Climb Kilimanjaro

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Highlights

  • Standing on Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro
  • The challenge of a lifetime
  • Expert guides and a top notch, professional outfit
  • Travel with a small group of likeminded ladies
  • Luxurious post-Kili R&R in exotic Zanzibar

Key Facts

  •   Tanzania

  •   Great for active adventurers and bucket list tickers

  •   12 days

 

This adventure is the challenge of a lifetime. Join us to tackle Kilimanjaro and stand triumphant on the ‘roof of Africa’, followed by some well deserved R&R and a touch of luxury in Zanzibar in true Secret Women’s Series style.

There are various routes up Kilimanjaro but we’ve selected the Machame Route, known for its superior scenery, incredible views and variety of landscapes. It is not for the faint hearted, since the climb will be challenging, even for seasoned hikers, but no part of the route requires technical climbing skills and the exhilaration and pride will be worth every step up.

Our journey will begin in Arusha, where we’ll spend one night acclimatising in a beautiful lodge set in rambling gardens before transferring the following day to Machame Gate where our hike will begin. Over the next six days we will take in dense rainforest, swathes of Proteas and Erica flowers, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, ancient glacier ice, volcanic relics, rocky lunar landscapes and a surprising amount of wildlife including Black and White Colobus Monkeys and Blue Monkeys. We’ll cut through the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many huge senecio and lobelia plants, cross the Great Barranco Wall at an altitude of 4420 m and walk beneath Breach Wall, the largest ice and rock face in Africa. To summit we’ll ascend Stella Point on top of the crater rim, then continue to Uhuru Peak, the highest peak of Kilimanjaro at a monumental 5,895 metres above sea level. What a feeling!!

To round off our journey we’ll head to Zanzibar to spend four nights in tropical paradise. Staying in a luxurious beachhouse-style hotel in a secluded spot on the Northwestern coast of Zanzibar, we’ll swim and snorkel in turquoise waters, dine on freshly landed game fish and exotic spices, explore the island’s rich trading history and indulge in a spa treatment or two as we relax and recharge in style.

This journey will mark a lifetime achievement. Join us to take on Africa’s highest peak with the comradery and support of a small group of likeminded female travellers and realise the ambition of a lifetime.

 

Itinerary Details

Day 1 | Arusha               

Welcome to Tanzania        

Day 2 | Kilimanjaro

Hike through the montane forests to your first camp.

Day 3 | Kilimanjaro

Hike onto the open plains of the Shira Plateau 

Day 4 | Kilimanjaro

A long & tiring day essential for acclimitisation. Hike up towards the Lava Tower at 4500 meters before descending back to Barranco.

Day 5 | Kilimanjaro

Traverse the breach wall today before continuing eastwards and descending sharply into the Karanga Valley.

Day 6 | Kilimanjaro              

Depart on a short but steep ascent out of the valley before continuing the traverse across to Barafu.

Day 7 | Kilimanjaro

Hike up western breach to crater rim exploring the glaciers enroute (approx 6 hours)

Day 8 | Zanzibar                                 

Hike down to park headquarters and sign out of the park. Transfer to the the airport for a quick flight to Zanzibar. Evening at leisure upon arrival.

Day 9 | Zanzibar                         

Day at leisure to relax on site ‐ enjoy the beach, pool, or perhaps am optional spa treatment.

Day 10 | Zanzibar                                                                                

Enjoy the activities on offer.

Day 11 | Zanzibar                                                                                  

Choose to spend the day relaxing once more on‐site, or perhaps venture into Stone Town to explore.

Day 12 | Homeward bound                                                                                                                                                         

Enjoy a day at leisure on‐site then head to the airport in the late afternoon to begin your journey home or continue with your onward arrangements.

Thank you for joining us on this life changing journey.

Key Facts

  • 12 days
  • 25 August - 5 September 2019
  • Begins: Arusha | Ends: Zanzibar
  • For further details and a full itinerary please contact us
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