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 in Thailand with IJM

 
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Navigate over 470 snaking miles of tropical shoreline along paved roads following the best parts of Thailand’s coastal range and help support the efforts of the International Justice Mission’s work in Thailand to combat human trafficking. 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.

Dates: October 26 - November 6, 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 October 31, 2019
*Does not include additional fundraising amount for International Justice Mission - see below for details

Steep Grade: 4/5 (Demanding) - Average of 60 miles/day

Schedule:

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

Day 2
Visit the IJM field office in Bangkok and learn about the work they are doing to combat human trafficking in Thailand.
Overnight: JW Marriott Hilton
Meal: B

Day 3
After an amazing buffet breakfast, we will head to the Sky Lane for 2 loops around the track to warm up our legs and test our bikes to make any adjustments before we hit the road. Following our loops everyone will board the bus for a 3 hr. drive to Hua Hin. Mileage: 29 miles
Overnight: Hua Hin Hilton Resort
Meal: B,L

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 43 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

 
 

Each participant is asked to raise $3,000 towards the work to rescue and restore victims of forced labor in Thailand. Each participant will receive a fundraising page to collect donations, as well as ideas for how to reach your goal.

Rescue Victims

We rescue victims who have been trafficked and are being exploited on fishing vessels and within the seafood industry. IJM collaborates with Thai law enforcement and other governments in the region to investigate labor trafficking crimes and assist with operations to set these men free.

Restore Survivors

We restore survivors to a place of physical and emotional safety. IJM social workers provide support during the rescue operation and create individualized care plans for each survivor so they receive medical attention, psychological counseling and long-term support in their home community—often in a neighboring country like Cambodia or Myanmar.

Strengthen Justice Systems

We strengthen justice systems by advocating for systemic changes that will end the impunity traffickers currently enjoy in Thailand and neighboring countries. IJM also partners with global seafood retailers to use data in assisting the government with their efforts to end slavery in the seafood industry.

Click here for more information on the work IJM is doing in Thailand.

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Includes:
11 nights hotel lodging (double occupancy) - 3 nights in 5-star lodging
Meals indicated in itinerary (All but 1 dinner is on your own to allow you freedom to chose - prices range from ($5 - 15) for most dinners)
Snacks and plenty of water
Steep Adventures trip host
Cycling jersey
Support vehicle with driver and assistant
Guide
National Park fees
Repair service
Ground transport while cycling


Does not include:
International airfare (Fly into Bangkok on October 26, 2020, depart from Phuket on November 6, 2020)
- Group airfare available if 10 or more are traveling on the same itinerary
Emergency medical evacuation insurance (required)
Meals where indicated
Tips for guides and porters (optional)
Visa (if necessary)
Bike (rental option available)
Individual airport taxi transfers
Massages (range in price from $9 - 22)

 

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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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

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