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Tanzania: Women’s Kilimanjaro Climb
Surmount Africa’s tallest peak alongside a group of tenacious ladies.
Special Booking Conditions

This tour is subject to special payment terms. A 30% deposit is required to secure your space, with final payment due 120 days prior to departure. The following cancellation penalties apply:

  • up to 120 days prior to departure, 50% of the deposit, as well as any unrecoverable permit costs will be retained as a cancellation fee.
  • between 119-90 days prior to departure, we will retain 25% of the total trip cost as a cancellation fee.
  • between 89-60 days prior to departure, we will retain 50% of the total trip cost as a cancellation fee.
  • less than 60 days prior to departure, we will retain 100% of the total trip cost as a cancellation fee.

If full payment is not received 120 days prior to departure, Out Adventures reserves the right to cancel your booking based on the above cancellation terms.

Country info

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.

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 Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

ELECTRICITY: You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type D/G sockets. Visit http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/tanzania/ for more information. 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!

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.

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, youll 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.

How we travel

Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded women. Whatever’s on the itinerary—from fireside camping to five-star decadence—our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Travel Insurance

For everybody’s peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. 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.

Click here for more details on our requirements and how to obtain coverage. We highly recommend that you insure your full purchase, including trip cancellation and medical.

Your guide

All Out Adventures are 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. And just because we’re a LGBT tour operator doesn’t mean we’re exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.

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.

Itinerary disclaimer

The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only improve with feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It’s best to reference your final trip documents, rather than our website, in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.

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.

Meals

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

Starting Point

Mabahe Village Farm
Mbahe Village,
Marangu 6491
Tanzania

Standard check-in time is after 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check-ins, but you may store your luggage if you want to explore the area while you wait. If you want to guarantee an early check-in, you’ll need to reserve an extra night of accommodation.

Finishing Point

Pink Flamingo Boutique Hotel

Moshi Town
Tanzania

T +255 769 001 001

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. This packing list is a guideline, not gospel, but we are happy to answer any specific questions about how much (or little) to bring.

Travel Documents

  • Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance
  • Pre-trip packet
  • Credit/ATM card
  • Yellow Fever vaccine certificate if travelling from a country with risk of Yellow Fever

General Personal Items

  • Eye mask/Ear plugs
  • Alarm clock/watch
  • Camera, memory cards, Spare batteries
  • Smart device/charging cord
  • Portable battery/device charger
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Sunglasses with UV filter lenses

Shoes

  • Socks (Preferably both hiking and quick-dry socks)
  • Hiking boots (Waterproof and worn-in)
  • Running or comfortable shoes

Bottoms:

  • Underwear (Preferably sweat-wicking briefs)
  • Pants (Preferably lightweight hiking pants with zip-off legs)
  • Waterproof pants (Optional)
  • Shorts

Tops

  • Short-sleeved shirts (Preferably sweat-wicking)
  • Long-sleeved shirts (Preferably sweat-wicking)
  • Sweaters (Lightweight and preferably fleece)

Jackets

  • Mid-weight down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket/poncho

Camping Equipment

  • 4-season sleeping bag rated for -9C/15F
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Medium Pack/Duffel Bag for your main gear. If your bag is not waterproof, you should have a waterproof cover (50-70 litres of capacity. Porters will carry this each day to the next campsite)
  • Daypack (Around 20 litres should be enough)
  • Waterproof bag covers/liners, or plastic bags to keep your belongings dry
  • Supplements/snacks/inter-meal energy supplements and recovery drink powder/portable electrolyte replacement tablets
  • Travel Pillow

Other

  • Head lamp with spare batteries
  • Sunglasses/Hat
  • Refillable water bottle(s) – Consider a Camelbak or similar hydration system.
  • Walking sticks/poles (optional)
  • Warm, weather-resistant gloves
  • Warm hat for cold mornings
  • Hat to prevent sunburn & cover neck
  • Bandana/buff
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Earplugs

Health-related Items

  • Small First aid kit including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, zinc oxide tape and small scissors, blister pads, diarrhea tablets, dioralyte rehydration packs
  • Personal Medication
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • High protection sunscreen/lip balm
  • Insect repellent/bite cream/antihistamine
  • Antibacterial gel/wipes
  • Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
  • Vaseline to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
  • Blister pads such as Band-aid or Dr. Scholls blister cushions

*Our team of guides will also carry a more comprehensive first aid kit along with expired pressure retention masks for the treatment of severe cases of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

Groups within Groups

We love when groups of friends join us on an Out Adventure, whether you’re celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time. Here are some ways you can give us a hand, while also getting to know and befriending your fellow travellers:

  • Sit with (and get to know) different people at different meals
  • Mix up walking partners on excursions
  • Invite solo travellers to join you for an optional excursion or meal
  • Enjoy inside jokes in privacy, or let the group in on the secret ?

If you’d rather relish an exclusive escape with just your own party, we also offer private departures. This is a great way to create and manage your own holiday guest list, while possibly saving money as well. Please contact one of our Adventure Specialists if you’re interested in a customized quote.

Physical ratings & considerations

All Out Adventures guests must have a good level of health. All tours, regardless of activity level, involve uneven steps, stairs, walking tours, and you will be required to carry your own luggage from time to time. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate individuals with limited mobility unless they are willing to absorb the cost of a private guide/assistant which varies by country and is only possible on a case by case basis. It is also your responsibility to advise Out Adventures of any pre-existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of you requiring medical attention, or that may affect the normal conduct of the tour and the enjoyment of the tour by other participants.

Below is a breakdown of our Physical Rating guide.

1 – Relaxing

  • Very little or no hiking
  • Light activities such as walking, bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
  • Low altitude
  • Suitable for all fitness levels

2 – Light

  • Light walking and hiking (2 hours or less per day and at low altitude)
  • Light activities such as bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
  • Suitable for most fitness levels

3 – Average

  • Light walking and hiking (3 hours or less per day, rarely at high altitude)
  • Some activities such as biking, paddling or swimming. Active days are mixed with relaxed days
  • Suitable for an average fitness level

4 – Demanding

  • Walking, hiking is a component of the tour (can range from 2 hours to 6 hours per day, at various altitudes)
  • Activities such as biking, paddling or swimming may be mixed in
  • Suitable for a good fitness level

5 – Challenging

  • Walking, hiking, biking, paddling or kayaking are the vast majority of the trip (can range from 2 hours to 8 hours per day, generally at high altitude)
  • Activities will likely happen day after day with limited rest days
  • Suitable for above average fitness level

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