Mt. Kilimanjaro for Because International

 
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Trek to the highest freestanding mountain in the world and the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro. Over 6 trekking days you will experience 5 ecosystems, incredible views above the clouds, glaciers, and the thinnest oxygen your lungs may ever breathe. Efforts to reach the summit will serve as a fundraiser to support Because International in their creation of innovative products. Because focuses on inventing and developing products that provide solutions for children and families living in poverty, and works with partners to produce and distribute them worldwide—creating jobs and equipping entrepreneurs.

Dates: December 4 - 12, 2020 (not including travel dates and optional safari)

Lodging: Hotel in Moshi & Tents while hiking (double occupancy)

Cost: $2810 (land only, based on double occupancy) - $100 discount if booked before 1/30/20
            (Fundraising support for Because International is an additional amount, see below for more details)

Steep Grade: 5/5 (high altitude - 19,341 ft at summit)

Tentative Schedule:

November 30, 2020 - Arrive in Arusha (for those joining the safari)

December 1 - 4, 2020 – Safari (optional add-on)

December 4, 2020 – Arrival of those not on Safari

December 5, 2020 – Begin Kilimanjaro Climb

December 6 - 9, 2020 – Kilimanjaro

December 10, 2020 – Last hiking day and return to Moshi

December 11, 2020 – Distribution of The Shoe That Grows in local community

December 12, 2020 – Fly home or continue travel

 
 

For a day-by-day account of the Kilimanjaro climb, click here.


Climb supports Because International:

Participants make a fundraising commitment of $5,000 (in addition to trip costs) to support Because International in their mission to impact poverty through innovation.

Every dollar raised will support these areas:

- distribution of innovative products

- job creation through local manufacturing

- resources for entrepreneurs with their own ideas for innovative products

Products

Students with their new pair of The Shoe That Grows. We will distribute these shoes while in Tanzania.

Students with their new pair of The Shoe That Grows. We will distribute these shoes while in Tanzania.

There are children in every country in the world who are in need of resources to improve their daily lives. Millions of children die each year from preventable causes. Hundreds of millions more suffer illnesses that prevent them from being healthy and attending school.

Because focuses on inventing and developing products for kids and families challenged by poverty. Innovative products like The Shoe That Grows and Bednet Buddy can help kids be more healthy, attend school more often, and be more confident.

Production

According to the UN, 783 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. The overwhelming lack of sustainable jobs prevents individuals from rising out of poverty.

Because International’s goal is to manufacture its innovative products in the countries and regions where they’re distributed most. Local and regional production brings many benefits including job creation, reduced carbon footprint, lower shipping costs, and more culturally relevant products while creating opportunity for real, measurable, long-term economic growth.


Pursuit

In impoverished countries, those who want to innovate are often stuck just trying to survive. Their daily needs outweigh the luxury of creativity. Because believes these are the communities that need innovation the most.


Price Includes:
Three nights double occupancy hotel
Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to hotel
Meals indicated on itinerary
All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
Group host to coordinate details
Professional, experienced, mountain guides
Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents (double occupancy)
Sleeping Mattress
All meals while on the Mountain
Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Crisis management and safety procedures
Fair and ethical treatment of porters
Conservation fees (part of park fees)
Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
Rescue fees (part of park fees)
VAT (18% charged by the Government)

Price does not include:
Travel Insurance (recommended) & Medical Evacuation Insurance (required)
International airfare
Visas
Tips and Gratuity
Meals not on itinerary
Personal trekking equipment (sleep bag, poles, etc.)
Beverages (bottled)
Safari (optional)

In support of Because International

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Cycling - Bangkok to Phuket, Thailand

 
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Join us for this exploratory trip as we navigate 490 snaking miles of tropical shoreline along paved roads following the best parts of Thailand’s coastal range. Swap the Gulf of Thailand’s sweeping sands for the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Hang up your helmet after each day to relax in warm sand and admire the sunset. Refuel on some of the freshest seafood in the region.

Dates: February 18 - 29, 2020 (not including travel to/from Bangkok & Phuket Airports)

Lodging: Hotels (double occupancy)

Cost: $2595* (Land only, Limited space, $500 non-refundable deposit)
                      $100 discount if booked before June 1, 2019
*Does not include additional fundraising amount for International Justice Mission - see below for details

Steep Grade: 4/5 (Demanding) - Approximately 62 miles/day, total 490 miles

Schedule (hotels will be confirmed after registration closes):

Day 1
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to JW Marriott Hotel in Bangkok (individual transfers are on your own to arrange). Meal: D

Day 2
Visit the IJM field office in Bangkok and learn about the work they are doing to combat human trafficking in Thailand. Team dinner and meeting to discuss the biking route.
Overnight: JW Marriott Hilton Meal: B,D

Day 3
We transfer to the start of our ride in Petchaburi (approximately 2 hours). This ride is a gentle start to the trip as we head out of Petchaburi and into rural Thailand, along roads flanked by paddy fields and palm trees. We then ride along the beach into Cha-am and on to the beach resort town of Hua Hin. The town is closely tied to Thai royalty. The last 20 km is on a main road, but there is a wide shoulder to ride. If the traffic proves to be too heavy, this section can be transferred. Mileage: 44 miles
Overnight: Hua Hin Hilton Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 4
We head out of Hua Hin, towards Sam Roi Yot (300 hundred peaks) National Park. This park has spectacular limestone formations and freshwater marshes in between the peaks. We ride on quiet backroads along beaches with striking limestone peaks as our background. After the park, we have a short ride on the main road, about 20 km, before heading back to the coast, passing many small villages. The final section is along the beach to Prachuap Khiri Khan. Mileage: 74 miles
Overnight: @T-Boutique Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 5
We leave the hotel and ride along the beachfront road for about 7 miles before hitting the main road. We are now well away from the main tourist areas, and the roads are quiet and in good condition. Time to relax in a hammock and listen to the surf. Mileage: 38 miles
Overnight: Baan Klang Aow Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 6
With legs rested, it’s time to do some serious miles. We ride 75 miles on quiet side roads with very little traffic. Our route sticks to the coast, giving us views of the sea to the left and rugged mountains on our right. We are passing through Thailand’s narrowest part as the border with Burma is less than 12 miles away at some points. Mileage: 76 miles
Overnight: Nana Beach Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 7
Rest day at the Nana Beach Resort  Mileage: Optional short ride Meal: B,L,D

Day 8
We cross the Isthmus of Kra, which separates the Gulf of Thailand from the Adaman Sea, and is just 27 miles wide at its narrowest point. We head west for about 37 miles on an undulating road that cuts through the lush jungle-clad mountains that surround this area. The hills and the twists and turns in the road make for some varied riding. There is a climb of about 2 miles starting at the Pun Ya Ban Waterfall, and then it is downhill and flat all the way to Ranong. This is a spa town, and the hotel has a hot mineral spring pool to soothe those aching muscles. Mileage: 87 miles (partial route in van possible) Overnight: Tinidee Ranong Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 9
We ride through valleys today, so the road will be rolling, but there are no extreme climbs, just enough ascents and descents to make the ride interesting. We pass many villages and children waving and yelling out farang, farang (foreigner). After some great views, the ride ends in a lovely little resort nestled in a valley and surrounded by lush tropical rain forest. Mileage: 79 miles (partial route in van possible)
Overnight: Khuraburi Greenview Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 10
We continue our journey south, riding from valley to valley towards picturesque Khao Lak. The road flattens out a bit as we reach Takua Pa, a former Portuguese settlement. The region was an important tin-dredging centre in the first half of the 20th century, but there remains little evidence of the mining as rubber plantations have covered the dredged land. We next ride through one of the areas worst devastated by the 2004 Tsunami. You’ll be amazed to see how quickly this area has bounced back and been rebuilt. Mileage: 48 miles
Overnight: Nangthong Bay Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 11
The last leg of the tour is to the tropical paradise of Phuket, the largest island and also a province of Thailand. There are a couple of small hills to conquer before we leave Khao Lak, but then it’s flat all the way down to Phang Nga and Phuket. Mileage: 44 miles
Overnight: Coriacea Boutique Resort Meal: B,L,D

Day 12
Today is yours to relax and rest after eight great riding days! Fly home or extend your stay (request quote to stay at Coriacea Boutique Resort). Meal: B

Includes:
11 nights hotel lodging (double occupancy) - 3 nights in 5-star lodging
Meals indicated in itinerary
Snacks and plenty of water
Cycling jersey
Support vehicle
Guide
National Park fees
Repair service
Ground transport while cycling


Does not include:
International airfare (Fly into Bangkok on Feb. 18, 2020, depart from Phuket on Feb. 29, 2020)
Emergency medical evacuation insurance (required)
Beverages during meals (water is free)
Meals where indicated
Tips for guides and porters (optional)
Visa
Bike (rental option available)
Individual airport taxi transfers

 

Send questions to info@steepadventures.com

Patagonia - Argentina with AFCA

Patagonia - Argentina with AFCA

Glaciers and stunning mountains await you in Patagonia and the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Based in the town of El Chalten, you can explore the trails at your own pace and desired level of difficulty on self-guided adventures. We will explore one of the largest glaciers in the world, Perito Moreno Glacier, and walk the platforms to take in the beauty of the ice formations. With each step you have the opportunity to make the difference in the lives of children and families affected by HIV AIDS through the support of the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA).

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Tour du Mont Blanc

 
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Hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland on the Tour du Mont Blanc! The trail circumnavigates Mont Blanc passing through villages and mountain houses. Each night we will stay in a Gite, Rifugio, or Hotel dotted along the path. This is a self-guided tour where each person carries their own gear. Opened to seasoned hikers!

Dates: September 2 - 12, 2019 (not including travel to/from Geneva Airport)

Lodging: Combination of hotels, gites or rifugios (mountain lodges with shared bunk rooms or double occupancy rooms)

Cost: $1400 (Limited to 9 people. $500 deposit to hold your spot)

Steep Grade: 4/5 (Demanding) - Approximately 100 miles

Tentative Schedule (route contingent on confirmation of lodging):

Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 - Arrive in Chamonix - 4-Star Hotel

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 - Bus to Les Houches and the trailhead - Hike about 7 hrs to Chalet CAF des Contamines

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 - Hike about 8 hrs to Auberge Refugio du la Nova in Les Chappieux

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 - Hike about 7.5 hrs to Rifugio Maison Vielle

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 - Hike about 6.5 hrs to Hotel Lavachey

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 - Hike about 6.5 hrs to Hotel Edelweiss

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 - Hike about 5 hrs to Champex Lac - Au Club Alpin (or similar)

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 - Hike about 5 hrs to Hotel Col de la Forclaz

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 - Hike about 5 hrs to Auberge la Boerne

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 - Hike about 6 hrs. to Chamonix - 4-Star Hotel

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 - Depart Chamonix

Includes:
9 nights lodging listed above (exact lodging contingent on availability)
Breakfast and Dinner while hiking & breakfast in Chamonix
Self-guiding route map
Transport from/to Geneva airport

Does not include:
Lunches on the trail and lunch & dinner in Chamonix
International Airfare to Geneva Airport
Certified guide or porters
Bus transportation (Chamonix to Les Houches - a few dollars)
Gondola rides (optional)
Emergency medical evacuation insurance (required)

 

Ausangate Trek Schedule

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Daily Schedule

Sunday, October 15
Everyone converges in Peru (some have already arrive and others are just arriving).

Meals: Breakfast (for those spending Saturday night), (Lunch/Dinner - On Own)

Monday, October 16
Sacred Valley Tour - Full Day Tour
7PM - Team Meeting

Meals: Breakfast, (Lunch/Dinner—On Own)
Total Hiking: Walking the ancient ruins

Tuesday, October 17
Our guide will meet us in Cusco early in the morning, and take us via private transportation to the starting point of our trek- Tinqui. Here you will enjoy a local lunch, while your gear is being loaded onto pack horses. After lunch you will begin hiking to our first camp. This day we only hike for a few hours until we arrive at the village of Upis. Here you can take a soak in the hot springs, while enjoying coca tea, and relax your muscles until dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 3 miles/ 2 hours

Wednesday, October 18
With two passes to cross today, we wake everyone up at 5am with coca tea brought to your tent and you will fuel up with a big breakfast for the day ahead. The morning starts with a hike up Arapa pass (16,266ft) before a slight decline to our lunch spot near Lake Puma cocha- a deep blue lake and a perfect stop for a break. Along the way you will see local herders and llamas, Ausangate mountain to your left, and you will have your expert guide explaining the history of the locals and talking about the landscape along the way. After lunch we continue uphill for our second pass for the day (Pucacocha pass-16,404ft) where if you're lucky you may see condors and vicuñas until descending to our campsite of chillca where you will be surrounded by high mountains and incredible hanging glaciers- watch for the glacier crashing into the lake below! As always camp will be set up for you to change and rest your weary legs and dinner will be prepared.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 9.3 miles

Thursday, October 19
Today starts with Chillca pass (16,571 ft), a very colorful mountain but only a precursor of what is to come. After crossing the pass you enter into the Red Mountain valley, a wildly desert landscape with vibrant colors all around, and llamas roaming the ground below- as you approach the top of the pass you will see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain in the distance, but your not quite there! From here you descend to circle lake and continue walking a Peruvian flat until we are presented with one final climb to the Rainbow Mountain. Soak in the sights and enjoy what you've worked so hard for. We will enjoy lunch in the surrounding area, and head back down the valley to make our way to the stunning Lake Ausangate where camp will be set up and waiting for you to take a rest. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 12.4 miles

Friday, October 20
Covering less miles today, as yesterday was a big day, we pass beautiful glacial tarns, lush green pampas, and follow the edge of the river. Today is a great day for spotting wildlife so keep an eye out for condors, and vicuñas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 10.5 miles

Saturday, October 21
With only one pass to cross we will take our time today enjoying the deep blue lagoons, and alpine glacial colored lakes along the way. If you are brave enough you can even jump in to cool off. Views of the massive Ausangate mountain are still visible, only today you will get to enjoy them from a new angle along with views of Pacchanta Valley. Our goal is the hot springs of Pacchanta where we will enjoy a nice soak and the views of the Ausangate Mountain above. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total Hiking: 9.9 miles

Sunday, October 22
Today is the easiest day of our trek as we make our way back to the starting point of Tinqui walking on flat ground and celebrating our accomplishments. Once we arrive at the village you will have your last lunch while everything is packed up in our private transportation to make our way back to Cusco where. You will be dropped off at your hotel arriving around 5pm.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch, Dinner—on own
Total Hiking: 9.9 miles

Monday, October 23
This morning we will visit PROMESA and see the benefits of our hard work! Your accomplishment of completing 57.5 miles around the Ausangate Mountain and raising funds for PROMESA to reach their new land will be worth every effort and sacrifice when you see the faces of the children.

Late afternoon flights from the Cusco airport loaded with a few souvenirs and a heart filled with love for Peru and its people.

Meals: Breakfast, (Lunch/Dinner - On Own)

 

 

 

Ausangate Trek for PROMESA

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Ten trekkers will begin their journey hiking 57-miles around the Ausangate Peak in an effort to raise funds for the PROMESA school in Cusco, Peru on October 17th. PROMESA serves children throughout Cusco, providing a quality, Christian education, and has been recognized for educational attainment of their students.

Promesa has outgrown their current facility and purchased land to build a larger school, however there is currently no road to the land. The Ausangate Trek will support the building of a road to the new school location.

 

 
 

Pictures from Ausangate Trek and Peru

 

 
 

Email questions to info@steepadventures.com

The Ausangate Trek is in partnership with:

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Old Logger's Path

Old Logger's Path is a custom challenge for a local non-profit looking to involve participants in a weekend adventure to strengthen relationships and rally support for their cause. Registration and final details to come.

Trip duration: 4 days (including travel)

Trekking days: 3 days

Steep Grade: 3/5 (Medium)

 

Sample itinerary:

Day 1: Bus transportation to trail head. Prepare gear and camp at the trail head.

Day 2: After breakfast, load up the backpacks for a 10 mile hike passed waterfalls and amazing vistas.

Day 3: Prepare to pass over the saddle of Sullivan Mountain on this 10 mile hiking day.

Day 4: Cross over the final saddle and return 7 miles to the trail head and the extraction point.

 

Registration and more details coming!

Pine Creek Trail - Cycling

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Great Allegheny Passage - Cycling

Begin in Pittsburgh, PA and bike on the wide, stone path following the Monongahela River as it winds its way through the Pennsylvania countryside. Cycle through many small towns where there is ample opportunity for food and beverage stops. A thrilling finish begins at the Eastern Continental Divide and continues for 25 miles of downhill coasting to the town of Cumberland, Maryland. Bike a total of 150 miles over 4 days.

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Washington DC to Pittsburgh - Cycling

Follow the C&O Canal trail from mile marker 0 at the Thompson Boat Center to Cumberland, MD. Then transfer to the "super-highway" of biking trails, the Great Allegheny Passage, which leads you directly into downtown Pittsburgh and stops at Point State Park. Complete 334 miles over 6 days and cross bridges, ride through tunnels, around dams, and experience the history of the old canal.

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Grand Canyon & Zion National Park

Hike down into the Grand Canyon from the south rim and drink in the views and lots of water, because you will also be hiking those same miles back up and out of the canyon. Spend another day hiking around the Grand Canyon, before transferring to Zion National Park for more amazing views. Hike over 40 miles in 5 days.

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Boston to New York - Cycling

Start in New England's capital, Boston, and cycle passed its historic landmarks. Cycle through colonial villages, seaside towns, and quaint communities on your way to New York City. After passing through the Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, with the finish line crossing over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Bike over 320 miles in 7 days.

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Philadelphia to Washington DC - Cycling

Start in the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia and end in the center of power, Washington DC. Follow the East Coast Greenway rolling through cities and the countryside. The path follows roads and off-road trails. Bike over 240 miles in 4 days.

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Machu Picchu - Inca Trail

Words and pictures will not do justice to the experience of the Inca Trail. It's stepping back in time to catch a glimpse of a culture and people group, advanced beyond modern understanding, while being captivated by the beauty of the Andes, and forming friendships over shared experiences. The journey is not for the faint, it will challenge and leave an indelible mark of appreciation for the road of history others have laid.

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Ausangate Trek + Rainbow Mountain

Reside at altitudes between 13,000 ft and 17,000 ft for 6 days while you trek around the Ausangate Mountain range. Trod on a less populated path to get an up close view of the Rainbow Mountain, a striation of magnificent colors. A trek of 57 miles will leave you breathless from beauty and physical excursion.

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