Kilimanjaro CME Climb and Safari

Lemosho Route

Feb. 27th to March 13th, 2018

Climb Kilimanjaro

  • Join our 15 day course Feb. 27th - March 13th, 2018: Climb to the "Roof of Africa" with excellent instruction and the experience of Local African Mountain Guides. Kilimanjaro is without a doubt one of the world's 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. Watch herds of wildebeest traverse the serengeti, 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.    

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

  • This accredited curriculum's highlights include pathophysiology, treatment and prioritization of care for a variety of medical problems encountered in the wilderness environments and settings remote from hospitals and 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. Curriculum includes altitude risk reduction, recent recommendations on altitude-related illnesses & prophylaxis, frostbite, and other general mountain medicine topics. This will be achieved though didactic lectures, small-group discussion and hands-on training. Anyone interested in earning CME and traveling to Africa is welcome to attend: Nurses, Docs, PA's, EMT's, Paramedics, NP's and the outdoor enthusiasts are welcome. 

PREPARATION:  

  • The Summit's accessibility is one of the 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 without complicated skills and expensive climbing equipment. This is 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.
  • However, Kilimanjaro is an extreme high altitude climb that is demanding and everyone should be comfortable with basic hiking and mountain skills. In addition, clients should be comfortable climbing 4-8 hours a day with a backpack and expect a long 10 - 12 hour summit day. You must be in excellent physical shape and should begin training and preparation much in advance. Many underestimate the physical demands of altitude and climbing steep terrain for long hours.
  • Please contact us with questions or concerns regarding your physical preparation. Everyone should have some experience in the mountains and check with their personal physician before climbing such a demanding and high altitude mountain. 

HISTORY:

  • Himalaya Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo 5895 m (19,341 ft); Mawenzi 5149 m (16,893 ft); and Shira 3962 m (13,000 ft). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo's crater rim. Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming a million years ago, when lava spilled form the rift valley. Two of its three peaks, Mawenzi and Shira, are extinct while Kibo (the highest peak) is dormant. The last major eruption has been dated to 360,000 years ago. The first attempt to climb Kilimanjaro was made in 1861, by German military officer Baron Carl Claus von der Decken and the the young British geologist Richard Thornton. They only reached 8,200 ft before they were turned around. In 1887, another attempt to climb Kilimanjaro was made by, the German geology professor Hans Meyer who reached the base of Kibo, but was forced to turn back, not having the equipment necessary to handle the deep snow and ice which he encountered on the mountain. In 1889, Hans Meyer returned to Kili with the celebrated Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller for his second attempt at the mountain and they completed the first ascent of Kibo on Oct. 6, 1889. Nobody would set foot on the summer of Kibo again for another 20 years. The highest summit of Mawenzi (5149 M0 was not climbed until July 29, 1912, by the German climbers Edward Oehler and Fritz Klute, who christened it Hans Meyer Peak, in Meyer's honor. Mount Kilimanjaro was declared a World's Heritage site by UNESCO in 1989. This magnificent site of nature is also said to be the tallest free standing mountain in the world, crowned by snow. Surely this incredible mountain is worth a trip. 

TARGET AUDIENCE: 

  • Intended as continuing education for physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and medics who aspire to work or teach as a field instructor/provider in recreational mountain environments or who may work in remote clinics and deal with the injuries sustained by mountaineers or outdoor enthusiasts.  
  • Graduates from other wilderness medicine programs (e.g. FAWM, MFAWM) who want to gain experience and skills in Mountain Medicine / Remote Medicine  
  • Individuals pursuing a Fellow of Wilderness Medicine degree (FAWM™)
  • Anyone looking to have a great trip shared with medical professionals and gain a better understanding of proper preparation and illness in high-altitude environments. 

KILIMANJARO TRIP DETAILS:

  • Skill level: This trip is open to all individuals in good physical condition and is a great first trip to altitude. It is a non-technical ascent and no previous mountaineering experience is required. Expedition style. Moderate hiking, No technical skills necessary, but you should be in good physical condition. There will be long days of strenuous hiking. 
  • Location: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa
  • Length: 15 days 
  • Capacity: 15 (Minimum Number of 6)
  • Prerequisites: Good Physical Condition
  • Cost: $6,500 US includes 16 hours CME / FAWM
    • Deposit: $1,500/person
  • Departure dates: Feb. 27th, 2016

Included

  • Local African Mountain Guides, Assistant Guides, Trekking Staff
  • Hotel accommodations as listed on the itinerary.
  • All Park Fees
  • 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, hyperbaric chamber, emergency oxygen
  • Satellite phone service (Calls not included) 
  • Porters for group gear (tents, cookware, food, etc) 
  • Private ground transportation throughout the trip.
  • 24/7 assistance in the US before and during the program.
  • CME / FAWM credits
  • Safari x 3 days

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Not included

  • International Airfare & VISA
  • Restaurant meals and those not listed in the itinerary 
  • Restaurant Drinks & Alcoholic Drinks
  • Personal equipment (see the Kilimanjaro Equipment List)
  • Personal Insurance (Rescue and Travel) 
  • Rescue Insurance is *Required* (We recommend Global Rescue)
  • Personal expenses: souvenirs, etc. 
  • Sat Phone calls.
  • Rescue costs and extra expenses caused by abandoning the expedition.
  • Tips for Mountain Guides and Safari Guides

ITINERARY:

  • Day 1, Feb. 27th: Depart from home airport. Travel to Arusha, Tanzania. For Western clients this can be a 24 hour flight. We find it easiest to fly KLM and to fly from Amsterdam directly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). 

  • Day 2, Feb. 28th: Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania. Upon your evening arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you are met by your Guide & Wild Med Instructor and transferred to your hotel near Arusha: "The Protea Aishi Hotel"  Overnight Hotel. (Dinner)
  • Day 3, March 1st: Team Orientation. Morning team orientation, staff meeting, and client social. Optional Materuni Falls Trek ($40/person) if time allows. 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. Any gear not needed on the Mountain can be left at Hotel and locked up. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 4, March 2ndForest 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)
  • Day 5, March 3rd: 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. 6-7 hours walk today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 6, March 4th: 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)
  • Day 7,  March 5th: 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 between 6-8 hours. We will pass by Lava Tower and enter the alpine zone. We'll move slow today and work on acclimatization.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 8,  March 6th: Barafu Camp (15,100 ft, 4602 meters). We continue hiking through rolling hills as we gradually approach Barafu. The hiking will take between 2-3 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner and accommodation will be at Barafu Camp)
  • Day 9,  March 7th, 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 for dinner. Overnight Crater Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 10, March 8th, Summit Day (19,340 ft, 5894 meters).  We will begin our ascent early 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 10-12 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 11, March 9th: 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)
  • Day 12, March 10th: Tarangire National Park. After breakfast, you will be picked up by your team, driving our special safari vehicles, and you will drive to the Tarangire National Park, where you will have a picnic lunch on the way , before your first “Game Drive “ in the afternoon. Then you will drive to the Tarangire River which attracts a large range of mammals and birds. You might see over 500 elephants in their family groups during the course of the day. The bird life is spectacular ranging from Fish Eagles and Palmnut Vultures, storks, and brightly colored barbets. After experiencing your first close-ups of giraffes, elephants, buffalos, and a huge variety of exotic birds, you will return to "The Maramboi Tented Lodge" for dinner and overnight. (www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 13, March 11th: N'gorongoro Crater Conservation Area. After breakfast, you will drive to the N’Gorongoro Crater.  You will enter the Crater and a full “Game Drive” follows (with lunch box), where you hopefully will see black rhinos, basking hippos, lions, elephants and some of the amazing bird life which lives in the crater, the extraordinary Kori Bustard, which is arguably the heaviest flying bird. You will also see clouds of flamingoes on Lake Magadi and hippos in the Mandusi Swamp. The N’Gorongoro Crater animals never leave the vast extinct volcano crater surrounded by its 600m high walls, and it has one of the densest wild animal populations. Lion, rhino & elephants, are there in abundance. Dinner and overnight at the N'Gorongoro Farm House (http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/ngorongoro-farm-house/) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Days 14, March 12th: Lake Manyara National Park. After breakfast, we drive to the nearby Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions, and its spectacular bird life. Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake at the base of a steep stretch of the Western Rift Valley. The 330² km Park is comprised of two-thirds water, but it has a surprising variety of terrestrial species in the open grassy flood plains and the acacia woodland. You will see a variety of monkeys, giraffes, hippos, and a large variety of water birds. Flamingos are in abundance, but look out for the predators too - like the Fish Eagle& the opportunistic vultures, gathering around any carrion to be found. You will make a “Game-Drive” with your lunch box. Dinner and Overnight at the N'Gorongoro Farm House. (http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/ngorongoro-farm-house/) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 15, March 13th: Back to Hotel and Depart. After breakfast, we will pack up and head back to Arusha. If time allows, we can stop at the Mti Wa Mbu Masai Village and market. Here the Massai & the nearby Rangi people offer all kinds of craft work, beads, baskets , wood carvings and beautiful batik work. Let your guide do the bargaining for you. You will share a day room at The Mt Meru Hotel, for a shower and rest before being driven back to the Airport for your flight home. (Breakfast & Lunch)

FACULTY STATEMENT AND DISCLOSURE:

  • It is the policy of the Wild Med Adventures, LLC to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All faculty members are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations. 
  • Accordingly, the Wilderness Medical Society has determined there are no conflicts to report associated with this conference. 
  • ACCME Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Wild Med Adventures, LLC. 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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
  • We are NOT guides. Wild Med Adventures sets up the trip with Local Resources and Guides but we are responsible for the Education/CME only. Our guides will be Kili Worldborn Safaris. These activities are high risk and clients assume responsibility of all illnesses and injuries that may be obtained in this foreign & remote travel adventure trip. 

TRIP INSURANCE AND PRE-TRIP MEDICAL:

  • Delegates should have personal insurance to cover any in-country medical examinations or injuries, rescue/evacuation insurance as well as some form of trip insurance to cover missed flights, weather delays and other potential trip delays. We recommend Global Rescue. 
  • PLEASE set up an appointment with a travel clinic to ensure all appropriate vaccines and prophylaxis medications for Tanzania. The CDC is a useful resource. You should also discuss with your physician appropriate Altitude Sickness medications you should bring. 

MAIN EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

  • The goal of the Wilderness Medical Society Mountain Medicine CME Conference is to provide participants with a unique environment to experience essential medical-related topics and learn skills while collaborating with expert faculty through educational activities including lectures, hands on work-shops, and Climbing Excursions.
  • Development of this CME curriculum is formed by the following key objectives:
    • Provide educational opportunities based on core curriculum of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.
    • Provide education of value to providers who care for the medical needs and also those involved with coordination of diving-related educational activities, including medical providers who must educate and instruct diver safety with their patients. 
    • Provide education of interest to wilderness and austere-activity enthusiasts.
  • After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:
    • Establish a set of treatment priorities for care of the sick or injured in remote settings.
    • Prevent, diagnose, and manage illnesses and injuries in austere environments.
    • Demonstrate increased knowledge and skill in recognizing and treating the most common illnesses and injuries encountered in mountain-related environments, including altitude medicine, hypothermia, cold injuries, and common back-country injuries.
    • Understand objective risk-assessment in wilderness environments from the perspective of the medical professional acting as a trip leader.
    • Understand the pathophysiology and management of acute emergencies related to remote environments.

THE  TEAM / FACULTY:

  • The Mountain and Safari logistics and leadership will be provided by experienced Local African guides, whose team members have a wealth of knowledge and experience. 
  • The Wild Med Adventures Team are all well traveled and experienced and promise to make your CME experience both educational and informative, but please note that we are only responsible for the educational aspect of this trip. For more information regarding our instructor's background - please see BIO's for instructor information. 
  • Lead Instructor: Tyler Christensen, DO, FAWM 

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, PA, NP, RRT, PhD or Physician for the CME credit. 
  • If no CME needed, please feel free to attend and enjoy the lectures
  • A keen interest in wilderness first aid and mountain related injuries
  • A good level of physical fitness
  • Previous hiking and back-country experience with adequate preparation for various climate changes and temps

COST

Depost: $1500 (Includes non-refundable $500 registration fee) 

Full Trip Cost: $6500

Early-Bird Discount: $250 (Use Code "EARLYKILI" at Check-out if you Sign-up by Sept. 1st, 2017)

INCLUDED:

  • Local African Mountain Guides, Assistant Guide, & Staff 
  • Hotel accommodations as listed on the itinerary
  • 3 Days Safari Tour and Lodging as listed on itinerary  
  • All meals as listed on the itinerary 
  • Restaurant meals as listed on the itinerary
  • Camping and cooking gear for the group 
  • Base camp services
  • Satellite phone service available (calls at charge if needed) 
  • Tents, cookware, food, ropes, etc. on the mountain. (Recommend snacks to supplement lunch that you like . . . power bars, candy, etc.)
  • Private ground transportation throughout the trip.
  • Assistance in the US before and during the program.
  • 16 hours CME/FAWM credits

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International airfare - tickets to and from Tanzania (Kilimanjaro International Airport)
  • Non-scheduled Airport transfers and hotels
  • Visas
  • Restaurant meals not listed in the itinerary 
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks 
  • Personal equipment 
  • Personal Travel Insurance: *Highly Recommended 
  • Mandatory Rescue Insurance (Recommend Global Rescue with security) 
  • Personal gear
  • Excess Baggage Fees 
  • Sat Phone calls
  • Tips and gratuities 
  • Rescue costs and extra expenses caused by abandoning the expedition or need for early departure (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, transportation not scheduled)
  • Reimbursement for any problems with obtaining visa or refusal of entry into country
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Wild Med Adventures

CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:

  • Note: Wild Med Adventures highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions. Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Wild Med Adventures must adhere to a stringent refund policy.
  • Each deposit includes a $500.00 non-refundable registration fee to hold your spot. 
  • Full refunds, less registration fee, will be provided 120-days or more prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
  • 50% refunds will be provided 90-119 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
  • No refunds will be provided 89-days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
  • All balances are due 90 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified and expect cancellation if not paid.
  • Participants whose balances are not received by the 90-day deadline as stated above, risk forfeiture of their place on the expedition.

Note: Wild Med Adventures reserves the right to waive any fees. As we offer personalized service, we will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary, waiving certain fees when feasible. In addition, we are not responsible for your safety on the mountain or during your travel and stay in Africa. We help arrange trips and education modules. All guiding will be done by trusted and experienced local African guides.

Minimum Number: 6   Maximum Number: 15

**Please Do Not book Airfare until minimum number of participants has been reached. Contact us before travel arrangements are booked. If minimum number of participants is not met then a full refund including registration fee will be reimbursed by Wild Med Adentures. 

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