Peter Theoharidis–US

I just returned from Mount Kilimanjaro climbing the Lemosho route with my close friend, brother-in-law and son. I could not have asked for a better experience. This trip was planned by my friend Mike and we joined in only six weeks before the climb. The folks stateside with Climb Kili were unbelievable in preparing us on such short notice. When we arrived in Africa the team there was accommodating to every need. Caroline, the local Climb Kili rep booked us for a local tour and we met our guide Goodluck for the evening briefing. We quickly learned that we were in very capable hands. Goodluck and James let us head out in front then reined us in and taught us the meaning of "pole pole" . They pointed out the local flora and answered any questions asked. By the time we arrived to the first camp, our guides and porters made us feel like family. After the porters set up camp they came back and met us and offered to take our day packs at the end of each daily trek. On trail we were never rushed. When I stopped to take in all the beauty Goodluck would always chime in, "enjoy kaka(brother) take your time". The food was plentiful and very tasty. Very appreciative that Climb Kili carries a portable toilet which was cleaned daily and only used by us. We were fortunate to be there in the off season, but I understand in season the public outhouses can get very dirty. Goodluck pointed out that Climb Kili made the decision to provide the portable toilets because they could control the cleanliness for their clients. Every rest stop they would do a wellness check and make sure there were no problems. I felt we were well prepared and summit day went smoothly. Actually the descent was the most difficult aspect for these 56 year old legs. I was nervous about trekking at the end of the rainy season but this turned out to be great. The first three camps we had to ourselves. Then we traveled with two other groups from the Machame route the last three days. There were only seven of us leaving from the three groups from Barafu Camp. We did not have a drop of rain in 8 days. We had a clear view of the summit from day two on(not visible on day one of Lemosho Route). Our crew sang and danced for us on day three camp , base camp arrival and at the final gate. Junior's voice was incredible and as tired as I was (barely standing) I had to dance with my brothers. I thank and will never forget the entire Climb Kili crew that made this experience so special.
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