Kim Durinick (USA) – Successful summit on 10 December 2018 Superior package – 8 Day Lemosho route
Thank you for checking in with us! I’m pleased to tell you that our trip was absolutely amazing from start to finish. From the start, you were a great help to us. Thank you for always promptly answering messages. As we came from all over the world, we were asking ourselves when/if you sleep. Haha. We felt that no matter when we messaged, you had a quick, clear and concise answer. Nelson spoke very highly of you, as well.
As for the actual trip:
We only got to spend a little time with the driver, Frank, but he was very fun and kind. He was very knowledgeable and taught us about culture and wildlife during the drive.
The hotel accommodation exceeded our expectations. Since we had a camping mind set, we weren’t expecting much, but we really appreciated the comfortable hotel before and after the trip.
As for the crew: I cannot say enough about the team who took us up the mountain. ♡♡♡♡♡♡
Our guides, Nelson♡ and Alex♡ were absolutely superb. They were such amazing leaders, and we were very happy to see how they cared for us, and also cared for their team. Of course safety is a concern for all travellers, but we felt very comfortable and safe with them. Even when we showed signs of AMS, such as headache and vomiting, they supported us and explained everything they were doing and why. They comforted us so we didn’t overreact to mild symptoms. Alex even wrapped my ankle each morning and basically carried me up the mountain so I could summit. They were vital to our success and we felt soooo fortunate to have gotten them as our guides. ♡♡
Next, perhaps the biggest surprise for us, was the quality of the food. Chef Dauson♡ went above and beyond to ensure the food was to our liking and made sure we wouldn’t lose our appetites. When we finished the hike, he even taught us how to make some of our favourite dishes. That was a very unexpected but wonderful experience. I don’t know if it’s practical, but I would even suggest maybe asking him if it would be an option to add to the regular tour because it was soooo fun for us and we think everyone should have the experience to make some of their favourite Tanzanian dishes so they can make them at home!!
Another unexpected treat was climbing with a porter who was summiting for the first time. You have a lovely new porter named Tumsifu♡ who came to the top with us. It was his first time and was such a personal experience for us because he was not just a porter, by sharing our challenge he became part of our team. We could share our joy with him which we felt was a unique experience.
Finally, your porters/crew in general are just amazing. They put in so much effort to make sure we were comfortable, had fun and had the best experience. We felt soooo lucky to have that team. I’m sure there are lots of great teams, but even so, I think Nelson/Alex’s team is something special. They were fun, caring, helpful, hardworking, and kept us laughing the whole trip…They are ALL the best adjectives. We were actually sad summiting because it meant our trip with those guys was coming to an end. Even a week later, I really miss them. Your company is wonderful as is, with Nelson and Alex as guides, but we could also see the bright future of your guides, especially Gilbert♡. He will be a fantastic guide one day, and I hope I will have a chance to come back and try a different route with him as my guide.
Since my trip, most of the questions people have asked me are about the cost, safety and crew. Thanks to Nelson, Alex and their team, I am happy to recommend this company to anyone and based on my stories, people say they are eager to go. So I hope and think in the future, you will meet many of my friends! Please take care of them just as you have me. I thank you with all of my heart for allowing me to have such a memorable experience!
Thank you for everything and I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Kim