Is my departure guaranteed?
All departures are guaranteed! Please wait until you receive confirmation from OneSeed Expeditions before making any travel arrangements.
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), where you'll be met by the OneSeed team and transferred to the lodge for the first night.
What is the average group size?
Group sizes vary, but are rarely more than 10 people.
What are the accommodations like?
On the trail, you'll be sleeping in mountain huts which are basic mountain lodges with shared dorm-style bunk beds and bathroom facilities. Huts are simple but comfortable spots to rest your head after a long day of trekking. In the cities you'll be staying in lodges or hotels, and during the safari you'll spend a few nights camping as well.
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there a single supplement fee?
Pricing is based on double occupancy (shared rooms) in huts, camping, and the lodge. If you are a solo traveler, OneSeed will try to pair you up with another solo traveler of the same gender, but if this is not possible, you'll need to pay a $250 single supplement to OneSeed Expeditions for your own room.
What is the food like?
All included meals have two options to choose from (including vegetarian) and also include coffee, tea, and water. Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast may include crepes/pancakes, toast, eggs, sausage/bacon, fruit, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee. Lunch may include fried chicken, puff pastry with either spinach or meat/carrots/peas, candy/biscuits, a banana, and hard-boiled eggs. Dinner may include soup, pasta or rice, chicken, beef or fish, avocado/green pepper salad, and fruit. Other options are available for purchase. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. Please let them know about any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
What does the 10% investment in local community (included in my trip cost) go toward?
OneSeed provides affordable loans to women living in poverty by investing 10 percent of revenues in trusted local micro-finance banks. The unique nature of these expeditions will take you off the beaten path and allow you to explore the communities supported by OneSeed.
Is there an age minimum?
Yes. Participants must be at least 16 years old and travel with a parent or guardian.
What should I do to prepare physically for the trip?
The more prepared you are for the trail, the more you'll be able to enjoy the adventure. For any expedition, the most important thing you can do is get outside and get walking. Break in new gear--especially boots!--and get used to walking on varying terrain (uphill, downhill, trail, etc.). Check the daily mileage of your expedition and use this as a training guide.
What safety precautions are taken on the mountain?
The personal safety of travelers is the most important priority on the trail, not summiting the peak. The trip is an attempt to summit. Summiting is not guaranteed. Elevation affects everyone slightly differently. Travelers are monitored on the way up the trail for signs of altitude sickness, and suggestions are made to improve these symptoms. If the symptoms get worse, and the guides do not think you should continue, you'll be escorted to a lower elevation. The rest of the group will continue, so there is no concern or pressure. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. It is recommended that you talk to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine. You should always hike at your own pace and drink plenty of water.
What should I pack?
You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below, OneSeed will take care of everything else. This expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. The following is a suggested packing list:
Documents and logistics:
International flights booked and confirmed
Flight information submitted
Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date
Photocopy of passport
US currency for 15 or 30-day Tanzania Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)
Medical insurance card
Yellow fever vaccination card (if applicable)
Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
Change of clothes for Moshi - to be kept in storage during expedition
Medium/heavyweight down jacket
Fleece jacket or vest (1)
Synthetic hiking pants (1)
Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
Synthetic t-shirt (2)
Wool or synthetic hat
Waterproof hiking boots
Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)
Water bottles (2) or bladder may be substituted for one water bottle
SPF 50+ sunscreen
Personal toiletries and medicine (showers are available during the trek)
Sleeping bag w/ 0ºF rating
Swimsuit for lodge in Moshi
Reading material for the trail
Hotel reservations for extended time in Tanzania (if applicable)
Binoculars for safari
Bandana or buff (for dust and wind)
Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
Do I need to tip my guide?
Tipping is customary in Tanzania when you have received good service. Tanzania schillings or US dollars are both widely accepted and it is wise to bring small bills. OneSeed suggests daily tip amounts of $5-$8 per day for guides, $2-$5 per day for cooks, and $2-$3 per day for your porters. Depending on the size of your group this might amount to $200 - $400 over the course of the expedition.
Can I rent any of the required gear from OneSeed Expeditions?
The following items are available for rent:
Sleeping bag - $42
Trekking poles - $21
Gaiters - $15
Must be confirmed no later than one week prior to expedition start date
What does the included medical/evacuation insurance cover? Should I purchase trip cancellation insurance too?
OneSeed Expeditions includes medical and evacuation coverage in the cost of every expedition through Travelex Insurance. All U.S. and Canadian residents are automatically enrolled. OneSeed Expeditions is unable to provide medical and evacuation coverage to non-U.S./Canadian residents.
It is recommended that you purchase trip cancellation insurance, which is NOT included in your cost. It allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. We recommend World Nomads as a provider.
Can I cancel the trip?
Book confidently with Free Cancellations within 72 hours of booking. After 72 hours, cancellation fees will apply. Cancellations are subject to the full discretion of OneSeed Expeditions. For more information on our Travel Cancellation Policy please Click Here.