The Joy Climb Summer 2019

Summit Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in Africa, and support women and children’s health programs with every step!

The Joy Climb

A benefit climb for Healing Hands of Joy

In Tanzania

These fundraising climbs will benefit the work of Healing Hands of Joy (HHOJ), a non-profit organization in Ethiopia. The funds raised will go towards HHOJ’s work to make motherhood safer and end obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

The Full Climb is planned to coincide with the full moon on the final ascent.  The Lemosho route is approximately 42 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience.  The Full Climb will take seven days with six nights of private camping on the mountain.

The Partial Climb will be hosted by Allison Shigo, the co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “A Walk to Beautiful,” and the founder of Healing Hands of Joy.  This follows the same Lemosho route spending two nights on the mountain.  The Partial Climb is well-suited for families with children or those who would prefer less strenuous hiking days followed by four days of wildlife viewing and cultural activities in the Kilimanjaro area.

We suggest a pre-climb or post-climb safari which can be custom tailored for you.  Contact Duffle & Compass for more information.


ITINERARY – 10 days/9 nights

       Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your lodge where you will stay for two nights before your climb, and one night after the climb. You will have a late supper and settle in for your first night’s sleep under African skies.



It will be a good idea to go for a hike today, getting the legs warmed up and the body clock adjusted.  Arrangements will be made for guides to lead a hike.  There will also be an opportunity to visit Arusha for those who are interested.   Later there will be a pre-climb briefing and equipment check.


          Londorossi Gate (2000m) to Big Tree Camp (2650m), 4 hours walk

We will be driven to the Londorossi Gate, to meet our guides and porters.   After registration formalities and we will be driven to the Lemosho Route starting point to begin the climb through the thick montane forest to reach the first camp.  Many beautiful flowers are observed en-route and with luck we will spot colobus monkeys and possibly signs of elephants.

Those on the Full Climb will spend six nights on the mountain; those on the Partial Climb will spend two nights in private camps.  You will be climbing with an experienced crew of 45 for each 12 climbers to maintain your safety and comfort in our private camp.  You will be sleeping in high quality, 2-person sized tents and there will be a private chemical toilet in camp.  The mess tent has tables and chairs and the kitchen has all required cooking utensils to provide hot meals in the morning and evening.


        Big Tree Camp to Shira 1 Camp (3500m) – 6 hours walk

Today we will reach the west side of the Shira Plateau in a hiking time of six hours. Taking our time walking through the forest will allow us to observe its animal and bird life. The day’s hike takes us from the forest, through a transition zone, and into the heath zone, where the old lava flows are visible.


       Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp (3860m) - 5 hours walk

Full Climb -  Today is an easy paced acclimatization day of four to five hours hiking. Camp is set higher on the Shira Plateau with more expansive views of Kilimanjaro

Partial Climb - Bid goodbye to those heading up the mountain on the Full Climb.  Begin the descent through the tropical forest to the gate.  Your safari guide will meet you and transfer you to your safari lodge. 


   Shira 2 Camp to Baranco Camp (3950m – 5 to 6hrs walk)

                                    via Lava Tower (4600m)

Full Climb – Today is a mostly uphill climb of five hours to Lava tower before descending to camp in the Baranco Valley’s Lobelia moorland forest.

Partial Climb -   Your camp sits in a private concession that is home to some of the largest elephants in East Africa.  Activities include game drives, walking safaris escorted by Maasai warriors and interaction with the local Maasai.


      Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4600m) – 5 hours walk

Full Climb - Today the trail turns steadily uphill and temperature will grow colder as we make our way to base camp, our staging point for our summit.  After an early dinner we will rest. At midnight, under the stars and a brightly shining moon, we will begin the final ascent.

Partial Climb -  Today we will visit St. Jude’s School and later this afternoon check in at our hotel in Arusha.


            Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5895m – 6 to 7 hours walk) to Mweka                                          

          Camp (3000m - 5 hours descending)

Full Climb - We will reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet around 8 a.m.  Descend to base camp for lunch and rest before continuing down to the edge of the Mweka Forest to spend your last night on the mountain.  Congratulations, you made it to the Roof of Africa!

 Partial Climb – Today is a full safari day at Arusha National Park.


         Mweka Camp to Arusha (3 hours walk), 2 hour drive

Full Climb - Begin the final descent to the Mweka gate where you will bid your climbing team goodbye.  You will be taken to your hotel for a nice long shower, sundowners and a celebration dinner. 

Partial Climb – Today you will visit an orphanage, stop by some local markets for shopping and meet the climbers back at the hotel for this evening’s celebration dinner.



Those doing a post-climb safari will begin their journey.  Those departing for home will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport.


Additional Information

Full Joy Climb - Estimated PRICE

$3,510 per person sharing accommodation

$   395  Single Supplement

This estimate is based on a group size of 12 travelers minimum.

The Full Climb is limited to 14 climbers.    


Partial Joy Climb – Estimated PRICE

$3,655 per adult sharing accommodation

$3,620 per teen under 16 sharing accommodation

$3,065 per child under 12 sharing a room with parents (triple)

$   555  Single Supplement

This estimate is based on a group size of 12 travelers minimum. 

The Partial Climb is limited to 13 climbers.



  • Accommodations, meals and beverages as specified in the itinerary
  • All airport transfers and scheduled land transfers as specified
  • Services of English-speaking guides & drivers in 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Services of porters and private camp crew on the mountain
  • All conservation and park entrance fees, activity fees as specified
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance while in Tanzania
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature
  • International air
  • Passport & Visa fees
  • Compulsory travel insurance (Duffle & Compass will arrange for you)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any pre-safari or post-safari plans (Duffle & Compass will arrange for you)



The Full Climb is limited to 14 climbers.  The Partial Climb is limited to 13 climbers.  Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-confirmed basis.  To confirm your participation requires a 50% non-refundable deposit.  Contact Duffle & Compass for further information.



It’s easy to set up your campaign page on the Healing Hands of Joy website to raise sponsorships for your climb.  The HHOJ staff will be happy to assist in setting up your page and giving you some ideas about reaching out to those who will want to support your Joy Climb.  It is suggested that each climber set a minimum sponsorship goal of raising $2,020 from their campaign page prior to the trip.


All proceeds of the Joy Climb will benefit Healing Hands of Joy, a 501c3 non-profit organization.  

All contributions are tax deductible.



Since you will be so close to some of the best wildlife viewing in East Africa, we suggest a Pre-Climb or Post-Climb safari which can be custom tailored for you.   Contact Duffle & Compass