The Best Guides on Kilimanjaro

Our local guides are experts on Kilimanjaro.

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First of all, the most important consideration for your climb is who will be leading you on the mountain. Quality guides and porters will make for a wonderful time, while a mediocre staff can put your life in danger. Lesser companies employ guides who lack advanced medical training, industry certifications and proper safety equipment.

When you climb with us, you climb with a crew that is highly experienced, medically trained and committed to your safety.

We have the best guides on the mountain. Because each of our guides is licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. They have climbed Kilimanjaro around 20 times each year. Our guides also speak fluent English. Most have summited Kilimanjaro between 100-300 times! They know how to lead clients to the top, safely and professionally.

Our professional guides are dedicated to keeping you out of harm’s way:

  • Licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park Service
  • Certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR)
  • Trained by IFREMMONT – a European high altitude medical training organization
  • Conduct health checks twice daily using pulse oximeters to measure heart rate and oxygen saturation
  • Carry emergency oxygen, a portable stretcher, and a medical kit
  • Administer optional ALTOX Personal Oxygen Systems
  • Initiate rescue anywhere on the mountain with Garmin satellite GPS
  • Coordinate AMREF Flying Doctors helicopter evacuation for severely injured or ill climbers
  • Handle emergencies including rescue and evacuation using established protocols

Furthermore, by having our experts on your side, we maximize each climber’s chances of a safe and successful summit. Consequently, our guides will become more than guides, but friends on the mountain. Truly, we have an amazing staff and we can’t wait for you to meet them.

We spend a great deal of attention into finding the right staff.

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Even more, we have intensely screened each and every employee, from the lead guide to porter prior to hiring. As a result, we retain only the top performers. Because of this rigorous process, we can ensure professional, high quality, consistent performance across the board. This is very rare amongst Kilimanjaro operators. We are one of only a handful of companies that operate this way. Though certainly more expensive and laborious for us, knowing that our clients are on the mountain with the best crew makes the process well worth the time and effort.

We have a ratio of 1 guide for every 2 clients – the highest on the mountain.

Most noteworthy, for every climb, we assemble a competent team of lead guides, assistant guides, cooks, porters and other camp staff to support you on the mountain. Frequent collaboration between staff yields a team dynamic that translates into an unparalleled level of service on all of our Kilimanjaro trips. Those who have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro know that the porters are the heart and soul of your trek. Without their hard work and strength, we would not be able to fully experience the magnificence of Kilimanjaro. But the truth is porters are often impoverished Tanzanians. They depend on this labor-intensive employment in order to feed themselves and their families.

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

Above all, at Peak Planet, we strive to have our porters treated well. Because of this, we are members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). KPAP recognizes the value of the demanding labor these porters perform. They are committed to improving the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro. We are also members of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC). IMEC has instituted a Partnership for Responsible Travel Program based on the Proper Porter Treatment Guidelines established by the Kilimanjaro stakeholders.

Quality Equipment

  • Waterproof, four-season mountain tents
  • Fresh food and clean drinking water
  • Roomy dining tents with table and chairs
  • Private, sanitary toilet tents

Focused On Safety

  • Certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR)
  • Daily pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation monitoring
  • AMREF Flying Doctors evacuation insurance
  • Emergency oxygen standard on all climbs

Responsible Trekking

  • Environmentally and socially responsible
  • Member of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP)
  • Member of Leave No Trace
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
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