Galz Gone Wild Kilimanjaro Expedition

Africa

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Duration: 12 Days


Inclusions

Training Weekend Accommodation Park Fees Meals International Internal Intl Guide Doctor Transfers

Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $5,523.00


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Overview

We are the only company in the world who send an international guide and doctor on all Kilimanjaro expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breath-taking locations around the world. We are proud to announce the Galz Gone Wild Kilimanjaro Expedition.

Galz Gone Wild Kilimanjaro Expedition

At Earth’s Edge, we’re extremely passionate about equality and female empowerment. That is why this collaboration with Galz Gone Wild has inspired us to employ and train more local Tanzanian women to become guides and porters. In addition to using our existing team of female porters on the ground in Tanzania, we will be recruiting and training new female staff, to encourage more women into the outdoor industry.

Maggie Samson, Director of Operations in Tanzania, says “Most of the female porters that I’ve met left school early, so they’re not qualified for other jobs. That’s why being a porter is the best job for them, allowing them the opportunity to progress into guiding later”.

We have teamed up with Galz Gone Wild to bring an amazing group of Irish women to climb Kilimanjaro. Because of this project, we are going to have at least 30% female staff on our climbs in 2022. We are aiming to increase that to 35% in 2023 and continue to improve from there. From 2011 to 2021 that figure never increased above 1%. We are extremely excited to partner with Galz Gone Wild as, in hindsight, it would have taken 10 years to get to 30% without this project.

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s tallest mountain standing at 5,896m, but it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is in fact a huge crater known as Kibo and it is over 2km wide.

Our 12-day itinerary includes seven days of trekking on the Machame Trail. This time-frame allows for greater acclimatisation and increases the chance of a successful summit. This route is rich in biodiversity, you will experience both African wildlife and the snow and rock of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Unlike most companies who spend their last night before summiting in Barafu camp, we stay in Kosovo camp. Kosovo camp is a much quieter camp which is 120m higher and cuts an hour off our summit night! This trek is suitable for people with a good level of fitness. You do not need mountaineering experience to climb Kilimanjaro.

The international guide and doctor work in tandem with our incredible local team of guides and porters to deliver an exhilarating experience each and every day on the trail! The morning ritual of native song and dance gets the blood pumping in the early sunlight and will help you reach the top!

There’s also a ‘free-day’ at the end of your trip where you can get some R&R or go on Safari in Tarangire National Park.

About Galz Gone Wild

GALZ GONE WILD was founded by Mel Mc Dermott in 2017. The GGW mission is a simple one – to connect more women to nature and the outdoors through hikes, adventures, getaways, and workshops. The GGW Community is a supportive and safe space that welcomes all Women; Black, Indigenous, BIPOC, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Trans, Women with disabilities, Women in recovery and Women of size. Their mission is to create an equitable, inclusive, diverse and accessible outdoor community for all women. As well as this, they strive to have fun together and forge lifelong friendships both on and off the trail.

 

Added Extras For The Galz Gone Wild Expedition

There are a number of added extras that Galz Gone Wild is offering with this expedition. They are all optional, but we would love you to take part in them all.

Training Day

GGW will be hosting a training day hike in Kerry in advance of the expedition and prior to the Training Weekend (below). This is an opportunity for you to meet and get to know the rest of the group that you will be travelling with to Tanzania. You’ll be led up Carrauntoohil by an experienced expedition leader who can answer any questions you may have. The training day is included within the price of the trip. Food and accommodation required for the training day are not included.

Camping Weekend With Two Training Hikes

GGW will also be hosting a camping and training weekend in Wicklow about two months prior to the expedition. This weekend is another chance for you to meet your fellow adventurers while camping in the beautifully located Wicklow Way campsite. During the weekend, you’ll complete two training hikes, and receive a full expedition brief from an experienced expedition leader. They will also be able to offer expert advice on all aspects of the expedition including training, equipment, weather, etc.

Your GGW Camping Weekend Includes:
  • Tent pitch in Wicklow Way Campsite (Sat-Sun, based on sharing 2 person tent)
  • Camp fire and S’mores
  • Welcome drink & snacks
  • Dinner (Real Turmat Camping Meal)
  • Stove Demonstration
  • Camp Breakfast with Tea & Coffee

Please note that you will need to register for each of the training events once you have booked your place via the Earth’s Edge booking portal.

Team WhatsApp Group

GGW would like to invite everyone to a private WhatsApp group where you can meet each other, share pictures, share progress and get excited about this trip of a lifetime.

Limited Edition GGW Buff

Each participant will get a limited edition Galz Gone Wild Kilimanjaro 2023 Buff!

Equipment for the porters

We are asking you to bring any second-hand clothing that you no longer need for the hard-working porters that will help us climb Kilimanjaro. For more information about the porters and the items we are trying to collect please read our info document here.

Mountain Cleanup

We are bringing three litter pickers on the mountain with us. While walking you will have the option to help us gather rubbish which we will dispose of responsibly after the climb.

Kilimanjaro Expedition Costs & What’s Included

The total cost of climbing Kilimanjaro is highlighted above. You are required to pay a 399.00 deposit. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid three months prior to departure.

Your fees include the following;

  • Return economy class international flights from Dublin to Kilimanjaro (UK flights not included)
  • Experienced expedition leader
  • Experienced expedition doctor
  • Training Day
  • Camping / Training Weekend with campsite, dinner and breakfast
  • Local guides, porters and support staff
  • All accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels in Arusha and camping on the mountain
  • All meals and drinking water (except in Arusha where accommodation is based on B&B)
  • A celebratory dinner at the end of the expedition
  • All transport throughout the expedition
  • National Park fees & local VAT
  • All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc.
  • Use of state of the art tents and thermarests
  • Earth’s Edge bandanna
  • Limited edition GGW buff

Flying from the UK?

You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option at checkout. You can then book your own international flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange your airport transfers from the airport to our hotel in Arusha.

Read Our Kilimanjaro Blogs

Do you fancy having more information on this expedition? We have lots of extra insight into our Kilimanjaro trips here.

Itinerary


Depart Dublin in the evening for Tanzania. Fly via Addis Ababa.

Depart Plane

Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer to our hotel in Arusha and then relax for the rest of the day. Have an expedition brief before dinner. Overnight hotel.

Arrive Hotel Transfer

After breakfast and meeting the local guides, we drive for just over an hour to Machame Gate (1,828m). At the gate we register with the National Park and then meet our team of porters. Once we start walking it’s not long before we enter the stop for lunch and then continue to Machame Camp in the afternoon. By the time we reach the campsite the porters will already have set up your tent and the cook will be preparing dinner. Most people are quite tired after the first day’s walk so we advise an early night. Overnight camp. Altitude 2,980m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner Transfer

After breakfast we leave Machame Camp and follow a steep trail all the way to the Shira Plateau. We stop for plenty of rests and photos throughout the day. We are rewarded with great views of the western breach with its stunning glaciers. We set up camp in the early afternoon and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,840m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We leave Shira Camp and walk east towards Lava Tower, a huge rocky outcrop. After five hours of walking along a rocky trail we have lunch just before Lava Tower, allowing us extra time at this higher altitude. By walking to Lava Tower we reach 4,630m before walking back down to Barranco Camp. This jump in elevation greatly helps us with acclimatisation and is key to a successful summit attempt. After lunch we descend 680 metres over two hours to set up camp below the Barranco Wall. Today’s route has stunning views throughout. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,950m

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The day starts by walking up and over the Barranco Wall which is not quite as hard as it looks! Upon reaching the top we are rewarded with great views of Kilimanjaro, the Heim Glacier and the surrounding landscape. The trail then enters the Karanga Valley with many short ascents and descents as we cross many small streams. We set up camp just after the Karanga River. Spend the afternoon relaxing, chatting to fellow trekker, guides and porters. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,000m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast we walk along a ridge towards Barafu Camp. We set an easy pace to ensure good acclimatisation. As we gain altitude the landscape becomes completely barren and free of vegetation, a quite inhospitable environment. After about three and half hours we reach Barafu camp where we need to register with the park rangers. After a short rest we continue on a steep trail to reach the much quieter Kosovo Camp. Because of the elevation this campsite is colder than previous camps but the views are amazing. We spend the afternoon resting, eating and preparing for tomorrow’s summit day. Your expedition leader will give you a full summit brief in the afternoon. Go to bed very early in preparation for the big day! Overnight camp. Altitude 4,800m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We rise very early usually around 12:00a.m, have some tea and snacks and start walking. We keep a steady pace as we walk on steep scree to reach Stella Point (5,685m). For many trekkers, this six-hour walk is the toughest section of the day. We take a short rest at Stella Point to enjoy the sunrise. From Stella Point it is a further two hours on an often snow-covered route to reach Mt Kilimanjaro (5,896m)! All the effort is well worth it as the feeling of being on the roof of Africa is second to none! After a short stay at the summit we start the descent to Millennium Camp. After three hours we reach Kosovo Camp and enjoy a rest and some food. We then walk for a further four hours to reach Millennium Camp. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,832m.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After a hot breakfast we walk downhill for six hours and finish our trek at Mweka Gate. From the gate we drive back to Arusha and enjoy a well earned hot shower. The rest of the day is spent resting tired bodies by the pool. In the evening enjoy a celebratory meal and some drinks at the hotel. Overnight hotel.

Trek Breakfast Dinner Hotel Transfer

Relax by the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!

Relax Safari Breakfast

Our flight is not until the evening so you have most of the day to relax or do some more exploring of Arusha. In the evening we depart for Dublin. Fly via Addis Ababa.

Depart Plane Relax Breakfast Transfer

Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.

Arrive

Facts

Kilimanjaro lies within the 756-square-kilometre Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the few places on earth that supports five major ecological zones: rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers.

There are actually three volcanoes that form Kilimanjaro and they are Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. You will pass Shira on route to the summit, but it is Uhuru Peak on the volcano of Kibo that marks the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa. Its last eruption was around 200 years ago and today Kibo lies dormant.

In 1889, German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountain climber Ludwig Purtscheller were the first to climb Kilimanjaro.

Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. About two-thirds of them are successful. Altitude-related problems are the most common reason climbers turn back.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project is an American run Tanzanian NGO which campaigns for the fair treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro. KPAP send an investigator on all our Kilimanjaro treks to monitor porter welfare. KPAP investigators report on porter compensation, tips, clothing, food and the weight of their loads. Earth's Edge is a proud partner of KPAP.

Kilimanjaro is not a peak you can climb on your own. It is mandatory to climb with a licensed guide and have porters carry your equipment. This sustains the local economy and allows local people to reap the rewards of tourism.

Best time to climb Kilimanjaro

In Tanzania, there are two wet seasons and two dry seasons. The "long rains" run from March through May and the "short rains" run from November to mid-December. Outside these times is considered the dry season. It can still rain during the dry season but statistically, it is much drier. This makes January, February and June through to October the best time to climb the mountain.

What you need to climb Kilimanjaro

We have an extensive packing list on what you should bring with you when hiking Kilimanjaro. You can view this packing list here.

How to prepare to climb Kilimanjaro

We have classified Kilimanjaro as a level 5 expedition, for more information about our levels system click here. We expect participants to have a very good level of fitness. Although this is not a technical climb, it is very steep in places and you will be gaining height very quickly. The group moves at a comfortable pace and nobody is ever left behind. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health or ability to complete the trek. We strongly recommend that you read our information pack, which gives in detail on how you should prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro. You can read this document here.

Sustainability

B corporationCertified B-Corp

Earth’s Edge is a certified B-Corp. In fact, we are the highest scoring B-Corp travel company in Ireland. We are passionate about sustainable travel, bettering the lives of the people connected with the company and minimising our environmental impact.

Tree PlantingTree Planting

We are planting one native tree on your behalf in December 2023 in Co.Wicklow, Ireland. If you would like to plant more, please contact info@earths-edge.com . Each extra tree costs €5. If you would like to learn more about our tree planting click here.

Mountain Clean-upMountain Clean-Up

We are bringing three litter pickers on the mountain with us. While walking you will have the option to help us gather rubbish which we will dispose of responsibly after the climb.

 

 

Available Dates

4 June 2023 - 15 June 2023


10 Spaces Available Book Now

Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $5,523.00


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What Our Clients Say

Trip of a lifetime! Everything was really well organised,  with great leaders who really knew their stuff. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough!

Cara Murphy, Co. Dublin

Hands down the most special and amazing trip I have done to date, and coming from a well-seasoned traveler this is saying a lot! Climbing Kilimanjaro had been on my bucket list for quite some time and when I turned 40 this year, I decided…

Adele Woods, Co. Kildare

My recent trek to Kilimanjaro with the September 2nd group was a wonderful experience from the moment we arrived at Dublin Airport to returning to same was magical. Jono was a true leader and put us all at ease from the start. Mind you, he…

Pat O'Keefe, Co.Cork

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