It was a trip of a lifetime, and I can’t tell you how frequently my mind goes back to those days on the mountain. The people we were with, our guides, our porters, and all the work done behind the scenes made this the best vacation I’ve ever been on. Additionally, I went with my step-father, and the bond I built with him during the hike is priceless. The same goes for the other six climbers with us… all of us are still in touch, sharing photos, laughing over memories, etc.
The best parts of the trip: Our guides, Kapange and Earnest, were AMAZING. Earnest’s positive spirit was too dear, and I felt that he was always looking over us. Kapange was an outstanding head guide, and I felt totally safe and happy with him at the head. My porter, Nico, is the reason I made it to the top.
The lodging was AMAZING, especially Gibbs Farm and the Arusha Coffee Lodge. I wish I could go back to either spot right now! They were totally appreciated after days on the mountain.
I would recommend Thomson to anyone, and I’m proud to be associated with the group.
Grand Traverse Route & Safari, September 2010