Confused about which operator to use to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

It's not easy picking a Kilimanjaro guide company.

I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2009.

Like you, I poured over all the information I could find in hopes of making a good decision on whether to attempt the climb in the first place, and which operator to climb with.

Considering that there are several hundred Kilimanjaro guide companies on the mountain, trying to figure out which outfitter provides the best experience was an overwhelming task.

I visited countless websites and forums to evaluate the most popular and even some little known operators. The opinions were all over the board. Instead of clearing things up, you I became EVEN MORE CONFUSED.

I created this web page to help others choose the best Kilimanjaro operator.

First, I'd like to emphasize the importance of choosing the best guide. On Kilimanjaro, the guide makes all the difference.

The guide is responsible for so many things. He needs to manage the staff. He needs to set the pace, decide when to rest, and when not to rest. He needs to watch the food supply. He needs to make sure the equipment functions. But above all, he needs to KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.

Kilimanjaro is dangerous. People die every year trying to reach the top. And the victims are young and old, male and female, very fit and out of shape. Anyone can be affected. No one is invincible.

Death on Kilimanjaro is usually caused by a form of altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness, high altitude cerebral edema, high altitude pulmonary edema), though exposure and rockfall are also culprits.

Your Kilimanjaro guide has to be sharp enough to prevent all of those dangers from hurting you and your group. While a poor guide in a city tour in Paris may mean a lack of insight into French culture, a poor guide on Mount Kilimanjaro CAN MEAN DEATH!

It's your life. Choose your Kilimanjaro guide very carefully.

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