We just recently returned from Africa and our successful climbing of Mount Kilimanjaro. After lots of research on the web in relation to companies to climb with, my friend and I decided to go with Team Kilimanjaro and I know now that we definitely made the right choice. We chose the TK Ronghai 7 day route.
When I was originally booking our trip I selected an open 8 person trek from the list of climbs on their website. Therefore we had assumed that there would be 8 “tourists” making the climb together on this date, made up of us and 6 others. However it happened that everyone else who booked this trek for the same week booked private treks, so we ended up with our own group of just 2. We had been looking forward to shared meals etc with a slightly larger group, but we had no objection to the excellent individualized attention we did get in our group of two.
I really must compliment TK on their staff. Everyone we dealt with was great, from Ally in the booking office in the UK to the team who accompanied us on the trek. A big thanks to our guides Samwel Minja and James and all the crew who got us to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Everything was really well organised throughout the week. Niko our cook made sure we were very well fed with a variety of different food every day. I really appreciated the various acts of kindness from the crew during the week, especially when they turned up in ad hoc places with more food. And the private loo was an unexpected bonus!
I felt that our guides paid close attention to how we were coping with the trek and the acclimatisation, and their suggested alternative of changing our ascent to the early morning of Day 5 rather than midnight on Day 5 worked out really well. Being able to spend the night after the climb at Kibo Hut was such a relief. Great decision guys.
I must reiterate a comment made by some others on this web-site. You really have to train for Kilimanjaro. TK have a pretty good training guide on their website which I followed about 80%, and I also supplemented it with a lot of stair climbing (definately recommended). We did take altitude tablets and thankfully had almost no altitude sickness. Summit day was one of the toughest things I have ever done but Sam and James knew exactly what to do and helped us get through those never-ending metres up to Gilman's Point and onwards to Uhuru (and back down again!).
I feel extremely proud of my achievement and whilst I had never once camped before this, I rate my trek with TK and my time on Kilimanjaro as one of my best ever holidays.
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