Guiding Companies for Kilimanjaro

Guiding Companies for Kilimanjaro

Joined: May 14th, 2007, 8:55 pm

May 14th, 2007, 8:58 pm #1

I am planning a trip to Africa for February 2009 and was wondering what guiding companies people here have used and/or what guiding companies you would recommend I use for climbing Kilimanjaro. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks!!

Nikki
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

May 15th, 2007, 12:33 pm #2

Nikki, I haven't yet tried Kili myself but a good source of trip reports and experiences with various guide services is climber.org. They have an extensive database of trip reports (indexed alphabetically by peak) and a bulletin board with a specific section dedicated to high-altitude (over 15k') peaks, and this would be the spot to look for current info on Kili or to post a request for beta on guides, routes, etc.

Hope you find the info you're seeking and good luck on Kili!
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

May 15th, 2007, 2:52 pm #3

I am planning a trip to Africa for February 2009 and was wondering what guiding companies people here have used and/or what guiding companies you would recommend I use for climbing Kilimanjaro. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks!!

Nikki
For our successful trip in February 2007, our expedition leader Kevin Baker did much research and selected Zara Tanzanian Adventures.

This turned out to be an excellent decision. This outfit is professional, clean, safe, and summit-oriented. The food was plentiful and delicious. The porters were friendly and the guides were exceptional. Zara takes care of the porters and even sends them to school.

While in Moshi, Tanzania, we observed the facilities of another guide service (not even the cheaper one) and we were glad to have selected Zara.

http://www.zaratravel.com/

Besides guides, I can also provide advice about visas, vaccinations, flights, tipping, and gear. Be sure to avoid the wet seasons (the guides I befriended have emailed me when they are grounded due to rain).

- John Mitchler
Golden, Colorado
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Joined: August 14th, 2006, 11:36 pm

May 18th, 2007, 3:54 pm #4

I am planning a trip to Africa for February 2009 and was wondering what guiding companies people here have used and/or what guiding companies you would recommend I use for climbing Kilimanjaro. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks!!

Nikki
I used REI adventures in Dec 97. It was reasonably priced and very well organized. The head guide was Peter Mato and he was fantastic -- be sure he is scheduled for your trip. REI had a nice add-on safari which everyone enjoyed. They used the Marambu CocaCola route, but they did it in 6 days which allows one extra acclimatization day at 12000'. Take your trekking poles and lots of $1s and $5s for tips and drinks on the trail. Good Luck. Bruce York
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Joined: January 26th, 2004, 6:29 pm

May 18th, 2007, 5:33 pm #5

I am planning a trip to Africa for February 2009 and was wondering what guiding companies people here have used and/or what guiding companies you would recommend I use for climbing Kilimanjaro. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks!!

Nikki
Hey Nikki,

You already know that I highly recommend Thomson, but something else to think about are what routes different companies offer. I liked taking a longer route and really seeing the mountain, not just racing up and down it. Also, our route (Western Approach, or sometimes called Lemosho/Barafu route)was much less crowded than some others.
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Joined: February 4th, 2006, 4:16 am

May 20th, 2007, 3:13 pm #6

I am planning a trip to Africa for February 2009 and was wondering what guiding companies people here have used and/or what guiding companies you would recommend I use for climbing Kilimanjaro. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks!!

Nikki
I also went with ZARA and it was a great experience. The Springlands Hotel is really nice, and is a great refuge from the constant buzz of Moshi. My only comment was the food variety (or the lack of) on the safari. This could depend on the cook, since the food on the mountain was spectacular. You can see my photos here:
http://www.iamlubos.com/kilimanjaro/kilimanjaro.htm
http://www.iamlubos.com/travel/safari/safari.htm

We ended up going with ZARA due to both good reviews and the low price compared to U.S. based outfitters. The climb cost around 800 dollars, and the safari was about 400, which was a fraction of the typical 3000 dollar fee other companies charge for climb alone. On top of it, I would recommend flying to Nairobi and taking the Dawanu shuttle to Moshi. This is both a much cheaper option (1200 dollars for the flight, 20-50 for a hotel, around 50 for the shuttle) and you get to explore more of the African country side. And then, after the safari, you can visit the Carnivore in Nairobi to find out just how those cute animals taste when barbecued...
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

May 21st, 2007, 2:55 am #7

For our successful trip in February 2007, our expedition leader Kevin Baker did much research and selected Zara Tanzanian Adventures.

This turned out to be an excellent decision. This outfit is professional, clean, safe, and summit-oriented. The food was plentiful and delicious. The porters were friendly and the guides were exceptional. Zara takes care of the porters and even sends them to school.

While in Moshi, Tanzania, we observed the facilities of another guide service (not even the cheaper one) and we were glad to have selected Zara.

http://www.zaratravel.com/

Besides guides, I can also provide advice about visas, vaccinations, flights, tipping, and gear. Be sure to avoid the wet seasons (the guides I befriended have emailed me when they are grounded due to rain).

- John Mitchler
Golden, Colorado
Kilimanjaro trip report and photos and video.

PHOTOS:
http://picasaweb.google.com/shknbke/Kilimanjaro2007/

REPORT:
http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/2 ... frica.html

VIDEOS:

dusty road to Lyasomboro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEafGJ3uznU

class at Lyasomboro sings to us
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy7HIV4IYo8

another class at Lyasomboro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkA5iwJK5Rs

another class at Lyasomboro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mtautndFfY

evening dinner chat - John explains hoar frost
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-dhh4OCPUE
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Joined: May 22nd, 2007, 5:50 am

May 22nd, 2007, 5:57 am #8

I am planning a trip to Africa for February 2009 and was wondering what guiding companies people here have used and/or what guiding companies you would recommend I use for climbing Kilimanjaro. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks!!

Nikki
hi, i highly recommend using peter mato as your guide, you can schedule direct with him,
i just scheduled another hike up kilimanjaro booking direct.
you get the same high quality attention/service whether you book thru REI requesting him, or book direct with him.

if you are up for a challenge the marangu route (rei) will be too easy, i found it to be a walk in the park, when i return this october I will hike the lemosho route, less people and more days to acclimitize.

the internet has alot of positive testimonials about peter. just search.. peter mato kilimanjaro

hope i was helpful

feel free to holler back if you want more info.

lori flores
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 3:08 pm

May 24th, 2007, 3:53 pm #9

I am planning a trip to Africa for February 2009 and was wondering what guiding companies people here have used and/or what guiding companies you would recommend I use for climbing Kilimanjaro. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks!!

Nikki
I led a trip to Elbrus and Kilimanjaro last summer. A major concern of our group was Porter treatment. After several months of in-depth research, I would encourage you to consult this website:

http://www.kiliporters.org/partners.htm

and to read more on the subject of porter treatment around the world you could visit these sites and pages:

http://www.mountainexplorers.org/club/clothingbank2.htm

http://www.ippg.net/

http://www.kiliporters.org/


Yes, you will pay more to insure that porters are paid properly and practicing ethical work standards. Ahhh, scrupples. We probably paid about $100-$200 more for our 6-day climb than what we could have gone for with other, cheaper companies. Well worth the conscience and in the big picture of the US economy vs. the Tanzanian economy...the price difference is nothing.

After all of our research, we used the Marangu Hotel. A very dialed outfit and beautiful location.

http://www.maranguhotel.com/

Their web site is not the greatest, but they are prompt in replying to e-mails.

One note of caution, park fees are increasing rapidly and almoist annually. Do not attempt to compare prices that friends/acquaitences paid as recently as last year and make sure to inquire if you are being quoted current National Park Fees and if they are changing again on July 1.

There's my 2 cents...have fun.

-Chris
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

May 24th, 2007, 7:24 pm #10

Please use jdmitchler@aol.com
thanks!
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