Experience of a lifetime. We did the Rongai route 6 days/5 nights with Monkey Adventures and we are delighted with our choice. We were briefed at our hotel in Moshi the evening before we started our hike. We met Dennis our fantastic guide and he talked us through everything so we knew what to expect each day. They also checked our gear after that and reassured us that anything extra we needed could be rented the following morning so this really put us at ease knowing that we would be properly equipped. After a quick stop at the rental shop, we made our way to the starting point about a 3 hour drive from Moshi. The team of porters, guides and cook with Moshi were just exceptional and everything we needed was taken care of. We had 4 litres of water supplied for us each morning to last us through the day and when we reached the camp each evening, they had pitched our tents for us and they had carried our gear to the next point. Jafari cooked delicious meals for us each day, we set off on a good breakfast each morning and lunch and dinner never failed to disappoint. We were very fortunate not to have experienced anything more than mild altitude sickness so we were able to enjoy all the tasty food provided. Dennis and Nasri had a very effective plan of a second shorter hike in the afternoons after we had reached our camp, where we ascended an extra few hundred metres to acclimatise then came back down to camp to sleep at the lower altitude. I definitely believe that this is what helped us avoid altitude sickness. We had the most comfortable nights of sleep, even on the cold nights and our tents were very sturdy even through one night of high winds.
The monkey team shared an evening of song and dance with us on the third evening which was a really fabulous experience and put us into good spirits for the tough day ahead on the fourth day. They also learned some Irish traditional dance moves from us and performed them very well! The atmosphere around the camp with Monkey adventures was just lovely. Summit day was of course very tough, but the team made everything a little easier because of their high spirits, with Nasri, Dennis, Baraka and Jafari singing us up the mountain when they sensed we were flagging. Their motivation was uplifting and infectious. On the short stops, (freezing cold conditions meant that stopping for more than 5 minutes was near to impossible) we were treated to ginger tea and this warm boost would keep us going for another while. We are so grateful to the whole team for being a vital part of the reason we reached the summit. These guys are just amazing, to think that they do this on a regular basis is astounding and all the while carrying our supplies and camp gear. We never had to worry once about a thing. If you are even considering Kilimanjaro at any point, I couldn't recommend this company more highly. Massive thanks to all the team for what was an unforgettable experience. Wishing you all the best on the next venture.