A 5 Star Experience From Start To Finish
After extensive research, and after reading reviews for all the major guide companies, I chose Kiliwarriors for our (me and 4 daughters) Kilimanjaro adventure in August, 2019. I was first impressed by the thoroughness of their website and the detailed description of the various climbs they support. Their packing list was spot on- we had everything we needed, and nothing that we didn’t. Email exchanges were direct and concise, making sure we had everything set to go well before we left the US. Starting from our meeting on arrival at JRO, and ending with our drop off, also at JRO, every step along the way was covered without any surprises. The support staff were tremendous, and made our trek as effortless as a climb to almost 20k feet can be. Truth be told, great food really does make a difference, and we had plenty of it and a great variety, even for my somewhat picky vegetarian daughters and not-so-vegetarian me. A 5 star experience start to finish. In summary, I highly recommend Kiliwarriors for your Kilimanjaro trek without reservation.
You’ll eat like a King or Queen…
My three daughters and I did the Western-Breach Route with Kiliwarriors in early August 2019. Just an awesome experience. The guides and porters with Kiliwarriors have to be THE BEST on hte mountain. And no one is preparing food on the mountain the way Mama Louis does. You’ll eat like a king and queen… and you NEED to in order to be properly fueled to summit.
I would strongly recommend them
Their planning is meticulous, execution flawless, and professionalism at par with the best in the business.
They genuinely care for your well-being and go to, literally, any lengths to ensure you are safe and comfortable. If you do plan to summit Mt Kilimanjaro, I would strongly recommend them.
Tip: Ever fancied a pizza at 16,000 feet? That’s right, Mama Louise made one for us and I’m sure he’ll make one for you too!
There are many different ways to climb Mount Kilimanjaro…
Noah has written a blog post about his experience with us climbing via the Western-Breach.
“First of all there are countless companies nearing in the hundreds to thousands that offer a variety of routes with varying days on the mountain for each. However, there is no doubt that the longer that any one person spends on the mountain acclimating to the altitude the higher the success rate. With Kiliwarrior Expeditions they offer a 9 day climb from the Lemosho Gate via the Western-Breach, and the year 2019 they are boasting a 99% success rate for getting clients to the top. If you are a first time climber who is not accustomed to higher altitudes or don’t know your ability on a trek like this, then I’d say there should really be no question. Choose the 9 day route with Kiliwarrior Expeditions. Imagine spending a few thousand dollars on a budget company then spending money on flights, a hotel, taking time off of work, and then don’t make it to the summit because the budget company was rushing you to the summit before you could properly acclimatize to the altitude. This is why I say there should be no questions on what company to choose if hiking at a high altitude is not something you’re accustomed to. “
Climbing Kilimanjaro for Charity
Two friends and I did the 9-Day Lemosho Western-Breach hike up Kili for charity back in July. Kiliwarrior Expeditions and their amazing guides ensured that everything went so smoothly and I truly believe that having such a wonderful, caring group of people lead you up Kilimanjaro is the way to go.
I felt like I was treated as a person and really got to bond with my fellow climbers and our guides, and porters.
I can’t recommend them enough for how doable they made the climb, even when things got hard on the day we got over the Western-Breach. From the incredible food(thanks Mama Louis) to the songs that kept us motivated throughout the trip from the staff who seemed to truly enjoy being with us. Thank you for making this trip unforgettable.
We raised a total of $ 44,306 US for children battling cancer! Our goal was $ 20,000 US
What an incredible team!
So incredibly impressed with ALL the porters and guides. They made my summit their single goal. I can’t express how completely thrilled I was with everything and everyone from Kiliwarrior Expeditions. Their level of service blew my mind. The whole team worked so well and seamlessly together.
Of course you see your guides and cook and camp manager but then you start to realize and appreciate the guy who carries the propane or the food or the dishwasher. If anyone is considering a climb DO NOT HESITATE to use Kiliwarrior Expeditions.
I even felt like they made sure we had perfect weather. Finally a personal shout out of gratitude to Shedrack, Felix, Alex, Juma, Adam and Dani. I hope you all are doing well.
An Epic Journey
We took the 7 Day Machame Route with Kiliwarriors Expeditions. We had decided on this route only because we had family who had completed the Machame Route before. After hiking we now want to come back to be able to do the Western Breach Route with Kiliwarrior Expeditions.
Our guides included Shedrack Alfred and Ephata Ayoub. They were there 150% of the time to support us and aid us in any way possible so that we would successfully and safely summit! We now consider them as family/friends for life since they shared such an epic journey with us and were there when we got engaged at the top of Uhuru Peak!
A HUGE shoutout to Mama Louis for cooking the best food in Tanzania period! He is very skilled at his craft and such a positive spirit to have during the hike. Also a shoutout to Kanini and Kilongo who went up with us for summit night and to Kilongo who brought up sparkling cider for us to drink and celebrate at Uhuru peak. Kanini is one of the most famous guides on the mountain and we felt extra safe having him summit with us since he has been climbing Kilimanjaro for 20 years.
Of course we also appreciated every single one of the porters and camp team as they played a huge role in getting us up the mountain. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help. Boaz, Ernest, Wilbert for sending us off on Day 1, Gerry for organizing the itinerary/schedule and all others were incredible.
We will be recommending Mt. Kilimanjaro and climbing with Kiliwarrior Expeditions to all our friends and family in the future!
International Womens Day Climb
“I am going to climb Kilimanjaro in three months.” This is how it started back in November 2018. The tallest free-standing mountain in the world that towers at 5895 meters (19,341 feet).
A mix of surprise, doubt and silence were among people’s reactions. This blondie—too fragile—who feels cold during summer, with zero hiking experience.
Some people said, “She will never make it. She should postpone, try something else.” With the lack of experience and three months’ notice to get ready, they could have been right, but my desire to tackle this challenge was much stronger—maybe a bit of foolishness and pride.
Other people became a real source of motivation and positivity. Whether they adapted their schedule to allow me to go, gave advice on how to prepare, trained with me or wrote letters for the hike, they all started showing an incredible support in their own way.
This would be one of the biggest and hardest adventures in my life. I knew it, but if I wanted to make it, I had to leave doubts, uncertainties and people’s judgments behind me and just go for it!
I can’t believe that our trip of a lifetime is over.
I spent two years planning and preparing for our families’s climb. In my research for a climbing company, Kiliwarriors stood out almost immediately for a number of reasons. I felt that the “all-inclusive” package was perfect for us. We did not have to purchase items, such as sleeping bags and trekking poles, that I knew we would most likely not have much use for in the future. Having personal porters was important for us since none of us has hiking experience and although we are all fit, not having a heavy pack on our backs all day made all the difference in our success. Also, I appreciated that tips were already figured in the price as I knew that the subject would have distracted and made me anxious, even during the climb. Finally, it was important to me that Kiliwarriors is not a fully foreign run company, but that Wilbert, as a Tanzanian, is a co-owner.
The physical comforts on our climb really exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The sleeping bags with the pallets were really comfortable! I slept like a baby in those tents. The toilet tent was easier to use than I imagined and we were all so grateful to have it, even at lunchtime. Pure luxury. The food that we were served also greatly exceeded all of our expectations. We loved the popcorn and hot tea and hot chocolate ready for us in the afternoon after a long hike. The soup each evening before dinner was always delicious…my kids have never eaten so much soup! The fried chicken, fish and grilled cheese and tomatoe sandwiches were a personal favorite. the fact that fruit was served at each meal was impressive. We all ate very well. Also, the one “shower” that my daughter and I each managed to take (due to weather) on the third day made us feel human again…clean hair!
Finally, our group of porters became so special to us. I don’t want to start naming people because I know I will forget someone. Wilbert of course was just an amazing guide. We met him for the first time at the NYC Travel show the year before and seeing his smiling face at the Kilimanjaro airport airport when he picked us up after an 18 hour flight was just the beginning of our bond with him. He was both warm and professional at the same time. I felt so safe placing my family (husband, 18 year old son, and 22 year old daughter) into his obviously capable hands. The whole group really became so special to us. Seeing their smiling faces each afternoon as we entered our camp and the song and dance greeting gave us the feeling of coming home each day. It was especially moving when we got back down to Barafu after all four of us had successfully summited to the Roof of Africa. I was exhausted from the eight hour climb up and the 2 hour climb down, but seeing all of their faces and hearing their enthusiasitc congratulations made me feel so proud and also lucky that they were they ones who guided us up. We couldn’t have done it without them.
Our Kili Experience Was Something To Be Cherished For A Lifetime
Good morning, Gerry,
I would like to share a few thoughts this morning, on “the day after”. I don’t really know where to start, as my heart is so full of our Kili-experience that I tend to get emotional just by thinking back. From the very first moment I realised that we are not just “tourists”, but a person, someone with a name.
I have a close friend who did a 5-day hike (with another company) some years ago, and she tried to prepare me as much as possible for what to expect, but you took me by surprise and outperformed my very highest expectations. There are so many things that deserve to be mentioned, but what surprised me the most was definitely the attitude and spirit of the whole team who assisted in going up the mountain. The way in which they were there to help, congratulate, encourage and assist us, left me without words. They are the most sincere people I have ever met. Their sense of responsibility and friendliness were something that really stood out.
Apart from all the above, there are certain things which are really worth mentioning:
1) The fact that there was a personal porter available for each of us to carry our daypacks. Apart from saving energy, we could freely use our cameras and just enjoy a leisurely hike.
2) The fact that there was a hot lunch prepared for us in a tent, made us feel superior compared to other groups.
3) The fact that the toilets were set up at each camp site, even at lunch, meant a lot for (especially) me (trust me on that one….).
4) The welcoming singing and dancing of the crew, the hi-5’s we received after every day’s hike – that is the one thing that still brings tears to my eyes and will for ever be one of the most enjoyable memories.
5) Coffee/tea/wash water etc. at out tents in the morning – who would expect that? First class service!
6) The group leader (Hosea)’s and others’ concern about our health.
7) The showers!! (you are the best)
8) The quality of the meals (I wanted to steal Manuel and bring him back home).
9) The porters. On difficult days, one of them (Edward, who carried my duffel bag) even took off my gaiters and shoes at the tent, tried to clean them the best he could and even put some rocks under my feet so that my socks don’t get dusty. That kind act filled me with appreciation that is difficult to explain to anyone.
10) Every personal porter who walked with us every step of the way, who had a water bottle ready whenever we stopped for a break, who even sometimes told us where to put our feet or with which hand to grab a rock.
I could go on much longer, but I will suffice with this. You have very strong leaders among your staff, and it is good for us to know that you look after your people, you pay them well and is concerned about their health too. We would have loved to give so much more, for it is clear that there are certain needs, but I hope that by telling people about your excellence, we could bring more people to make use of your company. I have no doubt in my mind that you are the best. You made absolutely sure that our Kili-experience was something to be cherished for a lifetime.
Our entire trip was incredible due to the flawless execution
My wife and I have been planning an African trip since 2014. Throughout the planning stages (and with some delays on our end), Gerry Analytis (partner) was patient, helpful and didn’t apply any sales pressure. After my independent research, it was abundantly clear that Kiliwarriors Expeditions was the best company for us, not only for climbing Kili, but also for the planning our safari and Zanzibar visit. Our entire trip was incredible due to the flawless execution, attention to detail, nature teachings and tonnes of TLC by Gerry, Wilbert and the entire Kiliwarrior team! We were incredibly lucky to have Wilbert accompany us on the climb and safari as part of Kiliwarriors commitment to quality, safety and customer satisfaction. They don’t just rely on electronic feedback, they are fully engaged and have “boots on the ground” in every aspect of their business. We left Tanzania with a new family because they made us feel so special and supported us at every turn over our 21 days in Tanzania.
1) Don’t be one of the “Walking Dead” that we witnessed on the mountain and who didn’t summit because they thought they could take short cuts and save a dollar.
2) Anyone looking for an incredible, life long experience, just put your trip in the hands of Kiliwarriors Expeditions and you won’t have any misgivings
I would recommend Kiliwarrior Expeditions to family, friends and anyone else considering the Mount Kilimanjaro journey
As I sit back and reflect on my Kilimanjaro experience, it is of utmost importance I recognize the Kiliwarrior Expedition Team. Beginning with the pre-travel emails providing thorough assistance in preparation and packing, to Wilbert and Gerry meeting us at the Kilimanjaro Airport and continuing with the entire team throughout the journey. It was evident the logistics were expertly handled. The team consists of well trained porters, tent managers, chefs, guides and others whom without exception, were professional, courteous and willing to assist in any way possible to make our trip a success. From the Mount Meru Hotel to the transportation, to the meals on the mountain, everything was superb and first class. It is without hesitation, that I would recommend Kiliwarrior Expeditions to family, friends and anyone else considering the Mount Kilimanjaro journey.
Thrilling, Exhilarating, and Emotional
I have 3 words to describe my feelings when I reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro: thrilling, exhilarating, and emotional. Tears came to my eyes when my fellow climbers hugged and cried. It was the moment we all realized that we had done it! After several grueling days, we had successfully climbed to Uhuru Peak.
Truthfully, the climb was very difficult for me. By day 3 or 4 I wanted to quit, but then I realized that quitting wasn’t an option. The guides and porters were there to help and encourage you. If it wasn’t for them, I know I wouldn’t have been successful. There were a couple of reasons why I felt that I would not be able to reach the top.
1) I went 4 days in a row without getting any sleep.
2) On day 4, I was nauseous all day and night, and I didn’t think I would be able to hike the next day. I decided to stop taking the diamox, but other people had been nauseous, and they continued taking the medication. So, I decided to start taking it again the next day. The nausea eventually went away. We all continued climbing….pole, pole. Thankfully, the slow climbing pace was what made the climb a success.
I encountered a few misfortunes on this trip:
1) There was no one to pick me up at the airport when I arrived in Tanzania.
2) One night, the wind blew so hard that the toilet blew over. This happened at the exact time I needed to use it. I was experiencing diarrhea and needed to use it right away. The crew was able to get it upright in the tent again, but I had to use it before they could clean it up. I realize that there was nothing they could have done about this at the time, but it was a very unpleasant experience.
3) The same night as the toilet incident, some of the stakes holding down my tent were blown loose and my tent started to blow over. I immediately crawled out of my sleeping bag and tried to hold down 2 corners. I was really afraid the entire tent would blow over against the rocks with me trapped inside. The only thing I could do was scream and hope someone heard me. This went on for about 10 minutes before a fellow climber heard my screams. He started screaming too, and finally the crew came and secured my tent.
4) I think the high altitude was one of the reasons I had a hard time sleeping. Every time I got close to falling asleep, I felt like I couldn’t breath, and was jolted into taking a deep breath. It was a very strange and scary feeling. Also, during the climb, I was breathing so hard that I thought my heart would explode. It was like this during the entire climb.
Of course, I am thrilled that I reached the top, but if I had known how hard this was going to be, I would not have signed up for the trip. Actually, I’m kind of glad I didn’t know how hard it would be, because in the end, perseverance prevailed. I succeeded, and I’m proud of that. Wilbert, the crew, and my fellow climbers were all wonderful. We truly enjoyed each other’s company. I have some good memories and stories to tell my friends and relatives.
We Will Treasure These Memories For a Lifetime
A Truly Wonderful Experience
To Gerry, Wilbert and the entire Kiliwarriors Team
We want to thank you for making the entire trip a truly wonderful experience. Hosea, Shedrack, Efatha, Henry, Louis, Kanini and the team were attentive to our every need with their extensive knowledge and professionalism. This was a trip that we will never forget and friendships that we will treasure.
We heartily recommend Kiliwarriors
My wife Koel and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in December 2013 along the Lemosho – Western Breach route. After a successful 9 day trek, we spent 6 days in Ndutu on a spectacular safari. Our exclusive, 16-day Tanzania tour was wonderfully managed by KILIWARRIOR EXPEDITIONS. Gerry was prompt and comprehensive with all the answers during the initial enquiry and booking stage and the climb was unbelievably well-organised.
On the mountain the 20-member KILIWARRIOR team, ably led by Wilbert & Hosea, was helpful, professional and enthusiastic. This enabled just the right mix between our safety, comfort and well-being on the one hand, and the thrill and adventure of climbing the Western Breach, on other hand. Hosea was exceptional and, supported ably by Shedrack and Juma, he helped us reach Uhuru Peak and get down safely; Kanini, Louis and team helped tremendously with solid support at the camps and in ensuring unexpectedly wholesome and good quality food right through. My wife is certain that without Hosea’s help and expertise she would not have made it to the top!
Wilbert accompanied us during the Ndutu extension and helped facilitate a superb safari – Nasikia mobile camp was well-located and the dedicated car was in excellent condition. Both Simon (first two days) and George (next four days) proved to be very competent driver-cum-guides and ensured we had great sightings of various wildlife species and behaviour, including, remarkably, two actual ‘kills’ – lions taking down a zebra and a mother cheetah bringing down a wildebeest!
As an award-winning photographer and travel-writer I had several specific requirements in terms of my lenses, tripod, charging batteries on the mountain, full day game drives etc. and I was happy to see that all my exacting requirements were catered to by the KILIWARRIOR team both during the climb and safari. This helped me create lots of high quality images during the trip. While my previous trip to Africa had resulted in recognition of my images at numerous international photographic salons and more than a dozen publications, I am sure this Tanzania tour would lead to even more exciting articles and pictures.
In conclusion, my wife and I would like to thank each and every member of the KILIWARRIOR EXPEDITIONS team. We would heartily recommend them as excellent outfitters for anyone planning a climb to the top of Africa and / or going on a Tanzanian safari
We had an absolutely fantastic trek
My husband and I had an absolutely fantastic trek with Kiliwarrior Expeditions to the top of Kilimanjaro. They customized our entire 9 day trip and helped assure all of our hard preparation work was fully rewarded when we reached our goal of Uhuru!
This was by far the most physically demanding and emotionally rewarding thing we have ever done!
Kiliwarrior Expeditions came highly recommended to us by 2 friends who had taken separate treks with them. We agree that this is an exceptionally well handled Tanzanian company. The whole team was excellent and made our trek particularly memorable and fun with the enthusiastic singing and greetings by the team on several occasions. Other groups had greetings – but none were as frequent or as resonant as our Kiliwarror Team!
The Greatest Adventure I Have Ever Experienced
Thank you very much Kiliwarriors for guiding me on the greatest adventure that I have ever experienced!
Trekking the Lemosho Barafu Crater Route gave me the opportunity to view the stunning gifts that nature could provide to the eyes. Whether it was the early morning sun, sharing the sky with the moon, the clouds dancing in the sky “below”, or the stars reaching down from the midnight sky. The every day sights gave me great reasons to be thankful that I am alive.
I am to this day very impressed with the preparation and professionalism of the Kiliwarrior team. I always felt as though my only daily responsibility was to enjoy the challenge of the trek as well as the beauty of nature, and the Kiliwarrior Team had all else under control. I was inspired each morning by the motivational chants that were performed by the Kiliwarriors before setting off on the day’s trek. I was well nourished by the food provisions. I was also pleased with the sleeping accommodations. I have highly recommended the Kiliwarrior experience to everyone that has mentioned that they are interested in trekking Kilimanjaro.
Trekking the Lemosho Barafu Crater Route with the Kiliwarrior Team had me returning to my home country a different man than when I left.
The trip of a life time. Boombayay Boomba!
We Just Had The Most Fabulous Trip, Thank You!
Thank you for coordinating such a complexe and enjoyable adventure. Your team in Tanzania is very impressive. Hosea was very reassuring, comprehensive, and professional.
We were brought to the Machame Gate to meet the mountain crew and Kanini made that a very special and fun bonding experience. Throughout the climb we were impressed with all the people on the team, from the water person, to the night watchman, and the people in charge of our tent. I cannot begin to tell you how impressed we were with Hosea’s leadership. He was always there to answer our questions and put us at ease. Ephata and Shedrack were equally competent, guiding us on our daily treks and daily briefs. They offered seemless advice and direction throughout the trip. Kanini and Emmanuel made our meals and time at camp very enjoyable. We woke to morning tea and were put to bed with hot water bottles.
They really outdid themselves to make us comfortable, and serve us elegant and delicious meals. Our personal porters made sure we always had what we needed during our hikes. They really worked hard and made sure we were safe. When we put on our gear, there was always someone to help us put on the gaiters or adjust our equipment. Sometimes it was the guide or any of the other crew members. They are also highly appreciative of how you are managing the Kiliwarriors and are treating it’s employees.
Thank you very much for such a wonderful experience and we will never forget the Kiliwarrior Team!
With sincere gratitude,
Jambo, Wilbert, Hosea and the whole team!
After climbing via the Western Breach with you in February 2012, I know no outfitter provides a better, more enjoyable and meaningful experience on the mountain than Kiliwarriors.
Jambo! I can’t say enough to recommend Wilbert, Hosea, and the entire team – surely no outfitter provides a better, more enjoyable, meaningful and safe time on Kilimanjaro than Kiliwarriors. The biggest surprise of our Western Breach trek in February 2012 was how much the people who made our climb possible (including all the support staff!) impacted our overall experience. From the energizing singing/dancing reception (a most welcome surprise!), constant encouragement and personalized care to the expertise demonstrated and knowledge shared, the guides and porters created a warm ambiance on the trail and in camp.
Everything else about the operation is also quality: the food, proper clothing and sheltering of the team, preparation for emergencie – in equipment and response. I can’t imagine climbing Kili with anyone else – and look forward to enjoying a safari with Kiliwarriors as well. Asante sana to all, and best for continued success.
The Western-Breach was definitely the way to go!
I climbed the Western Breach with Wilbert and the rest of the Kiliwarriors in June 2009. From the start of our journey at Londorossi Gate, to our summiting and our night sleeping in the crater, and back down again, the whole team of selfless porters, cooks, and guides (18 crew in total for 3 climbers!) made the experience the trip of a lifetime.
My most lasting memories of the climb are the porters dancing, playing cards (a local Tanzanian game of course) with the guides and porters, the amazing fresh food, playing frisbee at Sheffield Camp, and of course most of all the great company and stellar views.
The Western Breach route was definitely the way to go since after Day 2 we had the whole side of the mountain to ourselves! And the Kiliwarriors climb itinerary, with a rest day, gave us the best chance at reaching our goal of climbing Kili – which all three of us did.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trek with Kiliwarriors
I take this opportunity to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed my trek with Killiwarriors, It was a dream of mine to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and I was lucky enough to have done it with the Kiliwarriors.
From the very outset, the professional and helpful nature was evident, I was treated with respect and was relieved to find out that it was a top class outfit I would be climbing with not just some shoddy operator out for a quick dollar,the care that was taken to ensure I had all the right climbing gear and apparel was indeed appreciated, but the best was to come on the mountain, as i experienced such a high degree of mateship and friendship with the porters and cooks and our wonderful guides.
It was by far the best holiday I have experienced and I have travelled far and wide around the globe, but in all honesty I was very pleased with the service that the Kiliwarriors provided and the genuine family feeling during the climb, I don’t know that I would have achieved the summit had it not been for the assistance and professional conduct of all concerned.
I would like to thank all of those involved and would indeed without hesitation, recommend the Kiliwarriors to anyone that is considering climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
One of the greatest 9 days of my life
Climbing the Western Breach with Kiliwarriors was one of the greatest 9 days of my life. From the beginning of our experience (researching guide companies) through summit day, they answered all of our questions, cared for our well-being and safety and helped us to understand the beauty and magic of the mountain.
The food was delicious, the porters were valued and well provided for, and they practiced ecology on the mountain. As a group of 8 climbers, we were able to get to know our guides and porters, learn from them, and trust the experience that they brought to us. Their singing, dancing and cheering us on as we made it to camp each day was an added bonus!
Wilbert Mollel has assembled an incredible team and provides the highest quality experience on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Hello Wilbert and Gerry!
My climb of Mount Kilimanjaro was an unforgettable experience thanks to Wilbert Mollel, our head guide and the whole Kiliwarrior team. Imagine my surprise when I woke up on day 2 to find 22 porters and guides preparing things, singing and dancing for us. All of them helped to make our climb a pleasure.
Highly professional, Wilbert managed the climb with perfect timing so that I suffered very few effects of high altitude, no headaches, digestive problems or the like.
The team monitored our ingestion of water and food urging us to keep drinking water. The food was fresh and delicious, sparking our appetite when it flagged. When the going got difficult near the end, Wilbert was there to help us up the Breach.
Our heart rates and oxygen levels were checked daily. Why, with 22 guides and porters I felt like the Queen of England!
It truly was one of the best and most amazing experiences of my lifetime
When I decided I wanted to go to Africa to celebrate my 50th birthday, my husband said we had to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. I agreed, tentatively. Then a friend told me about Kiliwarriors. Upon learning what they had to offer, especially personal porters and showers (what girl could go more then a few days without washing hair?), the prospect became more attractive and I was able to look forward to the experience. The reality far surpassed any expectation and then some. It truly was one of the best and most amazing experiences of my lifetime.
The team (we had 30 to support us 4) was so friendly and so supportive. I do not want to name names as I know I will miss someone. Everyone was important and appreciated and we could not have succeeded without all of them. Their guidance (polepole) and encouragement never left any doubt we would make it to the top. Everyone made the experience special and enjoyable. Yes, there are several individuals we interacted with closely and daily and they will always be remembered as dear friends. The food was delicious and exactly as needed each step of the way. Hot tea in bed in the morning and hair washing made it that much more comfortable. Porters made it easy. They carried all supplies, including all of our stuff (clothing, sleeping bags, tents, and day packs) and had it all set up for us upon our arrival, with everyone smiling, welcoming and high fiving us at every camp. And following the carefully and slowly placed footsteps of our leaders up the mountain made it possible.
We saw others on the mountain who did not succeed. I suspect in many cases they went up too fast. The slower, overall 9 day, approach to climbing Kili, I believe, guaranteed our success. We did several smaller steps up the mountain, as well as some climb high and sleep low days. We also did use altitude drugs and this probably helped. Not one of us 4 (age range 50-70) felt ill at any stage and we all summited strong and feeling great. Also of note, a great thing about Kiliwarriors was, unlike most of the other companies, on the night before summit, we sleep at high Barafu (aka Kosovo) which allowed more acclimation – especially as we again hiked high and slept low – then those who sleep down at Barafu. Of further note was the fact the Barafu camp people leave at midnight and, in my opinion, have a horrible climb between Barafu and Kosovo in the middle of a dark and cold night. We departed at 5 am, heading up terrain we had hiked the afternoon before, and experienced a brilliant sunrise very early in to our climb and were able to enjoy our summit experience in the light and warmth of the sun. Definitely a more enjoyable approach.
Climbing Kilimanjaro was one of the best experiences of my life, and this was entirely because of Kiliwarriors and the people I climbed with – friends old and new. I also speak for my husband and friends and say we will all be forever grateful to have used this company to help us fulfill this goal in the most comfortable and supportive manner possible.
After the climb, Kiliwarriors then took us on a 4.5 day safari through Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro crater, and the Serengeti. This was a dream come true for me. Our eagle-eyed and knowledgeable guides were able to locate every type animal possible, especially the cats! The accommodation was beautiful, comfortable and unique. Food was delicious. A perfect adventure and follow-up to Kili and I highly recommend this not be missed.
Asante sana Kiliwarriors!
You are the best!
Greetings from two VERY happy campers!
Our trip to the top of Kilimanjaro was sensational. The food, attention to details, focus on safety and comforts exceeded our expectations. And we cannot say enough good things about Hosea and his team. He is a truly outstanding leader—it was a thrill to watch him in action, and to see the group working together like a well-oiled machine. The cook, Louis, took such pains to handle my gluten restriction—I was touched and deeply appreciative of that. And the entire group of guides, porters, and cooks were a constant source of support and encouragement.
Dave and I feel like we went with appropriate expectations about the degree of comfort we were likely to encounter on the trip—and had those expectations exceeded time after time—from the morning coffee delivered hot to our tent to the hot water bottles at night to take the chill off our sleeping bags! We also fully expected a high degree of challenge and cold, both of which we felt well prepared to withstand. Dave and I felt wonderfully strong at the summit, and enjoyed every minute of the climb up. As we expected, the climb down was actually harder—in part because we did so quickly—but we made it still smiling and happy.
Kiliwarriors Expeditions is a fabulous franchise and deserves to enjoy a long life in this tough business.
With deepest thanks for a spectacular life experience,
Congratulations on an outstanding team at Kiliwarriors!
The top priority of all of the 50+ porters, guides, chefs was the comfort and well-being of the hikers. Each went out of his way to see to our needs and desires in the kindest and sometimes most humorous way possible.
Hosea is a formidable leader. He is personable, tireless, firm, fair, concerned….. if anything, a bit too humble. He has a really big job, and he is a really big man.
I was one of the weakest links….my pacemaker was not well calibrated to exertion beyond 15-16,000 feet. My cardiologist warned this might be the case, but encouraged me to try….and I am so glad I did. Hosea was wise to give me the choice between forging ahead to Barafu or going to lower altitude ( which I chose). Felix was a careful and considerate guide, and I am very grateful for his kindness and that of the other team which accompanied me.
I tell my friends that this trip was a bit of “glamping!” Whoever heard of chairs or hot water bottles or camp toilets on a 9 day wilderness trip? Showers? An impossible luxury!
Thank you, thank you for a memorable and positive adventure. A once in a lifetime challenge undertaken in complete luxury.
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