One of the reasons I climbed Kilimanjaro, my very first mountain, in 1988, was to celebrate my 40th birthday. Rather than being a completion, as I had planned, that climb began a passion for mountains and trekking and rivers that has been a foundation for me ever since. Skip Horner, premier adventure travel guide, has been my mentor and friend during these 18+ years, and we have done almost 20 trips together
In honor of my 60th birthday, and Skip's as well. We will be returning to Africa to climb "Kili" once again in January of 2008. The vision is to put together a trip of folks who have been a part of my life in some way: folks who have read my book or the journals on this website; folks who have heard me speak; folks who are my friends and acquaintances; folks who are reading about me for the first time. Whether you have been a climber in the past, or not. I'd love to have you join us. We will hike/climb the remote Rongai Route, longer than the normal routes on the mountain which gives us more time to acclimatize. Game viewing in various game parks happen both before and after the climb. The itinerary and trip details follow.
Please consider joining us. Just call 831-462-6111 or send
me an email, and I'll get back to you with further information.
The name Kilimanjaro has a mystical ring to it, and for good reason. It dominates the East African landscape for hundreds of miles around and is the most recognizable landmark on the continent. Clouds often obscure the lower reaches of the mountain, giving it the appearance of floating above the African plain. Its glacier-crowned summit sparkles in the sun, 19,340' above sea level.
We will hike the remote Rongai Route, which starts in Kenya and crosses into Tanzania on the mountain. This is a longer and more scenic route than the normal routes on the mountain and allows us an extra day to acclimatize to the higher altitudes. Porters will carry our gear, so you need carry only a daypack. We will camp in tents along the way.
Before and after the climb we will drive out into the great-game country and spend several days on safari enjoying the African wildlife, overnighting in lush game lodges. This is the perfect complement to the classic African experience.
Day 1 Depart USA.
TRIP SIZE: 5 - 16 members.
TRIP COST: $5250
TRIP INCLUDES: All land costs in Kenya and Tanzania according to this itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED: International airfare, airport taxes, tips, insurance, drinks at hotels, overweight baggage charges, additional charges accrued in transit or from any deviation from the published itinerary.
A DEPOSIT: $1500 should be sent immediately to secure your place. Non-refundable.
FINAL PAYMENT: $3750 will be due September 1, 2007.
VISAS: Visas are required for entry into both Kenya and Tanzania. Contact Zeirer Visa Service in Washington, DC. about September 1. 1-800-421-6706 Tell them you're traveling with Skip Horner Worldwide.
AIRFARE: Please contact DeeDee at Big Sky Travel for the best rates. Her service and her airfares are the best in the business. 1-800-284-9809.
INSURANCE: We require Trip Cancellation Insurance, as no
QUALIFICATIONS: This trip is a strenuous trek at high altitudes.