I climbed Kilimanjaro in September of 2013 and had the most amazing experience with Topi Adventures. I can't recommend them enough. My friend and I joined up with a group they already had going and we ended up being 11 people total. We had 3 experienced, wonderful guides who were totally engaged in our trip and really devoted to seeing all of us make it to the top. Emanuel, Vincent and Nelson all became my friends during the 7-day climb and I really treasure the memories!
We did the Lemosho route and I'd recommend that as well, it was really beautiful and allowed us to acclimatize well. We started our trip staying at a great little hotel in Moshi were we really had time to adjust to the idea of being in Africa(!), and then we started our climb from the Londorossi gate and it was spectacular right from the start. Our guides knew exactly how fast (slow!) to go and where to take breaks to enjoy the gorgeous views. They were very attentive to each member of the group and made sure we stayed together and everyone was healthy and strong. On that note, the food was also amazing! Our chef, Alan, made us hearty, healthy meals every day that were delicious! I have Celiac's disease and I wasn't sure how easy it would be for me to eat on the mountain so I brought lots of snacks and stuff just in case but I barely had to tap into them at all. Alan and his crew made sure that I always had some carbs even when the rest of the group was eating pasta or something. In fact people were jealous of my 'french fries' more than once!
Summit day was naturally the most amazing day of the trip and the guides went above and beyond on that day. We hiked all night long and it was cold and slow and hard and they knew just when we needed a break, or when we needed a song! I could not believe they were able to sing while we were hiking but it did so much to help our mental states!
All 11 of us made it to the top and it was a thrilling and indescribable experience.
If you're looking for a small, local company who can give you a safe, successful summit of Kilimanjaro, Topi Adventures is your best bet!
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