Les David Pollack (USA) – Successful summit on 11 June 2016 – 7 Day Rongai route
I just wanted to let you know that I had a fantastic time and I made it to the summit! My guide David and his “Dream Team” of porters and cook were terrific! David is an excellent guide. He monitored my progress every step of the way and he is very knowledgeable. I learned so much from him about the mountain, the park, culture, flora, and fauna. The entire team was friendly, the food was great, and they sang and danced every time we made it to the next camp. (I also danced.) Upon David’s recommendation, we did a daytime summit. We arrived at School Hut around 2 pm on June 10 and started the summit at 7 am the next day. This worked extremely well for me; I had a good night’s rest and I didn’t have to worry about the cold of a nighttime summit. I got to the summit at 6:21 pm. Going down at night isn’t bad at all. I got to Kibo Hut around 8 pm, had a good night’s sleep, and then started the hike down to Horombo Hut. I am very thankful that David recommended a daytime summit; I may not have been able to summit at night, come down in the morning, and then do the hike to Horombo Hut. This was one of the greatest accomplishments of my lifetime.
Thank you for all your help in making this a wonderful experience. I will definitely recommend your company to anyone who expresses an interest in climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.