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The whole trip has been incredible, very well organised and everything has been thought off. The climb was amazing, beautiful scenery and wonderful people. Easily the hardest physical challenge of our lives to date but also the most enjoyable and rewarding. The crew were first class and we will never forget this wonderful experience for the rest of our lives. A real privilege and a life changer.
Reaching Stella Point was incredible as we were getting to the stage where we were so physically tired that we were doubting whether we could make it, our wonderful guides gave us the support, encouragement, positivity and inspiration to get us to the top, allowing us to adopt the mind over matter approach and they were with us all the way. I can honestly say the crew have had a huge impact on us as people and they have inspired us as much as the climb of beautiful Kilimanjaro itself.
I will be writing to Exodus separately from this review with a glowing and detailed letter of praise for the crew as I feel Justine was outstanding in his role as our group leader. He was thoroughly deserving of the award that he won and I would go further to say if there are any other awards in the world of mountain guiding on a national or international level I would not hesitate to nominate him. It was a real privilege to have met him and to have been guided up Kilimanjaro by him and as my family were on the trip with us I would like to say we felt so secure, safe and had complete trust and confidence in him. He was positive, encouraging, sensitive, thoughtful, very kind and was very well organised and thought of everything. To top this all off a great smile, personality and a brilliant sense of humour- a very inspirational man!
I would also like to point out that the entire team were first class. The other guides were also outstanding, I would like to point out that Mussa was a wonderful guide, also incredibly positive and supportive with also a lovely personality/sense of humour. We had complete trust in Mussa and he was so helpful and kind to us, again I will be writing to you to explain in detail. He would make an excellent tour leader too.
James aka King James was a fantastic guide who was very knowledgable, kind, helpful and again encouraging and supportive and kept giving us boosts of positivity. We were never rushed along,even though we were walking a slower pace to some of our fellow climbers. Again we had 100% trust in James and he would also make a brilliant lead guide.
It was an absolute pleasure to have 2 female guides, Anjela and Lucia who were both a pleasure to walk with. Again, both very supportive, kind and could not do enough for you. Both very smart and strong ladies who we had our trust in.
We feel so lucky to have had this team of 38 looking after us so well and we have so much praise and admiration for all the porters, cook etc. I cannot fault any of them, they were all brilliant. I will be mentioning a few of them in my letter.
I would say if you are thinking about doing this challenge, just book it! You will not regret it and I doubt you would find any other trip where you are looked after so well, I read that they 'have your backs' before we went on our trip and I can honestly say it is true. Go for it.
I will be writing to you in detail shortly, so not at this time.
An outstanding trek. Organisation was superb in every detail. Special mention to the African Walking Company for their guides, porters, cooks and everyone involved.
The Crater Rim summit in clear sunshine, and earlier in the week The Baranco Wall and Lava Tower
JT was really outstanding - in leadership, organisation and motivation
Whatever your age, it is essential to get as fit as possible ahead of the trek - whatever anyone else says. Particularly practice uphill severe walks with a backpack (eg in UK hill country).
Excellent. If you want to get to the top of Kilimanjaro and stand in awe on 'The Roof of Africa' which is surely why you are considering this trip, the eight day Lemosho Route is the trek for you. It's the right length, with three days or more of going higher but sleeping lower and it will give you the best chance of making a successful summit bid.
All six of our group making the summit after being together for eight days, that incredible sense of satisfaction that comes from doing something that is not easy, that takes something from you, but gives you so much more back and the fulfilment of a long held ambition.
Joshua Mlay is an inspiration and his success rate in getting people to the top tells you all you need to know.
Keep your eye on the prize, eat, sleep, walk, repeat until there is nowhere higher to walk to on the whole great continent of Africa! and Good Luck!
On all routes, Exodus have an enviable success record, often enabling full groups to reach the summit together. This is in part down to our excellent guides and the guiding ratios (2:1) we provide, but also to the additional acclimatisation days we build into the standard park recommendations for each route we trek.
In taking 6 days to complete this beautiful trek we ensure that over 85% of our clients reach Gillman's Point on the crater rim, while two thirds (66%) stand on top of Africa, reaching Uhuru Peak the true summit of Kilimanjaro. Figures based on records since January 2000.
Nearly 99% of our clients on this trip have reached Stella Point on the crater rim, while around 95% have reached Uhuru Peak. The summit day along the Lemosho Route is a lot steeper than that along the Rongai Route, but as the Lemosho Route takes a day longer there is more time to acclimatise, this gives a better chance of success!
Which route to choose?
We currently operate six different trips that include a trek up Kilimanjaro. Four include the Rongai Route and two include the Lemosho Route. Here are all the relevant links:
Jim Eite - Head of Product
The total distance on Kili is approx 57km. We walk variable distances each day, from 6km on Day One to 12km on summit day. There will be plenty of chances to rest and take photos along the way.
Andrew Appleyard - International Sales Manager
You can only charge electrical items in the hotel before and after the trek. There are no facilities on the mountain at all. Some people do invest in portable solar rechargers which, while sometimes expensive, seem to do the job quite well.
Tom Bowring - Customer Operations
For British passport holders, it's very straightforward. You need a clean $50 dollar bill (notes issued before 2001 are NOT accepted ) and the window is on the right as you enter the arrivals building. Please note passports and visas are your own responsibility and we cannot be responsible for any problems you may encounter.
Tom Bowring - Customer Operations
1. Listen to the guides
2. Walk slowly, or "pole, pole" as the guides would say!
3. Aim to drink about 5 litres of water each day
4. Have the right walking boots well broken in
5. Do plenty of training walks and keep your aerobic fitness up
6. Enjoy it!
Olly Leicester - Sales
The best currency to take is USD $, small denominations and try to get some $1 dollar bills, which can be quite handy. On Kili you can hardly spend money (slight shortage of shops!) and for just the climb, $250 is probably more than enough, including tips. For anywhere beyond that, it will depend on exactly where you're going but about $50 a day should suffice.
Andrew Appleyard - International Sales Manager
No one ever goes hungry on Kili, we have great chefs and you'll be amazed what they can cook up. Loads of carbs and protein are the order of the day and if you are a veggie, no problems at all. There are also plenty of snacks, mainly biscuits, bananas and essentially chocolate! Water purification tablets shouldn't be necessary (although some people like to take some to be extra safe) as we boil all the water on Kili at night. I recommend a metal Sigg bottle, which doubles up as a hot water bottle at night!
David Richardson - Sales
US dollars cash is best, and this is changed into the local currency, the Shilling. We price most activities in our trip notes in dollars, simply to make it easier to calculate costs but you will not be spending dollars directly.
Certain optional activities may be possible to pay in dollars but please note that dollars are not legal tender in Tanzania. There are some ATMs in Arusha and Stonetown, but money is best changed upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport.
Tom Bowring - Tanzania Operations
Unfortunately we are not qualified to answer all your questions in regards to travel health, so we strongly recommend you contact your GP or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. There will be limited information in the trip notes but you should always seek further qualified medical advice.
Nomad Travel Clinics are experts in preparing people for travel, providing advice on vaccinations, anti-malarial and staying healthy whilst overseas. We have arranged a special 10% discount for Exodus passengers on any vaccinations that you may require! Take along your Nomad discount card, sent with your confirmation pack, or call Exodus for your special discount code.
Visit www.nomadtravel.co.uk/exodus for further information.
For additional information please visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
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