The Prizes

Major Prize - Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition

The person who rows the biggest distance individually in 24 hours

Intro

Once-in-a-lifetime 8 Day Expedition for 2 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania including flights, most meals, guides, accommodation and more.

This major adventure prize is awarded to the person who rows the largest distance during the event individually.  This distance can be achieved all in one go or spread out over the 24 hours but must be from one named person only.

If you want to submit your total distance as an entry for the prize, you must submit video evidence of the distance, time and the person rowing. Basically video record all sessions showing you, on the rower, showing the rower screen so we can see the distance throughout all your sessions.

To qualify, your club must have reached the recommended $100 per hour sponsorship for the machine ($2,400).

Multiple dates for travel are available until December 2019. Prize may be transferred to another expedition for equal or lesser value or to another person – fees may apply.  Group expedition by World Expeditions.

Overview

Rongai Route Trip highlights

  • Enjoy panoramic views on the summit of Uhuru Peak (5895m)
  • Be mesmerised by the sunrise over the Kenyan plains at Gilman’s Point (5681m)
  • Trek to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m) situated in a cirque beneath the spires of Mawenzi
  • Journey to Second Cave (3450m) with superb views of Kibo
  • Venture into the forest to catch a glimpse of the Kilimanjaro Colobus Monkeys

Overview

The sight of the permanent snow capped peak of Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m), fondly known as Kili, provides a constant source of inspiration when viewed from the vast plains. It is also a natural focus for any fit trekker keen to summit the highest peak in Africa. While the ascent does not require any technical climbing, the trails are demanding and a sound level of fitness and an ability to acclimatise are essential prerequisites before attempting the summit. The Rongai Route begins in attractive farmland and delightful forest, with the opportunity for viewing black and white colobus monkey, and passes through several different climate zones, adding considerably to the interest of the trek while at the same time ensuring maximum acclimatisation. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. From the alluring summit of Uhuru Peak (5895m), we will have amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding plains.

Itinerary

Fly from your closest Australia International Airport to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. (Included in prize)

Day 1:

If you choose to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) early today we recommend a private transfer to Marangu where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at the Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, which is beautifully located on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure. If you are already in Arusha or fly in the afternoon, there is a complimentary group transfer to Marangu, departing Ilboru Safari Lodge at 14:00hrs. The transfer picks up from other selected hotels in and around Arusha and also from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) at approx 15:00-15:30hrs before arriving at our hotel in Marangu. Please advise if you wish to use this service – it must be pre-booked. Exact pick up times cannot be guaranteed as it depends on the number of stops en route. Your patience is required with this. You will meet your guide in Marangu this evening for a trip briefing at approx 18:00hrs.

Meals:  Dinner

Day 2: Commence Climb

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate, we transfer by Landrover to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1950m) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and our first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 3: Kikelewa Caves (3600m)

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 4: Mawnzi Tarn (4330m)

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 5: Walk to Kibo (4700m)

You cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite at (4700m) today situated at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 6: Summit (5896m) and descend to Horombo Hut

You will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1am. You walk very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5685m). You will rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5896m); passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4700m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, you continue the descent to reach your final campsite at Horombo (3720m). Today’s trekking involves from 11 to 15 hours walking which is made to feel more strenuous by the effects of altitude and extreme cold. This section of the trek is one of the steepest and most demanding and should not be taken lightly. It is a great idea to have your own head torch so that your hands are free for balance. Most people are surprised by the extreme cold and the best advice is to follow the clothing list and pack your warm clothes.

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 7: Descend to Marangu

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m); we then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a steady path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m). Overnight at hotel in Marangu.

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 8: Challenge Concludes

Arrangements will end after breakfast in Marangu. There is a free group transfer from Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Marangu back to Arusha, departing 9.00am. The transfer drops off at Kilimanjaro International Airport, selected hotels in and around Arusha town and finally at Ilboru Safari Lodge. If you wish to depart later or spend additional nights in Marangu, a private transfer to Arusha can be arranged (extra cost applies).

Return flight.

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • International Flights
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 2 nights in 3 star hotel in Marangu on a twinshare basis
  • 5 nights fully supported camping on a twinshare tent basis
  • Group camping equipment including tent (sleeping bag and mat not included – can be hired locally)
  • Experienced local mountain guides, cook and camp crew
  • Park entrance fees valued at US$826
  • Emergency oxygen

What’s Not Included

  • Arrival or departure airport transfers if not taking the complimentary transfer to/from the airport
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Kit bag/hiking pack/soft duffle bag to store your main luggage that is carried by porters
  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance

What You Carry

  • In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing, a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters carry all group gear and your trek pack/kit bag.

Major Prize - Hike the Inca Trail

The person who raises the most amount of money

Intro

Once-in-a-lifetime 11 Day Adventure for 2 to hike the Inca Trail in Peru including flights, some meals, guides, accommodation and more.

This major adventure prize is awarded to the person who raises the most amount of money for the event.

Sponsorship money must be paid online using the website donation system.  The total amount for entry must be against one person and paid by the end of the 24 hour event.

To qualify, your club must have reached the recommended $100 per hour sponsorship for the machine ($2,400).

Multiple dates for travel are available until December 2019. Prize may be transferred to another expedition for equal or lesser value or to another person – fees may apply. Group expedition by World Expeditions.

Overview

Trip Highlights

  • Trek the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Acclimatise to the altitude with day walks through impressive Inca sites of the Sacred Valley before the Inca Trail trek
  • Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes allowing time to recharge after the hike
  • Extra visit to Machu Picchu to fully appreciate this new world wonder
  • Enjoy strolling through the narrow Inca streets and temple/fortress site of Ollantaytambo
  • Visit a traditional weaving cooperative at Chinchero, the mythological birthplace of the rainbow
  • Visit the visual spectacle of thousands of ancient salt pools carved into the mountainside at the historic Maras salt mines
  • Discover Moray’s mysterious concentric circular terraces
  • Take in the splendour of Cusco with its plazas, markets, cultural wonders and excellent restaurants
  • Enjoy the memorable and scenic tourist train journey from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo

Overview

The classic hike along the historic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered by many to be one of the greatest short treks in the world. Importantly, our trek spends ample time in Cusco and exploring some of the impressive Inca sites in the Sacred Valley. This not only allows for us to acclimatise to the altitude, but also provides a fascinating introduction to Incan culture and history before heading out onto the infamous Inca Trail. During the trek we ascend the passes, jungle trails and cloud forest to appreciate the panorama of Andean peaks that would have inspired the Inca people as we make our way to Machu Picchu. Words cannot describe the exhilaration of the first sighting of the enigmatic ruins and we allow plenty of time to visit the massive sanctuary. Rather than heading straight back to Cusco we spend a night in Aguas Calientes which vitally gives us a second visit to the ruins and an opportunity to visit the majestic site at its best, early the following morning.

Itinerary

Fly from your closest Australia International Airport to Lima, Peru (Included in prize)

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel where you are free to rest in the hotel or just wander around Miraflores, the area of Lima where our hotel is located. Some of Lima’s best galleries and shops and restaurants are located in this area. Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima is the oldest capital in South America, with a superb combination of Spanish Colonial and 19th century European architecture. If you have time to visit a museum we would recommend the brilliant Larco Herrera Museum which also has an excellent onsite restaurant or the Museo de La Nacion or the Larco Herrera Museum. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro or similar.

Meals:

Day 2: Fly to Cusco

Transfer to Lima airport and fly to Cusco. Try to get a seat on the left side of the aircraft for the best views of stunning snow peaks. After your transfer to your hotel located in the historic centre you will have some time to explore the city and also enjoy a few hours of rest, essential to initiate successful acclimatisation to the altitude. In the evening you will meet with your guide at 6pm at your hotel for an initial trip briefing and receive your kitbags and jackets for your trek. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.

Meals:  B

Day 3: Tour of Cusco City and Nearby Ruins

Today we have a guided tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro’s men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. We explore the city by foot to appreciate its superbly constructed Inca walls and architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. This also includes a visit of Koricancha, the Golden Temple of the Sun, in ancient times. After this we take a short drive to visit the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman along with Tambomachay, better known as ‘the bath of the Inca’. Both sites are spectacularly set above the city. In the afternoon you may have time to explore some of the central parts of the city and a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open-air artisan markets and shops. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.

Meals:  B

Day 4: Sacred Valley of the Incas

We leave Cusco and head to the Chinchero Plateau to explore Chinchero, an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Next we visit the mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars, could have been agricultural research centre. From here we head to the salt mines of Maras. This village is a salt-producing centre that dates back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are thousands of salt pools all carved into the mountain side. We walk down through the salt pans to the Sacred Valley for a lunch break before heading to our hotel in Ollantaytambo. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy beauty of this famous valley. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar.

Meals:  B

Day 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas Continues

Today we enjoy another day in the beautiful Sacred Valley with a tour of Ollantaytambo. During our time in Ollantaytambo we visit its remarkable temple/fortress set high on a ridge above the village. We also explore the quaint village itself with a fascinating mixture of Inca and Colonial architecture. This evening we have a pre-trek briefing with our trekking guide at our hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar.

Meals:  B

Day 6: Inca Trail Commences

You will be picked up early from your hotel in the Sacred Valley for the drive to Chilca or Piscacucho where we start our first day of trekking. At this point we meet our cooks, porters and camp staff before setting off on this famous ‘Royal Highway of the Incas’, built more than 500 years ago. The first day involves approximately five to six hours of walking. During the first few hours of walking we follow the course of the famous Urubamba River before stopping to admire the archaeological site of Patallacta 2750m (9,020ft) – an ancient Inca city built on a series of terraces below the trail. From here we continue to follow the narrow valley of the Cusichaca River to camp at one of two sites near the village of Huayllabamba 3,100m (10137ft). This means we avoid the very crowded camp sites within the village used by most of the trekkers on the Inca Trail. *Important: Please be aware that, because of the Peruvian authorities’ rules on the Inca Trail, there may be changes in the actual trek itinerary and the campsites we use.

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 7: Trek towards first pass

After breakfast, we begin the most difficult part of the trek. We continue up this narrow valley on the left bank of the river – whose source is one of the great glaciers of Mt Salcantay. We then start the steep climb up our first pass, Warmihuañusca, which is also the highest point of the journey at 4,200m (13,700ft). After a rest at the pass and time to take in the spectacular views we descend steeply into the Pacamayo Valley 3,500m (13,700ft) where we spend our second night on the Inca Trail.

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 8: Trek over second and third pass to Winay Wayna

Today is the longest day (eight to nine hours of walking) but also the most impressive and interesting because of the amount of archaeological complexes and cloud forest we will find as we walk. After breakfast in our campsite in the verdant Pacamayo Valley we start ascending towards the small but impressively set ruins at Runkuraqay and on to Cochapata set just below the second pass at 3,900m (12,800ft). From here we walk the short distance to the pass and then descend past a mysterious small green lake to the large ruins of Sayacmarca and on to the last pass at 3,800m (12,450ft) which is more like a low ridge-line than a true pass. From here we get a great view down into the forested gorge of the Urubamba River set more than 1700 metres below us. A short hike from here takes us over the Phuyupatamarca Pass at 3,700m (12,140ft), aptly named the ‘City in the Clouds’. We walk down along an incredibly well preserved section of the Inca Trail with great white granite slab walls and staircases all impressively set in high jungle to our final campsite at Wiñay Wayna 2,679m (8,790ft).

Meals:  B,L,D

Day 9: Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we walk the last few kilometres to finally reach Inti Punku (The Gateway to the Sun) awe-inspiringly set above the ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu 2,400m (7,900ft). Your first view of the ruins really does take your breath away! We will enjoy a guided tour of the sanctuary followed by time to explore this fascinating site at your own pace (with the accompaniment of the guide). We return by bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (at your own expense, there are many options to choose from) and check in to our hotel to recharge or this is a good time for a well deserved soak in the nearby hot springs (optional). We say farewell to our guide and some of the Inca Trail trekkers returning to Cusco this afternoon. Overnight: El Mapi Hotel or similar. *Important: Peruvian authorities have implemented entry restrictions to protect Machu Picchu from the impact of its immense popularity. As of January 2018 there are two time slots (morning and afternoon) in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a limited number of hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Additionally, all visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times. These changes have been made to improve the visitor experience and in an effort to deal with overcrowding. World Expeditions endeavour to ensure you get the most of your Machu Picchu experience regardless of these restrictions.

Meals:  B

Day 10: Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

This morning we get up early to savour the views and atmosphere of the mystical morning light over Machu Picchu. We are treated to a unique second visit to Machu Picchu including another guided tour visiting the sites that you may have missed yesterday in this colossal sanctuary. After the official tour ends, you will have more time in the company of the guide to continue exploring this incredible site. In the afternoon or early evening we depart from Machu Picchu for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco. Overnight: Casa Andina Cathedral Hotel or similar. NB – depending on train schedules, we may arrive into Cusco very late at night. OPTIONAL HUAYNA PICCHU CLIMB OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN CLIMB – For the more adventurous, you can purchase an additional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain permit (ask us for costs), and forego the guided tour of Machu Picchu which is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please be aware that this is NOT a guided climb, and it takes minimum 2.5 hours (45 mins up & 45 mins down and some time at the top). Both climbs are very steep (including many small and narrow steps) and can be slippery and are quite very exposed with vertiginous drops. Before purchasing the permit on your behalf (non-refundable and non-transferable), we require any passengers to sign a waiver form. Note – there are limited Huayna Picchu permits and they sell out fast, if you are interested in this option, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.

Meals:  B

Day 11: Trip Concludes

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport where your trip concludes.

Meals:  B

Flight home.

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • International Flights
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • airport transfers if arriving/departing on days 1 and 11 only
  • expert bilingual guide for each section
  • group medical kit
  • comfortable and central hotels
  • private internal transportation
  • the use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket, thermarest and headtorch
  • group camping equipment
  • porters to carry personal gear
  • sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including Machu Picchu entrance fee)

What’s Not Included

  • Cost of laundry and alcoholic beverages
  • Excess baggage costs
  • Medical treatment
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)