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Behold Kilimanjaro’s towering silhouette against the Tanzanian horizon, an invitation to reach its majestic heights. This Lemosho Route expedition offers you a chance to venture into the heart of the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. With a remarkable 90% success rate, local all-woman crew and strategic acclimatization, the equatorial snow-capped wonder is now within reach. Add to that cultural tours before and after the trek, and you’ve got a superb African escapade merging a bucket-list adventure—perhaps your first of the 7 Summits—and broadening your horizons. Traverse from emerald rainforests to celestial alpine deserts, weaving bonds, pushing boundaries, and inscribing your narrative upon Kilimanjaro’s storied slopes.

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  • Community impact

    You’ll be joined by an all-woman team of Kilimanjaro experts—guides and crew members—that break the gender norms

  • Less-traveled route

    Climb Kilimanjaro via the route that offers scenic nature, fewer people, better acclimatization, and a 90% success rate

  • Cultural immersion

    Visit a traditional Chagga tribe village as well as nearby hot springs, savor local delicacies, learn about the locals’ customs

Itinerary

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey to the top of Kilimanjaro, led by a local all-woman crew. This all-inclusive adventure not only takes care of meals, accommodation, and airport transfers but also introduces you to a seamless 7 Summits climb that transcends the ordinary. Traverse emerald rainforests and ethereal alpine deserts alongside fellow women adventurers, forge lasting connections, celebrate triumphs, and savor the camaraderie that accompanies scaling this iconic peak. With every summit reached, a sense of accomplishment melds with breathtaking landscapes, uniting you in an extraordinary expedition.

  • Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Kilimanjaro trekking guide will warmly welcome you. An airport transfer to the charming town of Moshi is included. After settling in at your hotel, you’ll go through a gear check to ensure you’re fully prepared for your upcoming adventure. In the evening, you’ll meet your experienced trekking team over a delicious dinner, where your group will discuss the exciting journey ahead.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Moshi

    View of Kilimanjaro with a lush rainforest at its foot.
  • Today, your group will embark on an acclimatization hike to the magnificent Machame Waterfalls, nestled at the southern base of Mount Kilimanjaro amidst the Chagga tribe’s ancestral land. This journey will not only treat you to stunning landscapes and lush forests but also provide insight into the Chagga people’s traditions and lifestyles. Explore fascinating caves, hear captivating stories, and even partake in activities like coffee and banana farming. For lunch, savor traditional Chagga cuisine. You can choose to return to your hotel or immerse yourself further in Chagga culture.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Moshi

    A village of the Chagga tribe with traditional houses made of natural materials.
  • Early in the morning, you’ll be picked up at your hotel and head to Londorossi Gate for luggage distribution and weighing. At Lemosho Gate, the starting point of your trek, you’ll enjoy a lunch box before venturing into the rainforest. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as Colobus and Blue Monkeys as you hike through this lush, biodiverse ecosystem.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Trekking: 3-4 hours, 6.5 km (4 miles)
    Elevation gain: 396 m (1,300 ft)
    Accommodation: Camp at Big Tree Camp

    Trekkers starting the Lemosho Route to Kilimanjaro.
  • Today’s trek leads you through rainforest and into the heath moorland zone. Absorb the breathtaking views as you navigate the ridge of the Shira plateau. Reach Shira 1 Camp, where you’ll be treated to hot lunch and dinner, surrounded by the unique beauty of the heath moorland.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Trekking: 5-6 hours, 8.9 km (5.5 miles)
    Elevation gain: 719 m (2,359 ft)
    Accommodation: Camp at Shira 1 Camp

    Trekker and her guide enjoying breakfast at a camp on their way to the top of Kilimanjaro.
  • This easy-going day involves a hike through moorland, where you might spot animals like ackals and antelopes. Weather permitting, a detour to Cathedral Point offers stunning views and an opportunity to acclimatize. Return to Shira 2 Camp for another night in the highlands.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Trekking: 4-5 hours, 8 km (5 miles)
    Elevation gain: 295 m (970 ft)
    Accommodation: Camp at Shira 2 Camp

    A camp near low rainforest, Lemosho route, Kilimanjaro.
  • Ascend to the alpine desert zone, reaching Lava Tower for lunch and an important acclimatization stage. Descend to Barranco Camp for the night, allowing your body to adapt to the altitude. Don’t worry if you experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness—your guide will ensure your well-being.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Trekking: 6-7 hours, 10 km (6.2 miles)
    Elevation gain: 700 m (2,300 ft)
    Accommodation: Camp at Barranco Camp

    Trekkers enjoying moorland scenery during their Lemosho route Kilimanjaro climb.
  • Navigate rocky terrain and pass the famous “kissing rock” as you journey through the alpine desert. With a relatively short trekking day, you’ll have ample time to enjoy the surroundings. Reach Karanga Valley Camp and rest for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Trekking: 3-4 hours, 5 km (3.1 miles)
    Elevation gain: 340 m (1,110 ft)
    Accommodation: Camp at Karanga Valley Camp

    Trekkers walking through the alpine desert area during their Kilimanjaro climb.
  • Today’s hike leads you through the alpine zone, offering scenic views and unique Kilimanjaro flowers. Arrive at Barafu Camp, your base before the final summit push. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and an early dinner before your restful sleep in preparation for the summit ascent.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Trekking: 3-4 hours, 5 km (3.1 miles)
    Elevation gain: 678 m (2,220 ft)
    Accommodation: Camp at Barafu Camp

    A camp on the Lemosho route near the top of Kilimanjaro.
  • The exhilarating summit day arrives. Begin the hike around midnight, navigating with head torches. After reaching Stella Point, admire the glacier-filled crater before ascending to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Capture the moment with memorable pictures. Descend to either Millenium Camp or Mweka Camp for a well-deserved dinner and rest.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Trekking: 13-14 hours, 19 km (11.8 miles)
    Elevation gain: 1,222 m (4,010 ft)
    Descended altitude: 1,945 m (6,380 ft) or 2,795 m (9,170 ft)
    Accommodation: Camp at Millenium Camp or Mweka Camp

    Women-Only Kilimanjaro Trek via Lemosho Route.
  • Descend through the enchanting rainforest to Mweka Gate, your journey’s end. Receive your summit certificate, capture memories with your trekking team, and enjoy a last hot lunch. If desired, visit a nearby souvenir market before getting transferred back to your hotel to relax and celebrate your incredible achievement.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Trekking: 5-6 hours, 13 km (8 miles)
    Descended altitude: 2,317 m (7,600 ft) or 1,470 m (4,820 ft)
    Accommodation: Hotel in Moshi

    Mkubwa camp, Kilimanjaro.
  • Don’t miss out on this relaxing day trip while in the Kilimanjaro region, either before or after your mountain trek. You?ll be picked up after breakfast and take you to Kikuletwa Hotsprings, a true oasis. Located near Rundugai village, you’ll journey through Massai tribal lands, experiencing the pastoral life of this fascinating community. At the springs, refresh yourself in the warm, natural waters, swing into the pools, and unwind amidst lush surroundings. Enjoy a picnic or dine at the on-site restaurants.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Moshi

    Natural hot springs near Moshi, Tanzania.
  • After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your crew, fellow women adventurers and to Tanzania. An airport transfer from Moshi will be organized for you, unless you decide to extend your adventure by visiting a safari or touring on your own!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Trekkers taking a picture with people from the Chagga tribe wearing their folk costumes during a cultural tour.
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Meet your guides

Ekeney Njau
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Ekeney Njau
Meet Ekeney, a true embodiment of empowerment and tenacity. Eliakeney Njau, affectionately known as Ekeney, stands tall as the visionary founder and senior guide of Kilimanjaro Wanderwomen Tours. With an impressive record of over 70 successful Mount Kilimanjaro summits, Ekeney's journey is a living testament to breaking barriers and shaping destinies. Hailing from the Chagga tribe in Machame, she defied societal norms from a young age, proving that determination knows no boundaries. As the youngest of 10 siblings, Ekeney blazed a trail of her own, choosing the path of a porter at the age of 19 – a role traditionally dominated by men. Her unwavering spirit, combined with the camaraderie of fellow porters, fueled her ascent to the summit. Fuelled by sheer determination, she earned her Mountain Guide certification at the age of 26.
Kilimanjaro Wanderwomen Tours
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Kilimanjaro Wanderwomen Tours
Kilimanjaro Wanderwomen Tours
Kilimanjaro Wanderwomen Tours embodies empowerment and transformation, led by a commitment to equal opportunities and gender parity. Against the backdrop of a male-dominated industry and society, this tour company is rewriting the narrative. The team places a strong emphasis on the well-being of its members, ensuring secure environments, fair treatment, and wages exceeding the norm. This dedication extends to alleviating porter loads, providing quality gear, and offering nourishing meals. Established in December 2022, Kilimanjaro Wanderwomen Tours are forging new narratives, one climb at a time.
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An amazing hiking expedition with Ekeney and team.
Don M (source: Tripadvisor )

I had an amazing time with Ekeney and her team. They took very good care of me the entire time I was in Tanzania. They ensured I was mentally ready for the hike and during the hike, pampered me, consoled me and encouraged me all the way to the summit.

Warm, experienced and wonderful guide
Trine Rebekka S (source: Tripadvisor )

We booked Ekeney and her team in july 2019 for a Kilimanjaro climb, following the Lemosho route. This was a trip that I co-arranged with my business partner, and we had 3 paying customers with us. Ekeney had her team leaders Happiness and Baracka with her, as well as a larger team of porters, chef and others. It was easy to see her years of experience and her abilities to create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone involved in the trip. During the entire trip we felt well taken care of in all aspects, both in terms of safety, our physical as well as mental health. They frequently checked in with us on how everyone was doing, which made us feel safe and at ease. They also contributed to the group by being such wonderful, diverse and fun people. The whole team surprised Ekeney on top of the mountain as it was her birthday and it is an experience that I will never forget. I can highly recommend Ekeney as a guide and wish her and her whole team the best of luck. Asante sana!

Amazing
Gus G (source: Tripadvisor )

I climbed Kilimanjaro with Ekeney for New year 2021 ! What an expedition, what an experience. It feels like we were sister going dancing macarena all the way to the top !! I highly recommend to make any trip with her. She is the African sun that will light up any excursion you will do. Asante sana rafiki yangu

Phenomenal Females
Bridget B (source: Tripadvisor )

Wander Women were the most inspiring, capable & caring mountain goddesses to take care of my clients

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • All-female team (English-speaking & highly experienced): chef, waiter, 4-5 porters per client for the equipment and your personal luggage (max 15 kg)
      • Experienced, Wilderness First Responder trained trekking guides with extensive local knowledge of the area (one guide for every 1-2 clients)
      • Reliable support by local staff during your whole stay
      • Accommodation (11 nights in hotels and camps based on double occupancy)
      • All meals during Kilimanjaro trek (hot breakfasts, hot lunches, hot dinners, daily snacks)
      • Drinks during the climb (minimum 3 liters or sterilized water of trekking days plus water, tea and coffee at camps)
      • Airport transfers
      • Private bus from your hotel to Kilimanjaro National Park and back
      • Kilimanjaro National Park fees (entry, camping/hut, rescue, conservation, taxes)
      • Camping equipment (spacious twin-shared tent, 2-inch foam sleeping mattress, walk-in dining tent with table and chairs, wash basins with hot water in the mornings and evening, portable private toilet tent with toilet paper)
      • Safety equipment (pulse oximeter, first aid kit, oxygen bottle)

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Tanzania
      • Visa fee ($100 for US citizens and $50 for others)
      • Personal gear rentals
      • Mountaineering insurance — necessary, needs to cover high-altitude trekking up to 6,000 m (20,000 ft)
      • Guide gratuities — customary
  • For this guided Kilimanjaro trek via the Lemosho route, a very good fitness level is crucial. That said, this journey is more akin to a hiking expedition than a technical climb. If you can run for 30 minutes two to three times a week, and enjoy an all-day hike at weekends, you should be fine. Kilimanjaro’s ascent involves endurance and stamina, qualities that should be nurtured through consistent cardiovascular exercises and strength training prior to your adventure.

    What truly sets the Lemosho route apart is its careful design that accommodates gradual acclimatization. While maintaining an active lifestyle is key, remember that the supportive team of guides and porters is there to make your journey possible. Their expertise, combined with the route’s manageable incline, maximizes your odds of success, making the summit an attainable goal. Remember that altitude sickness is a real concern, but following your guide’s advice is essential to ensure your safety and success (the success rate is higher than 90% via Lemosho route). This extended 8-day timeline allows your body to adjust to the changing altitude and reduces the risk of altitude sickness.

    As you prepare for this awe-inspiring adventure, keep in mind that mental resilience and a positive attitude are equally as vital as physical readiness. Embrace the camaraderie among fellow trekkers, relish the stunning landscapes, and trust in the guidance provided by your experienced team.

  • You’re allowed to bring one duffel bag or backpack on the trek that will fit all your clothes and climbing gear. Please don’t bring suitcases or wheeled bags because porters carry your luggage on their shoulders or heads. The maximum weight of your luggage is 15 kg (30 lbs). Don’t over pack and make sure not to go over that limit. If you need anything from the lists below, let your guides know and they can help rent it. You should also keep in mind that your hotel offers a convenient storage solution for items you won’t be carrying on the trek.

    In general, bring comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking, wool, fleece, or synthetic material. Do not bring cotton blends. Please dress respectfully—it’s culturally appropriate and recommended in Tanzania to cover shoulders and ensure any skirts or pants are past the knees. Full-length tights while hiking are fine. Here’s a list of clothing we recommend you bring:

      • Hiking boots
      • 3-4 heavyweight socks
      • 3-4 lightweight socks
      • 6-8 underpants
      • Thermal base layers (1 lightweight, 1 mid-weight)
      • 1-2 hiking pants (can be full-length tights)
      • 2 mid-layer bottoms (fleece/wool)
      • Waterproof/rain pants
      • 4-5 quick-drying t-shirts
      • 2 mid-layer tops (fleece)
      • Waterproof winter coat
      • Rain jacket
      • Hat with brim/visor
      • Warm hat
      • Ski mask/balaclava
      • Waterproof gloves
      • Optional: scarf, hand/foot warmers, gaiters, bandana

    Here’s a list of toiletries:

      • Travel-size bottles in Ziploc bags (please note that it is illegal to bring plastic bags to Tanzania)
      • Shampoo and conditioner
      • Face and body wash
      • Toothbrush and toothpaste
      • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe), SPF 30+
      • Lip balm with SPF 30+
      • Bug spray with DEET
      • Feminine hygiene products
      • Ear plugs
      • Deodorant
      • Quick dry towel
      • Wet wipes
      • Female urinating device (funnel)
      • Personal mediation kit (painkiller like Aspirin/Paracetamol, malaria prophylaxis, possibly DIAMOX during the hike to prevent altitude sickness)

    Here’s a list of other equipment we recommend you bring:

      • Daypack for things you might need throughout the day
      • Sleeping bag (0-20°F / -18 to -6°C) — if you don’t bring your own, you can rent it with your guides
      • Headtorch with extra batteries
      • Water bottles (Nalgene water bottles heavily suggested) — you will need to have a minimum of 3 liters in your daypack, a combination of water bottles and camelbags if you’d like, but make sure to have at least one bottle as camelbags will freeze on summit day)
      • Granola/power bars
      • Outlet power converter — Tanzania has 230V Plug Type G outlets
  • During the Kilimanjaro guided tour, you will stay at campsites and sleep in a 2-person tent equipped with safari mattresses for added comfort. Tents are carried by the dedicated porters from campsite to campsite. While the camping experience doesn’t offer running water, showers, or electricity, you’ll be provided with warm water for a refreshing bowl wash in the evenings and mornings. Your camp will also feature a walk-in dining tent with table and chairs and a private portable toilet tent with toilet paper.

    Additionally, before and after the trek, you’ll enjoy the convenience and comfort of a mid-budget hotel in Moshi featuring double rooms. This will provide you with a relaxing space to unwind and rejuvenate before embarking on your adventure and after completing your trek.

  • Expect diverse weather during your guided Kilimanjaro adventure in late June to early July and late September to early October. Base temperatures range from 20°C to 32°C, while Kibo crater averages -7°C, dropping to -26°C. Kilimanjaro features five ecological zones, from rainforest to arctic.

    Main climbing seasons are July to September and December to February, offering dry, clear conditions for better summit chances. June to October is the driest but slightly colder. Rainy seasons from March to May and October to December mean fewer climbers, lush landscapes, and more snow atop the peak, ideal for photographers.

  • Tipping is customary and appreciated on your guided Kilimanjaro trekking trip. While your trek costs cover National Park fees, tipping the local team – guides, porters, and other crew members – is a meaningful way to show gratitude for their exceptional work. Tips significantly impact their lives and help support their families. The standard minimum is about 15% of your total trip cost per person, shared among the team. However, if service doesn’t meet expectations, tipping isn’t obligatory. Generous tipping is welcomed for outstanding service.

    Tipping is a historical tradition, recognizing crew efforts. This is crucial, especially after the pandemic’s impact on tourism and rising costs of living in Tanzania.

    To express gratitude, many also donate gear post-trip. Quality mountain gear is often unaffordable for local team members, making gear donations invaluable. Daily recommended tip rates vary:

      • Lead guide: $20 – 30
      • Assistant guide: $15 – 25
      • Cook: $15 – 25
      • Waiter: $10 – 15
      • Porter: $8 – 10
      • Toilet porter: $10 – 15

    Tipping usually happens in US-Dollars on the climb’s last day during a Kilimanjaro tipping ceremony, involving an envelope for each member of the crew.

  • Participants will eat a combination of local Tanzanian dishes and more western-style dishes during their guided Kilimanjaro trekking tour. Breakfasts typically include porridge, breads, eggs, pancakes and fruit. Lunches and dinners range from traditional Tanzanian staples of rice, beans, chapati (pancakes) and ugali (maize porridge), to coastal Tanzanian beef stews and vegetable curries, to more western soups, pastas, fried fish, stir fries, and salads.

    You will be accompanied by a team of chefs who will prepare meals for you in accordance with the altitudes you’re climbing. We also recommend bringing along some of your favorite snacks, especially granola or protein bars.

    Note for anaphylactic participants: Your guides will control the diet and take very careful precautions with allergies, but due to a number of other hikers on the mountain, some risk of cross-contamination exists. If you are comfortable with that, you can be accommodated on the program.

  • As you will be drinking lots of water during your guided Kilimanjaro hike/climb, you will be urinating a lot. Also, high altitude makes you urinate more frequently, even more so if you’re taking Diamonix. Using a female urinating device (a funnel) will be a great option to make it easier when there’s no bush or rock to hide behind! A portable toilet tent will be available for the night that you’re camping out, but all other nights you will be using the toilet in the hut.

    Regarding keeping your body clean on the mountain, you will be given a bowl of hot water in the mornings and once you reach the accommodation after hiking. Using wet wipes for “washing” your body is what most women do. You will probably not be able to give your hair a proper wash during your Kilimanjaro trek, so dry shampoo may be an option. Regarding your period, even if you don’t expect to have it during the climb, the altitude can mess with your hormones and induce it. Make sure to bring enough tampons and other sanitary products you might need.

    Please do not leave any toilet paper, wipes, etc. on the mountain. Pack biodegradable (compostable) disposable bags to put your hygienic rubbish in. You can get rid of these mornings before heading off.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this all-women Kilimanjaro trekking tour/guided climb, groups can consist of 12-15 participants. In case of more participants, the group will be separated into two.
      • It takes a minimum of 5 people for this tour to operate.
      • If more than 4 people book the tour, each gets a discount of $150.

    Kilimanjaro trekking via Lemosho route can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the Kilimanjaro trekking tour on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To reach the starting point of your expedition, you will need to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport on Day 1 of your itinerary. This is where your incredible journey begins. Upon your arrival at the airport, your designated guide will be there to warmly welcome you. They will ensure a smooth transition by providing you with an airport transfer to your hotel in Moshi.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in the Kilimanjaro areas of Tanzania please refer to the U.S. Department of State’s international travel information on Tanzania.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 20% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. If a Client cancels the Booking…

      • Anytime prior to 90 (ninety) calendar days prior to departure, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • 90-45 (ninety to forty-five) calendar days prior to departure, Client is entitled to a full refund minus the deposit.
      • 45-30 (forty-five to thirty) calendar days prior to departure, Client is entitled to a 75% refund of the total trip price.
      • 30-15 (thirty to fifteen) calendar days prior to departure, Client is entitled to a 50% refund of the total trip price.
      • 15-8 (fifteen to eight) calendar days prior to departure, Client is entitled to a 25% refund of the total trip price.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.

    Your guides reserve the right to cancel any tour without prior notice where it is unavoidable. In that case, they agree to refund all payments made by the client. Clients can also transfer the amount paid to an alternate date. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to force majeure, refunds will be less unrecoverable costs. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, your guides are entitled to withdraw from the contract before the start of the trip.

    Trip prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practice within the travel industry. Your guides reserve the right to impose surcharges due to unfavorable changes in exchange rates, increases in transportation or local operator costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. If any surcharges result in an increase of more than 10% of the trip price, you may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharges and obtain a full refund.

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