kili-492“Cheers! At age 70, on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 7:00 am. I had a glass of champagne on Uhuru Peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. WOW! What a moment! Fantastic ending to a perfect climb via the Northern Circuit 9-Day Route.

Ken of Peak Planet was the best. Always prompt in answering questions by e-mail or phone and booking all needs for the climb and the safari. Staying at the Ilboru Safari Lodge in Arusha for the pre and post climb days was great. The accommodation, the staff, the setting, the food were all incredible! Ngaya and Emanuel, looked after the last minute details by coming to the Ilboru in person, checking and reassuring all “eight turisti” of their gear needs and procedures and readiness to do the climb and connections for follow-up traveling after the descent. The rental gear was of very high quality, especially, the sleeping bag and the down jacket.

All of this was certainly an indication of what was to follow: the four guides and 34 porters were awesome: caring, committed, respectful, sensitive to needs, friendly, hard working, knowledgeable. Fortunately, I met most of them individually. Modest carried my 15-kg duffel bag on his head and daily welcomed me with open arms as I arrived at the camp site. Chief Chef Robert and his staff cooked 3-course meals three times a day plus “4:00 o’clock high tea” with popcorn or cookies. The food was fresh, nutritious, delicious and abundant … I thank you Robert and Frank, the waiter, who filled my hot water bottle every night. Then there was Frank, security, who always helped zip my duffel bag with the sleeping bag and jacket spitting out from it; Stella, health, carried the porcelain-like toilet on her head and always had it set up by the time we arrived at camp. Although I had my own toilet paper, I never needed it because Stella ensured of that provision; Jackson and Nelson were ever so great in putting up and taking down my tent; I also thank Raffael for bringing hot delicious carrot soup for lunch on the second day in the jungle. I got the understanding that sometimes we were the envy of others on the mountain because our porters reached the camp sites ahead of others and got the best tent location; and our food was delicious and abundant.

Phenomenal Chief Guide Tosha was the overseer and executor of the climbing plan of 46 persons. Richard, Eli and Nicholus, the three assistants, certainly demonstrated the skills to be most capable of acting as head guide themselves. Thanks a million to all of you for your relentless caring and assistance.

My 3-day safari with guide Ali was superb. He certainly went all out to ensure the sighting of all that was possible. The Rhotia Hotel and its thatched lodges were all about atmosphere. I shall always remember its beautiful vegetable garden that provided fresh food on a daily basis.

I have been and will continue to highly recommend Peak Planet to anyone considering the climb or the safari. Thanks a million to everyone for being so professional and superb and of top class.”

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