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Jaime P–US

Jaime P–US

Climb Kili Summit

Where to begin? Once-in-a-lifetime experience doesn’t even begin to describe the week my fiancé and I shared atop Mount Kilimanjaro. First and foremost, for those seeking a company to guide them on this journey – look no further than the incredible ClimbKili team. As a person who researches every last detail of my international travels, I compared countless companies and can say without a shadow of a doubt that I made the right decision by choosing ClimbKili. From start to finish, their team made us feel welcome, ensured our safety and truly connected us to the beauty and history of Mount Kilimanjaro. Most specifically, I cannot speak highly enough of our lead guide, Herment, and our assistant guide, Goodlove, who I specifically requested based on their glowing reviews from other hikers. More on them later!
Upon arriving at the Summit Lodge, you’re immediately welcomed with smiling faces, a refreshing towel and a delicious juice. The staff here was beyond accommodating and were eager to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Additionally, having the ClimbKili offices located directly on site was extremely convenient, as it allowed us to simply walk down the hall to ask any last minute questions or weigh our gear. We arrived two days prior to our hike, which I highly recommend to give yourself time to adjust to the time difference and rest from your travels.
While on the mountain, we had complete trust in Herment, Goodlove and the entire ClimbKili team. Herment is incredibly detail-oriented and is a true professional. We began each hiking day with a complete understanding of the upcoming terrain – he even provided his recommendations for what layers or gear to bring. He consistently went out of his way to ensure our comfort and success – whether that meant carrying some of our gear when we were unable or even carrying our entire pack on Summit night. My fiancé is an avid horticulturalist and landscape architect who is extremely interested in both plant and animal life. Herment consistently surprised us with his VAST knowledge of literally every living thing on the mountain.
Our trip was a special one, as my now fiancé surprised me with a proposal at Stella Point. Little did I know, he had previously mentioned his plans to Herment, who then took it upon himself to plan a surprise of his very own. Immediately after summiting Stella Point and getting engaged, we shared a cup of hot tea (that Goodlove carried the entire way up the mountain in a hot thermos) and marveled at the beauty of a completely frozen bouquet of alpine flowers that Herment picked and carried up for our summit engagement! Needless to say, both of these men will always be an important part of our journey – not only on Kilimanjaro but also in life!
Now for the rest of the trip – the entire crew was outstanding, loving and so welcoming. They constantly surprised us with the speed at which they broke down camp, passed us on the trail, and assembled our new camp before we even arrived. Food was incredible and ranged from handmade pizza to traditional African dishes. The gear was SUPERB compared to other climbing companies – especially our Mountain Hardware tents which sustained 70-80mph winds for an entire day with no problem. We watched as other companies’ tents were literally blown down beside ours on Summit night.
LOOK NO FURTHER THAN CLIMB KILI (ESPECIALLY HERMENT AND GOODLOVE) – YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!