Shelley Reese–US

If you're considering climbing Kilimanjaro - DO IT. And do it with ClimbKili. We had a private group of 9 women and chose ClimbKili for a few specific reasons: (1) high praise from others, (2) we wanted to do the Machame route, (3) chemical toilets, (4) most importantly - we cared a lot about how porters and guides were treated. Of all the tour operators we researched, ClimbKili surpassed each metric. We were blown away by the attention we were given by our guides and porters. Good Luck was our head guide - his nickname is Mr. 100% and he earned it! If you go, ask for Good Luck and James to be your guides - they really made the experience for us! Many of us experienced effects of altitude throughout the trip (my own symptoms being the worst on summit night) and yet he got all 9 of us to the summit. Everything was taken care of - from the right nutrition to sustain us, to the equipment rentals, to the porters who sang for us every night as we got to camp. I had high expectations of how ClimbKili would rate, and they exceeded those expectations. We also did a short safari in the Serengeti and ClimbKili organized that - again, with each detail attended to. I could not rate the experience on the Mountain, or our gratitude/happiness with ClimbKili any higher. A couple of specifics: GEAR. Our campsites were all set up each and every day by the time we arrived. The tents were great and kept us warm on cold nights. They were Mountain Hardware tents for three people, but we used them for double occupancy. ClimbKili sent a thorough gear list ahead of time so we were able to prepare for anything that might arise. They even had a deal with Backcountry so we could get a discount on new gear purchases. ROUTE. Do your research here. ClimbKili offers Machame and Lemosho. I wanted Machame for all of the rave reviews about how scenic it is. And it lived up to that. The 5 days leading up to summit were breathtaking and really beautiful views. We went in early June and it was relatively quiet compared to other times of year and other routes that we saw converging at later camps. ADVENTURES. While we were tired after the hike, we were glad to spend a few days in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater to see other parts of the beautiful country of Tanzania. There is not much to see/do in Arusha, but ClimbKili offered safaris or trips to Zanzibar as add-ons for the trip. We did the safari and are very glad we did. Had we had more time, we would have likely added on Zanzibar as well. Next time! PRICE. ClimbKili was on the higher side of the average price that we saw. Given the exceptional service we received, I'd rate it as an EXCELLENT VALUE. We literally had all details accounted for on a 12 day trip. The attention we received before we got to Tanzania as well as once we were in country are impossible to match by others operators.
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