Ultimate Kilimanjaro - The #1 Guide Service on Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Guides & Porters

The importance of having competent, high quality guides cannot be overstated when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Ultimate Kilimanjaro has the best local guides, all of whom are fluent in English and have received extensive training in first aid, mountain rescue, flora and fauna, and history. All of our guides are registered with Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA). It is forbidden to climb Kilimanjaro without a guide.

Ultimate Kilimanjaro Lead Guides

Our Kilimanjaro guides are very experienced, with most having climbed well over 100 times. They are professionals who intimately know the mountain:

You can expect the following from your Kilimanjaro guide:

  • High Safety Standards - your guide can identify and avoid potential hazards such as slippery trails and loose rocks. Your guide receives annual training in emergency first aid and can prevent, recognize and treat altitude-related illnesses.
  • Climb Knowledge - Kilimanjaro trails are clearly marked, so following a trail should not pose a problem. But there are more intricate things that your guide will take into consideration when deciding when, where, and how to move the party. These things include weather conditions, trail density, rest stops, pace, etc.
  • Mountain Facts - your guide is knowledgeable about general mountain facts. He can tell you about the climate zones, the altitudes of and distances to campsites, and information about the geology, flora and fauna. These types of facts increase the enjoyment during the trek by giving you an idea of what you are seeing and feeling.

Our Kilimanjaro guides love working with us because we lead small groups on the best routes.

Our guides can effectively manage our clients due to the small size of our groups. Because each climber generally needs a few porters, each additional client multiplies the number of people under the guide's care. A guide can give more individualized attention when groups are reasonably small. We also lead longer trips, which, due to proper acclimatization, increase the probability of successful summits, which in turn gives a sense of satisfaction to the guide and staff.

There is a better team dynamic with a small group, which not only makes the days on the mountain more fun, but safer as well, when a group works well together. With a small group, our guides can effectively monitor the progress each individual climber and the collective group. Our guides have the opportunity to interact with each climber to assess how he or she is doing, and to ask and answer questions when needed. Our porters can also provide better service by catering to the varied needs of each member.

We have over 1,000 customers per year, which means our guides stay busy throughout the climbing season. Each of our guides climbs Kilimanjaro 20-25 times per year. Therefore, our guides do not need to go outside of their profession to earn a living when they can regularly lead climbs for us. Many guides want to work for us, but we have already our all star team in place. We appreciate that employment with Ultimate Kilimanjaro is highly sought after. It is a testament that we are doing things right.

We have great clients. Honestly. Our guides tell us that our clients are the best because they come to Kilimanjaro well informed, well trained and well prepared. This means our clients are more likely to be successful on the mountain, and happy clients means happy guides. So just as our clients love our guides, our guides love our clients back.

Ultimate Kilimanjaro Mountain Crews

Our guides have teams of assistant guides, cooks and porters that they have assembled personally. We feel this is the best way to make sure your mountain crew works well with one another. Through regular interaction, your mountain crew will perform at its best and offer consistent service trip after trip. We like for things to go smoothly behind the scenes so that our staff can focus on our most important asset - the client.

Our porters take care of you. So we take care of them.

Because of our hardworking porters, all you need to do on your climb is walk. Porters carry the tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, food, water, cookware, gas, stoves, medical supplies, chairs, and tables - not to mention your camping gear. It is a tough job and anyone who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro will tell you that their strength, skill and stamina are incredible.

We take porter welfare very seriously and we do our best to ensure that all our staff is treated well. We are a member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), an independent organization whose mission it is to protect porters from mistreatment on the mountain, and the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) Partnership for Responsible Travel, which recognizes climbing companies with fair treatment practices.

We are one of KPAP's strongest supporters, and we strive to have the best porters through fair and honest treatment of our staff. We ensure that:

  • Our staff is paid a set wage, which means they do not have to rely entirely on tips for payment.
  • Our staff is paid more than the standard compensation on Kilimanjaro.
  • Our staff is paid immediately upon completion of a trip.
  • Our staff is paid tips in a fair, transparent manner.
  • Our porters have the proper gear and equipment to handle the mountain. Their clothing, sleeping bags and tents are sufficiently warm and/or waterproof.
  • Our porters are fed nutritious meals in adequate amounts of their preferred local foods.
  • Our porter loads are limited to 20 kgs (15 kg of client gear and 5 kg of personal gear). The porter to client ratios we utilize are sufficient to handle the equipment needed. If more porters are needed for a party, we will add more.