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Situated in the north of the country Svaneti is bordered by both Karachay-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Bakaria in the Russian Federation. It is home to some of the highest mountains in the Caucasus. This historical region is brimming with ancient villages and the locals known as Svans have largely retained their culture and heritage for centuries. Characteristic of this region are the Svan towers (koshki) built in the medieval period to act as defense and signal towers against invading armies. Trek through the beautiful mountains to explore the medieval towers and Churches of Svaneti, be awe struck by some of the highest peaks in Europe and prepare to be immersed in local mountain culture. HIGHLIGHTS Trek to Ushba Waterfall at the foot of Mt Ushba which stands at 4700m. Discover ancient defense towers and villages with churches dating back to the 9th Century. Explore alpine pastures, villages and valleys in the shadow of[masked] meter plus mountains. Visit Mestia’s ethnographic museum and discover the treasures and artifacts of this ancient people. Ascend to 2070m to witness the stunning Chalaadi Glacier. Trek to Shkara glacier, one of the highest in Georgia. Enjoy the sight of Mt. Shkhara (5068m) and Mt. Tetrnuldi (4617m) towering over the Greater Caucasus mountain range. We have a few departure dates available: June 20-30 June 27-July 7 June 29-July 9 July 4-July 14 July 11-July 21 July 25-August 4 August 8-August 18 August 15-August 25 September 12-September 22 October 3-13 October 10-20 ITINERARY DAY 1 - Transfer to the hotel in Old Tbilisi DAY 2 - Transfer from Tbilisi to Becho, Svaneti. DAY 3 - Trek to Ushba Glacier. DAY 4 - Becho, Mestia , Chalaadi , Mestia DAY 5 - Trekking from Mestia to Jabeshi DAY 6 - Trek from Jabeshi to Adishi. DAY 7 - Adishi - Iparali DAY 8 - Iprali- Ushguli. Transfer to Ushguli by vehicle. DAY 9 - Trek to Mount Guri DAY 10 - Transfer back to Tbilisi via Gori and the Stalin Museum. DAY 11 - Depart home PRICE: $2250 (Minimum group size of 4 required) Single supplement: $375 BALANCE DUE DATES: 45 days before the trip DEPOSIT: $ 650. INCLUSIONS: Transportation: 2 x airport transfers Transportation: by 4x4 (support vehicle) during the tour Accommodation: All included, as per itinerary English-speaking professional guide as per program Entrance fees to the museums and historical sites Meals: as in itinerary EXCLUSIONS: Flights Medical, emergency evacuation and travel insurance. Alcoholic beverages Mountain equipment (eg sleeping bags, trekking poles etc.) Any personal expenses (such as laundry, souvenir shopping, alcoholic beverages, etc) Extra activities Visa fees International flight tickets To learn more and book, go to: https://www.peakexplorations.com/georgiacaucasus Questions? Send an email to [masked]
In your own home, at your own leisure: now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! Here is a sneak peek of the course: https://www.solowfa.com/online-sample.htm This "Blended Learning" format has two parts: Part 1) COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS & SELF-GUIDED PRACTICE portion almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents it. Our instructors just finished recording topic presentations in the latest of disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills. >>> Testimonials: • "Fantastic online program." • "The quality of teaching and the personality of each instructor was ABSOLUTELY STELLAR. There is a lot more to learning than just the textbook curriculum, especially with medical situations." • "It was much less stressful having the opportunity to be taught on my own schedule rather than having two intensive days." • Much appreciation for the ability to click "pause" to take notes and write down questions (which MEDIC will answer), and ability to rewind and replay demonstrations, explanations, etc. -- can't do that in a live class. Part 2) A 3-year credit to attend any in-person open-enrollment MEDIC SOLO dtWFA course, to solidify your skills and graduate with SOLO WFA certification. INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/register-SOLO-disaster-wilderness-first-aid-course.htm Fee: Our usual in-person course is $220, which is $55 per person less than what another national school charges for their shorter less-in-depth course. You get a 3-year credit for our usual rate, plus the online learn-now bonus. ~ ~ ~ Let's all please do our part to maintain social distancing, and do what we can to prevent problems and treat injured people, so as to reduce demands on hospitals. Exercise outdoors, where allowed, is great to boost your immune system; however we've found many people on trails are not respecting social distancing when passing by. If you decide to go out, when you see someone you'll pass by, please proactively step off trail at least 6 feet. Try to leave no trace as best you can, stepping only on durable surfaces like bare rock when possible. Thanks! Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most. • Hospital beds are filling up and we need to reduce their demand. If with dtWFA skills you treat someone and they no longer need to go to the hospital, fantastic and so helpful in many ways. • Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have the skills you signed up to learn, and may be in need especially as more first-timers go explore the outdoors. • Hopefully the following will never happen: fewer EMTs staffing ambulances and thus a call to 911 for medical assistance is less responsive, or outbreaks occur within hospitals and those entire facilities end up being quarantined and unavailable ... leaving it up to dtWFA-trained folks to provide care. Thank you everyone, for all that you do to strengthen our communities, making disaster and wilderness areas safer for all.
Kilimanjaro is one of the 7 Summits - one of the highest in the world. It's completely non-technical but what makes it challenging is the altitude. More than anything, a climb up the peak of Kilimanjaro is a mental game. There are various routes one can take to the peak but the rule is to go as slow as possible for a successful summit day. The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail in Kilimanjaro and it provides a longer time to acclimatize to increase the chances of a successful summit. This is our special trek to promote the roles of female guides and porters in Kilimanjaro. This trip is CO-ED (open to men and women). We will have a mix of male and female guides and porters as part of our mission to create inclusion in the industry. This trek is also in support of the work to elevate the voices of the porters via The Porter Voice Collective (PVC). Portion of the trip cost will be used to support the work of the PVC in Kilimanjaro to tell stories from the viewpoint of the porters. The funds will be used towards supporting the PVC film crew in Tanzania by way of gear purchases and in employing filmmakers/videographers to create video interviews and documentaries about the lives of porters in Kilimanjaro. The PVC works with porters in Nepal, Peru and Tanzania by creating content that celebrates, amplifies and elevates their voices. ITINERARY DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AT KILIMANJARO AIRPORT Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport and then transfer to hotel in Moshi or similar for overnight. DAY 2 - VISIT TO PORTERS' COMMUNITY Today, we meet some of our porters and visit an actual community to learn more about their families and community. We encourage full immersion and interaction between our clients and the trekking team as a way to educate travelers about the realities of working as a porter and how you can be an ally in improving the current standard of industry practices on the trails. Take this as an opportunity to become a more responsible tourist. In the afternoon, we do gear preparation. DAY 3 - MOSHI (3,000 ft) TO LONDROSSI GATE (7,380 ft) to LEMOSHO GLADES (6,560 ft) TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP (9,948 ft) DAY 4 - MTI MKUBWA CAMP (9,498 ft) TO SHIRA CAMP 1 (11,485 ft) DAY 5 - SHIRA 1 CAMP ~ MOIR CAMP (13,800 ft.) DAY 6 - MOIR CAMP ~ LAVA TOWER (15,190 ft) ~ BARRANCO CAMP (13,044 ft.) DAY 7 - BARRANCO CAMP ~ KARANGA CAMP (13,106 ft.) DAY 8 - KARANGA CAMP ~ BARAFU CAMP (15,331 ft.) DAY 9 - BARAFU CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK (19,341 ft.) DAY 10 - MWEKA CAMP ~ MWEKA GATE (6,000 ft.) DAY 11 - FLY HOME TREK STYLE This is a STRENUOUS trek. Recent hiking and/or backpacking experience is highly recommended. PRICE: Starts at $2900 per person 9 persons & up: $2900 8 persons: $2995 7 persons: $3100 6 persons: $3200 5 persons: $3300 4 persons: $3440 3 persons: $3575 2 persons: $3700 1 person: $3850 DEPOSIT: $840 A non-refundable deposit is required to book. INCLUSIONS: Portable toilet tent. 3 Nights Hotel accommodations in Moshi. Transportation to and from your selected route. Transfer from Airport/Bus station in Moshi on arrival and return to airport/Bus station after climb. Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent. Quality Mess tents with table and chairs. Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides. All Tanzanian National Park Fees. Government Climbing Taxes. Climbing permits. All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain. Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries. Fair and ethical treatment of Porters. Enough porters to carry your luggage Safety Equipment: Emergency Oxygen and Pulse Ox meter Hot drinks at every meal. Book & learn more: https://www.peakexplorations.com/kilimanjaroco-ed Questions? Send an email to [masked]