent of 2,135m/7,000ft with 4–5 hours of hiking to the Mweka Gate exit. The trail is steep in places and within the forest may be slippery if wet.

After a hearty celebration lunch with the whole team on Simon’s private land, we say goodbye and asante sana to our dedicated mountain crew and climb leaders.

Our ground team will bring you to your hotel in Moshi Town to relax, have dinner and enjoy a dip in the swimming pool.

Descent: -2180m/-7150ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 4–5 hours

 

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Day 11 - Departure
After breakfast those heading out on safari will leave Moshi Town and continue on their adventure.

For those returning home we offer you a guided tour of Moshi Town with its colorful market and curio shops. You may eat lunch in town or back at the lodge (not included) before transferring to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

 

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What's Included?

• A lesbian host throughout
• All accommodations for the duration of the tour
• Breakfast daily, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
• All activities mentioned in the itinerary
• Services of climb leader, climbing guides, and mountain crew
• On climb, filtered water (by Katadyn Expedition® filter) and coffee, teas, cocoa
• Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping, and rescue fees
• All camping equipment excluding sleeping bag and pad. Sleeping bag rental is $55 USD and hiking pole rentals are $15 USD
• Portable private toilet with biodegradable waste system (Cleanwaste®) at all camps
• Gamow bag (portable hyperbaric chamber) and supplemental oxygen for emergencies
• Guided Mbahe Village walking tour
• Guided Moshi Town walking tour

 

Not Included

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point
• International Airfare
• International departure taxes
• Meals and activities not mentioned
• Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers.
• Gratuities for guides/porters/crew etc. (budget $300-$400 USD/person)
• All items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks, etc.)
• Visa fees ($50 USD for single-entry and $100 USD for multi-entry)

 

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Trip Notes

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.

Culture Shock
Tourism in Tanzania is somewhat developed, but you can expect to see extreme poverty, and service levels may not be what you’re used to.

Local LGBT Scene
Long story short, homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania. While locals in the tourism industry are more accepting, complete discretion is advised (even heterosexual public displays of affection are frowned upon on the Muslim coast and in Zanzibar). That said, your crew and staff with Out Adventures are all very welcoming.

 

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Weather
July is typically dry and cold, and there will likely be snow near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Required Vaccinations
Based on entry requirements, there are no vaccinations needed for entry unless you are travelling from a Yellow Fever Zone (in which case you will be required to provide proof of Yellow Fever vaccination). To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as we cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Electricity
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type D/G sockets. While on the mountain, you’ll need to provide your own charging device for any electronics you plan to use.

Connectivity
While on the mountain, there will be little to no connectivity (even with a local SIM card). In the event of an emergency, our guides are fitted with radios. However, our hotel will have Wi-Fi access, so feel free to tweet, pin, post and share your experience with your friends and family before you head home. Climbing Kilimanjaro is certainly a humblebrag worth sharing!

 

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Camping
We will spend seven nights 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. Breakfast and dinner will be served in a group tent, with lunches generally served on the trail unless poor weather forces the crew to set up the dining tent. Simple, tented toilets will be available, and you will be given a small wash basin with warm water daily so you can wash up.

Altitude Sickness
No specific factors such as age, sex, or physical condition can predict susceptibility to altitude sickness. AMS, or Acute Mountain Sickness, is common at altitudes above 3,000m/9,850ft. Symptoms usually begin 12-24 hours after arrival at altitude, but begin to decrease in severity around the third day.
Symptoms of mild AMS are headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea, disturbed sleep, and a general feeling of malaise.
Moderate AMS includes a severe headache that cannot be relieved by medication, nausea and vomiting, increasing weakness and fatigue, shortness of breath, and decreased coordination (ataxia).
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.

 

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PLEASE NOTE: There have been cases where climbers are unable to summit, due to severe altitude sickness or personal reasons. In such a situation you must turn back and descend, temporarily or otherwise, with the assistance of a guide. If you are unable to continue the climb, you’ll be taken to your original joining-point hotel, or a medical facility if necessary. All costs will be at your expense, and we strongly recommend contacting your travel insurance provider as soon as possible to start your claim and seek guidance in terms of expenses.

Travel Insurance
For everybody’s peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on our tour. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $200,000.

 

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Your guide
Our adventure is led by a lesbian (or lesbian-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you’d like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you’re pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day…they’ll certainly appreciate it!

Fellow adventurers
Out adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody’s there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.
Although we can’t tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an Out Adventure.

Flying Solo
If you’ve never travelled on your own, it’s an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. If there’s an odd number of solos, we’ll rotate a single room on a random basis.

Optional activities
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to learn what’s available.

 

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Meals
Almost all meals are included in the cost of this tour.

Money
The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, although USD will be accepted by our hotel and for gratuities. Credit cards are also accepted at the hotel, but not for gratuities. We also recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used only in the case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

Tipping
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $300-$400 USD.

What to bring
Please keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb to avoid costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller to carry a water bottle, your camera and souvenirs on day trips. We will provide packing list as a guideline, not gospel, but we are happy to answer any specific questions about how much (or little) to bring.

 

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Kilimanjaro Tanzania Lesbian Climb Tour Prices

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$ 4,612

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$ 4,612

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