Searching for a reputable tour operator with at a fair price point to climb Kilimanjaro can be overwhelming. I was looking for a company with a high success rate. This was not a race, it was a once in a lifetime experience for me. I chose a 10 day Northern Route that Circumvented the mountain because of it's high success rate with Thompson Safaris. I summited in January 2013 with excellent guides, porters, support, camps, meals. It was a goal achieved, and feeling of accomplishment I will never forget.
While I had an excellent experience with Thompson, what I did see, however were TUSKER tents, guides, and guests at various camps we stayed at. The quality of care, the appearance of their camp, guides, and team looked so professional and impressive that I looked the Tusker Company up when I got home. Remarkable things about TUSKER - Experience, leadership, credentials, number of guides on a climb, evacuation system, food, and the owner Eddie Frank has summited Kilimanjaro 47 times. He is a high altitude consultant to the US army.
TUSKER Kilimanjaro climbs have experience, leadership and safety, longer times to acclimatize on the mountain than most tour operators that I found, and are anywhere from $2,000.00 to $4,000.00 less expensive than Thompson particularly when you factor in 12 to 14 days on the mountain vs 10 days for acclimatization.
My experience with Thompson was excellent experience, but the experience and training of TUSKER and their professional porters, guides, camps, and PRICE will make it a choice of Guides for me for several other adventures and goals I have planned.
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