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5th Annual Kilimanjaro Climb for Clean Water

Join us in June 2020 for the expedition of a lifetime.

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“It was an incredible experience.”

— Tony Valente, Kili 2016 Team
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Overview

Join other Christian adventure seekers for the expedition of a lifetime. Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and provide clean water to an entire village.

Every 60 seconds, a child dies from a preventable water-related disease. Climb Kilimanjaro for charity in 2020, and you can help change that!

Lifewater is now taking applications for our 2020 Climb for Clean Water.

It’s more than climbing a mountain. You are creating lasting change for generations to come. Apply today!

Details

WHEN: June 26th – July 3rd, 2020

OUTFITTING FEE: $2,950 ($350 deposit to secure spot)

AIRFARE/TRAVEL AGENT/TRAVEL INSURANCE: $2,000 (est.)

 

WHY CLIMB FOR CLEAN WATER

The Climb for Clean Water is a unique way to raise awareness and funds for clean water. Each climber commits to raising $6,000 to fund a village water project for up to 125 people.

This is separate from the cost of the climb, which must be covered by the climber(s).

 

CLIMBING ROUTE

Our team will be climbing the 7-day Machame Route up Mount Kilimanjaro. Take a virtual tour of the Machame Route here.

 

TRAVEL DATES

The dates for the 2020 Climb for Clean Water are Friday, June 27th through Friday, July 3rd. All climbers will need to arrive at the at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Tanzania no later than June 26th.

After the climb, you are invited to join us on a 2-day safari for an additional $750. Plus, you may also participate in a Vision Trip to see clean water projects in progress in our new Tanzania program for an additional cost of $750. Learn More about Lifewater’s Work in Tanzania.

For more details about the daily climb schedule and optional post-climb activities, download the 2020 Climb for Clean Water itinerary.

 

COST FOR THE CLIMB
  • $2,950 Outfitting Fee for Climb Kili ($350 deposit to secure spot)
  • $2,000 (est) Airfare/Travel Agent/Travel Insurance
  • Tanzanian Visa: $100 (paid upon arrival to Tanzania)

Estimated Total Cost to Climb: $5,100

For more information on the climb details, route, incentives, packing list, and next steps, download the information packet.

 

Cause

Every day, hundreds of millions of people are impacted by the global water and sanitation crisis. Together, unsafe water and the inaccessibility of basic sanitation are leading contributors to extreme poverty.

Over 579 million people worldwide are drinking unsafe water from hand-dug wells, ponds, swamps, rivers, and springs. Contaminated water causes disease and even death, especially among children.

At Lifewater, our staff work alongside villages, visiting every home to ensure that families learn life-saving health practices and working together to engineer custom, long-lasting safe water sources for every community.

Since 2016, Climb for Clean Water participants have funded over 65 safe water projects, serving more than 13,700 people with clean water, health, and hope for generations to come.

Your climb can make an impact on the global water and sanitation crisis today.

 

 

Reviews

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The best nonprofit I’ve ever worked with. They are so passionate about helping others.

— Matt Jarrell, Kili 2017 and 2019
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“This was a remarkable time. Our group was able to provide a large amount of funds to Lifewater.”

Bill MacGregor, Kili 2018
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“My sister and I loved spending a week in Tanzania on the mountain with Lifewater.”

— Megan WIlson, Kili 2017
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“It was an especially touching experience for myself and all who were involved to get to be a part of such a worthy cause.”

— Luke Smith, Kili 2016
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“It was an incredible experience. I would highly recommend you watch for their future trips. They helped take care of all the logistics so I could focus on raising funds.”

Tony Valente, Kili 2016

FAQ

Fundraising

I’m worried about the fundraising. Do you offer any assistance?

We have found that including others in your fundraising commitment is a very rewarding and community-building experience, and we encourage you to let others know what you’re doing! Lifewater will help you through the fundraising process and provide a personalized fundraising webpage where you can track online donations and send emails to supporters. We are also available to provide more ideas and support for fundraising along the way. Ultimately, however, the commitment and responsibility is yours. This commitment helps us plan with confidence for the villages we serve and ensure meaningful engagement from each participant on the expedition.

Health Preparations

What vaccinations or immunizations do I need before entering Tanzania?

While there are no current restrictions for non-Africans entering Tanzania, you should check with your local travel clinic for the latest recommendations. We highly recommend you are up to date with your Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and Tetanus. For current Health information for Travels to Tanzania, visit the Center for Disease Control website.

Is Mt. Kilimanjaro a technical climb?

No technical skills are required, and there is no prior climbing experience needed. However, this is not an average hike and we do encourage training.

Do you provide a training guide?

Upon your deposit you will receive a training guide in your welcome packet. The guide is meant to help you prepare physically and mentally for the climb. It will not only give you specific workouts and tips, but provide information on what to expect when climbing to the top of Africa.

Is there an age limit?

We’ve taken participants from 16 -79 years old to the top. If you are traveling alone, you must be 18 years of age. If you are traveling with a parent or guardian, you must be 16 years old.

Cost

What is included in the cost of the climb?

We don’t like to nickel and dime tours, so we did our best to include as much as we could in one flat fee. To see the full list of what’s included in the flat fee, please download our information packet.

When is the total amount due?

To secure your spot on the team you will need to make your $350 deposit. The remaining balance is due 2 months before your climb.

Are there any discounts?

Yes, there are a few discounts we offer for early sign ups and recruiting. They are as follows:

      • $200 discount if you make a deposit and submit all forms by July 31, 2019
      • $150 discount if you make a deposit and submit all forms by August 31, 2019
      • $100 discount if you make a deposit and submit all forms by October 31, 2019
      • $50 discount if you make a deposit and submit all forms by December 31, 2019
      • Recruiting Credit: For every person you successfully recruit to the team, you will receive $150 off your flat fee. Your name must be stated as the recruiter in writing when a new climber submits his or her application. Discounts will be applied upon payment in full from recruited climber.

Safety and Gear

Will I need to carry all my equipment?

You will only need to carry the equipment you will be using for that day. We partner with Climb Kili, a local guide and mountain expert, who provides porters who will carry most of your gear.

What equipment/clothing will I need to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?

While Mt. Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb, you will need good clothing for the climb. You will travel through 5 different climatic zones, from rainforest to glacial tundra, so having the right clothing is paramount. 

For a full packing list, please download the information packet.

What safety equipment will be available?

No other company provides more safety equipment than our outfitter. From supplemental oxygen to altitude bags, portable stretchers and pulse oximeters, you are in good hands should the rare occasion arise that these safety devices are needed. Each lead guide is certified for the usage and handling of all our safety equipment.

Can I rent personal gear?

Yes. You can rent anything from sleeping bags to warm jackets to trekking poles and gaiters. If you don’t own some items on the packing list and feel it would be better to rent, simply reserve these items and we’ll have them ready for you upon arrival.

Route and Timeline

What route are you taking?

We will be climbing the 7-day Machame Route to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Lifewater has partnered with Climb Kili, a respected Kilimanjaro tour operator based in Tanzania, to guide our team on this route. Take a virtual tour of the Machame Route here.

When would I need to arrive and depart for the climb?

You will need to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) no later than 1 p.m. the day before the climb (June 26th). Departures can be planned anytime on July 4 for those only participating in the climb and July 6 for those participating in the Safari.

Climb and Impact

How far will I climb each day?

You will hike average of 4-8 hours per day with the summit day being the longest. Please download the climb itinerary for more details on each day of the climb.

Will I get to see the impact in the village that is sponsored through my climb?

Yes! You will get to see the impact you and your supporters make. We will follow up with information about the specific village you serve, with the names and story of one family in that community. You’ll even get to see pictures of the new water source once it is completed!

Can I bring a friend?

We encourage you to recruit others to go on this adventure with you. It will be a shared experience you will never forget. As an added bonus, you will get a $150 discount on your flat fee for every climber you successfully recruit to join you.

What languages are spoken in Tanzania?

Tanzania’s official languages are English and Swahili. All of your guides speak English, with some guides fluent in French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

Climb Diet

Is the water safe to drink?

You should drink bottled water while in town and on your Safari. While on the mountain, the cook staff takes careful consideration to purify water each day and provide abundant water for each climber. The safari comes with daily bottled water.

What’s the menu?

We understand that sufficient caloric intake and purified water are essential to keep the body functioning properly high up on the mountain. The menu is specific to the activities of that day and day of trekking ahead. By incorporating the right balance of carbohydrates and proteins, we keep you in top health. There are vegetarian and vegan menus available. We accommodate gluten free and do our best with other special dietary situations.

The following is a sample of our menu items:

Breakfast

  • Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
  • Toast, Biscuits with Margarine, Jam, Peanut Butter
  • Eggs, meat, sausage
  • Porridge
  • Fresh fruits: Mango, Banana, Avocado, Watermelon, Oranges

Lunch

  • Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
  • Chicken or Vegetable Soup
  • Bread, Biscuits or Pancakes with Jam, Peanut Butter
  • Sandwich with Meat or Cheese, Boiled Egg
  • Snack: Peanuts, Popcorn, Cake, Cookies
  • Fresh fruits and Fruit Salad: Tomato, Cucumber, Onion, Carrots

Dinner

  • Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
  • Chicken or Vegetable Soup
  • Bread, Biscuits or Pancakes with Jam, Peanut Butter
  • Roasted Chicken, Beef or Fish
  • Potatoes, Rice, Pasta
  • Fresh Vegetables: Carrots, Peas, Tomato, Beans
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