I’ve written a lot about how climbing Mt Kilimanjaro changed my life; it pushed me to discover my physical and mental abilities, and transformed my whole perspective on life.
Oh, and I returned home from Kili with a husband (husbands not included in this March 2022 all female tour!).
But as I was climbing the mountain for my own personal development, I didn’t stop to notice that there was not one single female porter or guide.
This was 2010, and fastforward 11 years, guiding trekkers to the summit of Kilimanjaro is still a male dominated world; fewer than 1% of the total guides being female.
Glory Thobias founded Tanzania Women Guides Foundation to change this by providing training and showing a career in guiding as a viable option for women. And to support these efforts, Solo Female Travelers is climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro on an all-female guide, porter and trekker team, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022.
Will you join to climb to the top of Africa this coming March?
Join the All Female Kilimanjaro Trek on International Women’s Day 2022!
Women Helping Women Reach the Top
In honor of International Women’s Day 2022 and in collaboration with the Tanzania Women Guide Foundation, Solo Female Travelers will take women to the top of Africa on an all-female guide, porter and trekker team.
Join other kick ass women at the roof of Africa as you make your way up Kilimanjaro and summit on International Women’s Day. You will lift each other to the top and say cheers with champagne at 5,895m above sea level.
This trek will follow the Shira route, also known as Londorossi route because of its starting point at Londorossi Gate. This route starts higher than the rest, so your drive on the first day of the trek will be longer and you will have a shorter walk.
All Female Guides & Porters
Glory Thobias is one of the very few female guides in Tanzania (one of only 6 female guides (out of over 2,500), and was recognised as the Best Female Guide by Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
She is passionate about empowering women and girls in tourism and founded the Tanzania Women Guides Foundation, an NGO focused on connecting women to opportunities in tourism so the future generations are more gender balanced.
Not only will Glory lead you to the top, a portion of the trip price will be donated to the Tanzania Women Guides Foundation to expand its efforts supporting female role models in tourism.
“The guides are the most important part of our itineraries and we are excited to be partnering with Glory and her team to celebrate the achievements of women around the world with such an empowering trip” says Mar Pages, Co-Founder of Solo Female Travelers.
How to Join the Trip
The full itinerary, more information, and details for booking the trip (max 14 guests so book soon!), can be found on the Solo Female Travelers website here.
Solo Female Travelers also have a full packing list of Kilimanjaro here if you’re unsure of what you’ll need for the climb.