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Ringo Expeditions

Moshi, Tanzania
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Tanzanian Safari and Kilimanjaro Climbng Trek
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OSixParking wrote a review Feb 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia50 contributions9 helpful votes
Adam Ringo and his staff are well-seasoned professionals. When one decides to climb the tallest mountain in Africa, and one of the famed Seven Summits of the world, selecting a guide should not be taken lightly. The reason the entire group of us (10) reached the top was because of Adam's expertise and the backing of his team: they--from Adam to each of the porters--supported us 1,000% of the way. Adam earned our respect due to the following: his expertise, his professionalism, and his ability to put together a well-coordinated support team. His expertise stems from him having been a porter himself when he first started to him having summitted Kili over 230 times; he definitely earned his PhD in the know-hows of Kili many times over and earned our respect. He was always professional during out trek (via the Lemosho Trail) and gave us options, especially when we got closer to summit day, on how far and how fast we wanted to push. With 10 of us climbers in the group, he put together a support team to ensure our safety (first and foremost) and well-being, which maximized the probability of success. The only area of improvement is for Adam to have the ability to process all of our payments (for paying for his services to the park fees) electronically through him rather than for us to either bring hordes of cash or go to local banks individually in Moshi to withdraw cash. Lastly, I salute the porters who strapped more than 20kgs of our stuff and all the support materials (e.g., tents, chairs, poles, cook wares, utensils, propane tanks, water, food, portable bathrooms, etc.) on their backs from Lemosho Gate (at 2,100 meters) to Barafu Camp (at 4,700 meters in elevation) and back. Our tents were always waiting for us upon our arrival at the next camp and everything was set up correctly. The chef was top notch: each meal was prepared exquisitely and that is hard to fathom especially when one is 16,000 feet up and knowing all the supplies (to include water) had to be carried by the porters. If anyone is thinking of doing this awesome trek, please think about giving what you don't need (after the climb) to the porters. There was one porter who walked in loafers for he had nothing else to wear. Had I know beforehand, I would have brought another set of boots I had not worn to give to him. At the end of the trek, I gave my gloves, headlights, wool socks and down jackets to the porters; they needed them more than I did. I believe I waited 3+ months to write this review is a testament to the positive impression Adam and his team left on me (and hopefully on the rest of my 9 other fellow trekkers) as we got to the top of one of the greatest adventures anyone could take. I wholeheartedly recommend Adam Ringo and his team!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Ryan S. wrote a review Jan 2019
New York City, New York6 contributions
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We had an unbelievable experience hiking Kilimanjaro with Adam Ringo in December, and his team got all four of us to the summit. He came highly recommended by friends, and after our trip, choosing Ringo is the way to go. > Unrivaled Experience: Our trek was Adam’s 235th time climbing Kilimanjaro. 235 trips x 7 days is well over Malcom Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule! > High Success Rate: By his account, he has a >95% success rate. His insistence on pole pole, carrying oxygen tanks (I’m grateful they had it for summit day), and a bumping playlist; > Great Food: Talented chef making dishes ranging from pasta to fried rice… much better than you would expect for a week-long climb; > Stellar Team: Team of 17 guides and porters for our group of four… knowledgeable and friendly, and they’re all from the Moshi area so you know you’re giving back to the local economy; > Good Gear: Besides the Bluetooth speakers and oxygen tanks, one of the porters carried a portable toilet which is key, since the public toilets at camp are foul Thank you Adam for a once in a lifetime trip! Waiting for you to visit us in NYC.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Myles M wrote a review Jan 2019
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We (myself and three friends) had the privilege of summiting Kilimanjaro with Adam Ringo and the Ringo Expeditions team. In hindsight, selecting them as our guides was hands down the best decision we made on our trip. Ringo operates a smaller operation than some of the other outfits you will see on the mountain. Make no mistake about it, this is to your advantage as a client. Think of this as being the small company experience (which comes with vastly superior customer service) relative to what you'd get with a big company. Once you are the mountain it becomes clear quickly that not all guides are created equal. Particularly as you approach the summit, topics like paying personal attention to the individual condition of the climbers in your group, making go/no decisions based on weather, etc. separate the experts on the mountain from those newer to the guiding experience. The level of personal care and attention given to individual climbers--which should be your number one priority if you are planning a Kili trek--is unmatched with Ringo's group. Adam's best in class summiting track record is evidence of this fact. We were lucky enough to find Adam through word of mouth from other friends of ours who had summited with him previously. We hope that this review helps keep that word of mouth going. If you want to climb Kili, Adam Ringo should be your first call. PS: Adam is also well connected with a number of top notch safari guides who he works with for clients (like us) who want to do both. If you're planning to tack on a safari after the climb (highly recommended), talk to him about that too.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Caleigh Hernandez wrote a review Nov 2018
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Ringo Expeditions was fantastic and we had an amazing trek to Kilimanjaro. Adam and Martin were incredibly supportive, knowledgeable and prioritized safety throughout our entire climb. The food was great and the porters were all lovely. Thank you Adam for a once in a lifetime trip! The photos from the top are incredible!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Renee M wrote a review Nov 2018
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I traveled with a group of 10 people with varying levels of age, fitness and experience. We all had some degree of apprehension regarding the ability to be successful and enjoyable. Ringo expeditions did everything to maximize both. They are an extremely professional and knowledgable outfit. We were given excellent time to acclimate properly to maximize success (we all made it to the top). Along the way, they make every effort to make the trip enjoyable. The food was excellent (a chef was part of the porter group). The positive attitude and small creature comforts along the way also made for a memorable trip. I highly recommend this group with its personalized and professional service.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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