Team Kilimanjaro
Team Kilimanjaro
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Having assisted more than 10,000 trekkers to the summit of Kilimanjaro since 2004, and offering 5 distinct support levels that cater for everyone - from those wanting luxury at altitude (and huge support teams to accompany them), to ultra-fit alpine purists that want to carry all their own gear and travel only with guide and no porters, to those wanting to sleep in the crater and double summit both at dusk and dawn - and controlling every aspect of the expedition’s planning and execution from the moment of first contact to the climber’s safe return to the airport, Team Kilimanjaro is the most ideally positioned operation to ensure that your expedition is exactly customised to your precise needs. No 1 ranked providers of choice for 10 years continuously to author of bestselling guide to Kilimanjaro. Organisers of first ever ladies' speed climb world record; current unsupported ascent-descent world record (Simon Mtuy), and youngest ever summitter (aged 5 years 136 days).
Arusha, Tanzania

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Abiy Y
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
This was one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life. Team Kilimanjaro clearly exceeded my expectation, incredibly talented and highly customer focused organization
Written 16 June 2024
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Alejandro D
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Feb 2024 • Friends
In fulfilling my life-long dream of traveling across the world in one go, my friend and I had the good fortune of beginning our adventures in Tanzania through the guiding hand of Team Kilimanjaro. Our goal - summit the crown of Africa, and man, did they ease our endeavor.

Despite a last-minute and unavoidable need to push back the start date for Kilimanjaro, Team K was fantastically flexible, shifting our expedition three days down and producing the time window we needed. Given the extra days we had generated, they were also able to offer us another two adventures: one to summit Mount Meru as practice for the Big One Herself, and the other a 2-day safari aftermath. We happily obliged.

The climb up both Meru and Kilimanjaro were spectacular, yet each threatened with their own variety of obstacles and unexpected surprises. I have no doubt that without the expertise of our guides Johnson and Eliud, we would have faltered well short of the summit. Both J and E knew the terrain as if it was their own backyard, offering timely advice on climbing different stretches, pacing our breathing/speed/hydration, and pointing out landmarks at every turn. Johnson's English was spectacular, and his goal is to continue with his college degree in order to specialize in both wildlife guiding and mountaineering. Eliud is an avid birdwatcher, and knew the lay of the land even when it was blanketed in fresh snowpack.

Ultimately, my friend and I summitted both mountains with only mediocre difficulty, having minimized our physiological struggle. J and E were great company and watchful eyes, always talking up a storm and sharing funny stories. In breaking into the world's 6000 meter peaks, I also drank in the mysticism and charm of Kilimanjaro's legend and all who live under her gaze - Johnson and Eliud are two amazing guides, fully trustworthy and who I would highly recommend for a knowledgeable and rewarding ascent.
Written 25 March 2024
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Finian R
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I booked last minute as I wasn't sure of my plans travelling through Africa - and I'm so glad I booked with TK. Kyle was informative and very responsive to help get it across the line. My bus didn't turn up in Kenya that was taking me to Arusha and Kyle rung the bus company and got it sorted. I'd also left my hiking boots in a beach town in Kenya and Kyle organised for the head guide for the trip, Athumani, to meet me in Arusha when I got in so I could go with him and grab a pair from a local market.

The trip itself was probably one of the best experiences of my life and a large part of this was due to Athumani and his team on the mountain. I've done a lot of hiking in a long of countries and was expecting just a standard experience. However, every single part of the trip was a winner. The guides and porters were so friendly and a good laugh making the usual daily activities (meals, hiking, sleeping etc.) a great experience! I did the TK Rongai Route and summit day was a long one but Athumani and Dula accurately judged a correct pace for our team, including an overtaking lane, and kept the spirits high. A shout out to Winston too, the best waiter on the mountain, for going above and beyond and doing daily Swahili lessons with me.

Couldn't recommend TK anymore and the mountain team anymore!
Written 2 February 2024
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Karl K
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Jan 2024 • Couples
7 day TK Rongai late Jan 24. Nice and quiet until summit night when all the routes converge. We spent 3 nights at 3200m immediately prior to flying out which helped along with the climb towards Mawenzi, but (on guide’s advice) we still took the tablets for the final push. TK crew were amazing: Athumane lead guide was excellent, very re-assuring and knew his stuff (500+ climbs), and was careful watching our progress, food intake etc. Doolah assistant guide solid as an ox, and very musical which really helped on summit night! Winston acting as waiter taught us a few words of Swahili too. Food - too much! Gluten-free catered for, and chicken and chips appeared one night. What a mountain chef!

We lucked in with weather as El Niño caused a longer than usual wet season. Only rained on 1st night and then when we checked out at Marangu gate. Shame that all the routes converge as it was a bit chaotic at the top, and note that the Rongai downhill is quite long.

TK the organised our 3 night safari to the lodges. Frank drove/guided and was always prompt, smart and attentive. Minor puncture mishap quickly fixed (they all carry 2 spare wheels). If it’s your thing, we ticked off the Big 5 but saw plenty besides.
Written 30 January 2024
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Ryan N
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Oct 2023 • Friends
I would recommend Team Kilimanjaro (TK) to anyone with plans to climb the mountain. My friend and I felt very supported through the different phases of the trip. Even though we experienced an unforeseen flight delay, TK was prompt and flexible in arranging an alternate route and private climb, which eventually contributed to such a wonderful experience!

Our guides, Johnson and Abdala ("Dula"), were also excellent. They were highly considerate and committed to making the climb a positive and safe experience for us. Dula had a lively energy and never failed to put a smile on our faces. He was sensitive to our needs and made us feel cared for, especially during the difficult moments of our climb.

Similarly, Johnson was warm, respectful and professional. There was no moment when his concern and sincerity was not felt. We felt ready and comfortable to share with him any concerns, knowing that he address promptly or fulfill them well. Johnson's guiding experience and medical knowledge also assured us during critical moments when we might be have had altitude sickness symptoms. Thus, we really appreciated having Johnson and Dula as guides, and we are sure that other climbers would feel the same. Leaving them a good review is the least we can do, after benefiting from being supported so well by them during our hike.
Written 13 November 2023
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Emma N
Oslo, Norway3 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Friends
We wish to give a huge thank you to our trek guides John Leonard Minja and Leonard Solomon for guiding us, and the wider TK team, on a fantastic Rongai Route trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last week. What made this trek so special, in addition to achieving our dream as 3 friends to summit, was the wonderful team of guides, porters, & cooks who accompanied us up the mountain. Every single TK team member was friendly, caring, attentive and seemed to know what we needed before we did ourselves. John and Leo have such a huge wealth of experience of guiding visitors at such high altitude - we knew we could put our trust in them - from how many layers to wear each day, to how much rest we needed and what pace to trek at. At the start of each day of our adventure we were given a delicious breakfast, briefed on the day then set off on a hike full of chat and interesting facts about our environment. The crew would come to meet us at the end of each day's trek with big smiles and accompany us into camp - tents and dinner all ready for us . The tents and beds were very comfortable, the toilet tent was a luxurious bonus, and we didn't want for anything. On our summit night, in the dark, our guides sang and whistled us up the slopes - their music carried us along, And then they produced mugs of ginger tea followed by snacks to keep us going to the summit. I cannot recommend John and his TK team highly enough. This crew of wonderful people made our holiday so special from start to end.
Written 22 October 2023
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seth m
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Oct 2023 • Solo
This was truly an incredible experience. Choosing this company for my climb was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Kyle whom I contacted at the start of the year, remained in touch and kept me updated throughout. Payments, details, itinerary was all orderly and well thought out. I specifically had a relatively different idea in mind for my climb and they were more than capable of providing exactly what was needed. Kyle was prompt, and very clear and thorough on items, and scheduling. As for my crew; the guide Johnson, two porters- Alex and JuJu, and driver- Frankie, I could not have anything but high praise. Johnson went above and beyond the calling as guide, and was concerned with safety first. I took a fall on a slippery rock and my wound was dealt with immediately with care, and consistently checked on. I was more than okay, but Johnson made great effort to check on me many times which I appreciated. Alex and JuJu did nothing short of incredible work trekking my extra gear up the same climb, on one heck of a pace. Eating, laughing, and making this climb with them, will be a lifelong memory. From start to finish, I enjoyed every single second. The crew I had in my opinion was the best there is. I highly recommend using this company, top to bottom, truly exceptional customer care, so much so that you feel like family, not a customer.
Written 22 October 2023
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naomivm
London, UK22 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Friends
We have just returned from the Team Kilimanjaro 7 day Lemosho climb of Kilimanjaro and we simply could not fault them.

The information on their website and the communication with Kyle & John before our arrival in Arusha was superb.

Having arrived two days prior to our climb we took the opportunity to do a one day safari & acclimatisation trip. To our delight it was hosted by Hesbon, who was to be our chief guide on our main trek. The safari was excellent and it also gave us the opportunity to get to know Hesbon a little better and by the end of the day we felt confident that we had a great guide.

Starting our adventure on Monday 9th Oct we met our four fellow climbers and almost immediately bonded as a team. Hesbon and fellow guides Fredrick & Kizindaro, did not disappoint. They were courteous, helpful, knowledgeable and totally concerned for our wellbeing during the whole trip. The rest of the TK team were equally as enthusiastic and considerate to all our needs. From finding the best spots in the various camps for our tents, to providing hot water for washing, a wake-up cup of tea every morning and fabulous meals three times a day - we could not have been more impressed.

The days were long and tough but the encouragement from the guides and the rest of the team made it all doable. None of us could have made the summit without the positive reinforcement of Hesbon and his crew. Carrying our day packs for our summit climb and providing hot tea, Mars bars and energy drinks when we felt like we couldn’t go on, demonstrated to us that TK go above and beyond all our expectations. The care and attention they gave to some of our team who suffered from altitude sickness, showed us their knowledge and expertise of the potential difficulties in conquering this magnificent mountain.

We would not hesitate to recommend Team Kilimanjaro if you are planning a trip to conquer Mt Kilimanjaro.

We did it and we couldn’t have done it without them!
Written 19 October 2023
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Escape580248
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Sept 2023 • Couples
My husband and I went on a private climb with team kilimanjaro this month and it was fantastic. They were able to arrange everything for us despite it being quite short notice and were very helpful in planning the trip that would suit our needs. We ended up doing the 7 day team kilimanjaro version of the Lemosho route, and they arranged for special permission for us to descend via the Marangu route as a gentler option on the knees given I have an old knee injury. This route was perfect for us, and the Marangu descent was great in terms of sparing my knee, I didn't have any problems at all.

My husband and I are both doctors and were quite concerned about possible altitude sickness going into the climb. The route was very good in terms of allowing acclimitisation by climbing high and sleeping low, with additional evening acclimitisation walks on several of the evenings. We both ended up getting mild-moderate symptoms of altitude sickness: headache, loss of apetite, nausea and vomiting on sumit day, and my husband at times had some shortness of breath. Our guides Athumani (chief gudie) and Calvin (assistant guide) were brilliant in monitoring us and taking our symptoms seriously, but also reassuring two anxious doctors that we were safe to continue. I felt that our safety was their top priority, and think this reflects the team kilimanjaro approach where they don't publish success rates so that safety can remain the top priotity.

The sumit bid was harder than I anticipated when dealing with the significant effects of altitude. My husband and I both made it to the top, but agree we couldn't have done it with any other team. Athumani, Calvin and Elipokea (our waiter for the trip but who is completing gudie training so accompanied us on a lot of our hikes) accompanied us on summit day and were an unbelievable support. When we started struggling with fatigue they carried our entire quite heavy day bags for us, when my head torch died halfway up the mountain from the cold affecting the batteries Elipokea immediately swapped his working one for my dead one. Every time we were reaching our limit they would have just the thing we needed up their sleeve to keep us going including hot ginger tea to help with the nausea half-way up. They sang and encouraged us up to the top and reminded us to stop and enjoy the moments along the way, the feeling of finally gettting to the top of that seemingly endless scree slope and seeing the sunrise from Gilman's point was unbelievable.

Athumani our chief guide was very experienced, a wealth of knowledge and ran a brilliant team expertly. He thought of everything and ensured a very smooth expedition, he even managed to arrange tranfser to the airport the following morning for us when we were on the bus back from a climb on a sunday afternoon. Calvin was incredible and managed to constantly remind us to "just enjoy walking" a mantra that helped get us to the top, and actually enjoy the journey. Elipokea was wonderful and looked after our every need at camp with such a gracious and friendly warmth, I have never been so well looked after even in five star hotels. He was a great support on summit day and all our acclimitisation hikes. He is extremely knowledgable and was able to answer all my questions about the route or plants that we saw. He brought an infectious energy and practical support helping with our bags, getting my mittens on in the freezing cold dark of summit day. We felt very lucky to have him on our team and know he will make a brilliant guide, whoever gets him as a guide will be very lucky. William was our brilliant chef who managed to make the most incredible meals, the presentation was extraordinary as was the variety and what he could achieve at a high altitude camp! All of the porters were wonderful, very friendly and if they ever saw us struggling with anything would appear in an instant to lend a helping hand.

My one hesitation before we booked with team kilimanjaro is that they are not memebers of KPAP the porter association that mandates certain standards of equipment and pay. The Team Kilimanjaro website has their rationale for this, which is that fair and safe treatment of their porters is a priority but that KPAP has some problems and doesn't actually necessarily gurantee good treatment of staff, and is a bit paternalistic in equipment choices when experienced guides may safely have other preferences etc. During my trip speaking with the guides and porters they were universally positive about their experience with team kilimanjaro, very loyal to the company, and seemed well equipped and not overly loaded compared to some other expeditions. We ran into another expedition that one of the staff had been asked to work for in a theoretically more senior position for that trip and they had turned it down preferring to work with team kilimanjaro who they described as their "mother company" that had always looked after them.

In summary I couldn't recommend team kilimanjaro highly enough. Talk to them about your needs and they can arrange a brilliant tailor made trip for you. This is the first time i have ever written a tripadvisor review, the company and crew were so brilliant that I felt i had to recognise the incredible service in giving us the trip of a lifetime.

Written 26 September 2023
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Adventure55515010739
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Kaka mkubwa, ATHUMANI, and his team have given us the best experience. We were a bit apprehensive coming into this as we had never experienced anything like it but I feel very confident in saying that Athumani and his team know what they are doing.
Everything from the food and accommodation to the smiley and friendly faces we were surrounded by has made this trip, the best ever!
We all spent a night in the advantage plus accomodation which was Fantastic. We especially enjoyed the double thickness mattress and the shower.
The different landscapes we have walked through have been breathtaking and we woke up this morning to the most wonderful sunrise. The food has been INCREDIBLE⭐! I'm not sure how the chef managed to make a cake 4000m up a mountain, but he did it and it was delicious👌!!
We were lucky enough to not only have the best Chief guide but also 3 incredible assistant guides; Godbless, Joshua and Nixon. These three men helped all of us in every way possible. We wouldn’t have made it to the top or back down without them. I had a bit of a dodgy ankle but Godbless held my hand to give me support all the way down. They taught us the language and told us stories. We feel very lucky to have had them be apart of our team.

Overall, I couldn’t recommend Team Kili enough. Start to finish they were there.
If you’re planning to climb kili I would definitely choose Team kili and try be with the guides we had.

Robyn & Chris .
Written 9 September 2023
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