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IT'S LIFE CHANGING

Climb Kilimanjaro

Have you always wanted to travel to Africa but were unsure about doing it alone? Our CEO Jen Gurecki has spent nearly 20 years traveling and working on the continent, and along with Tusker Trails, has put together this trip so you can climb the highest peak and connect with the culture deeply and thoughtfully.

This 14-day trip through Kenya and Tanzania includes nine days of hiking the Lemosho Route of Kilimanjaro plus a visit to a small community in rural Kenya to meet the women of Zawadisha. Along the way you'll get to gaze at the stars from your tent, make lasting memories with new friends, and be wowed by the wildlife. 

Cost: $6,500 or $5,999 if you commit to fundraising $500 for Zawadisha

Dates: September 7th - 20th, 2024

Skill level: This trip is appropriate for intermediate to expert hikers.

Impact: All funds benefit Zawadisha, a micro-lending nonprofit serving women in rural Kenya founded by our CEO Jen Gurecki.

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Our Secret Sauce

When you book a Far Out Adventure you know that you can count on us to create a welcoming, inclusive, and safe space. We achieve this through things like monthly Zoom calls to get to know one another and sharing our pronouns.

We also work with locals who are excited to share the gems in their communities that will make your trip less touristy and more transformational.

Finally, we create intentional opportunities for growth and learning through thoughtful conversation on everything from our how to decolonize adventure travel to social issues that we care about the most.

What's Included

✔️ All meals, including a special welcome and farewell dinner

✔️ Transportation from Nairobi to Moshi

✔️ A route that prioritizes altitude acclimatization so that you can safely summit

✔️ A route that strategically avoids the crowds on the summit

✔️ Showers on the mountain!

✔️ Shared accommodation, including a mix of camping and guest houses/hotels

✔️ Highly qualified local guides

✔️ Wildlife game drives

✔️ Dancing, basket weaving, and a community visit with Zawadisha

Please note that international airfare, travel insurance, alcohol, and gratuity are not included.

September 7th - 20th, 2024

Itinerary

DAY 1, Sept. 7th: Karibu Kenya! Meet your fellow trekkers IRL, visit the Village Market Mall to stock up on any last minute needs, and join us for an afternoon orientation in Nairobi before you are treated to an incredible Ethiopian dinner and hotel stay.

DAY 2, Sept. 8th: Give yourself some time to get those jitters out and connect with your fellow climbers as we travel by train to the community Zawadisha calls home. You will be greeted by the women of Zawadisha and spend the evening at the remote Kivuli Camp in the Tsavo Conservancy. Keep your eyes peeled for more elephants, giraffes, and zebra on the drive to the camp and your ears open for late night lion roars. 

DAY 3, Sept. 9th: Get ready for an early morning game drive and then spend the day learning about life in rural Kenya from the women of Zawadisha. You'll travel into the community, visit a homesteads, and meet the Neema Women's Group. Bring your box of tissues and some extra cash for those handmade baskets ;)

DAY 4, Sept. 10th: Say goodbye to Kenya as you travel by car to Moshi to prepare for the hike. You'll meet your Tusker Mountain Guides
for the climb orientation and final equipment check. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your team leaders and share your thoughts about the climb.

You'll also get to meet Sarah, who runs Tusker's operations team with her husband Julian in Moshi. Sarah is descendent from Chagga Chief Mangi Meli who fought the encroachments of the Germans on Tanzania in the late 1800s.

After the gear check, you'll be able to spend time in Moshi, a lively and bustling Tanzanian town of the north. Here, you can explore the colorful Moshi market at the base of Kilimanjaro, immersing yourself in the vibrant culture and getting a true taste of the adventure that awaits!

DAY 5, Sept. 11: Day one of hiking Kili! Our journey begins with excitement at Londerossi on the western slopes. We enter the verdant Lemosho Glades in the montane forest, where vegetation riots and trees are queen.

As we trek through the dense forest, we're greeted by the majestic Hartlaub's Turaco with its stunning purple plumage, and the barking of Colobus monkeys shouting from the upper branches. After four awe-inspiring hours, we arrive at Tusker camp, nestled deep in the rain-forest amidst the towering trees of Mti Mkubw.

10,600-ft/2,972-m • 7.2 miles/11 km • 3-4 hours

DAY 6, Sept. 12th: After breakfast, we hit the trail, leaving the verdant rain-forest behind. Our path leads us upward, towards the Shira Plateau, a caldera formed by the collapse of one of Kilimanjaro's original trio of peaks: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.

We break for lunch, then set out again, climbing along the steep ridge towards the caldera's edge at 11,560-ft/3,534-m. As we trek through fields of heath and moorland, the landscape gradually opens up, offering breathtaking views of the caldera and our first view of Kibo Peak.

12,480-ft/3,804-m • 3.1 miles/5 km • 7-8 hours

DAY 7, Sept. 13th: With our bellies full from breakfast, we strike out towards the northeast, venturing across the rugged expanse
of the Shira Plateau.

Our destination? Moir Camp - a hidden gem nestled at the end of a colossal gorge, flanked by the imposing presence of a giant lava flow that we'll have the privilege of walking beneath. Before reaching our final stop, we take a well-deserved break for a hot lunch at Fisher Camp, halfway to Moir Camp.

13,650-ft/4,160-m • 6.2 miles/10 km • 7-8 hours

DAY 8, Sept. 14th:  With the dawn breaking, we set out on an uphill trek into the Alpine zone, towards the foreboding Lava Tower standing tall at 15,200-ft/4,633-m. As we reach the foot of the 320-ft/98 m tower, we take a well-deserved break for lunch, allowing our bodies to adjust to the altitude.

Then the steep 2,000-ft/610-m steep descent down into the Barranco Canyon takes us through a unique habitat, where Giant Senecios tower over us, and solitary Lobelias mark the trail. Our camp lies at the foot of the imposing Barranco Wall, with climbers from all corners of the globe buzzing with excitement for the next morning's climb up this monumental structure.

12,950-ft/3,950-m • 6.2 miles/10 km • 7-8 hours

DAY 9, Sept. 15th: With the sun rising, we're faced with our first major test: the imposing Barranco Wall. Our endurance and agility are tested as we climb this formidable obstacle. Throughout the day, we're mesmerized by the majestic presence of Kibo Peak, towering over us like an indomitable guardian.

Descending sharply into the Karanga Valley, we take a moment to catch our breath before launching into the final ascent to Karanga Camp, nestled
at the foot of Kibo. As we settle in for the night, we savor the rush of
adrenaline and the sense of accomplishment after overcoming yet another thrilling leg of this epic
journey.

13,230-ft/4,033-m • 3.6 miles/5.8 km • 4-5 hours

DAY 10, Sept. 16th: We push forward slowly towards Barafu High camp over the rocky terrain. The thin air forces us to take more breaks, but our spirits remain unbroken, knowing that the rewards that await us are well worth it.

Barafu camp, aptly named "ice" in Swahili, is true to its frigid reputation. Nevertheless, an electric energy permeates the camp, fueled by the thrill of the climb and the imminent challenge of reaching the summit tomorrow. As the clouds dance around us, the awe-inspiring Mawenzi peak looms at our backs, bathed in the warm hues of the African sun.

15,790-ft/4,813-m • 2.6 miles/4.18 km • 5 hours

DAY 11, Sept. 17th: It's your time to shine on summit day! You start
climbing Kilimanjaro before the sun rises, helping to avoid crowds. The steep and demanding ascent is no match for your determination as you reach the Crater rim by mid-day. The sight of Mawenzi Peak over
your shoulder and the towering ice-walls of the crater ahead fuel your
excitement. The ultimate prize is Uhuru Peak, the highest point in
Africa, just an hour away. At the summit, you bask in the breathtaking views during this unforgettable moment. Descending into the Crater camp for the night, just below the summit, you get a thrilling rush of euphoria, knowing that no one else is sleeping higher than you on the African Continent.

Summit: 19,341-ft/5,895-m • 2.55 miles/4.1 km • 6-7 hours

Crater Camp: 18,810-ft/5,733-m • 1.5 miles/2.4 km • 1 hour

Day 12, Sept. 18th: The descent through the scree is exciting. We make our way down the steep mountain, feeling the rush of adrenaline with each step. After two hours of downhill navigation, we reach Barafu, where we refuel with a much-needed lunch break.

But we're not done yet. We continue on, finally arriving at the magnificent Millennium Camp. As we settle in for the night, you can't help but feel a sense of adventure and awe. It's our last night on Mount Kilimanjaro, and we relish in the moment, enjoying a deep and restful sleep before tomorrow's final descent to the national park gate.

Millennium: 12,590-ft/3,837-m • 6.3 miles/10.1 km • 5-6 hours

Day 13, Sept. 19th: With a sense of accomplishment, you embark on the final leg of your climb. The downhill hike from Millennium Camp to the National Park Gate marks the end of your incredible journey. As you sign out, you revel in the memories of the challenging climb, the stunning views, and the camaraderie with your climbing team. A short ride back to the Bristol Cottages Hotel in Moshi awaits, where a well-deserved hot shower and a cold drink will refresh you. In the evening, you gather for a celebratory group dinner, reflecting on your extraordinary feat with pride and satisfaction.

Mweka Gate: 5,500-ft/1,676-m • 7.5 miles/12 km • 6 hours ~ Drive Moshi • 30 mins

Day 14, Sept. 20th: Enjoy a final breakfast at Bristol Cottages basking in the glow of Kilimanjaro and the memories created on the mountain. Hotel checkout is at 11:00, though dayrooms may be available, or you can spend the day by the pool before your flight home. Tusker will transfer you to the airport for your flight home or for your return flight to Nairobi.

FAQs

Do I need to be an expert hiker or hiked long distances before?

Nope! But you do need to train your mind and body. Our partner, Tusker, has put together this handy guide on how to train for a hike on Kilimanjaro for you.

How many people are going?

This trip is open to women and non-binary participants. Maximum 12 people will be on this trip. We will all have a chance to get to know each other before the trip through optional monthly Zoom calls.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes. Once you secure your spot with a non-refundable $250 deposit, we will connect you with our partner, Tusker Trail, to arrange all future payments.

I'm afraid of holding the group back -- should I still come?

YES! We will be able to split into two different guided groups so people can go at their own pace.

What will camping be like?

Tusker's founder, Eddie Frank, has spent over 48 years climbing this majestic peak and has put all of that knowledge and experience into designing the perfect camp experience for our climbers. From the ideal location to the custom-designed gear, the attention to detail is unparalleled. And, the food is nothing short of extraordinary.

This is the climbing camp that allows you to relax, recuperate, and recharge after a challenging day on the trail. It’s the mountain camp that truly represents the spirit of adventure, the idea that the journey is just as important as the destination. And that’s why they call it our Signature Mountain Camp.

Our custom designed walk-in tents are spacious and comfortable, complete with thick air/foam mattresses for a good night’s sleep and plenty of room to spread out. Dining tents, chairs, tables, and gas lighting create a cozy atmosphere for meals, and the occasional shower ensures that you can freshen up during your adventure.

On Kilimanjaro, our camp crew will set up your tent in some of the most breathtaking locations on earth, with views that will leave you spellbound.

What's the food like?

When it comes to the ultimate adventure of your life, it’s only fitting that the food you consume be just as extraordinary. And make no mistake, on your climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, sustenance will be the least of your concerns. We understand that true adventure calls for food that not only nourishes the body but ignites the senses. And that is exactly what you’ll discover as we conquer the mighty peaks of Kilimanjaro – culinary pleasures beyond compare.

That’s why we have enlisted the expertise of the renowned Culinary Institute of America, to craft our unparalleled menu and train our mountain chefs to perfection. During your climb, you will be treated to meals of extraordinary caliber, engineered to fuel you for the long and challenging days ahead. There may not be fancy table settings or crystal glasses, for this is a mountain climb, not a banquet. But make no mistake, what you’ll have are three incredible meals a day, prepared by masterful cooks in Tusker’s Adventure Kitchen, who work their magic – especially at high altitude. Imagine savoring hummus at such heights or indulging in fajitas at fifteen thousand feet.

Who's organizing this trip?

Jen Gurecki, our CEO and the founder of Zawadisha, is organizing this trip in collaboration with Tusker Trail, a 47-year-old ethical and sustainable tour organizer based out of Lake Tahoe. Your guide for this trip is Katie O'Brien, a Tahoe local who took her chances on pitching Jen on an all-women's Kili trip.

What about accommodation at guest houses?

Expect double occupancy, running water (should be hot), a cozy bed and mosquito net, internet (not always reliable in rural areas) and catered meals.

How does the donation/fundraising part work? 

You can opt for a reduced rate of $5,999 if you commit to fundraising a minimum of $500 for Zawadisha. You will have access to a personalized fundraising page like this one that makes it easy for you to raise tax-deductible donations. We do encourage everyone to fundraise so that we can make the most positive impact in the lives of the women Zawadisha serves. If you opt not to fundraise, the cost of the trip is $6,500.

Will I have to carry my own stuff?

No. Tusker’s dedicated camp crew will carry your food and all the equipment to your next camp each day so that you can relax and enjoy the comforts.

What about safety?

At Tusker, their guides are renowned for their experience and training, often called upon by the national park and other companies to assist with emergencies and evacuations. It is a testament to their expertise and skill that they are trusted and relied upon in these critical situations. Tusker guides take pride in their ability to handle any situation that may arise, and with their knowledge, experience and training, you can be confident that you are in the best of hands on your Kilimanjaro climb with Tusker.

How can I get to know the people on this trip?

We will hold optional monthly Zoom calls. Please be prepared to share your pronouns, the native land you reside on, and a little bit about yourself. You are welcome to join the calls before you commit to learn about the trip prior to booking. Please contact us for the registration link for the calls.

What's your refund policy? 

You can reserve your spot with us for a $250 non-refundable deposit. (You can apply this to future trips if you are not able to attend or donate it to Zawadisha.) From there, we will connect you with Katie to make your first $1,000 payment and you will work with the Tusker team on your payment plan.

The cancellation policy is as follows:

From time of reservation until 91 days prior to trip departure - US$250

90 to 61 days prior to trip departure – 25% of Land Cost

60 to 31 days prior to trip departure – 50% of Land Cost

30 days or less prior to trip departure – 100% of Land Cost

Rainchecks:

The Rain-check or postponement fee is $150 per person. You can postpone your trip up to 14 days before departure. No rain-checks or postponements are permitted less than 14 days before your trip departure. Contact Tusker if this is the case. We STRONGLY ADVISE you to buy Trip Cancellation and Interruption
Insurance. You will be required to either purchase coverage or sign a waiver accepting full financial responsibility for nonrefundable payments.

If we are able to give you a rain-check, we will hold the deposits that you have paid, and apply them to your new departure. The new price will be prevailing price at the time of the new departure. If you decide to cancel your trip completely, we will use your first notification to us as the cancellation date and base your cancellation fees on your original trip date and apply the appropriate cancellation fees.

What is your commitment to responsible tourism?

At Tusker Trail, they take the welfare of our climbing crew very seriously. That’s why thjey are proud to be an approved partner company with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) and the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) – Partner for Responsible Travel Program. Established in 2003, KPAP’s mission is to improve the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro, and they do an excellent job. Tusker has been a supporter of KPAP since its early days, and we are committed to ensuring that our crew is treated with the respect and care they deserve.

Our climbing crew is fully supported during our climbs, and our guides monitor their health in the same way they do for our overseas climbers. Tusker’s elite crew is easily recognizable on the mountain as the most well-equipped climbing team you will see on the mountain during your climb.

I Still Have Questions... HELP!

Best way to reach us is via email at hello@coalitionsnow.com, Monday through Friday. As a small team, we do our best to respond in less than 24 hours.

What else do I need to know?

Travel insurance is required. 

As is a commitment to creating a safe space for all participants. We have have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, intimidation, and/or verbal/physical abuse. 

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