Posted on 24 December 2011.
This August Roadmonkey combines a 7-day climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and a 4-day hands-on volunteer project building an Earth friendly kitchen and goat shed at a local school in Babati. Learn more about how you can join this trek here.
The expedition will last two-weeks, August 1 to August 14, and costs $4,995. All meals, expect for the two or three lunch/dinners during group free time, are included in the expedition cost. The price doesn’t include the airfare to reach Tanzania or the cost of purchasing a travel/volunteer visa (about $100 USD). It does, however, include camp-style lodging during the seven-day Kilimanjaro climb and all transportation and lodging in Tanzania, including hotels near Babati.
Once arriving in Tanzania, expedition members can expect a single room at a superior hotel. After the soft landing and plush atmosphere it’s a more rugged life in two-person tents and then back to a hotel in the end. Although the last hotel is more basic in nature it will provide a clean stay.
Meals on the mountain are hearty to keep your strength and energy up. You’ll start your day with a breakfast typically comprised of eggs and toast with sausages. A combination of soups, vegetables and some meat dishes are provided for lunches and dinners. Tea and coffee are readily available at the campsites. It’s recommended that all expedition members bring high-energy snack foods, crackers, or nutrition bars for the longer hiking days.
The Kilimanjaro expedition begins with a 7-day climb up the Machame route. Heading up Mount Kilimanjaro from the southwest side, expedition members will head through a rain forest to moorland to above the cloud layer to lunar-like rocky surfaces above 14,000 feet. All for creating a unique Kilimanjaro experience Roadmonkey
has decided to camp in the ice crater allowing expedition members to visit the summit twice. Located only two hours’ hike from the top, trekkers will have the opportunity to summit once at sunset and again in the morning, for sunrise.
In coordination with the Livingstone Tanzania Trust
Roadmonkey and their Kilimanjaro 2 Expedition group will next head to Babati, a small town southwest of Mount Kilimanjaro. There volunteers will spend 4 days building an environmentally sustainable kitchen and goat shed to help conserve school resources and the dwindling forests in the region.
Rural Tanzania Villages Depend on Firewood to Cook their Food
To help the rural village of Babati the Roadmonkey expedition members will help the local people through education, new cooking tools and the idea of planting more trees. Some of the lessons will be to teach the local students the simple benefit of putting a lid on a pan to save energy and fuel, to pre-soak dry foods for faster cooking, and to use dry wood to increase fuel savings. Industrial cookers to enclose cooking fires will help maintain heat and this simple concept will save up to 80% of fuel. Instead of merely creating the oven Livingstone Tanzania Trust
teaches the women who collected the firewood to make these domestic cookers so they can sell cookers and make more money than previously collecting wood. And last is a tree planting campaign.