Trek Travel and WorldServe Team up to Offer First-Ever Permitted Ride down Africa’s Highest Mountain
Madison, WISCONSIN – Be one of the first in the world to discover the thrill of mountain biking down Mount Kilimanjaro on Trek Travel’s WorldServe Kilimanjaro humanitarian trip taking place February 22-March 5, 2013. Led by Tanzania Goodwill Ambassador Doug Pitt, this is the first-ever permitted ride down the tallest peak on the African continent.
Open to 20 cyclists, this 12-day adventure features a hike up Mount Kilimanjaro where guests will sponsor one of the largest environmental clean-up efforts in recent history. The two-day bike-ride down the mountain will conclude this once-in-a-lifetime African adventure.
This trip is a fundraiser with a goal of bringing clean water to more than 150,000 Tanzanians where two out of five kids do not reach the age of five due to water borne illnesses.
“We have been planning this trip for more than a year with Ambassador Pitt” said Tania Worgull, president of Trek Travel. “The ride down is challenging as the path can be rugged in spots, but every precaution has been taken to ensure a safe and incredible experience for our cyclists.”
In addition to the trek up and ride down Mount Kilimanjaro, trip highlights include visiting a Maasai village and seeing an actual water drilling site where participants can meet the people who will receive the gift of clean water, and a hot air balloon ride over the world famous Serengeti National Park during the Great Migration followed by a champagne breakfast.
Prices range from $25,000 to $85,000 per person with about 90 percent of the fee going to WorldServe water projects. The $85,000 price includes the sponsorship of two Solar Powered Pumping Projects that will provide 4,800 Tanzanians a generation of clean water, a Trek Bicycle and gear package, and the sponsorship of “Clean Up of Kilimanjaro”, a first-ever initiative of the Office of The Goodwill Ambassador and the Tanzania Ministry of Tourism to provide 100 porters to pickup trash during the Kilimanjaro ride event. The $55,000 price includes the sponsorship of one Solar Powered Pumping Project and a Trek bicycle and gear package. The $25,000 price is a hiking only option and includes the sponsorship of one Bore Hole Project that will serve 1,200 Tanzanians a generation of clean water. All prices include lodging, meals, equipment, and activities. Airfare is not included. The trip will begin and end in Arusha, Tanzania.
Participants need to be in very good physical condition with solid technical mountain bike experience.