Our group of 4 climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (6 day Rongai Route) in November 2014 with Kilimanjaro Crew. We found the company online and were pleased with the amount of information provided on the website. The company is based in Moshi, Tanzania and the prices offered were very reasonable.
John (the manager) was very helpful throughout the booking process, responding to our emails promptly. On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, John and his driver picked us up and transported us to Kindoroko Hotel in Moshi. We really appreciated John’s assistance with buying and registering our Tanzanian SIM cards. At the hotel, we were briefly introduced to our head guide (Musa) and assistant guide (Deus).
The next morning, we were picked up by the crew and began our trek. The trek itself was challenging and altitude sickness made it extremely difficult at times (despite being on Diamox). However, the whole crew was amazing throughout. In particular, we cannot compliment our guides Musa and Deus enough. Both were experienced, very encouraging, and always looked out for us. Day 4 (summit day) was very tough – we all summited thanks to these two exceptional guides and our summit porter. We ended up completing the hike in 5 days (instead of 6). The scenery was incredible, from the Rongai forest on day 1 through the moorland and desert zones to the glaciers at the summit.
In all, we had a crew of 15 people (2 guides, 1 chef, 1 serviceperson/waiter, 11 porters), all of whom were friendly and supportive. We were woken up every morning with tea/coffee/Milo and were given three hot meals a day plus an afternoon tea break. The chef did a fantastic job providing us with a variety of food. Just be aware of some extra costs: climbing gear, sleeping bags and other equipment can be hired and there is an expectation that each crew member will be tipped at the end of the trip.
We are all very pleased with the experience and would recommend Kilimanjaro Crew to anyone looking to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.
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