Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the Seven Summits. It was the most challenging hike we have ever done both physically and mentally. We are ever grateful and thankful for an amazing team of guides and porters. There is no doubt without them we never would have made it! On the anniversary of this life changing hike, we give thanks to the over 25 member crew that supported us day and night. Take a peek into the life of a Kilimanjaro guide with us.
These questions were answered by our head guide Emmanuel Moshi who consulted with the other guides and porters for some of the answers.
When did you start as a porter? How do you get picked among a large amount of people that want to be porters?
I started as a porter back in 2005, I was picked up among the large group since I had interest on the mountain and this urge was way back since I was a little boy.
How long is the whole process to head guide?
The process of being a head guide, you have to undergo a training which is organized by the Tanzania National parks and once you fulfill the course you get the license to be a guide. PS: English is a must! Having another language is an added advantage.
How long do you think you will be a guide? Is there any age cut-offs?
Due to my passion of being a guide I would love to work as I can. There is no age cut off as long as you are physically fit.
What tips do you have for hikers coming to do Kilimanjaro?
Well I will highlight that, being physically fit, have positive minds towards the mountain that will make your trek easy. Make sure you got enough mountain gears; always listen to your guides.
I agree with Emmanuel on this but I’m not sure I would ever call Kilimanjaro an easy hike!
Emmanuel keeping an eye on Frank as he passing by the challenging kissing wall on Kilimanjaro
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What changes have you seen over the years on the mountain?
The glacier has decreased its now melting due to the global warming and they say after 15yrs it will no longer be there.
The glaciers were incredibly beautiful, hearing that they may be gone one day is very sad.
What is the strangest thing you have ever seen or wildest story?
I have encountered craziest thing like people getting naked at the top once they reach Uhru peak. This is not stranger but so overwhelming, I have taken a couple and they proposed at the top. Taking blind and amputee people [on Kilimanjaro] they made it to Uhuru peak.
On our hike our friend Randy Pierce hiked to the summit Kilimanjaro- he is completely blind.
The best and worst part of the job?
My best is when I get clients to the top and they recommend me to others. My worst is when they don’t make it to the top and sometimes the natural calamities hindrance such as heavy rains, speedy winds.
Your favorite time of year for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro and why?
My favorite time of the year on the mountain is June, July and August, still busy and the weather is good, not much rains .
What do you do on your free time and vacations? Do you hike outside of work?
On my free times, mostly I get invites and travel abroad, visit friends and family. I don’t hike outside of work but I would love to if I get the chance.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
U.S.A I just love it
Kilimanjaro is not just a mountain but an experience to learn from. Our team of 11 has been forever changed by the experience, we will always be a Kili family. Thank you to Emmanuel, Veda, Godlizen, Singer, Steve and the whole Climb Kili team – Asante Sana. We may have left the mountain but Kilimanjaro will always be in our hearts.
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