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Caleb Pratt–Australia

Caleb Pratt–Australia

In August 2019, I hiked the Machame Route (7 Days) with Climb Kili. You’ll see the word challenging a lot in the comments, and I can assure you, whilst that word is technically accurate, it doesn’t quite capture the vibe of the Kilimanjaro hike. I make no embellishments when I say that this was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. And I can’t stress enough how vital the Climb Kili crew were in getting me to the top. Our guide Mackson as well as assistant guides Evans and Gideon carried me emotionally and mentally (as well as at one point physically) to Uhuru Peak and I owe them everything, as well as all the porters, for the week long trek up The Roof of Africa. As far as companies go we saw a lot on the mountain throughout the week. And I can honestly say that the Climb Kili outfit is one of the best up there. Their decision to only take groups of 6 really means that you are taken care of the whole time. This was especially important on summit days when you could see groups of over 20, in a long snake, hardly moving up the mountain. Our small group was able to take small variations of the route to pass these big groups and get to the top faster.
The cooks, waiters, and porters were amazing. The food was incredible. We never finished a single meal because of the sheer volume that was supplied. But you always had the energy you needed for the next day. All 22 crew members were friendly, enthusiastic and just wanted us to have the best time.
Every morning began with a song and dance that energized us for the day ahead and some of my best memories of the experience come from the crew that supported us all the way to the top.
Our lead guide Mackson always quoted “with determination and perseverance, we will make it to the top”, those words rang true. While it may seem easy to narrow down the experience to one phrase, it’s important to note how impactful a positive mental attitude is to having a successful climb. At the end of the day the body will do what the mind says and I know that if it wasn’t for the ever-present uplifting attitude from the crew I wouldn’t have been successful.
So to all at Climb Kili, thank you. And to everyone reading this, I can not recommend this company enough. If you want to climb Kilimanjaro, this is the company you need