Hanging with the locals on the Ausangate Community Trek. Mark Gunlogson photo
Gold statues at Petergof near St. Petersburg. Mark Ryman photo
Tiger Tops jungle lodge in the Chitwan National Park. Mountain Madness photo
Luxurious afternoon lunch on the beaches of Zanzibar. MM Collection
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Extensions

Why limit your adventures to the two-, nine-, or twelve-day trips we offer around the world? The adventures don't stop when you come down from a successful summit of Kilimanjaro, Cotopaxi or Elbrus! Mountain Madness will work with you to make the most of your vacation time. You might be looking for a chance to explore the region, the opportunity to optimize your summit chances by acclimatizing prior to your summit climb, or a post-climb celebration on a sandy beach. Whether you're looking for another climb, trek or tropical paradise getaway, we have numerous extensions to offer and would be happy to suggest the best extension to your Mountain Madness adventure.

Click on your destination region to find what extensions we can offer:

Africa
Asia
South America
Europe
Northwest

 

Africa
Mount Meru

A spectacular way to prepare you for a Kilimanjaro climb! Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro's smaller cousin, offers great views of the largest peak in Africa. Just an extra 4 days takes you through the Arusha National Park and to the summit of the 14,980 foot (4566 meter) African peak. Read more

 

Zanzibar

This tropical island getaway is a great way to unwind and relax after a Kilimanjaro climb and safari. Spend 4 luxurious days on the white sand beaches, explore the coral reefs and the unique culture of Stone Town. Read more

 

Serengeti: Walk on the Wild Side

An exciting alternative to our classic jeep-supported safari. Since the park was established in the 1950s, walking safaris were prohibited... until now! We are excited to be one of the few with permission to offer this exciting adventure. The vast Serengeti plains will surround you as you explore the ecosystem on foot with train walking safari guides. Enjoy this 10-day trip on its own, or add 8 days to your Kilimanjaro climb. Read more

 

Sample Itineraries (includes travel time):

 

Kilimanjaro

 

Mount Meru

 

Mount Meru

           

 

        

 

           

Walking Safari

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Kilimanjaro

OR  

Kilimanjaro

           

 

        

 

           

Zanzibar

 

Zanzibar

 

Walking Safari

(20 days)

 

(19 days)

 

(22 days)

 

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Asia
Chitwan

The Chitwan National Park is a beautiful, warm lowland jungle in south-central Nepal. A 3 day excursion will take you on an elephant and jeep safari and introduce you to local peoples. Stay in the famous Tiger Tops lodge surrounded by spectacular wildlife. Call 800-328-5925 for more details.

 

Island Peak

A more challenging extension for the mountaineer looking for an exciting addition to the Everest Base Camp trek. The first 14 days of the Everest Base Camp trek will acclimatize you for this 20,305 foot (6189 meter) Himalayan peak (26 days total). From the summit you can see the magnificent peaks of Lhotse and Makalu, the 4th and 5th highest mountains in the world, respectively. Read more

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South America

Many of our South America climbing expeditions have various options depending on the length of trip you desire, such as our Ecuador Volcanoes expedition. A couple peaks can be added on to other expeditions for those looking for additional climbing adventures. Additional treks and tropical getaways are also available for most of our South America trips. 

 

Machu Picchu

A 4 day extension to the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu is a great way to explore the region and acclimatize for an upcoming Peru or Bolivia climb. Visit the culturally rich city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley at over 10,000 feet (3300 meters). Read more

 

Amazon Rainforest

Join us for a 3-5 day excursion to the Amazon Rainforest and stay in a luxurious jungle lodge down river from the little town of Puerto Maldonado. This custom, a la carte extension is catered to create the perfect vacation in the jungle. Choose from the numerous half- or full-day excursions in the rainforest canopies and remarkable wetlands. Read more

 

Ausangate Community Trek

Option 1 of our Ausangate Trek or Climb offers a short trek through the towns of traditional Peruvian communities in beautifully carved glacier valleys. Relax in the hot springs and explore Machu Picchu before embarking on a summit climb in Peru or Bolivia. Trekkers or climbers may also continue on for the rest of the 17-day Ausangate Trek or Climb, which offers several potential climbing and trekking objectives for all levels. Read more

 

Huaorani Jungle Adventure

This extension to the Huaorani Ecolodge is a life changing experience! With one of the most isolated ethnic groups on earth, you will learn how to use a blowgun, climb trees, smear your face with red achiote, and take a two day meander down the Shiripuno River in kayaks or dugout canoes watching tropical birds and monkeys and listening to an indigenous leader relate the tribe's fight against oil exploration. Read more

 

Galapagos Islands

Soak in the sun after climbing Ecuador's stunning peaks. The island of Isabela not only offers the exotic flora and fauna of Darwin's famed studies, but also displays five active volcanoes and extensive wetlands. Populated by only 2,200 people, this island is the perfect tropical escape for those looking to kayak among flamingoes, trek with giant tortoises, and snorkel with marine turtles. Read more

 

Chimborazo

Looking for another climbing objective while you're in South America? Chimborazo is a great additional peak to add to your list of volcanoes in Ecuador, at 20,703 feet (6310 meters). Use the Ecuador Volcanoes of Cayambe and Cotopaxi as preparation for Ecuador's highest peak, or follow up your Antisana and Illiniza Sur climbs with an additional challenge. Call 800-328-5925 for details.

 

Huayna Potosi

This 19,974 foot (6088 meter) peak in Bolivia is a beautiful peak in the Condoriri area. The summit views of Lake Titicaca, the Amazon Basin and the Cordillera Real are spectacular. Call 800-328-5925 for details.

 

Sample Itineraries (includes travel time):

Machu Picchu

 

Ecuador Volcanoes

 

Antisana 

          

 

            

 

           

Cordillera Blanca

OR

Galapagos Islands

OR

Chimborazo

         

 

 (17-22 days)

 

           

Amazon

     

Galapagos Islands

(20-22 days)

     

(20 days)

 


Ausangate Community Trek

 

Machu Picchu

                   

 

                    

Yanapaccha and Chopakalki

OR

Trans Andean Trek or Climb

                   

 

                    

Amazon

 

Huayna Potosí

(27-29 days)

 

(17-21 days)

 

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Europe
St. Petersburg

If you travel the full distance to Russia to climb the highest peak in Europe, Elbrus, why not stop over for a visit in the elegant city of St. Petersburg? Visit the stunning baroque Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum, stroll the palaces, fountains and gardens of Petergof and the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral. A UNESCO World Heritage site, St. Petersburg offers an array of cultural, artistic and historical attractions making it one of the world's leading centers of culture and tourism. Call us at 800-328-5925 for more details.

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Northwest
Rock Rescue

Most of our rock climbing courses offered in the summer Northwest season are flexible with the ability to add an additional Rock Rescue extension. In this one day course, you can solidify the skills you've learned in any of our other rock courses with a foundation of companion rescue skills. Starting with basic belay escapes and moving into complex raising and lowering systems, you will feel more comfortable getting out on the granite with your friends. Read more

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