SEVA SAFARI KILIMANJARO: EXPAND YOUR VISION
December 29 - January 7 - Africa Yoga Project is creating programs that open new adventures of possibility for each and every person on this planet, and this winter we are opening the door, Seva Safari Kilimanjaro: Expand Your Vision.
This 10 day journey will draw you into the world of international service and land you at the top of Africa’s highest peak. Kilimanjaro at over 19,000 feet above sea level is the world’s highest freestanding mountain and patiently awaiting your steady footsteps.
This world class adventure will be co-led by John Fortin, owner of Power Yoga Canada and triathlete enthusiast along with Billy Sadia, Director of Development for Africa Yoga Project. Each day will bring new challenges and new triumphs as you make your way to Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meters. At one point on your journey to the top, you will even get to learn a brand new dance commonly referred to as the Kili Shuffle.
Expand Your Vision on Kilimanjaro is a journey that will leave its mark on your soul. You will never forget standing on top of one of the worlds most amazing mountains, taking in a full 360 degree panorama of Tanzania’s countryside or the friendships built along the way. Come and climb with us to the top of Kilimanjaro to inspire a world to PLAY BIG!
Day 1 - December 29, 2014: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed to Tanzania by a member of Africa Yoga Project. You will then be transferred to the Seva Safari accommodations located near Moshi. In the afternoon you will have a full orientation with the lead guide, followed by a short equipment check. A yoga session will be held in the late afternoon followed by our welcome dinner.
Day 2 – December 30, 2014: Service Project
Join us for a morning yoga session before breakfast. We will then head to the Gabriella Rehabilitation Center to participate in the service project. In the afternoon we will return to the hotel to relax before dinner.
Day 3 – December 31, 2014: Moshi to Machame Hut (Distance: 7 Miles, Alt. Gain: 3,970ft, Time: 5-7 hours)
After a hearty breakfast and a final kit check we will drive to the Machame Gate where your trek will start. We will trek through the rainforest with chances to catch a glimpse of the wide variety of wildlife. The trail continues between Weru River and Makoa River, taking us through some giant heather and finally arriving at our campsite at the Machame Hut.
Day 4 – January 1, 2015: Machame Hut to Shira Hut (Distance: 3 Miles, Alt. Gain: 3,150ft, Time: 4-5 hours)
Our trek takes us down into a beautiful gorge and then onto the moorland zone. We continue along the rocky ridge up onto the Shira Plateau. Shira is the third and oldest of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones. It is filled by lava flow from Kibo and its rim has been destroyed by volcanic activity and erosion. From here we usually get our first up close glimpse of Kibo and the stunning glaciers of the Western Breach. An option hike to the Shira Cathedral will help you adjust to the altitude changes.
Day 5 – January 2, 2015: Shira Hut to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower (Distance: 6 Miles, Alt. Gain: 544ft, Time: 7-9 hours)
Today we leave the Moorland Plateau behind. Hiking along the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach, we will stop for lunch near the Lava Tower (15,190ft). We will then descend to the bottom of the Barranco Valley to enjoy the camp sheltered by the towering cliffs. While we camp at nearly the same altitude as Shira Hut, we have a significant altitude gain to Lava Tower, before we descend to our camp. This is one of the more challenging days on the trek.
Day 6 – January 3, 2015: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Distance: 5 Miles, Alt. Gain: 2,290ft, Time: 7-8 hours)
We start the day with an early morning climb up Barranco Wall (14,000 ft) known for magnificent views of Mt. Meru and the plains below. We then continue across the ridges and valleys to the Karanga Valley Camp where we will stop for an early lunch, before continuing along the Traverse Route that takes us up the Barafu ridge to Barafu Camp. On arrival we will dine and retire early in order to get some rest before our summit attempt.
Day 7 – January 4, 2015: Barafu to Summit to Mweka Camp (Distance: 9 Miles, Alt. Gain: 4,010ft then -9,276ft, Time: 11-16 hours)
Rising around midnight, we start our summit attempt around 1 am. Trekking the scree slopes to Stella Point (18,820 ft) on the rim. We will take a short rest at Stella Point and enjoy a magnificent sunrise. We continue along the rim to Uhuru Peak (19,342 ft), the highest point in Africa. After spending a few precious moments to enjoy your accomplishment and the views from Uhuru, we start our descent. We return to Stella Point and pass along Barfu Ridge to Mweka Camp where we will spend the night.
Day 8 – January 5, 2015: Mweka to Moshi (Distance: 6 Miles, Atl. Gain -4,685ft, Time: 3-4 hours)
We finish the descent through the Mweka Gate, and onto Mweka village where your vehicle will be waiting to take you to your accommodations in Moshi. After bidding farewell to the mountain, it is time to thank the crew that helped you along the journey. Join in a restorative yoga session before dinner and a good-nights rest.
Day 9 – January 6, 2015: Service Project / Departure
After our morning yoga session and breakfast, we will return to the Gabriella Rehabilitation Center for our second day of service. Tonight we will have our celebration dinner.
Day 10 – January 7, 2015: Departure
Today we will say our final goodbyes before being transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure flight.
- The financial commitment for December's Seva Safari is:
- Deposit = $500 per person (required payment to reserve spot)
- Program Fee = $2,000 per person (includes deposit)
- Covers: Climbing Kilimanjaro, food, transportation, accommodations, and park fees
- Doesn’t Cover: Airfare or personal items such as gifts and snacks
- This is not tax deductible
- Fundraising Commitment = $4,000
- Covers: Service projects we will be working on and the continued work of Africa Yoga Project.
- These funds are tax-deductible