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Adventure for St. Jude kids with Embark Exploration Co.

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St. Jude cancer survivor Tom on Mt. Kilimanjaro

St. Jude cancer survivor Tom at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Hike the world and change lives 

2024 Trip itineraries 

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Machu Picchu

Peru | Sept. 1 – 10, 2024
Fundraising commitment: $12,000

The remote Secret Valleys of Salkantay Trek carries you up barren mountain valleys, over a 15,000-foot pass, and down undisturbed valleys all the way through the fabled Sun Gate of Machu Picchu. Finally, the prize after nearly 50 miles of trekking is the elusive Machu Picchu, where you enter from above and descend down through the clouds. 

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    • DAY 1: Arrive in Cusco
    • DAY 2: Cusco
    • DAY 3: Cusco
    • DAY 4: Cusco to Limatambo to Acopia Camp
    • DAY 5: Acopia Camp to Tambomachy Pass to Cruzjasa Pass to Mirador Pampacahuana
    • DAY 6: Pampacahuana valley to Chamana
    • DAY 7: Chamana to Machu Q'ente and Huyna Q'ente to Ollantaytambo
    • DAY 8: Machu Picchu Trail to the Sun Gate to Aguas Calientes
    • DAY 9: Bus to guided visit to citadel then return to Cusco 
    • DAY 10: Departure
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Mt. Kilimanjaro

Tanzania | Oct. 12 – 22, 2024
Fundraising commitment: $12,000

Explore the variations in landscape and climate on the way up the mountain and spend time capturing breathtaking photos of your surroundings as you move from jungle, to high desert, to snowy terrain on one of the more exciting routes on the mountain, but still manageable by the average adventurer.

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    • DAY 1: Arrive at Moshi
    • DAY 2: Free day in Moshi. Overnight in hotel
    • DAY 3: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mikubwa
    • DAY 4: Mti Mikubwa
    • DAY 5: Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2
    • DAY 6: Shira Camp 2 to Barranco Camp
    • DAY 7: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp 
    • DAY 8: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp 
    • DAY 9: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut 
    • DAY 10: Mweka Camp to Gate
    • DAY 11: Departure

What is a St. Jude Hero

Being a St. Jude Hero means that when you take on your adventure, you'll know that what you've accomplished has made an impact far beyond your climb. It also means...

St. Jude Hero.

Exclusive benefits to make your adventure experience even better

Being a St. Jude Hero takes your event to the next level, with the opportunity to earn everything from gear and other incentive prizes.

Support from St. Jude to help you fundraise

St. Jude will be with you every step of the way. You'll get everything you need to reach your fundraising goal — coaching emails, a fundraising coach, a personal fundraising page, plus other tools and tips as you go.

Becoming part of a nationwide alliance against childhood cancer

As a St. Jude Hero, you'll join thousands of people from across the United States who have chosen to run and adventure for St. Jude. St. Jude Heroes are a select group with one common goal: to use their race to further lifesaving research and treatment for St. Jude kids.

Be a part of something bigger

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. As a St. Jude Hero, you'll make a real difference. The funds you raise help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Learn more about how fundraising helps.


What is included in your experience?

Transportation to and from the airport, food, lodging, guides, porters and permits are included in your Embark Exploration Co. Adventure! Participants will be responsible for airline tickets to and from the destination, gear, individual trip insurance and required personal supplemental overseas medical insurance in addition to meeting their minimum fundraising goal. An initial $500 deposit will be required to complete your St. Jude Heroes registration. This deposit will be refunded upon meeting your minimum fundraising goal!

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Embark Exploration Co. has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to allow St. Jude Heroes® exciting opportunities while raising money for the kids and mission of St. Jude.

An aerial view of the St. Jude campus in downtown Memphis, Tennessee

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN


St. Jude cancer survivor Tom climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro — twice!

The first time Tom climbed Mountain Kilimanjaro, a guide told him, “This will be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life.” Tom had smiled. He’d done something harder.

Tom was just 2 when he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina, and treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Every child deserves to live their best life. Help St. Jude give kids with cancer that chance.

St. Jude Patient Tom in his hospital room as a child.

St. Jude patient Tom as a child

white stars artwork by St. Jude patient Ty

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