Elite Kilimanjaro Mountain Guides


Wilderness First Responders

Your Kilimanjaro guides not only know the mountain, they have extensive wilderness and mountain training in order to provide a safer trekking experience. All head guides are certified Wilderness First Responders.

That’s more than just first aid, or a company’s personal training program. It’s an internationally recognized certification that means they’ve received extensive medical training, can recognize and treat everything from the first signs of altitude sickness to a fractured limb or spinal cord injury, can dispense life-saving medications, and know how to plan and execute a high-altitude evacuation if necessary.

Getting a WFR certification is expensive and time-consuming, which is why so few other companies put their guides through this rigorous—and potentially life-saving—course of training.

But that’s not all that sets your Kilimanjaro guides apart. All your mountain guides:

  • Are fluent in both English and Swahili
  • Have numerous summits under their belts, often over 100 (many have over 200!)
  • Have extensive experience leading treks with western group dynamics.
  • Carry (and are trained in the use of) extensive emergency equipment, including oxygen, Gamow Bags, stretchers, automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), and life-saving medications.

Climbing with highly-trained, experienced guides is the safest way to summit.


Read about some of the fantastic mountain guides below:


Liberate Tesha

Liberate is Tanzanian, of the Chagga tribe. He graduated from the Mweka Wildlife College (the most prestigious wildlife college in East Africa), graduating with honors with a certificate in wildlife management. He began his guiding career in 1998, quickly climbing the ladder due to his language skills, intelligence and drive. Liberate is passionate about guiding and takes every step to ensure all the climbers are safe; his intelligence and management skills ensure a smooth and safe trek.

Charles Kihiyo

Charles was born in the small coastal village of Korogwe, Tanzania. He has reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro more than 150 times. When he’s not sharing his love of the mountain with fellow trekkers, he’s spending time with his wife and three children.

Bernard Shirima

Bernard was born in Marangu Village at the southeastern foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and lives there today with his two children. Having reached the summit more than 150 times, Bernard knows climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is a difficult feat, but his outgoing personality and reverence for trekking means he knows how to motivate trekkers to reach the top!

Onesphory Mtui

Onesphory was born in northern Tanzania, at the southeastern foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He loves meeting new people and learning about other cultures, and he’s traveled to Europe, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He has led over 150 expeditions up Mt. Kilimanjaro, and finds great satisfaction in bringing all of his climbers safely to the summit.

Msafiri Munna

Msafiri was born in Arusha, and lives there today with his wife and child. His name means “the traveler,” which is appropriate, since he’s journeyed up Mt. Kilimanjaro more than 100 times! He loves learning from Thomson guests, spending time with his family, and studying languages.

Godlove Kiwelu

Godlove was born in northern Tanzania at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He studied in the U.S. for an extensive period of time before returning to Tanzania to start work as a Head Guide. Godlove is a thoughtful, intelligent, and compassionate presence on the mountain, and has reached the summit more than 100 times. He lives with his family in Arusha.

Glory Thobias

Born in the Kilimanjaro district of Tanzania, Glory is one of very few female guides on Kilimanjaro. She fell in love with the mountain on a climb in 2009, and decided to make a permanent career choice of guiding other climbers. Glory continues to receive top scores on her wilderness first responder trainings and we look forward to having her on many summits with us!

Wilbard Minja

He began his guiding career in 1986 because he loved the mountain and it gave him the opportunity to assist his family in Marangu. As a guide he has climbed the mountain over 200 times. Wilbard prides himself on his attention to detail, and he takes great care in quietly managing all the details that make up each trek. He is dedicated to his climbers, making sure they are healthy and happy.

Andrew Kitema

Andrew was born in southern Tanzania’s highlands, and has reached Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit more than 150 times. He considers guiding to be more than a job: it’s his calling in life. He is a skilled leader who believes climbing cultivates a healthy body and mind. Andrew lives in Marangu Village with his wife and three kids.

Prosper Kamili

Prosper was born in a village at the southeastern foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro and has climbed the mountain more than 150 times. His extensive experience and easygoing nature make him an exceptional trekking partner and leader. When he’s not guiding, Prosper is spending time with his wife and five children, playing soccer, and tending his farm.

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