Begin the new year with an adventure that will make a difference. 

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest peak on the continent of Africa, and the tallest free standing mountain on earth while fundraising to construct a water reservoir for a community in need in Northern Kenya. The seven-day trip from Elevate Destinations starts at machame Gate, ascending via Stella Point, with a nighttime ascent to the summit.

A few spaces remain open for interested climbers who care about how drought is affecting East Africa, most specifically, Northern Kenya. 

In 1998-2000, Kenya experienced a two year drought. Ongoing issues have prevented communities, livestock and wild animals from having enough water to drink. Daily, Samburu women have to walk for an hour or more to collect water.  The shortage of water means ill-health and dehydration within the whole community - often leading to the prevalence of Trachoma, a leading cause of painful blindness. Reservoirs are of huge benefit to alleviate damage in times of drought.  

The plight of this community is serious, and you can make a tangible difference. This climbing effort will raise funds to construct a rainwater reservoir, which will benefit a local community for decades to come.  


Trip Details:
When: January 14 - 23, 2012.
Price: $4,000 a person, double occupancy. Cost includes ground transfers, hotel and tent accommodations, tours, park and rescue fees, some meals and guides. International airfare is not included.
Info: Elevate Destinations, (617) 661-0203


About Elevate Destinations:

Elevate Destinations was founded by Dominique Callimanopulos in 2005, with the goal of making a difference by crafting responsible, sustainable, and philanthropic travel opportunities. 


For more information about the climb: http://www.elevatedestinations.com/sam/Mountains_for_Water_Itinerary.pdf

For more information about the cause: http://www.elevatedestinations.com/sam/Samburu_Trust.pdf






Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".