It’s a common site in Africa: women working the fields, growing corn, wheat, rice and vegetables. All up smallholder farmers (most of them women) provide close to 80% of the continent’s food, and yet they’re denied any security to the land. They don’t often own it. They don’t often have a say in how it’s run. We want to change that.

This October, thousands of local women will be walking from all over Africa to climb its highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro, and make a stand for women’s rights. And you can join them. Intrepid, along with our partner ActionAid, are helping these women to climb Kilimanjaro and unfurl a flag at the summit on October 14 this year. This is history in the making. This is Women Move Mountains.

The trip

Can't make the climb? Donate instead

In order to make this game-changing trek happen, we need your help. You can donate to the Women Move Mountains campaign any time through our not-for-profit, The Intrepid Foundation. Your donation will go towards getting these inspiring women up Kilimanjaro, covering costs like accommodation, food, permits and support from our experienced ground crew. As always, we'll cover all admin costs and match your donation dollar for dollar (for full Ts&Cs, check out the Foundation website).

 

Meet some of your fellow climbers

Beatrice Nyirahitimana

"I work in my garden three times a week. The other two days I dig other people’s gardens for around 700 RWF a day. I grow beans, Irish potato, sweet potato and cassava.”

Beatrice Nyirahitimana, from Rwanda, is one of many women across rural Africa living off the land. Beatrice farms in her garden with her 1-year-old daughter Queen safely strapped to her back. For women like Beatrice, the land is life. Yet women in Africa own just 1% of the continent’s land.

Thabu Chidimba

Thabu Chidimba, 37, is a smallholder farmer from Gongona village in rural Malawi. She is part of a local women’s farming cooperative, supported by ActionAid, who work on irrigated fields that are managed collectively. The plot of land was granted by the local village chief, and they’ve managed to irrigate the fields by building channels and pumping water from the nearby river.

Emerance Unirajiye

"My gardens are very important to me and my family, because it’s the only way that I can guarantee we always have food. Without my gardens, my family and I would not survive. "

Emerance Unirajiye carries maize back from her gardens in rural Malawi. Women smallholder farmers like Emerance hold the key to Africa’s food security, yet so many are denied the basic rights to own and access land.

 

FAQ

ActionAid is a global justice organisation supporting women living in poverty around the world to claim their human rights. Like us, they are committed to fighting gender inequality, and believe that when we unite, women can move mountains. 


As part of Intrepid’s commitment to gender equality and supporting women’s rights, we’re working with ActionAid on a couple of programs including a community-based tourism project in rural Myanmar, and supporting the Safe Cities for Women campaign through our sister company Urban Adventures. 


The Women Move Mountains solidarity trek is our biggest and most exciting collaboration yet. Together, we will support African women farmers and climbers from around the world as they trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the challenges faced by women farmers – specifically around land, their rights and the growing impact of climate change. 

 

We’ve been taking people on adventures for over 20 years – it’s what we do! Every year we take around 1,500 travellers to Mt Kilimanjaro and help them achieve their quest to reach the roof of Africa. Our guides have been trained by independant, UK-based medical specialists, and are often rated among the best Intrepid leaders anywhere in the world. We also run all our trips in accordance with local laws: our porters do not carry extra weight, and are paid a fair wage. Unfortunately, not all tour operators running trips on Kilimanjaro are doing the right thing.  

7 nights accommodation

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Experienced Intrepid leader and support crew

Climbing permit and all national park and camping fees

Flights to and from Tanzania

Airline/airport taxes

Visas

Personal travel insurance

Personal equipment including backpacks, boots. (Sleeping bags are free of charge, however you will need to request them when you book)

Personal spending money and tips

Arrival date: 9 October

Summit date: 14 October

Tour ends: 16 October

The cost of the trek covers all on-ground expenses including passenger accommodation, food, permits and support from our experienced crew. Also included in the trip price is $500 which will go towards covering the costs of getting an African woman farmer up the mountain. So by taking part, you’re directly enabling her to make the journey beside you; you’re helping her voice be heard. 

 

If you don’t want to climb but you still want to contribute, head to our donations page, make a tax-deductable donation and the Intrepid Group will match it by 100%. So whatever you contribute, we will too. Head to our Intrepid Foundation page to donate any time. 

 

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