Kilimanjaro Treasure Quest Press Release





Arusha, Tanzania and Kenya’s Chyulu Hills: global competition, Mt. Kilimanjaro trek, and safari with a transformative impact. The dates of October 8 - October 27, 2017 for the Kilimanjaro Treasure Quest, benefitting our pioneering partner, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, have been set. 

Limited to just 20 teams of two, all globetrotting, competitive adventurers can now submit their applications for the annual Kilimanjaro Treasure Quest.

This global event will crown a winning team with the ultimate treasure: a $100,000 cash prize. The event includes the amazing 3-day Treasure Quest competition, 4 days of breathtaking, private and guided safaris to the world famous Tanzanian Ngorongoro Crater and Kenya’s Chuyulu Hills. After staying at Campi Ya Kanzi, the Conde Nast and Travel + Leisures award-winning, boutique ecolodge, spending a day being culturally immersed amongst the Maasai, each participant will spend 7 days attempting to conquer the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro as a platform to raise funds for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. 

Participants are encouraged to raise additional support, separate from their $12,600 entry fee, for our charity partner, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. The top three fundraising teams will win a “Treasure Pass” that gets their team closer to the ultimate treasure on the final day of competition. One hundred percent of everything raised from each participant will go towards protecting the legendary ecosystems and astounding biodiversity of East Africa through conservation that directly benefits local Maasai communities. MWCT, founded by Luca Belpietro, Conservationist; Founder Campi ya Kanzi and MWCT based in Kenya, with offices in the U.S., is a non-profit organization and strategic partnership between professional conservationists, like U.S. Board President Edward Norton and dynamic Maasai leaders, to show that the Maasai community can thrive, not just survive, by managing their ecosystem wisely. 

MWCT’s efforts are focused on the Maasai communities and landscapes of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills, within the world-famous Amboseli-Tsavo Ecosystem. MWCT funds and operates programs that promote sustainable economic benefits from conserving this ecosystem, creating a cutting-edge model of successful community-based conservation.

Hardcore Travel’s goal is to raise $40,000 and increase awareness about an organization that is making a massive impact in the wilderness, wildlife, and cultural heritage of the Maasai. 

From a cultural scavenger hunt, to unique and competitive team and individual challenges, each two-person team will compete to win additional “Treasure Passes” and be the first team to decipher the clues and find the hidden $100,000 Ultimate Treasure. Second and third place finishers will receive consolation prizes as well.

Single travelers are welcome to apply. Please contact Hardcore Travel at 970-829-8728 or apply online @

Contact and Media inquiries: Greg Hughes or Scott Kenyon @ or 970-829-8728.