Kilimanjaro Trip

Kilimanjaro

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 10-12+

Enter a land rich with natural beauty and cultural majesty. Earn 10 hours of community service while immersing yourself in the traditions of welcoming Tanzanian villages. Uncover the wildlife of the African Serengeti. Ascend the continental rooftop. Build cultural connections and make lifelong memories on this Kilimanjaro adventure.

21 Days

$7,195

  • June 24th - July 14th
  • New York, NY (additional fee for international flight)

Day 1-4

Our adventure begins with our first meeting together at JFK airport in New York City. Here, we’ll check-in together for our group flight, and enjoy our first dinner as a group before the overnight journey. Arriving safely as a group into Nairobi, Kenya, we’ll begin our adventure with a fun introduction into Swahili language and east African culture. Swahili and English are the official language of both Tanzania and Kenya, and learning just a few Swahili phrases will enable meaningful communication with everyone we meet along our wonderful adventure.

Day 5-6

Making the brief journey to the Arusha region of northern Tanzania, we’ll partner with established local aid organizations in a local Maasai village and get to know the leaders of this welcoming community before rolling up our sleeves. During our meaningful time here, we’ll integrate with village life — teaching English language classes to local children and helping with necessary infrastructure projects. Of course, our time will be rich with cultural exchange and hands-on learning about village life and customs such as traditional dances and ceremonies.

Day 7-11

Departing the province of the village for the wilds of the African plain, we’ll say goodbye to our Maasai friends and embark on an adventure that will take us through both Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Home to Africa’s “Big Five” (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo), the Serengeti ecosystem is also known as the primary migration pathway for some 2 million wildebeest, zebra and other plains game. Our safari here through one of the world’s great wonders will be a truly unforgettable experience. However, our elation at the rich abundance of wildlife will pale in comparison to our excitement at commencing on our next great adventure: our ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 12-18

Ironically, the name “Kilimanjaro” originates from the Swahili word for “hill” or “little mountain.” As the theory goes, this diminutive name is thought to have been used as something of a subtle joke by local tribes. Indeed, at 19,341 feet, the “little mountain” is the fourth highest base-to-summit climb in the world. The volcanic cone of Uhuru Peak at the summit is the literal “roof of Africa.” Our ascent along the scenic Rongai Route has us beginning our hike at 6,400 feet, making obtainable hikes each day so that we can slowly acclimate on our journey towards the top. Of course, we’ll grow even closer as a team during this very special time on Kilimanjaro’s only true wilderness route. Each evening, we’ll recount the day’s events over a splendid mountain meal before crawling into our tents each night a little closer to the stars. As a whole, our climb will have us ascending slowly through multiple ecosystems, including tropical jungles, alpine valleys, volcanic deserts and glaciated slopes. On the fifth morning of our hike, we’ll wake up for breakfast at around midnight, switch on our headlamps and begin our summit attempt at around 1:00am. Plodding slowly in the darkness at first, we’ll enjoy a fantastic sunrise from 18,600 feet, then continue our way up to the summit of Kilimanjaro — truly one of life’s greatest and most empowering accomplishments.

Day 19-21

It will be hard to believe our adventure is already coming to a close as we celebrate during our traditional final banquet on the African continent. Boarding our group flight, we’ll return to New York to bid each other a tearful goodbye, thankful for our experiences and memories during this magical summer adventure.

Day 1-4

Our adventure begins with our first meeting together at JFK airport in New York City. Here, we’ll check-in together for our group flight, and enjoy our first dinner as a group before the overnight journey. Arriving safely as a group into Nairobi, Kenya, we’ll begin our adventure with a fun introduction into Swahili language and east African culture. Swahili and English are the official language of both Tanzania and Kenya, and learning just a few Swahili phrases will enable meaningful communication with everyone we meet along our wonderful adventure.

Day 5-6

Making the brief journey to the Arusha region of northern Tanzania, we’ll partner with established local aid organizations in a local Maasai village and get to know the leaders of this welcoming community before rolling up our sleeves. During our meaningful time here, we’ll integrate with village life — teaching English language classes to local children and helping with necessary infrastructure projects. Of course, our time will be rich with cultural exchange and hands-on learning about village life and customs such as traditional dances and ceremonies.

Day 7-11

Departing the province of the village for the wilds of the African plain, we’ll say goodbye to our Maasai friends and embark on an adventure that will take us through both Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Home to Africa’s “Big Five” (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo), the Serengeti ecosystem is also known as the primary migration pathway for some 2 million wildebeest, zebra and other plains game. Our safari here through one of the world’s great wonders will be a truly unforgettable experience. However, our elation at the rich abundance of wildlife will pale in comparison to our excitement at commencing on our next great adventure: our ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 12-18

Ironically, the name “Kilimanjaro” originates from the Swahili word for “hill” or “little mountain.” As the theory goes, this diminutive name is thought to have been used as something of a subtle joke by local tribes. Indeed, at 19,341 feet, the “little mountain” is the fourth highest base-to-summit climb in the world. The volcanic cone of Uhuru Peak at the summit is the literal “roof of Africa.” Our ascent along the scenic Rongai Route has us beginning our hike at 6,400 feet, making obtainable hikes each day so that we can slowly acclimate on our journey towards the top. Of course, we’ll grow even closer as a team during this very special time on Kilimanjaro’s only true wilderness route. Each evening, we’ll recount the day’s events over a splendid mountain meal before crawling into our tents each night a little closer to the stars. As a whole, our climb will have us ascending slowly through multiple ecosystems, including tropical jungles, alpine valleys, volcanic deserts and glaciated slopes. On the fifth morning of our hike, we’ll wake up for breakfast at around midnight, switch on our headlamps and begin our summit attempt at around 1:00am. Plodding slowly in the darkness at first, we’ll enjoy a fantastic sunrise from 18,600 feet, then continue our way up to the summit of Kilimanjaro — truly one of life’s greatest and most empowering accomplishments.

Day 19-21

It will be hard to believe our adventure is already coming to a close as we celebrate during our traditional final banquet on the African continent. Boarding our group flight, we’ll return to New York to bid each other a tearful goodbye, thankful for our experiences and memories during this magical summer adventure.

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