It was a wonderful, if exhausting, trip made all the better by the professionalism and experience of Herment Mosha and his team from Climb Kili. They took excellent care of us on the mountain, making sure we were comfortable with both the hike and altitude. Herment runs a tight ship, making sure his team is performing as expected and the clients are well taken care of. We were three hikers and we had a total of 14 people supporting us on the hike. His knowledge of the plant and wildlife made the hike much more interesting and his knowledge of the mountain was remarkable. I have no reservation in recommending Herment as a guide and I would tell any of my friends that are interested in hiking to the top of Africa to ask for Herment as their guide. Getting the trip organized was a snap with Tiffany from Climb Kili. She provided timely responses to our emails and made the lead up to the trip run smoothly. So for you folks wondering if you can do this trip, it's a grind, but very doable. We took the longer route to have time to acclimatize to the altitude, and it was worth it. I was taking diamox and I had no problems at all with the altitude. Drink lots of fluids, eat as much as you can and then eat more, rest and go slowly and it will be fine. I trained by walking every morning before work for about 5 km (3 miles) and longer on the weekends for about 3 months leading up to the trip. I am 50 years old and in average physical shape. So if you are thinking about it, make the commitment and go for it, you won't regret it. It was cold and windy on summit night/morning, but it was clear and the moon was full. You will remember this trip forever.