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Postby bande » Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:31 am

http://rechakilimanjarosummit.com/

I had a great time with this outfit.
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Postby Alpinist » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:35 am

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Postby Mike Zastoupil » Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:31 pm

I am looking at Kili for March or April 09. Zara is high on my list. Any recent thoughts on this outfit
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Postby eza » Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:07 pm

Mike Zastoupil wrote:I am looking at Kili for March or April 09. Zara is high on my list. Any recent thoughts on this outfit


I've been over there with Zara a couple of times. Reliable people, I can't help recommending them. Drop me a private message if you want any additional info.
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Postby John Duffield » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:34 pm

sjarelkwint wrote:dcheng ... trying to climb all 7 summits in one month???


Five days or less does seem a bit tight. Unless you're acclimated already. My friends of friends did it recently
http://kilts2kenya.com/k2k_aboutUs.html
But they had acclimated on MT Kenya
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Postby andre hangaard » Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:41 am

I used Adventure within reach. http://www.adventureswithinreach.com/ in 2007.
They were very good. cheers. André
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Postby The Chief » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:54 pm

I hear that SMI has a very professional, well planned, very cordial, personable and successful program with one of the best and seasoned Guides in the entire business. :wink:
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Postby John Duffield » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:52 pm

I was under the impression, they all sub contracted it to African Walking.
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Postby PeakPlanet » Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:12 pm

John Duffield wrote:I was under the impression, they all sub contracted it to African Walking.


Not true. AWC has partnerships with only a handful of international companies. We are their only partner in the USA.
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Postby axelandr » Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:50 am

I'm going with this outfit - http://www.martoursandsafaris.com/kilimanjaro.htm.

so far I have only been emailing with them, but they're answers comes back quickly each times, always with lots of good information. they are also quite inexpensive, I'm doing a combined Meru/Kili-trip in 10 days, with 3 night at a B&B for a little over 1800 USD. I was also able to choose my own route up the mountain, meaning I'm combining 2 different routes (machame/western breach). this is the price for going alone, as far as I know they offer discounts when you are several going.

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Postby 7summits » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:36 am

why would you want to do it in 5 days or less? That is quite crazy unless you are coming from another mountain with similar height.

If so, we can do it, if not, we will not organize anything than 6 days, with 7 or more strongly recommended. Even if you are acclimatized, it is a shame to rush it and the costs of the extra days are low compared to the flights you have to make to return for a second attempt..

Read the customer comments about our trips and triplength: http://7summits.com/expeditions.php

Last year I personally guided a 26-person team (age 14-57) to the summit, on a 10 days trip. We hiked every day, spent a night in the crater and everybody (!) summited. Even with one day less, at least 5 people would not have made it.
While we were celebrating (dancing, champagne!) at the summit a party of 6 climbers approached at a snails pace and between vomiting and falling down managed to get a quick summit picture before they had to head down to save their lives.

Yes, they were a 6 day trip, sounds like fun? Just enjoy yourself on a longer trip and as a bonus you will be safer and have a higher summit chance.

Cheers, Harry
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Postby kovarpa » Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:49 am

andre hangaard wrote:I used Adventure within reach. http://www.adventureswithinreach.com/ in 2007.
They were very good. cheers. André


+1 in 2007. Very good experience, recommended. They were using ZARA at the time. I believe they are working with a different local company now.
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Postby axelandr » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:29 pm

just got back from my trip with Mar Tours and Safaris. well worth the money, but they are cheap so cheap is what you get. I guess there isn't any problem "upgrading" a little if you want to, you just have to say so before coming.. things like hotels etc.

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