A PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE FOUNDER
Hello Adventure Seekers,
In my past life, I worked in the financial markets industry in Chicago. The job itself was fine, but the days felt mundane and insignificant. So I started backpacking on weekends to get out into nature. After a couple of years hiking in the mostly flat Midwestern states, I yearned to expand my horizons. You might say that I had “loftier” ambitions.
I was drawn to Mount Kilimanjaro.
It just sounded so interesting. A huge, ice-capped mountain in an unfamiliar, faraway place. I decided I had to climb it. The year was 2006. I can still remember the feeling I had as I stood on the summit. There happened to be no other climbers around. Just me and my guide on clear, calm, sunny day. That moment was literally life-changing.
The achievement was thrilling, challenging and immensely fulfilling. What really stood out was that I’d accomplished something meaningful that wasn’t connected to academics or my corporate career. It flipped a switch inside of me. And I was inspired to do more in life. Much more.
Since then, I’ve pursued my passion for the outdoors, travel, and entrepreneurship. All of this happened from one simple trip. And I wondered, how many others were there, like me, who just need a little spark to change the trajectory of their life?
With the hope that I could affect other people’s lives in a similar way, I launched Ultimate Kilimanjaro® one year later in 2007. I wanted to present the most complete, honest and accurate information on climbing Kilimanjaro (which was severely lacking at the time). I wanted to provide the best service, on and off the mountain, with a focus on safety (safety conscious companies were few and far between). And I wanted to do it all at a fair price (the better operators were all very expensive).
I’m glad to say that our message was well received. We became one of the largest, most reputable operators on the mountain by doing things right. More than 15,000 clients have stood on the summit with us, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® – the #1 guide service for climbing Kilimanjaro. We’re 15+ years in and still getting better.
TOP NOTCH, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE. That’s my promise to you. On behalf of the entire staff here at Ultimate Kilimanjaro®, I warmly welcome you to the Roof of Africa.
10 REASONS TO CLIMB WITH ULTIMATE KILIMANJARO®
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® is, quite simply, the #1 guide service on Mount Kilimanjaro.
With more than 15 years of experience, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® has a proven expertise on Mount Kilimanjaro. We lead over 150 climbs per year, with more than 1,000 adventurers climbing with us annually. Literally thousands of climbers have stood on the top of Kilimanjaro with us. Our clients have included celebrities, film makers, senators, ambassadors, authors, journalists, and even the world record holder for the oldest person to summit.
Our expert guides were hand selected to work for us. We have the best local guides who have received extensive training in first aid and mountain rescue. With unrivaled experience and competence, they are among the most talented and respected professionals in the industry. Our guides have many years of combined experience on Kilimanjaro and thousands of successful summits.
Fully Staffed Climbs
Our climbs are fully staffed with approximately one guide per two clients. This is the best way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. We strive to create the optimal conditions for a safe, successful climb. Having the right number of personnel to manage the group size creates an organized team on the mountain, but more importantly ensures proper attention for each and every climber.
Focused on Safety
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® is focused on safety, understanding that our top priority is to keep you out of harm’s way. Our guides perform regular health checks on all climbers, and they are prepared to prevent, detect and treat altitude sickness. We include rescue oxygen on every climb and have evacuation plans in place in case of emergencies.
Quality Camping Gear
We only use high quality camping equipment to keep climbers as comfortable as possible while outdoors. Our Mountain Hardwear tents are warm, waterproof, and roomy – and perfectly suited for the rigors of Kilimanjaro. We provide thick foam sleeping pads for all clients. Mountain Hardwear Lamina sleeping bags, rated to -30F/-34C, are available for rental.
All food and drink is provided on the mountain. Our mountain chefs prepare delicious meals with fresh, local ingredients. These meals are nutritious and calorie dense, specifically designed to sustain the energy of climbers. An ample amount of clean water is provided so climbers stay well hydrated throughout the trek. We also cater to special dietary requirements.
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® specializes on Kilimanjaro’s best routes. With many routes to choose from, we avoid trails that are very crowded, less scenic, and have poor acclimatization profiles. We operate primarily on routes that offer a combination of high success rates, scenic beauty and low foot traffic. This ensures our clients have the best chance of reaching the summit and have a good time doing it.
Group and Private Climbs
For those who are traveling alone or simply want the company of others, we have scheduled group climbs on our favorite routes. These climbs avoid the rainy seasons, include acclimatization days, and are limited to 14 climbers. We can also organize private climbs on any route, for any size party, on any dates.
We take porter welfare very seriously and do our best to ensure our staff is treated well. As a partner company of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), we comply with all established guidelines on porter wages and welfare. We pay our porters more than the standard compensation. Our porters have proper food and shelter, and their loads are restricted to reasonable weight limits.
Leave No Trace
We are a member of Leave No Trace, an organization dedicated to enjoying the outdoors responsibly. Our guides and porters practice Leave No Trace ethics on the mountain so that everyone can enjoy a clean, litter free environment on one of Africa’s most majestic landscapes.
With Ultimate Kilimanjaro®, you get high quality service without the inflated cost.
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® has been featured in magazines, television, books, and films:
Our goal is to work with you to create the ideal itinerary based on your needs, abilities and desires.
We can help you plan every aspect of your climb, providing everything you need for a successful summit and enjoyable experience. Won’t you join us on the Roof of Africa?
1930 Village Center Circle 3-5700
Las Vegas, NV 89134
PH: (702) 570-4970
FAX: (702) 570-4985
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