Kilimanjaro Solidarity Expedition - 11 days

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Kilimanjaro Solidarity Expedition - All year round

Next set date: 03/08/2017 until 13/08/2017

* Although not in the Andes, we’ve decided to include this trip in our list as it is for a great cause!

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the largest prominences in the whole world! Our expedition however is not just about reaching the roof of Africa. We will do this by helping the local mountain people as well. All of the the expedition’s profit will be donated to a local school (now has 250 children) and an orphanage (65 children aged between 4 to 7 years old).

The chosen route is the Machame. Although a bit longer than the normal one, this route offers a great acclimatisation due to its length and altitude camps. The route is actually a great journey that begins by Machame then merges with Mweka. It takes at least half of all the immense Kilimanjaro. At the Machame route we see rain forests, high altitude vegetation, glacial terrain, steppes and more.

How can we assure you profit has actually been donated?

Our expedition’s finances will be shared with all participants and the money will be personally donated with the presence of all participants.  We’ll cover logistics costs, guide’s flight, office and other basic costs and have and all profit donated to both institutions.

At the end of the expedition will visit the school and the orphanage in which we will help so much! We plan to donate most of the income collected on the expedition and depending on the number of participants will be able to sustain both institutions for 2 or 3 years!

Continue reading and we will be happy to clarify as many questions as you like.

The requirements for joining this expedition are:

  • Internacional yellow fever vaccination certificate;
  • International Travel Insurance;
  • Multi-day altitude trekking experience;
  • Good health and be physical prepared
  • Fill the booking and medical form
  • Read all the information available in this website
  • To be a good soul and good will to donate second hand clothing, footwear, or trekking equipment for porters, guides and children:

What we think you can donate:

  • Winter clothing in OK conditions (fleeces, thick socks, warm pants, t-shirts, gloves, etc);
  • Trekking clothing;
  • ‘Civilian’ clothing for adults and kids;
  • Toys and non-electronic games (in english);
  • Footwear;
  • Anything else you believe poor Tanzanians might need.

What we think you should NOT donate:

  • Party clothing, etc
  • Clothing in bad conditions;
  • Games or toys in any other language than English;
  • Clothing or objects that are damaged.

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Itinerary

Kilimanjaro Solidarity Expedition - 11 days

Next set date: 03/08/2017 until 13/08/2017

Day 1 – Arrival to Tanzania – 700m

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our transport will find you at the airport with your name on a sign and take you to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi. Included: Transportation

Day 2 – Logistics and meeting in Moshi – 700m

Today we’ll have a briefing meeting in Moshi and will discuss all the expedition details. We’ll also review everyone’s equipment before departure. Included: Breakfast and hotel

Day 3 – Moshi – Machame – 3000m

Today we’ll take a bus at 8:30am and go to the Machame gate, 1800 meters high. Here we will begin our 4 to 6 hour journey through the equatorial forest. Night will be at Machame camp located at 3000 meters. Included: Transportation, breakfast, trail snack, dinner and tents

Day 4 – Machame – Shira Camp – 3850m

Our walk will begin at 8am at altitude forest that will later become increasingly low to vanish and turn into small shrubs. Our lunch will be at approximately 3600m over some cliffs that allow a good view of the Kilimanjaro. We will have about 5 hours of walking including lunch. Included: Breakfast, trail snack, dinner and tents

Day 5 – Shira Camp – Barranco Camp – 3950m

Today we reach one of the highest points of the trek. We depart from Shira Camps following a direct path with few switchbacks passing by open altitude fields to reach an amazing cliffside called Lava Tower 4650m high. After lunch we go down to Barranco camp located at the bottom of a beautiful valley. On the way we get to see 800 year old trees which are unique to Kilimajaro. Today is the longest day of our trek as we’ll trek between 7 to 9 hours including stops. Included: Breakfast, trail snack, dinner and tents

Day 6 – Barranco – Karanga – 4100m

Just after leaving Barranco we will face the ‘breakfast wall’ which is a 200m face that we have to climb after breakfast. Today we have 3 ups and downs before reaching Karanga camp which is spread over one of Kilimanjaro’s ridges. The walk will be shorter today: 3 to 4 hours in total. Included: Breakfast, trail snack, dinner and tents

Day 7 – Karanga Camp – Barafu camp – 4650m

We will have just a 3 hours walk to our last camp called Barafu (Swahili for ice). This camp overlooks the other side of the mountain. We can also see the Mawensi massif located about 9 km from Kibo, the massif that we will be climbing. Included: Breakfast, trail snack, dinner and tents

Day 8 – Barafu camp – Summit – Millenium Camp – 5895m

We will have a 7 to 9 hour hike to the summit of Kilimanjaro which starts between 1 and 3 am depending upon our speed as a team. We will witness a beautiful sunrise on the way and reach the summit following an interesting ridge with snow and ice. After enjoying the summit and take several photos, we descend back to Barafu camp, collect things and continue to walk to Millenium camp, which is part of the Mweka route. 4 hours of descent to Barafu and 2 to 3 hours descent to Millenium. Included: Breakfast, trail snack, dinner and tents

Day 9 – Millenium Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi – 700m

Early wake up to save time on descent and arrive around 2pm to Mweka gate located 1840 meters above sea level. We will have 5 to 7 hours of downhill walking and 1 and half hours transport to Moshi where we will have a well deserved dinner. Included: Breakfast and night in hotel

Day 10 – Moshi – Day to visit the school and orphanage

After breakfast we leave at 9am and go together to visit the school with over 250 children you just helped with your climb. In the afternoon we’ll visit the orphanage that you also contributed to. Included: night in hotel and breakfast

Day 11 – Flight home

** The above itinerary is subject to change due weather conditions, performance of the group, political / administrative problems and any other events not described.

Equipment

Having good mountaineering equipment is one of the key points to have a successful expedition to Kilimanjaro. Please note all your personal equipment will be checked by one of our guides in the hotel. You can easily rent all necessary mountaineering equipment in Moshi.

Head
  • equipamento buff

    Bandana

    Buff or similar

  • equipamento balaclava

    Balaclava

    To protect your face on summit push

  • gorro neblina cinza copia

    Hat

    Woollen hat or similar for cold days

  • xNxExplorer noir vert J

    Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)

    With side protection to fit your face

  • GG

    Sunscreen and lip balm

    30 FPS or more

  • batteries

    Batteries

    AA or AAA batteries depending on your headtorch. Can be purchased in local store.

    Quantity: 1 set
  • xNxlanterna

    Headtorch

    Working headtorch and spare batteries

Torso
  • pluma

    Summit Down Jacket

    Heavy hooded down jacket for cold conditions

  • jaqueta

    Snowproof jacket

    A good snow, rain and windproof jacket

  • camiseta dry

    T-shirt

    Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirt

  • fleece

    Fleece jacket

    Used alone or as part of a layer system for better performance

Legs
  • Caláa de Trekking

    Trekking pants

    Light trekking pants

  • Polainas

    Gaiters

    For snow, sand or scree terrain

    Quantity: 1 pair
  • caláa segunda pele

    Base layer pants

    For very cold days and summit push

  • Caláa anorak

    Snowproof pants

    Goretex or similar pants will be used for high wind or during snow conditions

  • pants

    Fleece Pants

    Fleece, polartec or similar. To be used with other layers for very cold conditions

Hands
  • Screen Shot    at

    Hand warmers

    Chemical hand warmers for the summit push.

    Quantity: 1
  • Miton

    Mittens

    Thick down mittens for summit push

  • Luvas segunda camada

    Gloves

    Fleece or polartec gloves for every day use

Feet
  • crocs

    Sandals or crocs

    Sandals or crocs for river crossing or hanging around camp

  • bota

    Trekking boots

    Waterproof trekking boots, try wearing them before the expedition

  • Meias de trekking

    Trekking socks

    Good thick trekking socks

  • thicksocks

    Thick expedition socks

    For summit day

Other Equipment
  • mosquito

    Mosquito repellent

    A good repellent to have a comfortable stay in Tanzania, specially for Moshi and low regions

    Quantity: 1
  • gel

    Carbo gels

    These gels help out on recovery

    Quantity: 2
  • food

    Snacks

    Salty snacks, sweets, etc. Any sort of tasty ready food as complement. On high altitude mountains we don’t normally worry about vitamins and proteins as these kinds of food are too hard to digest. You can buy all these in a local market.

    Quantity: 1kg
  • estanque

    Stuff sacks or bin bags

    Helps to keep your stuff dry and organised

    Quantity: 3 or 4
  • Saco de dormir

    Sleeping Bag

    A good down sleeping

    Quantity: -10C (Comfort temperature)
  • Rucksack

    A decent rucksack with hip belt and rain cover

  • meds

    Altitude medicine

    Our guides already have pretty much any drugs you might need during any trip. However, it would be great if you could have a spare tab of the most used drugs:

    Ibuprofen (Advil)– This is an anti-inflammatory and works great for high altitude head aches
    Loperamide (Imodium) – controls diarrea (not to be used in case of digestive infections. Ask our guides)

    Quantity: kit
  • kit

    Personal Hygiene kit

    Soap, tooth brus, come, etc

  • flask

    1 litre thermos

    Metallic good quality 1 litre thermos for the summit push. You must have one. Please do not bring smaller ones.

    Quantity: 1
  • nalgene

    Water bottle

    Nalgene 1 litre bottles or similar are great for expeditions! We prefer to not use camelbacks as its hose pipe might freeze

    Quantity: 2 x 1 litre or 3 x 600ml
  • duffel

    Duffel Bag

    Used to transport or store your equipment. In many cases, we transport your personal gear on animals and we don’t want your equipment to get wet or have mule smell…

    Quantity: 1
  • cadeado

    Padlock

    To lock your duffel during transportation

    Quantity: 1
  • Bast∆o de caminhada

    Trekking poles

    Gives you more stability during walk and summit push.

FAQ

How can I know the profit will actually be donated?

Our expedition’s finances will be shared with all participants and the money will be personally donated with the presence of all participants.  We’ll cover logistics costs, guide’s flight, office and other basic costs and have and all profit donated to both institutions.

At the end of the expedition will visit the school and the orphanage in which we will help so much! We plan to donate most of the income collected on the expedition and depending on the number of participants will be able to sustain both institutions for 2 or 3 years!

Which institutions are you helping?

Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre – https://www.facebook.com/kiliorphanagecentre

Kilimanjaro Children Foundation – https://www.facebook.com/KilimanjaroChildrenFoundation

Can I go for a safari after the expedition?

Yes! We have it organised for you and will cost U$ 1750 for a 5 day safari. The guide will do the tour in English and everything is included. In the 5-day tour you will visit many wonderful sites, including: Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. Please let us know if you have any interest.

How much equipment will I have to carry? Can I make it?

Your backpack will never weigh more than 12-15 kg. We prepared our itinerary in a way so your equipment is split in 2 loads to be taken up in 2 different days. This way you don’t have to carry so much weight

How much equipment will I have to carry? Can I make it?

You will just have to take a backpack with a jacket, rain cover, water, trail snack, camera photos, gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, trekking pole and a fleece. In total this usually weight no more than 5 kg plus the weight of the backpack.

The entire group of equipment will be purchased, assembled, cleaned and loaded by guides and porters. You will not have to carry any of these. If you feel you are not be able to carry the equipment, you can easily hire an extra porter. This must be requested in advance.

Your duffel bag can weigh up to 15kg per person. This is the limit set by the national park for each porter. 15kg is more than enough for the equipment you need on Kilimanjaro.

Do I need visa to enter Tanzania?

Tanzania only requires visas in advance for a handful of countries. For almost every country they require visa on arrival. Please check if your country applies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Tanzania. You will apply for visa when you get to any tanzanian airport and it costs $ 50 per person.

Do I need a yellow fever vaccine to get to Tanzania?

Yes! Moshi has no mosquitoes, Moshi has drones! It is somewhat risky to travel regions like this without being vaccinated against yellow fever. You should have mosquito repellent to minimize contamination.

Is there communication on the mountain?

Yes! our leader carries a sat phone at all times and you can easily make emergencies phone calls for U$3/minute. Our guides carry VHF radios and can communicate between camps at any time. Other than that, you might have mobile phone signal in some of the camps.

Is there phone signal and 3g on the mountain?

On the mountain there might coverage on Tigo and Orange (local companies). Sometimes there is TIGO 3G but it all depends on the weather conditions on the mountain.

Would you guys call my family and tell them I’m alright?

Of course! Even better! We have a blog that is updated every day! We normally post messages or photos about the expedition progress. Please visit our Facebook page and check the latest posts.

Do I have to share tents to anyone?

Yes. All tents are shared by every 2 persons and this is previously agreed.

I heard that Kilimanjaro is just a trek, is that true?

Kilimanjaro is LONG. In fact you will not use your hands to climb the mountain and the summit by Machame route is reached walking. However it is a mountain with almost 6000m high and we cannot underestimate it. The summit day especially is very long and exhausting. A good acclimatisation and good physical condition are essential.

It has electricity in Kilimanjaro to charge my camera or phone?

Yes and no! Depending on the camp we will have chance to charge a battery for $ 20 (connected to one 220v socket powered by a solar charger) or we can charge phones and batteries with USB source using our own solar charger. But all this depends on the amount of sun we have the mountain.

What if I abandon or quit the expedition?

If you quit the expedition 1 week before departure, it is possible to recover part of your investment. Contact us and find out more.

If you quit the expedition in Moshi, you can continue enjoying the services we provide you such as transportation and hotel. However we can not pay back the money you invested because logistics will already be hired.

If you quit the expedition after we left Moshi, you will have to cover individual transportation and accommodation costs. Everyone who leaves the expedition for personal or health reasons, should pay these costs.

If you give up during the summit attempt, you will never have to go down alone. Usually we coordinate your descent with more expedition members or also with guides from other known expeditions. One of the guides will always be with you.

What’s your philosophy?

We accept women and men of any age, experience or ambition. We ask our members to be patient, respect the leader’s decisions and never go up or down alone.

Remember that you don’t pay us to take you to the summit, you pay mountaineering professionals with several years experience to help you up and down a steep mountain in the safest possible way.

Our itinerary may seem slower than other companies, this is due to a longer acclimatisation plan based on safety. More days will actually improve the chance of reaching the summit!

How much money should I take?

There is nothing to be purchased on the mountain apart from tips. Once we leave Moshi, all expenses are covered by us. You need money to rent equipment, buy something you’ve missing and to pay for food in Moshi. We recommend the amount of U$ 600. Remember to take more if you are those who like to buy many souvenirs or need to hire a lot of equipment.

Why are the tips not included in the expedition cost?

In Tanzania, as in Nepal, it is customary to give a pre-established tip to climbing and trekking staff. However as we don’t know the exact number of members in advance, we can not plan the final value. Tipping usually works by mountain day:

– Local guide: U$ 20 / day
– Guide Wizard: U$ 15 / day
– Mountain Waiter: U$ 10 / day
– Cook: U$ 15 / day
– Charger: U$ 8 / day

So for a 10 member expedition (1 guide, 3 assistant guides, 1 waiter, 3 cooks, porters 25) for 7 days would be a total of US $ 296 per customer.

Can I pay the equipment with a credit card?

Yes. We recommend you to unlock your card for international payments before leaving home.

What sort of training do I need for big mountains like this one?

To 6000m mountains, we recommend you start training at least three months before, depending on your physical condition. Aerobic exercises like running and cycling are very useful. Ideally ask a professional to recommend you a good aerobic training program. A very effective exercise is to go hiking with a rucksack on lower mountains. BEWARE of injuries! We have had some cases of clients who have trained too much and ended up hurting themselves.

What sort of experience do I need to participate in this expedition?

To climb Kilimanjaro we recommend you having experience on more-than-one-day treks so your are already familiar with camping techniques and the use of hiking backpacks, etc. This is not a technical mountain but a HIGH mountain! We recommend climbing any mountain of at least 5000m or above so you are familiar with high altitudes. Tell us more about your experience.

How is the weather at Kilimanjaro?

It is almost certain that we will have at least one day of rain in June. The local microclimate causes many clouds to accumulate in the region and it’s cloudy almost every day around 4 pm. During the approach we expect all kinds of weather: rain, hail, wind, lots of sun or lots of cold. It is common for nights in the last 3 camps reach at least -5 ° C.

What if I have a special diet?

Please tell us in advance about any food issues you might have and also please remind our guides about it too. Unless you bring your own food, we cannot help you if you are macro-biotic, vegan or celiac due to extreme logistical difficulties. Contact us and let us know about your food restriction.

Who cooks at altitude camps?

We have very skilful cooks with us the whole time.

Where will I sleep during the expedition?

You will share a tent with 1 expedition member. This will be previously agreed.

Is there water during the approach?

After we leave Moshi we recommend you to take bottled water for 4 or 5 hours of track. From then we will fill your bottles with boiled water every night. You can also use chemical drops to purify water. Let’s discuss water strategies in Moshi before the expedition.

What if I have a health problem?

Our leader Maximo Kausch has extensive experience in mountain medicine and can solve most of problems you might encounter. in addition, we have doctor at BC and Confluencia.

What if I need a rescue?

Helicopter rescues can be performed at some specific points on the mountain and are extremely expensive. However most rescues are performed by local guides pushing some sort of wheeled stretcher which turns out to be the fastest way to take someone down the trails.

Do you recommend the use of Diamox?

NOT for Kili. In extreme altitudes like the Himalayas or Karakorum we do recommend using Acetilzolamide or Diamox. This drug seems to actually work during the acclimatisation period by increasing the breathing rate at night (reduces CO2 levels), and also is a diuretic which eliminates sodium out of your system. In the Andes mountains however, mountains are too dry and taking diuretics such as Diamox actually decrease your acclimatisation capacity.

What percentage of your customers is top?

It is hard to say because it depends on the physical state of everyone. But on a mountain like Kilimanjaro by Machame route, summits usually reach 90%.

Are there toilets on the mountain?

All camps Kilimanjaro have toilets or latrines.

What if I want to rent equipment?

It is very easy to rent equipment in Moshi, however don’t expect top quality on the equipment. Rentals can be paid in dollars or credit card. These were rental prices in 2015 for the whole trip:

Backpack: U$ 12
Balaclava: U$ 6
Sleeping Bag -25C: U$ 40
Raincoat: U$ 18
Duffel bag: U$ 6
trekking poles: U$ 12
Gaiters: U$ 8
Headtorch: U$ 8
Gloves: U$ 6
Fleece: U$ 5
Anorak Goretex:U$ 12
Anorak pants:U$ 12
Boots: U$ 9
Fleece Pants: U$ 6
Down Jacket: U$ 8
Hat: U$ 6

What’s the temperature my sleeping bag should stand?

We recommend you to bring a good down sleeping bag with comfort temperature of -10 up to -20. Please note there are 2 types of temperatures shown in most of sleeping bags. We’re focusing on the “comfort temperature”.

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Maximo Kausch

Founder and expedition leader

Maximo is sponsored by the following brands:

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Language skills:

English - native speaker
Spanish - native speaker
Portuguese - native speaker

Maximo Kausch is one of the most accomplished climbers in the world. By 2015 he has reached the summit of 70 x 6000 metre peaks and climbed over 100 more worldwide. As expedition leader, Maximo has led several expeditions for the American owned company SummitClimb.com.

He was born in Argentina, raised in Brazil and lived over 10 years in the UK. Max is a full-time climber and guide. He literally spends most of his time in the mountains, mainly at the Andes and Himalaya. During his expeditions, Maximo has climbed some of the most remote mountains in the planet and visited at least 25 countries.

Max is a very calm person and focuses on safety and good acclimatisation plans during his expeditions. He is a trained rescuer and has extensive knowledge in high altitude medicine and medical emergencies. On his spare time, Maximo likes rock and mixed climbing in remote mountains.

In 2012 he started an unprecedented project alone and climbed 30 mountains over 6000 meters all alone. His project in now recognized as one of the main exploring projects in the Andes. Max wants to climb all 6000 metres peaks in the Andes by 2017. He publishes all his GPS climbing routes for free so others can climb remote peaks as well.

Maximo has been to at least 11 x 8000-metre expedition at the Himalayas and has plenty extreme logistic experience. Over the years he has helped hundreds of clients to reach the summit of various mountains.

Awards

World Record: Maximo has recently become the record holder of the most number of 6000 metre peaks. He has been to at least 170 high altitude mountains over his 19 years of climbing experience.

Golden Carabiner 2015 - Brazil: For his '6000+ Bolivian Andes' project, Maximo Kausch and Pedro Hauck were chosen to receive the mountaineering Golden Carabiner of 2015. This prize is given to the most accomplished climbs or projects of the year.

Outsider 2013: Maximo was chosen by Outside Magazine as the 'Outsider of the year' in 2013 for his 30 x 6000 metre mountains climbed in a single push late 2012.

Mount Everest Foundation 2015: Mount Everest Foundation UK, has chosen Max's exploring project and decided to finance part of it in May 2015. The prize is given to the more significant exploring projects worldwide.

More about Maximo Kausch

Wikipedia profile

Max's World Record

Facebook Athlete FanPage 

Instagram Page

Some of his Wikiloc routes

Map

Cost

Expedition cost is U$ 3350, contact us to know payment methods:

What’s included:

  • Leadership of Maximo Kausch, world record holder on number of 6000 metre peaks;
  • 1 local guide for every 7 expedition members;
  • 1 assistant guide for every 2 expedition members;
  • 1 porter per expedition member carrying a duffel up to 15kg;
  • Help for rentals in Moshi;
  • Transport from/to airport;
  • Transport to Machame;
  • Transport from Mweka;
  • All permissions for the National Park;
  • 4 nights in a 3 star hotel with breakfast included in Moshi – rooms are shared by every 2 clients;
  • Transport/assembly of tents, pots, gas, food, water in all camps;
  • Usage of dinning dome tent, toilets tents and medical kit in all camps;
  • Shared mountain tents with thick mattress in all camps;
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, packed lunch, treated water in the whole Kilimanjaro;

What is NOT included:

  • Visas to Tanzania: U$50 per person;
  • 5 day safari after the expedition: U$170 – Let us know if you’re interested;
  • Flights from/to Kilimanjaro;
  • Personal climbing equipment (check equipment tab);
  • Money return in case you abandon the expedition;
  • International travel insurance;
  • Any costs caused by excess luggage (over 15kg);
  • Lunch and dinner in Moshi;
  • Reimbursement for loss or damage of your personal equipment.