An interview with our Peruvian Mountain Guide, Elizabeth, as she prepares to travel around the world the take on one of our favorite mountains: Kilimanjaro!
WHOA GAL Amanda Chessa met and became fast friends with Elizabeth, aka Mama Sherpa, hiking in Peru in 2016. Since then, Mama Sherpa has launched her own company, become an essential part of the WHOA family, and is our lead mountain guide on all our Peru + Machu Picchu Adventures. Everyone who has met or had the pleasure of hiking with her knows she is special soul, and there's no better way to experience the Andes and Peru than with her leading the way.
At WHOA we live for sharing adventure experiences and trying new things, so we've invited Elizabeth to join us and be our guest on one of our other signature adventures on the other side of the world - Mount Kilimanjaro. Even though Mama Sherpa is one of the most experienced trekkers we know, this will be her first time on a plane and traveling outside of Peru (how exciting)!
Below is from a sit down that took place in Spring 2018 in Peru, where Mama Sherpa talks with Amanda about how they met, what motivates her, and her feelings about climbing Kilimanjaro.
We're honored to be longtime friends of Life in Motion International, a non-profit organization that's dedicated to making the future brighter for orphans and children with disabilities around the world. Life in Motion's mission is to bring awareness and support to these children through taking on epic adventures, like trekking Mount Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, and Elbrus! Inspiring, isn't it?! We're excited to be partnering with them once again for our second WHOAx: Mount Elbrus Expedition. Together, we are going to climb beside Polina, as she reaches her goal of summiting Mount Elbrus - the highest mountain in Russia and Europe! Get to know Life in Motion and Polina a little better here...Read More
10 Tips, tricks & THINGS You'll want to know before your Everest Base camp Trek
BY BRIANA AGUILAR-AUSTIN
Bri is a WHOA GAL, long distance runner, imbibing expert and yogi (among many other amazing things). These are some things she wishes she knew before she trekked EBC for the first time that she wanted to pass on to future adventurers. You can hike with Bri on one of our upcoming KIli, Peru, or EBC treks!
Photos by Ren Fuller
TIPS ON TANZANIAN CULTURE
By Christa Singleton
Christa is a ‘16 Kilimanjaro and ‘18 Everest Base Camp WHOAlum. She's also the founder of the Curvy Kili Crew and Travel Fearlessly Blog.
Climbing the tallest mountain in Africa is no small undertaking. It requires diligent physical preparation as well as the right hiking gear. But there's more to Kilimanjaro planning than just workout schedules and shopping trips. The Tanzanian culture is vastly different than western cultures and it's something you need to be prepared for. Arriving with a knowledge of their customs and an open mind will help you have an amazing experience during your stay. Here are 6 things you need to know before your Kilimanjaro trip:
At WHOA it’s our mission to celebrate, support, and partner with women guides who are breaking down barriers and leading the charge in changing the face of adventure.
Meet our fearless Peruvian female mountain guide, Elizabeth, who we lovingly dubbed Mama Sherpa. She’s an entrepreneur, an endless source of Peruvian history and cultural knowledge, and exactly the type of amazing human you want to experience the majesty of the Andes Mountains with.Read More
At WHOA, we're all about sharing experiences, connecting, and supporting local women in every possible way throughout our adventures. One of the ways we do this in Tanzania is by inviting local women to join our Kilimanjaro climbs. Sharing the experience with them, and seeing the mountain they grew up with through their eyes gives our adventurers a richer understanding of the women from this region and this amazing part of the world. Embarking on this epic journey with such an international group is one of the many things that makes WHOA's Kilimanjaro climbs extra special! With no further ado, let us introduce you to the 2 amazing Tanzanian ladies who will be joining our Kilimanjaro June 2018 Full Moon Summit: Mama D and Jackie!Read More