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Proof of Travel Insurance
Each participant must show proof of travel, rescue, and evacuation insurance prior to being committed to the symposium. Standard policies cover evacuation from 4000m of elevation. Be sure that your policy covers evacuation from up to 6000m of elevation.
Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Unforeseen Problems
Flights in and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport are generally reliable. However, in the event of a flight cancellation any extra lodging expenses are your responsibility. (Generally $30.00 - $100 a night) It is highly suggested that you allow at least 1 extra days at each end of the expedition to account for any weather possible delays. Rooms before and after the trek are additional expenses and should be booked with us.
Tuition for The Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Symposium is $5000.00 per person. Airfare to and from Kathmandu is not included in this price. A minimum deposit of $750 is required to hold your spot for the symposium and must be provided upon registration. A monthly payment plan will then be calculated based on length of time until the April 1 2024 payment cut off. Trip must be paid in full by1 April 2024. Confirmation of Travel arrangements and Evacuation Insurance will also be requested for at that time. By 30 days out from the trek you must submit your physician waiver to attend. This is a strenuous trek and certain medical ailments may disqualify you or limit your ability to acclimatize. Sergeant Rescue is not obligated to allow anyone to participate.
*To receive the WLS:MP Certification you must purchase a CME/CEU package for your current level of certification.*
Lodging for the trek dates only are included in the symposium tuition.
CME & FAWM Credits
Those wishing to receive RN or Physician CME or FAWM credits may purchase this option at the additional cost of $675.00 for PAs, MDs, DOs, RNs. Those that are EMTs, Paramedics or Residents that wish to receive CEUs or FAWM credits may purchase these for $400.00. CME and FAWM credits do not need to be pre-purchased. At any time during the symposium you may purchase CME credits. However, this cost will not be pro-rated, discounted, or refunded once you decide to purchase them.
Team members will be lodged in pairs throughout the trip. No single lodging option is available due to the nature of trekking in the Tanzania and the need to fit the team in the providing lodging arrangements. The team will stay in a western style hotel rooms in Moshi and then in two person tents while on the trail. You are required to lodge with the team during the expedition dates. No COED lodging arrangements will be provided unless you are in relationship or with a family member. Team members will otherwise be partnered male with male and female with female.
You may book other arrangements for Moshi for any extra days at your own expense. If you choose to stay in a hotel other than that associated with the team you will be responsible for all airport and hotel transfers.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
If the participant withdrawals from the symposium:
- If greater than or equal to 6 months from the symposium final payment date, 1 April 2024, SRTC will retain a $450.00 administrative fee.
- If less than 6 months from the symposium final payment date, 1 April 2024, only 50% of what was paid toward the symposium will be refunded.
- Trekking Hero will also retain a $250.00 cancellation fee for cancellation at anytime.
- If less than or equal to 90 days from the symposium final payment date, 1 April 2024, all tuition is due and is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
- Once CME / FAWM payment is received it is non-transferable and non-refundable.
- If for any reason you become ill, injured, or must return home for any reason, this will be at your own expense and the trip cannot be refunded, pro-rated, and tuition will not be credited to another trek.
If for any reason Trekking Hero or Sergeant Rescue Training & Consulting cancels the expedition prior to the start date, you will have the option to roll your payment to another trip or receive a full refund of all course fees and tuition will be awarded.
Late Payment Policy
Participants that register and choose pay via company check or personal check must submit payment in a timely manner. Payment is due no later than 10 days after your registrations is submitted. If payment is not post marked prior to this date a late fee will be assessed. Late fees will either be invoiced separately or added to any outstanding balance.
- Initial late fee is $25.00
- An additional fee of $10.00 per day will also be assessed if payment is delayed past 7 days from registration and is retroactive to the date of registration.
General Symposium Policies
- Waivers that will be provided must be signed prior to your participation.
- Team members are required to purchase an evacuation insurance policy, COVID insurance policy, and are highly recommended to purchase a travel insurance policy that will cover any trip postponements or flight cancelation delays.
- Upon arrival you will also meet with the team medic or physician for a review of your medical document.
- Emergency contact and next of kin information will be provided to the team leader upon check in.
- An emergency contact number in case of an emergency at home will also be provided for you prior to your departure from home.
- At any point during the trek you show signs of acute mountain sickness or signs of high altitude illness you will be evacuated! (Non-Negotiable)
- If you sustain an injury or illness, and it is determined by the team medic or physician that you no longer are fit to travel, you will be returned to Moshi, or evacuated at your expense or utilizing your evacuation insurance policy.
- If you purchase CME/FAWM credit you must be present for all CME courses.
-Misconduct, physical altercations, or harassment of any staff, instructors, porters or guides will result in your immediate dismissal from the trek and you will be sent to Moshi at your own expense. All expenses for lodging, meals, flight exchanges will also be at your expense from the date of dismissal.
- Have fun, take pictures, and soak up the culture!
- Bring a great sense of adventure!
The second instructor staff member has not been selected yet. We will post their bio as soon as they are selected. If you would like to join our instructor team for this event email Sergeant_RescueTng@outlook.com for information on how to submit yourself as a candidate for this position.
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Trekking Hero is a top notch guiding agency that has organized trekking trips all over Tanzania! They are dedicated to making your trekking experience the best possible. They employ expert guides that not only get you were you want to go, but also will help you explore and experience the culture of Tanzania!
WILDERNESS & EXPEDITION MEDICINE SYMPOSIUM: THE ROOF OF AFRICA
Day 1 - Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town which is known as the gateway to Kilimanjaro. Meet your guide and review your equipment in the evening in preparation for the trek the following day.
Day 2 - Moshi
We will spend the day at the hotel resting up for the trek ahead. We will discuss several aspects of expeditionary medicine, some of the safety items we need to prepare for and then do a final gear inspection.
Day 3 - Mti Mkubwa Camp
(2900 m/9,500 feet), 6 km/4 miles (3 to 4 hours)
It is between 3 and 4 hours of driving to reach Londorossi Gate the starting point for the climb. It's an interesting drive through some remote country so keep your eye out for wildlife. Another few hours of formalities with the park rangers at the gate and you will be on the trail. The trail goes through the lowland forests where you're likely to spot the large Colobus monkeys which are fairly common. We will then have about 2-3 hours of education this day.
Day 4 - Shira 2
(3875 m/12,715 feet), 16 km/9 miles (7 to 8 hours)
The first part of the days trek is fairly steep as you climb up out of the jungle and into the moorland ecosystem dominated by Giant Heathers and a variety of grasses and wildflowers. You will first reach Shira Ridge before the trail continues slightly downhill across the broad expanse of the Shira Plateau to Shira 1 Camp for rest and lunch. We then continue on to Shira 2 camp across the Shira Plateau, and are able to admire the Western Breach if the skies are clear. Today's long day allows us more time to acclimatize at the higher camps with shorter days before our big summit day. We will then have about 2hours of education this day in camp and along the trail.
Day 5 - Barranco Camp
(3,983 m/13,066 feet), 10km/6 miles (5 to 8 hours)
Leaving Shira 2 in the morning you climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. The trail ascends to the Lava Tower site (15000 feet / 4600m) before descending back down into Barranco Valley. The area before the campsite is known as the "Garden of the Senecios", which features many huge senecio plants as well as the shorter lobelia plants. Its 7 to 8 hours walking and the total ascent is only 110m total but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatization. We will then have about 2 hours of education this day in camp and along the trail.
Day 6 - Karanga Camp
(13,066 feet/3,983 m), 5 km/3 miles (4 to 5 hours)
Today consists of a challenging climb up the steep Barranco wall (some scrambling but not technically difficult), easily one of the highlights of the trek. You'll be able to admire the majestic views at the top before dropping into the Karanga Valley where we will break for lunch and spend the second half of the day resting and acclimatizing. We will then have about 2-4 hours of education this day in camp and along the trail.
Day 7 - Barafu High Camp
(15,239 feet/4,645 m), 5 km/3 miles (4 to 5 hours)
Today we make our final push to Base Camp, and we see our longer early days paying off on this day. Arriving to Barafu at lunch time allows us to spend the day resting our legs and preparing for the big push to the roof of Africa. After a hearty dinner you will retire to your tents for a little shut eye before we begin our climb at midnight. We will then have about 2 hours of education this day in camp and along the trail.
Your 2024 Instructor Team
(Details of itinerary are subject to change including changes caused by weather conditions. All times are estimates based on a reasonable trekking pace.)
THE ADVENTURE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!
- Animal Attacks / Snake Bites
- Bites & Stings
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Orthopedic Assessments
- Preventative Medicine
- Wound Management
Dates: 3 - 15 JUN 2024 (12 Seats Only)
Join us for the 5th annual Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Symposium and 1st African Adventure!
Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and conquering it is considered by many the accomplishment of a lifetime. Trekking up Kilimanjaro is also probably the most popular high altitude trek in the whole world! Why not accomplish a life long dream and learn about wilderness medicine along the way!
The reason for Kilimanjaro’s Trekking popularity is obvious; It is the highest free standing mountain in the world and one of the Seven Summits. You don’t need any technical mountaineering skills at all. That is correct as in that you need no climbing experience. But that doesn’t mean it’s just a walk in the park.
A Kilimanjaro trekking is still a very demanding adventure! Even if it takes no special mountaineering skills, having some previous trekking experience makes a huge difference to your chances to reach the summit. Dont't worry though! We will keep you busy and your mind occupied as we trek and immerse you in the world of wilderness and expeditionary medicine. Each day you will take part in hands on and group work that will drive home learning concepts and challenge your medical skills!
Our team will trek The Lemosho Route during our 9 day round trip trek of Kilimanjaro. The Lemosho Route is one of the best options for climbing Kilimanjaro. The route provides plenty of time for acclimatization and takes in the entire scenery of the mountain as it practically traverses it from west to east. The access via the western route requires a bit longer drive to the trail head but is well worth it as you get to drive through some wild country and may even be lucky enough to spot buffalo or an elephant.
Upon returning to Moshi from our trek we will spend a day resting and recuperating and then the team will spend two days in the "bush" on camping Safari! this 2 Day Safari will allow you to see two spectacular National Parks, allowing you plenty of opportunity for great wildlife viewing and game drives. First, enjoy Tarangire National Park, known for its' splendid Boabab Trees and herbivore population, where you are able to enjoy magnificent views of zebras, wildebeests, giraffes and elephants. From there, continue on to the Ngorongoro Crater, where if you are lucky, you'll be able to get a glimpse of hippos, as well as some of the infamous predators in the region.
Be advised: The Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Symposium: The Roof of Africa is strenuous and you should be in excellent physical condition. This trekking experience does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. All you need is the willingness to endure the stress and potential hardships of the trip and be a avid adventurer at heart!
2024 Expedition Tanzania
This is a true trekking experience. There will be limited availability of showers and creature comforts. Participants should know that trekking to The summit or Mt. Kilimanjaro is strenuous! Please come in good physical condition. If you need a conditioning plan please ask us to help you with one. You should come equipped with a great sense of adventure and need to explore!
Trip Cost: $5000.00 (Per Person) (Payment Plan may be available)
Additional CME / FAWM Credit Cost: $675.00 (MD, RN, PA, DO, Residents)
$400.00 (Paramedic, EMT, AEMT)
- Airport transfers
- 4 nights of accommodation in Moshi (Breakfast Included only)
- All Ground Transfers
- 11 day professionally guided trekking adventure & Safari
- 9 days of 3 meals a day
- Accommodations while trekking
- National Park Entry Fees
- Porter services
- Local and Government Taxes
- Wilderness Emergency Responder
- Farewell Dinner
- 1 Trekking Hero T-Shirt & 1 Trip SRTC T-Shirt
Cost Does Not Include:
- Airfare to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
- WLS:MP Certificate*
- Any COVID testing and transportation expenses
- Trip cancellations (See cancellation policy)
- Medical, Rescue, and Evacuation Insurances
- Meals in Moshi
- Expenses should you need to depart early from the Trek
- Entry Visa ($200)
- Tips for Guide & Ported (Typically $400 per person is requested)
- Porter thank you meal in Moshi.
- Any unforeseen meal, lodging, & travel expenses due to weather delays or flight cancelations.
- Any items or services of a personal nature (Soda, Alcoholic Beverages, Laundry, Etc)
Day 8 - Uhuru Peak Altitude
(5895 m/19340 ft) Walking Distance: 5 km/3 miles ascent + 12 km/7 miles descent (10-16 hours)
The day starts at midnight with the final push to the summit. It's a cold and grueling six hour hike to summit rim up a steep slope. The trail is doable but steep with many switchbacks. The summit rim is reached just about sunrise and it's a fairly level hike around the rim to Uhuru Peak the ultimate summit and highest point in Africa. Going down you will head back to Barafu Hut for a short nap and snacks before continuing down to Mweka camp (3068m / 10,065feet). One of the reasons for such a long day of trekking is to avoid problems with acclimatization and get you back down to a lower elevation quickly. No education will be conducted this day.
Day 9 - Mweka Campsite to Moshi
(3068m/10,065 feet) Walking Distance: 10 km/6 miles (3 to 4 hours)
From Mweka campsite it is a 4 to 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Moshi for the night and to have a final farewell dinner with your guides. We will then have about 2 hours of education this day in camp and along the trail and during the ride back!
Day 10 - Moshi
After breakfast, we will spend some time conducting hands on training, small group workshops, and resting from the hardest portion of our expedition.
Day 11 - Moshi to Tarangire National Park
We will depart Moshi in the morning, and head for Tarangire National Park, where you will begin your first game drive before midday. Lunch will be served under the mighty Boabob trees after you enter the park and catch your first glimpses of the wildlife and spectacular scenery. After lunch, make your way through the park snapping photos of the zebra, giraffe and elephant that call this area their home. After a full afternoon of game drives, head to your campsite for dinner and a night under the stars. We will be camping at Fanaka or Haven Nature Camp. We encourage you to lay out under the stars and admire the clear skies!
Day 12 - Ngorongoro Crater to Moshi/Arusha
After a hearty breakfast, we make our way to the gates of Ngorongoro Crater, where we descend into the world's largest inactive volcanic caldera. An abundance of wildlife graces this infamous area, known worldwide for its' stunning landscape. Enjoy spotting a multitude of different species, from elephants, hippos and giraffes to the majestic Crater Lions and ravenous hyenas. Enjoy a waterfront stop for lunch, enjoying the spectacular views and a bite to eat before you head out for you afternoon game drive. After ascending to the crater rim, we begin our journey back to Moshi and have our fairwell dinner together.
Day 13 - After breakfast, according to your flight time we will drop you at the airport or assist you in catching the shuttle to Nairobi. This is the end of our services. We will depart for the airport and head back home to start planning and prepping for the next adventure!
CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this Live activity for a maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity is accredited through the Wilderness Medical Society.
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS: The American Association of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
OTHER PROFESSIONALS: Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and AdventureMed. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All AWLS faculty have signed disclosure statements that they have no relevant financial relationships with any course sponsors.
Challenge your body and mind while feeding your soul!
- Environmental Heat Emergencies
- Altitude Illnesses
- Wound Management
- Field Suturing
- Pre-Expedition Health Screenings
- Remote Medical Assessment Techniques
- Physical Readiness Testing
- Water Purification
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
- Challenges of Helicopter Mountain Rescue
- Aeromedical Physiology
- Expedition Medical Kit Composition
- Challenges of Expedition Medicine
- Medical Assessment Techniques
- Treatment of Common Expedition Ailments
The first instructor staff member has not been selected yet. We will post their bio as soon as they are selected. If you would like to join our instructor team for this event email Sergeant_RescueTng@outlook.com for information on how to submit yourself as a candidate for this position.
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