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Kefas Lashinge Mollel | Chief Guide
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Written by MiJobz 740747     August 08, 2013    
Team Kilimanjaro

On 8th to 14th September my son and daughter, Michael and Kate McLean, and a friend, Terence McNamee, completed a Kilimanjaro climb via the TK Rongai route.
Although we booked through Henry Stedman, I thought I would provide you with direct feedback that I have received from our three climbers.

Overall they were mightily impressed. Of course the climb itself was considered exceptional but what overwhelmed them was the efficiency and organisation of the trek itself. As one of them put it “I cannot imagine any company anywhere in the world running a better trek”.
They said there was little to find fault with – tents were newer and more spacious than expected, food was both plentiful and tasty (Kate is still trying to sort out how the cook, Ezekiel, was able to produce a quiche for dinner on the fifth night) and the hot popcorn for afternoon tea was right on the money. Staff were very helpful and the concept of a wake-up call accompanied by tea or coffee while still in your sleeping bag was totally unexpected. The only minor mishap was that the toilet tent did not arrive until the last night but this was at most a minor inconvenience.

The trek leaders, Kefas and Macs, were seen as great leaders, They controlled the pace from Day 1 and set down the rules. They were highly impressed with Kefas – he ran a great trek. He is a proud Massai and is a great ambassador for TK of whom he spoke highly. From an early stage he made clear to the trekkers that they had to reach the summit under their own steam but that if needed they would be given some assistance on the way down – this seemed to fit well with what I understand is TK’s policy of “Safety before Summit”. My daughter said that it was almost distressing to see climbers with other companies being carried or dragged towards the summit. Hopefully TK will always maintain its current policy. Kefas encouraged them on the summit climb and checked regularly to see how they were faring – under his guidance they all made the summit. As for Macs, the trekkers all commented that Macs seemed to know everyone!!

From someone who was following their progress, the blog is a fantastic tool. Kefas sent updates up to four times a day which allowed me in Arusha and my wife back in Sydney to keep up to date on their progress on the mountain – what a great service, especially as Kefas kept up a constant flow of updates.

Finally I would like to thank TK for allowing me to travel out to Rongai Gate at the start and to Marangu Gate to meet them at the end of the trip – it slightly offset my bitter disappointment at not being able to undertake the climb itself.
So Congratulations to TK and Kefas and his team for a trek that exceeded all their expectations by a considerable margin. Please pass on my thanks to Kefas for looking after my kids so well!!

If I know anyone who is considering the climb, I will not hesitate to recommend TK (and Henry Stedman).

All the very best.
Don McLean.
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Team Kilimanjaro

On 8th to 14th September my son and daughter, Michael and Kate McLean, and a friend, Terence McNamee, completed a Kilimanjaro climb via the TK Rongai route.
Although we booked through Henry Stedman, I thought I would provide you with direct feedback that I have received from our three climbers.

Overall they were mightily impressed. Of course the climb itself was considered exceptional but what overwhelmed them was the efficiency and organisation of the trek itself. As one of them put it “I cannot imagine any company anywhere in the world running a better trek”.
They said there was little to find fault with – tents were newer and more spacious than expected, food was both plentiful and tasty (Kate is still trying to sort out how the cook, Ezekiel, was able to produce a quiche for dinner on the fifth night) and the hot popcorn for afternoon tea was right on the money. Staff were very helpful and the concept of a wake-up call accompanied by tea or coffee while still in your sleeping bag was totally unexpected. The only minor mishap was that the toilet tent did not arrive until the last night but this was at most a minor inconvenience.

The trek leaders, Kefas and Macs, were seen as great leaders, They controlled the pace from Day 1 and set down the rules. They were highly impressed with Kefas – he ran a great trek. He is a proud Massai and is a great ambassador for TK of whom he spoke highly. From an early stage he made clear to the trekkers that they had to reach the summit under their own steam but that if needed they would be given some assistance on the way down – this seemed to fit well with what I understand is TK’s policy of “Safety before Summit”. My daughter said that it was almost distressing to see climbers with other companies being carried or dragged towards the summit. Hopefully TK will always maintain its current policy. Kefas encouraged them on the summit climb and checked regularly to see how they were faring – under his guidance they all made the summit. As for Macs, the trekkers all commented that Macs seemed to know everyone!!

From someone who was following their progress, the blog is a fantastic tool. Kefas sent updates up to four times a day which allowed me in Arusha and my wife back in Sydney to keep up to date on their progress on the mountain – what a great service, especially as Kefas kept up a constant flow of updates.

Finally I would like to thank TK for allowing me to travel out to Rongai Gate at the start and to Marangu Gate to meet them at the end of the trip – it slightly offset my bitter disappointment at not being able to undertake the climb itself.
So Congratulations to TK and Kefas and his team for a trek that exceeded all their expectations by a considerable margin. Please pass on my thanks to Kefas for looking after my kids so well!!

If I know anyone who is considering the climb, I will not hesitate to recommend TK (and Henry Stedman).

All the very best.
Don McLean.

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