Tanzania Kilimanjaro Challenge October 2014

Join the Kilimanjaro Challenge

At 5,895m (19,341ft), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the fourth highest of the world’s Seven Summits, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. In October 2014, you too can take on this notorious challenge and change lives by doing so.

By joining the Blood, Sweat & Compassion Kilimanjaro Challenge you will directly support Compassion's Clean Water for Children intervention in Arusha, Tanzania providing clean, safe and consistent water to the more than 45,000 children and families living in this community. This is more than an opportunity to experience and summit one of the most iconic mountains in the world, it is an opportunity to transform lives along the way. Don’t be surprised if your life is one that is transformed by this experience.

Kilimanjaro Challenge October 2014
  • Trip Dates   10/03/2014 to 10/12/2014
  • Trip Cost   $3,675.00 per person (additional fuel surcharges may apply)
  • Initial Deposit   $380.00
  • Trip Status   Past tour

Do you have a passion for adventure that equals your passion for serving children in need? Then I have the perfect Compassion trip for you!

Join me this October 3-11, 2014, on the Blood, Sweat & Compassion Kilimanjaro Challenge.

On this unique trip, you will ...

  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. At 19,325 feet, "Kili" is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Trekking and summiting this mountain with an international group of Compassion supporters will be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Raise funds to provide clean water for children and families in need. Prior to the trip, you and the other travelers will raise funds to provide a clean water system for more than 45,000 children and families in Arusha, Tanzania. Each participant must agree to a minimum personal fund-raising goal of $3,250 in addition to the trip cost. (Don't worry – we will provide lots of ideas and support to help you meet this goal.)
  • See Compassion's work for yourself. Two days of the trip will be dedicated to visiting Compassion centers in Arusha and interacting with the children and families whose lives are being transformed by sponsors like you. Sponsors of children in Tanzania will even get to meet and spend time with their sponsored kids.

Interested? Click here for complete trip details. The cost for the trip is $3,675 per person for double occupancy, not including airfare. Upon registration, a $380 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold your place.

When you are ready to register, please click on the button below that says “Register Now for This Tour”, where you can secure your place on the trip and make your tour payment. Additional information on collecting and processing donations regarding fundraising will be provided in your confirmation email upon trip registration.

Don’t delay – there are only 15 slots available for this amazing adventure, and they are sure to fill up fast.

I hope to see you this October on the Blood, Sweat & Compassion Kilimanjaro Challenge! It will change your life – and the lives of thousands of Tanzanian children in need.

Restrictions:

Due to the fact that trekking Kilimanjaro is the featured focus of this particular trip, it is absolutely necessary that all passengers be physically capable of meeting this rigorous challenge. All participants must be:

  • Able to hike in varied weather conditions for 6-8 hours a day; several days in a row
  • Fully recovered from any recent injury or surgery to feet, ankles, shoulders, knees, hips or back by over 1 years’ time and with doctor’s consent

Due to insurance restrictions and safety concerns, persons with heart conditions, epilepsy and pregnant women cannot be accepted on the tour. All trip attendees must be in good physical condition and at least 80lbs. and no more than 300 lbs. This tour involves physical activity such as walking over uneven/unpaved surfaces, climbing stairs and sustained periods of hiking moderate to steep terrain. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, bad knees, or back trouble.

Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register as soon as possible. Once we have received your registration along with a deposit of $380, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $ 3295 is due no later than 7/15/2014.

Please register now to complete the registration form online.

Price: The cost of this tour is $3675 per person for double occupancy.

Included in our tour price are all trek-related fees, lodging, all meals, travel within Tanzania, tips, your child's travel (if in Tanzania), guides and translators during the tour, admission fees, departure tax and administrative costs.

Costs not included in the tour price are airfare, passport/visa fees and incidentals such as snacks, additional beverages, laundry, phone calls, film and other personal items. You may want to bring extra spending money for shopping at the local markets.

Safety and Preparation: This tour will be moderate to difficulty due the trekking element in addition to your exposure to impoverished conditions. This tour should not be attempted if you are not in good to excellent physical condition.

Compassion constantly monitors the safety of our destination countries and will make any adjustments necessary to protect our tour participants, sponsored children and in-country staff. We believe it is important to provide safe, comfortable accommodations, traditional meals and reliable transportation so that your focus can be on what God is teaching you and the impact of the experience rather than concern for your personal safety and well-being.

Please read the Tour Conditions and General Information tab before finalizing your decision.

October 3, 2014
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be transferred to your lodge hotel in Arusha to spend the remainder of the day resting and preparing for the trek ahead. A full and final expedition briefing will take place once all the team has arrived, allowing everyone the chance to ensure they have all that they need and to ask any questions they have about the six days that follow.

October 4 – Trek Day 1 - 4 miles / 4 hours / 1,950 – 2,600m
An early start to the day as you depart on a 4-hour drive to the Rongai starting point. After registration, you will be introduced to your guides and porters who will remain with you for the duration of the trek. The trek begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950m) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

October 5 – Trek Day 2 - 5.6 miles / 6-7 hours / 2,600 – 3,600m
A morning walk up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450m). The walk is steadily uphill with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. The afternoon route leaves the main trail and heads out across moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m).

October 6 – Trek Day 3 - 3.7 miles / 4 hours / 3,600 – 4,330m
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Vegetation is left behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.

October 7 – Trek Day 4 - 5.6 miles / 5 hours / 4,330 – 4,700m
You will cross the seemingly never-ending lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi Peak and Kibo campsite (4,700m), which lies at the foot of the Kibo crater wall. The open landscape affords stunning all-round views and, as you approach Kibo, you will begin to be able to make out the winding summit path that you will take the following day. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent.

October 8 - Trek Day 5 - 3.1 miles ascent + 9.3 miles descent / 12-15 hours / 4,700 – 5,895 – 3,720m
The final and most demanding part of the climb takes place by torchlight departing at 12am on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685m) There is a short rest to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi, followed by a three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700m) is surprisingly fast and, after a chance to rest, the descent continues to the final campsite at Horombo (3,720m).

October 9 - Trek Day 6 - 12.5 miles / 5-6 hours / 3,720 – 1,650m
A steady descent through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), which is the first stopping place for those on the Marangu route. The descent continues through lush forest on a path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830m), at which point the trek is complete. You will transfer back to hotel in Marangu where the rest of the day is spent resting, recuperating and celebrating.

October 10:
If you sponsor a child in Tanzania, today will be your day to meet them during which you can strengthen your sponsorship relationship with him/her. If your child does not live in Tanzania and you would like to visit him/her/them while you are in this part of Africa, Compassion will assist you in making these arrangements as well. If you do not sponsor a child in Tanzania, we have planned to provide you with exposure to another Compassion child development center in this part of Tanzania.

October 11
Due to the typical school schedule of children in this part of Africa, Compassion’s development activities with children are typically accomplished on Saturdays. So, since today is a Saturday you will get to experience what a typical day is like at one of Compassion’s child development centers. This same center is also the recipient of the funds we have donated for the clean water campaign. Depending on how quickly our fund raising efforts are accomplished, we will see how far underway they are in utilizing these funds to provide clean water to more than 45,000 people in this village.

October 12
A leisurely start to the day, followed by a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport to check-in to your international return flight home. For anyone who wishes an extension can be arranged at your own additional cost.

Restrictions:

Due to the fact that trekking Kilimanjaro is the featured focus of this particular trip, it is absolutely necessary that all passengers be physically capable of meeting this rigorous challenge. All participants must be:

  • Able to hike in varied weather conditions for 6-8 hours a day; several days in a row
  • Fully recovered from any recent injury or surgery to feet, ankles, shoulders, knees, hips or back by over 1 years’ time and with doctor’s consent

Due to insurance restrictions and safety concerns, persons with heart conditions, epilepsy and pregnant women cannot be accepted on the tour. All trip attendees must be in good physical condition and at least 80lbs. and no more than 300 lbs. This tour involves physical activity such as walking over uneven/unpaved surfaces, climbing stairs and sustained periods of hiking moderate to steep terrain. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, bad knees, or back trouble.

BACKGROUND CHECK

In order to ensure our children's protection and determine eligibility to travel with Compassion, we now require all travelers (over the age of 18) to complete a criminal background check to ensure the safety of the children in our programs.  Please visit ScreeningOneSponsorTourBC to complete your online background check at the time of registration.  If you are unable to complete this online, please contact us and we will send you a paper form for you to fill out and return.  Compassion uses a third party vendor, ScreeningONE to process background checks.  The results of your background check are confidential and all personal information is encrypted and secure.

RESERVATIONS should be made well in advance and require a nonrefundable deposit of $380.00 per person. The final payment of $3295 is due no later than 7/15/2014.

CANCELLATION POLICY
In the event that you need to cancel your trip, please refer to our Cancellation Policy below:

  • All deposits are nonrefundable.
  • Fifty percent of the tour cost will be required for cancellations 59-31 days prior to the sponsor tour.
  • One hundred percent of the tour cost will be required for cancellations 30-0 days prior to the sponsor tour.
  • Only written cancellations accepted.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL reserves the right to adjust or alter any travel program when necessary or desirable for the protection, safety or improvement of said travel program, or when local conditions do not permit operation as published. COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL reserves the right to accept or deny participants application at its sole discretion.

RESPONSIBILITY: COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide you with the travel services you purchase. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. In the absence of negligence on our part, we are not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenses arising out of injury, accident or death; damage, loss or delay of baggage or other property; or delay, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset, disappointment, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental, resulting from (1) the act or omission of any party other than COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL or its employees; (2) mechanical breakdown, government actions, weather or other factors beyond our control; (3) failure to obtain documents, passports, visas and health certificates valid through the date of reentry, when required, in which case a cancellation charge will be assessed; (4) failure to follow instructions including but not limited to check-in and checkout times and baggage handling; (5) cancellation or change for any reason in the travel services offered; and (6) medical or health problems or physical disabilities. COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL reserves the right to cancel or alter the travel services at its discretion, except as otherwise noted herein. In the event of change, COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL will try to substitute comparable services; in the event of complete cancellation by COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL, we shall refund all monies paid to us. COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL will not be responsible for any other cost incurred by participants.

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