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 World’s First All-Female Kilimanjaro Expedition in collaboration with Galz Gone Wild.
The World’s First All-Female Kilimanjaro Expedition in collaboration with Galz Gone Wild
This trek to the top of Kilimanjaro will be an expedition like no other. For the first time ever, this women-only expedition will be led by an entirely female team, from the guides to the porters. That means our trip will be the world’s first all-female expedition to Africa’s tallest mountain. At Earth’s Edge, we’re passionate about equality and female empowerment, which is why we’re running this groundbreaking trek. We’re not only going to be using our existing team of female porters on the ground in Tanzania, but recruiting and training new ones, to encourage more women into the industry. Maggie Samson is the Director of Operations in Tanzania, she 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, then they can progress into guiding”. We have teamed up with Galz Gone Wild to bring an amazing group of Irish women to climb this mountain. There will be a total of over a hundred proud Irish and Tanzanian women climbing to the roof of Africa, forming life long friendships and bonds!
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 Galz Gone Wild Expedition
There are a number of added extras Galz Gone Wild is offering with their expedition. They are all optional, but we would love you to partake in them all.
Training Days and Weekend
GGW will be hosting five pre-departure training events. Four individual training days spread throughout 2022 on Slieve Donard, Lugnaquilla, Mweelrea and Carrauntohill. There will also be a weekend event in Glendalough in May. You will also meet an expedition leader, expedition doctor and your fellow adventurers. On the training weekend you will get a full expedition briefing while also going on two training hikes. In addition, we will be offering expert advice on all aspects of the expedition including training, equipment, weather etc. You will need to register for the events once you have booked your place via the Earth’s Edge booking portal. Training days are included within the price of the trip. However, food and accommodation required for the training events are not included.
Team Facebook Group
GGW would like to invite everyone to a private group where you can meet each other, share pictures, share progress and get excited about this trip of a lifetime. Members of the Earth’s Edge team will also be in the group to help us with anything that is needed.
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.
Earth’s Edge is a certified B-Corp. In fact, we are the highest scoring B-Corp in Ireland. We are passionate about sustainable travel, bettering the lives of the people connected with the company and minimising our environmental impact.
We are planting three native trees on your behalf in December 2022 in Co.Wicklow, Ireland. If you would like to plant more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Each extra tree costs €1. If you would like to learn more about our tree planting click here.
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 two months prior to departure.
Your fees include the following;
- Return international flights from Dublin to Kilimanjaro (UK flights not included)
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition leader
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition doctor
- Training Days/Weekend
- Local guides, porters and support staff
- All accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels and camping throughout the duration
- All meals (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
Flying from the UK?
You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option on the 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.
Day 1 Dublin to Tanzania.↓
Depart Dublin in the evening for Tanzania. Fly via Addis Ababa.
Day 2 Arrive in Tanzania↓
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.
Day 3 Drive Arusha to Machame Gate and trek to Machame Camp, 7 hrs.↓
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.
Day 4 Trek Machame Camp to Shira Camp, 6 hrs.↓
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.
Day 5 Trek Shira Camp to Barranco Camp, 7 hrs.↓
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
Day 6 Trek Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp, 5 hrs.↓
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.
Day 7 Trek Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp, 5 hrs.↓
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.
Day 8 Trek Kosovo Camp to Uhuru Peak to Millennium Camp, 14 hrs.↓
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.
Day 9 Trek Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate and drive to Arusha, 6 hrs.↓
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.
Day 10 Day of leisure↓
Relax by the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!
Day 11 Depart Tanzania↓
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.
Day 12 Arrive Dublin↓
Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.
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.
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.
17 July 2022 - 28 July 2022
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