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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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)