An amazing experience in an amazing country, the climb up Kili is torture, but a hugely rewarding experience and not something I will ever forget.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Watching my Dad's face when he realised he had made it to the crater rim.
Standing at the top of Kilimanjaro drinking hot tea before sunrise!
Watching the sun rise over the curvature of the earth.
Meeting some fantastic people both local and those on the trip.
- What did you think of your group leader?
- Peter our leader was incredibly good, he was subtle, polite and was a very strong leader who was respected by his team. We were genuinely grateful to him for his huge contribution to the success of our trip, all of the group got to the top of Kilimanjaro and this was down to the incredible support from him and his excellent team.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This is an excellent trip, the Rongai Route in particular is beautiful and peaceful, try and take the extra night at Mawenzi, it helps acclimatisation and is a lovely spot.
Get to know your guides and porters, they are great! Sometimes a little shy but once you get to know them they are a fountain of knowledge and lovely people who are very proud of their culture.
Don't fall asleep on the safari as we did - well, we had just climbed Kilimanjaro!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
The standard of care we received from the local team was amazing. From the cup of tea brought to our tent each morning to the amazing food that came out of a little green tent every day, and the other aspects that are less glamorous, but somebody has to do (use your imagination - think even smaller tent), everything was excellent.
I have already got other plans for next year in the Alps, but I don't expect to top the experience of this trip, that's how good it was!