Together with my three children, bother and sister-in-law we decided to climb Kilimanjaro to celebrate my 60th birthday. My brother who lives in TZ researched companies and chose Honey Badger Lodge (Moshi) not the cheapest, nor most expensive - but with good recommendations and with an ethical basis. I cannot fault, the trip included a stay at the lodge the night before and the night back and we had 3 - Apa.Moody and David -wonderful guides who helped us all immensely. I made it to the last stop - Barafu Camp but could not cope with the thought of the final night's climb followed by descent to Millennium Camp (24 hours) - although the guides felt I could do it, my sister in law made it to Stella Point and the others all made it to the peak. They would not have done without the guides, and on the descent from the peak benefited from drinks being brought up by the porters who were based in the camp. We had some stunning views, one minute in cloud, one minute in sun, and the night after the ascent we just avoided a fresh snow fall on the summit. Although we all had mild altitude symptons eg sickness and headaches, no one was badly affected excep for my son who started to turn blue at the summit and had to be rushed down - two of the porters took an arm and salomed him down to the camp in ultra quick time. For me it was feeling nauseous which meant I couldn't eat much and so this impacted on energy and final decision not to climb. The food was excellent and the guides/porters were all very vigilant in making sure we ate and drank. The tents were tents :-) after the first night the temperature started to decrease rapidly at night and we would regularly wake up to ice, or snow, on the outside of the tent. We were very cold and the rental sleeping bags were not great, but in the end we slept in layers and I took handwarmers which I also used. Obviously would have loved to make it to the summit, but was pleased to get where I did - would not have done without our fantastic guides and porters and it was a family experience we will never forget. BIG TIP - do not rent equipment if you can possibly help it - the rental places were ABSOLUTELY rubbish eg sleeping bags, waterproofs etc - these have been used so many times that they really were pretty rubbish and I would definitely have brought my own sleeping back. I would absolutely recommend renting a porta loo as well - they are not great but much better than the drop loos! We did take quite a bit of equipment and left this with our guides at the end who seemed to be really pleased. I hope you have as wonderful guides as we did as they are the ones that will get you to the top. We also raised money for a charity that was recommended by Honey Badger Lodge - Maasai Literacy Programme run collaboration by Honey Badger Lodge and African Impact Moshi. They organised a presentation for us to hand over the money raised after the climb and have continued to update us with how the money has been spent. Seems like a dream now.