The Walking Connection in partnership with Team Diabetes has offered hiking adventures successfully raising funds for Canadian Diabetes Association since 2007. These exclusive events referred to as the iConquer series have taken Team D participants to the Grand Canyon South Rim, Costa Rica, Iceland, Peru, Kauai and Ireland.
And now together we are offering a variety of new adventures where you can join the Walking Connection scheduled departures on some of our great destinations around the world while raising money for CDA.
Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free standing mountain lies at your feet. If climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is on your bucket list, the Walking Connection is here to make this great adventure a reality.
“The trek and the mountain will teach you to THRIVE. Most importantly, through lots of introspection, each of us learned what it took for us to do what we did from the inside out. And that was worth every step!” – Gene Taylor co-founder of the Walking Connection on his return from Kilimanjaro
The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is the best ascent route in that it offers the complete Kilimanjaro experience, more acclimatization time, more culture, and more spectacular scenery. Note: this itinerary ascends via Stella Point and NOT the Western Breach and is for that reason considered to be a safer route. An 8 day ascent to the roof of Africa. Starting at Lemosho on the Western side and traversing across the most spectacular parts of the mountain including the Shira plateau, Lava Tower, Barranco valley and up to the summit via Stella Point. Descent is via the Mweka route.
The trip is fully supported with spacious guest tents, mattress and pillow as well as a mess tent with lightweight tables and chairs and all cutlery. Our trips also include a toilet tent in camp and most importantly knowledgeable professional guides that go through bi annual training. The logistics team at our base monitors your trip from start to finish.
You will experience: Afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, Lava Tower, Kilimanjaro – The Roof of Africa!
Since our inception in 1989 The Walking Connection has specialized in organizing and leading well-planned small group walking and hiking adventures to some of the most exciting destinations in the world. In 2003 we introduced our adventures as a fundraising opportunity to non-profits and since have helped raise over 23 million dollars.
Though working with non-profit teams, we have taken particular care to build our reputation around meeting the needs of each of our guests on every trip by creating itineraries based upon their abilities, fitness levels and interests. Next to safety, this is our highest priority.
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Lemosho Route.
We have designed this iConquer adventure where a high level of fitness and a keen interest in hiking to a high mountain summit is a must. You are probably familiar with the old advertising phrase, “Be All You Can Be,” and that is the mindset that this undertaking requires
Rather than abandon our core principles of meeting the needs of all of our guests on every trip, we have taken the features that make small group travel attractive and interlaced them with the sense of freedom that comes with independent travel. For this adventure you will depart as a small group on a set itinerary, but your opportunity to reach the summit is not dependent upon anyone else in the group. That means that if for any reason a person is unable or chooses not to continue at any point on the hike, we have made arrangements to get them off the mountain and your journey goes on. It also means that if for any reason you are unable or choose not to continue, you can begin your exit off the mountain at the safest point allowed by the guides and the group will will continue its ascent without you.
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7 Things Climbing Mr. Kilimanjaro Taught Me!, by Gene Taylor: GenesJourney.com
National Park Information: Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park
Mt. Kilimanjaro Wiki: Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park
Mt. Kilimanjaro WikiTravel: Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park
Here is a great article from Men’s Health about the hike. They did it a little differently than we will, but it gives a sense of what the overall experience is like! Enjoy it, then come hike Kili with us! Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park
On arrival you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to Arusha to a well appointed lodge. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with the climbs Manager and your guide. It is here that you get the first real sense that your undertaking is becoming a reality and that the lead guide sitting across the table from you is the guy you will be depending on for everything for the next eight days. Even then, the whole thing is still somewhat surreal, but no worries, reality will kick in soon enough. (D)
From our accommodation we set out in vehicles to the starting point of our Kilimanjaro climb, the Londorossi Gate, Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into a montane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon. The forest is still, warm, wet and provides a challenging first day beginning ascent. Moss hangs from the bird filled trees as the trail winds its way up the hill toward the Shira Plateau. The camp for the night is small but fairly crowded with eager hikers from around the world. It’s also a place where you gain your first sense of “I can do this,” confidence. Keep that thought, you’ll need it in the future. (B,L,D)
Hiking Distance: 3.73 mi., 6K
Elevation Start & End: 7,800′ – 9,500′, 2377m – 2895m
Elevation Gain: 1700′, 518m
Elevation Drop: 0
From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Here is where you get your first look at the entire mountain and sky’s allowing, your first view of the top of the mountain. The flora is still rich here and unusual flowers and plants are worth stopping and enjoying. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon. (B,L,D)
Hiking Distance: 5 mi., 8K
Elevation Start & End: 9,500′ – 11,500′, 2895m – 3505m
Elevation Gain: 2000′, 610m
Elevation Drop: 0
Crossing the Shira plateau can be one of the most scenic parts of the trip and this morning we hike for around 3-4 hours to the lunch point. After lunch we ascend to Moir camp, arriving in the mid afternoon. For those with the energy a hike in the late afternoon is possible. (B,L,D)
Hiking Distance: 5.5 mi., 9K
Elevation Start & End: 11,500′ – 13451′, 3505m – 4100m
Elevation Gain: 1951′, 595m
Elevation Drop: 0
From Moir we traverse across the slopes of Kibo. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. Lunch is normally taken close to Lava Tower and for those that feel very strong there is an optional ascent of Lava Tower before descending down to Barranco camp in the afternoon. (B,L,D)
Hiking Distance: 6 mi., 10K
Elevation Start & End: 12600′ – 12800′, 3840m – 3900m
Elevation Max: 15100′, 4602m
Elevation Gain: 2500′, 595m
Elevation Drop: 2300′, 701m
You now have a relatively short day to Karanga camp, after conquering the Barranco Wall. The selection of Karanga camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatisation and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you. (B,L,D)
Hiking Distance: 3 mi., 5K
Elevation Start & End: 12800′ – 13450′, 3900m – 4100m
Elevation Max: 13780′, 4200m
Elevation Gain: 980′, 299m
Elevation Drop: 330′, 101m
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu Camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. (B,L,D)
Hiking Distance: 2 mi., 4K
Elevation Start & End: 13450′ – 15100′, 4100m – 4602m
Elevation Gain: 1650′, 503m
Elevation Drop: 0
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp before dusk. (B,L,D)
Barafu to Stella Point to Uhuru Peak to Stella Point to Barafu
Hiking Distance: 4mi., 8K
Elevation Start & End: 15100′ – 15100′, 4602m – 4602m
Elevation Max: 19340′, 5895m
Elevation Gain: 4240′, 1292m
Elevation Drop: 4240′, 1292m
Barafu to Mweka Camp
Hiking Distance: 4mi., 8K
Elevation Start & End: 15100′ – 10065′, 4602m – 3068m
Elevation Gain: 0
Elevation Drop: 5035′, 1535m
After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your lodge for a well deserved shower! (B,L,D)
Hiking Distance: 6 mi., 10K
Elevation Start & End: 10065′ – 5380′, 3068m – 1640m
Elevation Gain: 0
Elevation Drop: 4685′, 1428m
After breakfast depart for the airport…or better yet — Come On A Safari With Us!!!
Safari Optional Extensions Available
You have come this far… treat yourself to a 3 or 5 day safari to experience the incredible wildlife that Tanzania has to offer. Several adventures are available, ask for details: email@example.com. (B)
Guide Crew, Managers and Porters
On average, there will be a average of 10-12 crew members for each hiker. While that may seem like a lot of people, keep in mind that the expedition is over eight total days where complete camps have to be carried up and down the mountain, complete with everything we need including fresh food, safety gear, oxygen, mess tents and more.
They are a well motivated professional team that not only guide you safely on the mountain but also educate and inform clients about the various environments they walk through. Endemic flora and the relationship of man and beast have all shaped Kilimanjaro’s ecology and the geology is a unique and fascinating.
Our Kilimanjaro private camps are set up every step of the way and ready for when you arrive into camp in the afternoon. A mess tent contains a table, chairs, and all cutlery. Guest tents fit 2 people comfortably with pillows, 3 inch mattress, (-30F) sleeping bag, and thermal liner. A separate toilet tent is also set up on the perimeter for private and cleaner bathroom facilities.
Your Walking Connection Experience Does Not Include:
*Itinerary: Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.
**PLEASE NOTE: Emergency medical evacuation is provided. HOWEVER, participants and guests are responsible for all costs and expenses including but not limited to any emergency air transportation, domestic or international air transportation, ground transportation, medical attention, doctors, nurses, hospital fees and any other item associated with medical or any related heath care services provided.
Adventure expeditions with the Walking Connection are geared toward your success and enjoying them from “Top To Bottom,” (Canyoneering), “Bottom To Top,” (Mountaineering) and “From One End To The Other,” on multi-day treks. Key parts of that success are the preparation, physical training and extensive planning that goes into every journey before it ever begins. With the Walking Connection, you only have to do the first two; prepare yourself and physically train. We do the planning!
For our Mt. Kilimanjaro adventure, we have a goal oriented program that describes where you should be with regard to your physical capabilities in order to have the best chance at accomplishing the goal of reaching the summit. It is designed to help you over three months and includes benchmarks for walking, hiking and endurance preparation. We provide a day-by-day elevation gain/loss chart and descriptions so that you know what to expect on the hike.
Additionally, we provide a comprehensive pre-trip planning guide that includes a guest orientation, gear list, recommendations for everything you will will need and want on your adventure such as inoculations, what it is like to travel in Tanzania, personal safety information, etc. Finally you’ll receive a detailed “Know Before You Go,” that covers all of the logistics, your personal itinerary and more travel recommendations that will help you succeed and enjoy your adventure.
A Word About Safety
Safety is a shared responsibility. For our part, we have meticulously planned an adventure that includes a well- traveled route operated by well-trained and seasoned professional team of guides and camp managers. They are experienced in mountain hiking and high altitude acclimatization, and they maintain ongoing training and certifications in CPR and first aid. They have first hand knowledge and experience in all aspects of hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro and in case of medical mishap, illness or emergency, have a medical response and evacuation plan in place. As well, they are in daily contact via radio/mobile and satellite phone with the base operation at the bottom of the mountain to coordinate any immediate response that may be necessary. We also provide you with detailed information prior to your trip so that you can prepare yourself accordingly to handle the rigors of the adventure.
For your part, we expect and anticipate that you will have done all you can do to prepare yourself physically and mentally to give yourself the best opportunity to succeed on the adventure. That includes checking with your healthcare professional to be sure you are healthy, getting the appropriate inoculations and properly outfitting yourself with the appropriate gear for the adventure. Communicating with us every step of the way, from training through your journey up and down the mountain is critical for a safe and successful adventure. You’ll find us receptive to your questions and comments and able to provide you with accurate and detailed information whenever you need it.
Travel Insurance that includes medical evacuation and transport is essential and as important as your hiking boots, passport, prescription medication. We require you to provide us with the name, policy number and specific communication/contact information should we have to contact them on your behalf. Regretfully, we cannot accept anyone on this trip who does not have insurance.
Double occupancy: The fundraising minimum for this adventure is $10,000 CAD and is for double occupancy – (two participants per room/tent). *Please see Price Variations below.
Single occupancy: $400 single supplement (Paid for by participant). Single accommodations are available on a limited basis.
Deposits: An initial deposit of $100 USD (NON-REFUNDABLE) per person is required to reserve your space. No space will be held without a complete deposit. Deposits may be made by check or credit card. Our tour prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuation at the time of final payment.
Tanzania visas: Visas are required for all U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Tanzania. We recommend securing documentation prior to arrival. The Walking Connection will supply information for the proper paper work for all guests.
Itinerary: Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.
Travel Roommates and Single Supplements: If you have registered for double occupancy but don’t have a travel roommate, the Walking Connection will attempt to locate one for you. In the event that a roommate cannot be found, you may be charged for a Single Supplement for any portion of the trip where you will be rooming as a single.
*PRICE VARIATION – Prices are based upon the current government fees for park and sanctuary entry and all taxes at the time of publication of this web page. Should the government impose any new taxes, raise the current tax or increase the entry cost to any park or sanctuary, the price increase will be passed along and charged to you. You will be notified of this increase at the time we are notified. All payments received by us are subject to the cancellation policy already published and in effect.
TRAVEL INSURANCE THAT CONTAINS EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT, HOSPITALIZATION, EMERGENCY EVACUATION AND MEDICAL TRANSPORT BACK TO THE USA IS REQUIRED.
It is REQUIRED that clients take out adequate insurance cover against all risks associated with adventure travel, this means appropriate travel and medical insurance prior to departure of clients from their country of origin. A climb or safari is an adventure holiday and accordingly the Walking Connection, Adventure International, LLC or their officers and employees shall be liable in way for any loss or damages expenses or costs arising from any incident involving clients that may occur whilst using any of the services provided by the Walking Connection, Adventure International, LLC or third parties contracted by the company. Insurance should at least cover: personal accident, medical expenses, hospitalization, repatriation, trip curtailment, cancellation, and loss of valuables.
Your Walking Connection Experience Does Not Include: