I look back on this wonderful holiday with a great sense of achievement and some pride. I consider myself a fairly fit 58 year old but overall this was the hardest physical challenge I have attempted.A friendly team of guides and porters who looked after us so well.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The highlight has to be the day we climbed to the summit on Killy. It was a long exhausting day starting at midnight and finishing some 15 hours later.
Ours was a small group of 7, mostly in their early 30's apart from my wife and I in our late 50's and it was great that we all bonded so well and encouraged each other to keep going when it got tough.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Our guide was called Naiman and in his quiet, confident manner we felt that he was using his experience to look after our well being and make sure that we had the best chance of getting to the top of both Meru and Killy.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Follow the advice of the guides - they do know best!
Try to eat at all meal times, even if you don't feel like it and drink lots of fluids.
Do tell the guides if you are not feeling well, don't keep it to yourself. They will be able to advise you based on their extensive experience of altitude.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Tens of thousands of people climb Killy every year but it is not to be underestimated and we found that the climb up Meru was a very good way of acclimatising.
Not having been so far south in Africa before, this trip was a real eye opener. The country is beautiful and the people friendly.
The African Walking Company is the local partner for Exodus and they offered good advice on tipping of guides, cook and porters, which avoided any embarrassment.