Welcome to KILICLIMB 2019:

Destination Transformation! 


September 14-21, 2019  (CLIMB & SAFARI)

SEPTEMBER 22 - september 25, 2019 (SAFARI ONLY)

See "Prices At-A-Glance" Below

On this trek you will meet with 8-plus days of self-discovery, deepening your relationship with your creative center and life transformation.

This women's-only trek is both a retreat for the soul and a space to return to your infinite power, so that you can return home ready to make the shifts necessary to get closer to the life you've always wanted to lead.

What makes this trip different from any other climb you will find up Mt. Kilimanjaro is the teaching and application of wellness tools, sacred arts practices and creative exercises to help guide you in the process of soul healing and spiritual transformation.  

Please join Stephanie Mtui, aka "Badger," shareholder of Dirty Freedom Adventures Limited, her husband and Dirty Freedom owner Larick, aka "RG3," lead professional climber and mountain guide, and Jacquelyn Tierney, fine art photographer and magic maker extraordinaire, for a trek to your transformation and ultimate Dirty Freedom!



this adventure was created for the woman who...

...knows she is meant for bigger things in her life,

...is ready to release the energetic and physical weight from years of stress,

...feels a burning fire in her gut and soul that her life needs radical change,

...is ready to put herself first for once,

...conquer her fears,

...live the life of her dreams,

...and find her Dirty Freedom!

is that you?

trip details


When: September 14th - 28, 2019

It is suggested that you arrive on September 12 in order to acclimate your body, but you can arrive by no later than September 13. The trek will actually begin on the 14th of September.

We will be climbing the Lemosho Route, a Kilimanjaro favorite, because of its longer acclimation time (eight days) and gentler slope.

If you are participating in safari only, you will arrive no later than September 21, 2019 to start your safari on September 22, 2019.  Although the safari can be done without doing the Kilimanjaro hike, we HIGHLY suggest you do both.  There is nothing like the experience of eight days in the mountain, followed by four days in the Tanzanian wildlands.  It is the best way to rest your body and continue your journey into Africa after descending from its rooftop!


Cost per person: $2495 Climb Only, plus $1000 teaching fee for Ms. Tierney.   

(based on double occupancy / for a single hotel room and tent, an additional $400 applies). 

Optional (but highly recommended) SafariSeptember 25th - 28th, 2019

Cost per person: $2400 if done in conjunction with the climb; $2900 if safari only, which includes a $500 teaching fee for Ms. Tierney.  Hotel accommodations before and after safari are not included but can be added for a nominal price, likely $109. 

All prices for the safari itself are for a double occupancy. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate single tents or rooms on the safari.

Airport transfers for all adventurers from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel upon arrival can be added for $40 one way, $80 round trip.

All prices given in USD

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All prices, especially safari prices are estimates.  though we will try to honor them as closely as possible to what is quoted above, prices can rise at any time before next September due to things beyond our control, such as national park fee increases, gas prices, accommodation prices, VAT, and the like.  It is best to book early, as it is more likely that suppliers will be able to honor lower prices. If the prices on the safari rise significantly, we will probably revise the route to keep the cost from going up too much, including eliminating the flight into the Serengeti.

Where:Check-in during the evening of September 13th. (nOTE:  YOU CAN MAKE PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS WITH US FOR AN ADDITIONAL NIGHT FOR AN EXTRA COST OF $109 PER climber.)  two nights are included with your climb registration.  for safari, hotel accommodations before and after safari can be arranged upon request.

Airlines from the US that fly into KIA: Delta/KLM (usually shortest), Emirates, Turkish, or Ethiopian.  Go to a travel website and pop in your information to find available flights/airlines.  We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for $50 per person, one way (see registration).  Our hope is that the group will arrive together on September 12, 2019 so we can gather, get you to the hotel, and get your journey started on the right foot.

Depart on the evening of September 28, 2019 with a night flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport, or continue your trip with a flight to Zanzibar!  Check with Dirty Freedom Adventures if you want to add a Zanzibar excursion.

Those participating in safari only will arrive no later than September 24, 2019, overnight in Arusha, and depart from Arusha Municipal Airport on September 25.  Of course, you can arrive earlier, but as noted above, you will need to book additional accommodations.  Just tell us what you want, and we will arrange it for you.

PRICES AT-A-GLANCE (not including extras, such as gear rental).  REMEMBER THESE ARE ESTIMATES and can change.

Climb and Safari:

$2,495 Kilimanjaro hike.

$1,000 Teaching Fee.

$80 Round Trip:  Hotel transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha Hotels.

$400 Single Supplement for Climb only.  Safari is double occupancy.

$160 for an additional porter on the mountain if you need to carry more than 35 pounds. 

$2,400 Four-day safari, including airfare to Serengeti Airport.

Price available upon request: Professional photo shoot with Jacquelyn on-site for the first five clients who are fully registered for the climb and safari.

Safari only:

$2,400 Four-day safari, including airfare to Serengeti Airport.  Double occupancy only.

$500 Teaching Fee.

$80 Round Trip:  Hotel transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha Hotels.

Hotel before and after safari not included but can be arranged for around $109 per night.

Climb only:

See prices above and just eliminate safari portion. 

Food + Lodging WHILE CLIMBING: Tent Style!

Meals are delicious, nutritious, and appropriate for the activity. A typical breakfast could be toast and eggs in the morning, followed by a mid-day break for lunch. Dinner consists of starchy carbohydrates (rice, pasta, etc.) with meat sauce for added endurance and a protein.  You will bring snacks and hydration in your day pack to keep you energized through the day.

*Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meal options are available and can be specified in the registration form at the bottom of this page.

For Who: We welcome anyone from all walks of life who is interested in outdoor adventure, creative inspiration, and travel.

You don't need to be a professional creative (photographer, painter, illustrator or writer) OR climber to come, but part of our time together will be devoted to studying the landscape and capturing it's beauty in the medium of your choice. 

Though the climb is for women only, we welcome men who want to participate--we'll just set you up with a different group climbing at the same time, same route.  The safari will be open to men as well, as we know many of you want to meet up with your significant others at the end of the climb. 

Included:  (Full details here.)

- all meals and water during the climb.  You bring your own snacks, electrolyte powder, and other personal items. 

- transportation during retreat and optional safari (excluding transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, which can be arranged for $40 each way.

- your tents (gear lists of what you will need to bring will be provided; you will have the option of renting certain items)

- lodging the night before we head to the mountain (except for safari only clients; we can add additional nights upon request).  We will arrange for day room(s) on the day you return from the mountain so you can shower.

- activities + lessons on the mountain (daily meditations, creative + Kiswahili language practicums and local tribal dance instruction (all optional)

- gift bag of mountain essentials

- one on one creative consultation with Jacquelyn to discuss personal or professional artistic goals


Not Included: Subject to our terms and conditions, but generally the following:

Airfare or transportation to and from Tanzania; hotel accommodations before and after safari for safari clients only.  For climbers, one night of hotel is included upon arrival, as well as a day room upon return from the mountain if you are not staying for safari. 

Food and drink outside climbing or safari.

Cancellation Policy:  Please know you can make it before booking!

We do not accept cancellations, and your purchase is non-refundable unless you can find someone to take your place!  We HIGHLY recommend that you purchase trip insurance.  We can provide recommendations for insurance suppliers.

additional details:

Registration for this trek closes July 1, 2019.  For those registering less than three months before the departure date of September 14, 2019, your full payment will be due immediately upon registration.

We will be providing information about insurance, visas, immunizations, and other useful stuff in the near future after you register and pay. 



Badger getting her dirty on with photographer extraordinaire and Kilimanjaro climbing partner Marion Rohe Kaufer of Marion Photography in Tucson, AZ. See more about Marion  here !

Badger getting her dirty on with photographer extraordinaire and Kilimanjaro climbing partner Marion Rohe Kaufer of Marion Photography in Tucson, AZ. See more about Marion here!

stephanie mtUI (aka HONEY Badger OR BADGER)

Habari yako? ("How are you?" in Kiswahili)

I'm Stephanie, more commonly known as "Badger" or the "Honey Badger." I come from a small orchard town in Eastern Washington called Selah, but I spent a significant time living and working in the Seattle area.  I am a trial lawyer, a musician, and a lover of all things simple and joyous.  I am learning about the art of self-care and living life fully.

My life was fairly ordinary until April 2016.  On a rainy morning, I received an email asking for women to apply to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Heather Thomson (for more info, see my September 3, 2016 blog post on my site badgerblogspot.com).  While climbing with our incredible team, I forgot that I was a lawyer for a little while and immersed myself in nature and teamwork: two things I love. 

For me, the story didn't end after reaching Uhuru Peak. I had the good fortune of pairing up with professional Chief Guide "RG3", a Kilimanjaro native and Kilimanjaro expert extraordinaire. RG3 and I became good friends, and I owe my life to him for safely getting me to the summit.  RG3 and I have been a happy couple since our trek in 2016, and we want to share the Kilimanjaro experience and Tanzania with others.  We are now newlyweds, married February 14, 2018, in Zanzibar! 

In case you’re wondering, no, my parents did not name their child “Badger.” One of my law colleagues gave me that nickname over 10 years ago, and it stuck. My goal is to impart a little bit of badger in everyone who comes to climb Kilimanjaro with Dirty Freedom Adventures. Karibuni!  Welcome!


jacquelyn tierney

Hey there love!

I'm Jacquelyn, born and raised in NJ, but have been blessed to call New York, Colorado, Italy and Australia my "homes." Traveling and being on the move and in the outdoors are #nonnegotiables for me. I have been to 28 countries and 34 states and counting. My current home base is in North Carolina and wherever my car takes me.

I've been an artist all my life with an academic background in printmaking and decorative arts history. My camera has saved me more than once through life's twists and turns, and it's helped carry me to places beyond my dreams. Since 2010, I've trained in a wide breadth of sacred arts and energetic healing practices -- that I'll be serving up on the mountain to help you make the bigger shifts in your life happen! Super stoked for this trek and to meet you, my fellow adventurer!


Larick aka "RG3"

Larick jumping.JPG

Larick is a Kilimanjaro native and has been leading Kilimanjaro treks for 13 years. He is a Chief Guide and has so far summited 63 times! His wife (Honey Badger!) can attest that he is the best guide on the mountain, because he got me to the summit, and that wasn't an easy feat. And he did so carrying his pack, emergency supplies, AND my pack!

Larick has a passion for Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, and all of Tanzania. He has an impeccable safety record, and every client that's worked with him thinks he's the best. That's because he is.

Come climb with us, and see the beauty and mystery of Tanzania for yourself!

Karibuni (Welcome to all)!


Click here to register for your transformation.  

IMPORTANT: As noted above, we cannot accept cancellations.  In order to be considered a registered participant, you must complete the online form and pay your deposit payment ($1,500 for climb only, $2,000 for climb and safari combined, and $1,500 for safari only).

*Upon registration, we will send you our contract.  It must be executed and returned within 48 hours to hold your spot.

*Your remaining balance for the climb and safari is fully due on or before July 15th, 2019. Official Registration closes July 1, 2019, and later bookings may be denied. Because Dirty Freedom is required to book resources in Tanzania early, it is imperative that we have your registration and payments ON TIME. As noted above, you will also be required to sign Dirty Freedom's contract for services. If you do not meet these requirements or pay by the specified dates above, we reserve the right to dismiss you from the journey.