To describe this holiday as amazing would be unplaying it. Getting to Kibo will be one of the best moments of your life, but this holiday is about so much more than that ...
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Getting to Kibo is brilliant, but given UK wide about 1/3 don't make it (about 1/20 with Exodus I believe) it is important to not get too fixated on this goal. Spending time with the guides is really good, getting to know other people in your group and 'roughing it' for a week are all enjoyable.
Barranco and Karranga camps were particularly good for looking out at the plains below and realising you were 3,500 metres above them.
- What did you think of your group leader?
- Obote (spelling is probably wrong) was excellent, as were all the guides, always willing to share knowledge, tell you about their life, carry your rucksack and generally help out in any way they can.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Imodium & loo roll - the porters carry loo roll but several of us weren't 100% so we ran out 1 night.
Take a light waterproof jacket and trousers, the weather is extremely changeable, but it tends to be dry in morning and wet in afternoon, when it's warm and wet you definitely want light (ie not lined) water proofs.
The climb up to stella point, on the scree slopes will probably be the hardest thing you've ever done, it's hard to train for this specific bit, but regular uphill walking helps.
I bought Henry Steadman's book - Kilimanjaro, a trekking guide to africa's highest mountain before I went (about £8 on amazon), highly recommended and tells you far more than I ever could.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Kilimanjaro isn't a cheap mountain to climb, but the couple of hundred more you pay for exodus over a cheaper operator is worth it in terms of taking your time (which makes it more enjoyable and gives you a better chance of summiting) and the food (which was excellent, not just good for the conditions, but genuinely good).
Exodus use African Walking Company as the leaders on the climb, everyone I've spoken too and everything I've read suggests they are on of the best, you get what you pay for & they are one of the best.
I'd totally recommend this holiday (if you can call climbing to 19,340 ft a holiday) to anyone, Kilimanjaro is superb and doing with Exodus makes it even more enjoyable.