Gladys Adenture

Gladys Adventure
Open Group Climbs

Gladys Adventure offers both private climbs and open group climbs. A private climb can begin any day of the year, using any route. Each private group has the option of keeping the group closed or allowing others to join. We will never add people to a private climb without consent of the group. Most of the climbs by Gladys Adventure are private climbs. But by popular request, we also offer open group climbs - our most affordable way of climbing. There is no minimum number of people for the climb to be held and no maximum number for the group. So far our open group climbs average 5 climbers. In the past year the largest has been 16 people and the smallest has been 1 person. For the open group climbs, it is understood that additional climbers will be added without consultation. The open group climb packages includes 2 nights accommodations at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, the night before the climb and the night after the climb finishes. We can offer alternative accommodations or offer you a price without any accommodations in Moshi included.

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs

Click to view dates -- The start date is the first day on the mountain. You should plan on being in Moshi anytime the day before the start date. All prices are quoted in USD.

  • 04 - 11 September Lemosho 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
  • 09 - 17 September Grand Traverse 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
    A private toilet tent is required for this route. The fee of $150 will be divided up among the participants.
  • 20 - 26 September Lemosho 7 days Full Moon climb
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $2176/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2076/person
  • 29 September - 05 October Machame 7 days
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2086/person
    5+ climbers total: $1996/person
  • 01 - 08 October Lemosho 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
  • 07 - 13 October Machame 7 days
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2086/person
    5+ climbers total: $1996/person
  • 15 - 22 October Grand Traverse 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
    A private toilet tent is required for this route. The fee of $150 will be divided up among the participants.
  • 18 - 24 October Lemosho 7 days New!
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $2176/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2076/person
  • 29 October - 04 November Lemosho 7 days
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $2176/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2076/person
  • 17 - 24 November Grand Traverse 8 days Full Moon climb
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
    A private toilet tent is required for this route. The fee of $150 will be divided up among the participants.
  • 30 November - 06 December Rongai 7 days
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $2176/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2076/person
  • 17 - 23 December Machame 7 days Full Moon climb
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2086/person
    5+ climbers total: $1996/person
  • 19 - 26 December Lemosho 8 days Christmas Day summit
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
  • 25 - 30 December Machame 6 days
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $1830/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $1735/person
  • 25 December - 01 January Grand Traverse 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
    A private toilet tent is required for this route. The fee of $150 will be divided up among the participants.
  • 27 December - 02 January Lemosho 7 days New Year’s summit
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $2176/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2076/person
  • 05 - 11 January Machame 7 days
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2086/person
    5+ climbers total: $1996/person
  • 15 - 22 January Grand Traverse 8 days revised date
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
    A private toilet tent is required for this route. The fee of $150 will be divided up among the participants.
  • 21 - 28 January Lemosho 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
  • 28 January - 04 February Grand Traverse 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
    A private toilet tent is required for this route. The fee of $150 will be divided up among the participants.
  • 03 - 10 February Lemosho 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
  • 06 - 12 February Lemosho 7 days
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $2176/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2076/person
  • 15 - 21 February Machame 7 days full moon climb
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2086/person
    5+ climbers total: $1996/person
  • 05 - 12 March Lemosho 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2409/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2299/person
  • 16 - 22 March Machame 7 days full moon climb
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2086/person
    5+ climbers total: $1996/person
  • 15 - 21 April Machame 7 days full moon climb
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2086/person
    5+ climbers total: $1996/person
  • 24 - 30 April Rongai 6 days new date
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $1890/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $1805/person
  • 14 - 20 May Machame 7 days full moon climb
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2086/person
    5+ climbers total: $1996/person
  • 01 - 07 June Machame 7 days
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2116/person
    5+ climbers total: $2026/person
  • 11 - 18 June Lemosho 8 days full moon climb
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2439/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2329/person
  • 25 - 30 June Machame 6 days
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $1860/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $1765/person
  • 04 - 11 July Grand Traverse 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2439/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2329/person
    A private toilet tent is required for this route. The fee of $150 will be divided up among the participants.
  • 12 - 18 July Machame 7 days full moon climb
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2116/person
    5+ climbers total: $2026/person
  • 21 - 27 Lemosho 7 days
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $2206/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2106/person
  • 01 - 06 August Machame 6 days
    If 1 - 4 climbers total: $1860/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $1765/person
  • 09 - 16 August Grand Traverse 8 days Full moon climb
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2439/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2329/person
    A private toilet tent is required for this route. The fee of $150 will be divided up among the participants.
  • 17 - 23 August Machame 7 days
    1 - 4 climbers total: $2116/person
    5+ climbers total: $2026/person
  • 22 - 29 August Lemosho 8 days
    If 1- 4 climbers total: $2439/person
    If 5+ climbers total: $2329/person

Climb package includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop off - Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
  • Accommodation one night before and one night after the trek in Moshi
  • All park fees and rescue fees for the national park including 18% VAT
  • All meals and water while on the mountain
  • All salaries for guides, assistant guides, chef, porters
  • Transport to and from the park gate
  • Oxygen for altitude sickness emergencies
  • All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)

Open Group Climbs include special welcome dinner and celebration dinner.

To secure a spot in one of these climbs or for more information
contact us though our Info Request page.
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Private Climb or Open Group -- Which is better?

Each option has its advantages. Lets help you consider which is best for you...

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We offer both open group and private group climbs. Most climbs that we do are through private climbs. While on the mountain, the climbs are identical. We use the same guides, same equipment, same meals.

Private Climb

  • Freedom of choice -- You can start your climb and day of the year and any route that you choose.
  • Control over itinerary -- even the day before the climb you can make adjustments in start date, number of days and route. While on the mountain, if you are feeling strong, you can even with the approval of the guide, eliminate the acclimatization day (note that there cannot be a rebate for unused days since park fees are paid in advance). Or you can add an extra day while on the mountain if need be. Non standard options such as ascending via Western Breach, overnight at Crater Camp or daytime summits are available with private climbs only.
  • Control of the group -- You are in control of how many people are in the group and who is joining you. - Even if you request us to find others for your group, we will always consult you before allowing them to join.
  • Discounted Groups -- We offer discounts for both current Peace Corp volunteers, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and their travel partners. This is done with private climbs only.

Open Group Climb

  • Price -- The open group climbs are the least expensive climbs that we offer. The only discounts that are possible on these climbs are park fees discounts that the government allows for expatriates having Tanzanian residence permits, East African citizens or youths under 16 years old.
  • Social -- Especially if you are traveling alone, this is a way to meet friends. Many times clients who have met on the mountain decide to go on safari or day trip together afterwards. Open Group Climbs include a welcome dinner and celebration dinner together.

Is opening up a private group to others the same as an open group climb? A: No. A private group climb will never be as inexpensive as an open group climb. If you have a private group and wish to open it up for others, the price will only be reduced if others join and the amount for the climb will never be the same as an open group climb. But, you will always be in control of the group. Before anyone is added, we would seek your appoval first.

How large are the open group climbs? A: So far the open groups have been averaging 4 - 5 climbers. We have no minimum or maximum number for the climbs. The number of climb staff varies according to the number of climbers. The largest open group climb that we have had so far has been 16 people. We have had a few open group climbs with only one climber.

We welcome any questions or further information requests.

Partners for Responsible Travel

We are proud partners of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Program. Click to read about their valuable program. Kilimanjaro Porters Association

Climb Staff Tipping

What you need to know about the tipping process and procedures...

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Everything you need to know about mountain crew tipping

How many crew members will there be on my climb?
While we will know in advance how many guides, assistant guides and cooks you will have for a climb, we will not know how many porters will be used until the morning of the climb. The maximum weight allowed for each porter to carry is 20kg. They are allowed 5kg of personal gear that reduces the amount of other weight that will be carried. Of course, they also need 3 meals a day and a mattress (not all companies supply these for porters, but we do). So once the total weight of all itmes being brought on the mountain is weighed we will know the definite crew numbers. Typically for a small group (4 climbers or less), a rough estimate of the number of porters is 4 porters/climber. For larger groups, approximately 3 porters per climber. Marangu route (overnights in huts) will use about 1 porter per climber less. While we can accommodate group sizes of any number, the national park treats groups over 10 people as 2 climbs. This means that for more than 10 in your group, there will be 2 head guides, 2 cooks, etc. The group will still be together as one group on the mountain though.

How much is a recommended tip?
Recommended tipping rates range from
$20 - $30/day for head guide
$15 - $20/day for each assistant guide
$15 - $20/day for cook
$5 - $7/day for each porter
These are only guidelines. It is up to you and your budget if you want to vary from this. Some porters will have special duties in addition such as waiters and summit porters. You may consider adding an amount for these porters.

Exactly how and when is the tipping done?
You will not need to bring any money with you on the mountain. You will distribute tips when you get back to Gladys Adventure office after the climb. At the last camp, you will be given a paper listing everyone on the climb staff. You can discuss with others in your group how much you want to tip. If you wish, you can write down the amounts for each staff person and at the gate after finishing the climb you can announce the amount OR ... if you are too tired (not uncommon) at the camp or if you want input from our office you can wait until you get to our office. You do not need to ask and should not ask any of the climb staff about recommendations. Also, you should not feel pressured by any staff member to tip a certain amount or even any discussion about tips. If you have any questions at all, our office staff will be glad to help you once you return to Moshi. If you feel that certain crew members are pressuring you directly or indirectly be sure to let us know. Tactics include telling embellished hardship stories to gain your sympathy. Another is to purposely dress poorly. We make sure before the climb that all porters have proper shoes and jackets. If they are not wearing proper gear while on the mountian, they are trying to fool you. Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) has gear for any porter in need and their office is located 20 meters from our office. At our office, you can collect the money from each climb member and put them in individual envelopes that we will supply - one envelope for each climb staff member. They will then be distributed to the climb staff in your presence. If you need to go to an ATM we can take you. Unfortunately, tips cannot be paid through credit cards since the government will automatically treat this as a payment made to Gladys Adventure and charge us 18% VAT.

Sometimes we have clients who do not like the concept of tipping but want to make sure that the staff is adaquately provided for. It is ok to allot extra money to be paid as salary for the staff. The staff would then be told before the climb that their pay is being increased for the climb but no tips will be given afterwards.

If you wish to donate gear such as walking poles, clothing, etc this is best done through the office staff at Gladys Adventure or through KPAP office. The gear will then be distributed under supervision of KPAP.

Travel/Medical Insurance and Evacuation Insurance

For all Mt Kilimanjaro treks we require each client to have basic medical coverage and also mountain emergency evacuation coverage...

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Travel/Medical Insurance and Evacuation Insurance

For Mt Kilimanjaro climbs we require medical insurance coverage and emergency evacuation insurance. You must be sure that this covers non technical trekking up to 6,000m. We also require emergency evacuation insurance in case you need to be airlifted off the mountain. This may be included in the policy already or you may have to purchase this as an add on.

Kilimanjaro SAR (Search and Rescue) is a Moshi based company which started operation in 2018 offering helicopter rescue. The helicopters are fitted with emergency room equipment and fly with a doctor and an emergency room nurse. They are based at Moshi airport (small regional airport) and promise to be in the air 5 minutes after receiving an emergency call. The cost of an evacuation flight back to Moshi airport is approximately $5,000 USD. Of this, approximately half this cost is for the actual flight. The other half is for the medical staff, equipment and treatment on the mountain and during the flight. If you choose, you can assume the risk of emergency evacuation yourself by signing a waiver before the climb. If emergency evacuation is required, you will be financially responsible for the rescue flight once you are healthy.

Through experience, we find World Nomads to be a good provider (www.worldnomads.com) EXCEPT...if you are from the U.S. there is a problem with World Nomads for U.S. residents where they will require you to pay for the evacuation then reimburse you. Instead you should consider using Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance (ripcordrescuetravelinsurance.com). This feedback was sent to us from Kilimanjaro SAR based on their experience. Other companies that our clients commonly use include AIG, Priceline, I-Trek, Columbus Direct, Virgin and Simply Travel Insurance.

Q: Doesn't Kilimanjaro National Park already charge a rescue fee? Doesn’t this provide coverage?
A: There is a mandatory fee of $20/climber. This previously went to maintenance of one wheeled rescue stretchers, not towards evacuation costs. The one wheeled stretcher is a very rough ride down the mountain, often adding injuries. They are in the process of discontinuing the maintenance of these. Instead, now with Kilimanjaro SAR in operation, the fee will go to establish and maintain landing sites for the helicopter.

Q: If I cannot summit will I always be airlifted off the mountain?
A: No, this is always a last resort. The vast majority of altitude related sickness is alleviated simply by descending. If the person is able to walk, they will be brought down under the guidance of an assistant guide (or head guide) and porters. If unable to walk, we provide a portable stretcher (carried - no wheels) to carry the person down the mountain. Only under severe circumstances will a helicopter rescue be called.

Kilimanjaro SAR has a few helicpoters available. For healthy clients who have reached the summit but do not care to walk down the mountain, the company offers what they term a Hero Flight where they will fly you down the mountain. The price for this is approximately $2,500 and is not covered by any insurance plan. Contact us if you are interested in this option. They also offer helicopter sightseeing tours of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Mountain Packing List

What you need for a safe and comfortable trek...

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Mountain Packing List

mountain packing list items

Before your climb we will go through a piece by piece equipment cheeck with you. Any item that you need can be rented at our shop (no prior reservations required). As our client you will receive a 50% discount from our listed prices. If you need to rent every item, this can be done for $180 (client price).

Equipment

  • 1 - Sleeping Bag -- we suggest a comfort rating of 0 °C (32 °F) plus a liner.
  • 1 - Trekking Poles, collapsable
  • 1 - Head lamp, with extra batteries
  • 1 - Duffel bag, 85L capacity or larger, for porters to carry your equipment
  • 1 - Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear

Accessories

  • 1 - Sunglasses or Goggles ---important to be polarized
  • 1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof
  • 1 - 3 - Water Bottle(s) (Nalgene, 32 oz.)----you will need to carry 3L of water with you each day. It is best that not all water is in a Camelbak since too much chance of system breakdown or line freezing so best that at least some of your water is in a bottle. The park will not allow disposable bottles on the mountain.
  • 1 - Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters)--or carry 3L in water bottles as an alternative
  • 1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
  • 1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended - not as important if you have a private toilet tent)
  • Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

Technical Clothing

  • 1 - Waterproof Jacket/Poncho, breathable with hood
  • 1 - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
  • 1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
  • 2 - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 - Waterproof Pants, breathable (side zipper is ideal)
  • 2 - Hiking Pants
  • 1 - Fleece Pants
  • 1 - Shorts (optional)
  • 1 - Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 5 - Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended
  • 2 - Sport Bra (women)

Headwear

  • 1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun/rain protection
  • 1 - Knit Hat, for warmth
  • 1 - Balaclava, scarf or Buff

Handwear

  • 1 - Gloves/mittens, warm and waterproof
  • 1 - Gloves (liner gloves)

Footwear

  • 1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in
  • 1 - Comfort Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
  • 5 - Socks, wool or synthetic -- cotton does not dry quickly enough
  • 1 - Gaiters, waterproof
  • 5 - liner socks (optional)

Miscellaneous

  • Toiletries
  • Prescription medicine -- if using Diamox, this is readily available in Moshi.
  • Sunscreen -- the UV is quite strong so this is important even if you do not typically use this
  • Lip Balm -- important to have UV protection
  • Insect Repellent, containing DEET -- not in pressurized can. This is only needed at lower altitudes
  • First Aid Kit -- your guide will have a first aid kit also but some basic items for blisters, upset stomach/nausea/diarrhea and headache is a good idea
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper -- some will be brought along but best to bring an extra roll
  • Wet Wipes (recommended)
  • Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional but can be a big help on summit day) -- these are not available locally
  • Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)
  • Camera/phone (optional) -- there is no charging capabilities on the mountain unless you bring a solar charger. Extra batteries/memory card are a good idea.

Documents

You will not take these on the mountain

  • Passport
  • Visa (available at JRO Airport upon arrival)
  • Immunization Papers --no immunization is needed unless you are coming from a Yellow Fever risk area.
  • Insurance Documents
  • Emergency contacts

Equipment Provided by Gladys Adventure:

  • sleeping tents (for clients and staff)
  • mess tent
  • cooking tent
  • sleeping mattress (for clients and staff)
  • folding table
  • folding chairs
  • cooking utensils
  • dining utensils
  • cooking fuel
  • food
  • water purification tablets
  • emergency oxygen cylinder(s)
  • portable stretcher
  • first aid kit
  • walkie talkie to communicate with Gladys Adventure office (we have our own private channel for this)

Gladys Adventure

Trekking, Safaris, Clothing & Equipment Hire

P.O. Box 1420
Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

info@gladysadventure.com

+255 2727 50332
+255 787 111 881

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