Kilimanjaro Safari CME
An offering of Wilderness Medical Society. Logistics and guiding by Andes Mountain Guides
This accredited curriculum’s highlights include pathophysiology, treatment and prioritization of care for a variety of medical problems commonly encountered in wilderness environments and settings remote from hospital/ definitive care. Physicians and allied health care providers who counsel patients traveling to remote areas will be interested in the topics covered during this unique CME event.
The climb to the “Roof of Africa” is without a doubt one of the worlds great adventures. Climbing from Kilimanjaro’s rainforests to its glacier capped 19,340 foot summit is simply an amazing experience. If that isn’t exciting enough we will cap our adventures off with an African Safari
We set base in Moshi, a quiet town at Kilimanjaro foothills. After a day in town organizing everything and starting with our CME lectures, we start moving through the Shira-Barafu route. This approach starts at the forest, to gradually get close to the Kibo peak. A classic day starts with a fantastic breakfast, in campssites surrounded by lunar landscapes, hiking always with great views of the African Savannah. The trail follows different environments, from rain forest to moorlands, to the surreal crater at the top of the mountain, where we camp by the glacier. The summit day we climb off the beaten path, giving the ascent a little more technical and much more enjoyable finale than the normal route.
After our Kili summit we visit the iconic parks of Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, experiencing three days in full contact with the African landscape, its wildlife and culture. An amazing and exotic trip to a fantastic summit in a fascinating country.
- Climb with a local IFMGA certified mountain guide, leading the best team of local guides.
- Get 16 hours AMA/PRA Category 1 CME credits
- Take advantage of the best kili program, summiting from the amazing Crater Camp..
- Enjoy the best wildlife safari, with great lodging and food.
- Experience he personalized service that makes Andes Mountain Guides the best option in Aconcagua.
AMG offers the highest standards on Kilimanjaro. Being a small company we specialize on custom trips, keeping our Kilimanjaro Safari CME trips with the same spirit, offering a personalized service in every aspect, with the advantage of having an office both in Argentina and in the USA. Our groups are small, our expeditions don’t overlap and our guides are simply the best: the most qualified local professionals led by fully IFMGA certified, elite alpinists with extensive experience working not only in Kilimanjaro but all around the world.
- Certified Mountain Guides, Assistant Guides, Trekking Staff
- Hotel and Lodge accommodations as listed on the itinerary.
- All Park Permits
- Assistance obtaining the permits
- All meals as listed on the itinerary
- Restaurant meals as listed on the itinerary
- Camping and cooking gear for the group
- Base camp services: dining tent, WC, emergency oxygen, hot water
- Satellite phone service.
- Porters for group and personal gear
- Private ground transportation throughout the trip.
- 24/7 assistance in the US before and during the program.
- Real time online dispatches
- Plane tickets
- Restaurant meals and those not listed in the itinerary
- Restaurant drinks (including bottled water and soft drinks)
- Personal equipment
- Personal Insurance
- Staff gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Sat Phone calls.
- Rescue costs and extra expenses caused by abandoning the program.
- LOCATION: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.
- 2017 DATES: Sept 3rd to Sept 23rd
- PRICE: $17,000 Including (17 hours AMA/PRA Category 1 CME credits)
- Additional Non-Physician Wilderness Medical Education Cost: $500.00 (Wilderness
Education Diploma from The Everest ER and AMG)
- DIFFICULTY: Technical technical ascent. Fixed ropes and tyroleans, rock climbing up to 5.4
- DURATION: 19 days
- CLIENT/GUIDE RATIO: 3:1
Watch herds of wildebeest traverse the african savanah, get up close with herds of elephants, watch zebras and giraffes run on the plain, and see some of the last remaining wild big cats stalk their prey. East Africa is one of the most amazing and enchanting places on earth to visit.
The summit’s accessibility is one amazing characteristics of Kilimanjaro. There is no technical climbing involved in the ascent and any climber who is in good physical condition can reach the top with out complicated skills and expensive climbing equipment. This the only mountain of the seven summits, the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents, that is accessible to novice climbers with no high altitude experience and is a great prelude to climbing high mountains in the Himalayas or the Andes.
Depart from home airport. Travel to Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. For Western clients this can be a 24 hour flight. We find it easiest to fly KLM and to flying from Amsterdam directly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
Arrive in Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. Upon your evening arrival, you are met by your AMG Guide and transferred to your hotel in Moshi. Overnight Hotel. (Dinner)
Team Orientation. Morning team orientation staff meeting, and client social. We will spend most of the day organizing and packing our gear and will have some time in the afternoon to relax by the pool and recover from our long flights. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Forest Camp. After breakfast we’ll drive to the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro where you will sign in at the Londorosi Gate and get your climbing permit. From there we’ll drive to Lemosho trailhead where we’ll meet our expedition staff. We will hike for 3-4 hours before reaching Forest Camp (9,200 feet, 2804 meters). As the name suggest the camp is located in a dense temperate forest zone on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Shira Camp (11,500 ft, 3505 meters). We’ll leave camp just after breakfast and ascend to Shira Camp which is located at the heather zone along the Shira Caldera. We will hike for 2-3 hours before we get out of the forest zone. We’ll press ahead into the heather zone (sub alpine), where we’ll stop for lunch. We will continue trekking, traversing the Shira Ridge and camp in the Shira Caldera with its dramatic views of Kibo peak. 5-6- hours walk today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Moir Camp (13,800 ft, 4206 meters). Today we’ll hike for about 4 hours across the Shira Caldera towards the Western side of the Kibo Volcanic Massif. Camping at the Moir Camp is a wonderful experience! We’ll have panoramic views over the Rift Valley and into the heart of Africa. Moir Camp is located at the transition zone between the heather and Moorland, the only place we’ll see the higher altitude plants like the Giant Ground Sells and Lobelia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Barranco Camp (13,200 ft, 4023 meters). Today is an acclimatization day. We will hike to an elevation of 15,000 feet before descending to our camp. The hiking time is about 6 hours. We will pass by Lava Tower and enter the alpine zone. We’ll move slow today and work on acclimatization.
Barafu Camp (15,100 ft, 4602 meters). We continue hiking through rolling hills as we gradually approach Barafu. The hiking will take between 3-4 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner))
Stella point- Barafu Camp (15,100 ft, 4602 meters). We use this day for acclimatization. In the morning we hike to Stella Point, at the edge of the crater, in order to get our bodies ready to move camp to the Crater next day. 5 to 7 hours.
Crater (18,500 ft, 5638 meters). We’ll leave early in the morning as we gradually ascend to Crater Camp elevated at 18,500 feet. The hike is challenging today. We’ll reach our high point of the day, Stella Point (19,000 feet), before descending to Crater Camp. This surreal place will be one of the trip highlights: a moon shaped sandy landscape with glaciers and snow, and incredible views of the african pateau. . Overnight Crater Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Summit Day (19,340 ft, 5894 meters) . At 06:00 we’ll begin our ascent to Uhuru Peak. After 2-3 hours of hiking we will be standing on top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, 19,340 feet above the sea level. We’ll spend as much time as possible on the Roof of Africa taking pictures and enjoying the incredible views. From the summit we’ll descend for 2-3 hrs and after a short stop for lunch around Barafu Camp (15,100 feet) descend for 3-4 hrs and to Mweka Camp where we will have a victory celebration and spend our last night on Kilimanjaro. Total hiking time 8-10 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Exit via Mweka Gate. After a much needed rest we’ll descend for 3-4 hours to Mweka Gate. We’ll bid a sad goodbye to our trekking crew and transfer back to the Hotel for warm showers, relaxation, and more celebrating. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Tarangire National Park. In the morning we drive towards Tarangire, which is home to more elephants per square mile than anywhere else in the world. This Park boasts the highest concentration of wildlife during the dry season of any area in Tanzania outside the Serengeti/Ngorongoro ecosystem. It is well known for it’s river valleys, wetlands, gently rolling hills, rocky outcrops, acacia woodlands and numerous baobabs (the upside down tree). We enjoy a picnic lunch in the bush before driving to our lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Lake Manyara National Park. After breakfast we leave the lodge and drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This Park sits right at the base of the Eastern Great Rift Escarpment-a truly dramatic setting! Although small compared with other game reserves, this 125 square mile Park has a year round water supply that supports numerous animals. The close proximity of a variety of distinct vegetation zones is a perfect environment for viewing all sorts of animals. In the lush forests, we will see troops of baboons and blue monkeys. While traveling along the shoreline of Lake Manyara, we can see large numbers of elephant, hippos and some of the 450 species of birds that call this area home. If we are lucky, we might even be able to spot a lion. We’ll have lunch overlooking the Lake before driving to our Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Today we head for the Ngorongoro Crater. Often referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world”, this is the largest unbroken and unflooded caldera in the world. It is home to more than 30,000 mammals, and offers some of the best game viewing opportunities in Tanzania. It reputation as one of the world’s most unique ecosystems and premier game viewing areas is well deserved. We spend all day exploring the unforgettable crater floor before returning to our lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Transfer to Airport. After breakfast we leave our safari lodge and drive back to Moshi. We check into the Hotel for the afternoon, giving us plenty of time to clean up and repack our bags. After an early dinner, we are transferred to the airport for our evening flights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
FULL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Wilderness Medical Society and Andes Mountain Guides. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.