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Kefas Lashinge Mollel | Chief Guide
Travel Guides
Written by MiJobz 740747     August 08, 2013    
I did a solo 6 day trek on the Machame route with Kefas and 5 other porters/chef. I arrived to Arusha 2 days before my climb and was told Kefas would meet me at the hotel the night before to do a quick debrief. We met the night before where he guided me through what I should expect for the trek. We went over a verbal itinerary of pick up times, drive times, trek schedules and overall timing. He was very responsive to my ad-hoc needs (like riding in the front to minimize motion sickness) and any other dietary constraints for my pre-climb lunch. I asked tons of questions regarding acclimatization (diamox doses), daily mileage, camping situation and meals. He had an answer for everything and prepped me for what I could expect on a daily basis. He was also very cautious about what I had packed to ensure I had the right gear (everything from boots to warm gloves) and asked about the material of everything to make sure it fit the mountain weather. I also showed him my dufflebag so he could comment on the weight and ensure it would be fine for the porters to carry.

I have to say the trip went flawlessly thanks to Kefas execution as a guide and the team lead. Although hiking is not new to me, I have never hiked with a team of people nor have a high pre-disposition for altitudes. I had may concerns about how my body would react to the climb, the medication, the food I ate, etc. We talked every evening to make sure I was prepared for the next day, knew the schedule and could answer any questions I had. During the trek I would be clear to voice out any aches so he knew when to move slower, drink more water or even take more medication if the situation called for it. Besides the climb talk, he was very social and kept me entertained by asking about my life and the things I loved. It made the trip less lonely and allowed me to connect and learn more about life in Tanzania.

Regarding his leadership skills, he was really good in educating his team and making sure everyone was on track. We were often the first group to leave camp in the morning, so the porters were always super quick to pack up and pass us on trail so they could have the tent and meals ready to go upon our arrival. They had to be up very early to ensure I ate and had water before starting of our days and they staid up late to make sure dinner was ready and any other needs were being met. I loved learning about the porters and engaging with them so Kefas ensured he could translate wherever needed or just start conversation to bridge the communication or culture gap between us.

I really appreciated the support, praise and encouragement when I was at my most tired during the trek. Again, altitude is not easy on my body, so the summit push was hard at times. I am very happy I had such an experienced guide there to ensure my health was on point and that my mentality kept positive (and excited) to celebrate the successes. He also took tons of pictures along the way, which helped me keep good memories of my trip (since I am not big on taking selfies and its hard to ask others to take your picture).

Very memorable trip. Thanks so much Kefas for making it so.
Overall rating 
 
10.0
Ability to Command Others 
 
10.0
Adaptability & Flexibility 
 
9.5
Ambitious? 
 
10.0
Approachable? 
 
10.0
Assertiveness 
 
10.0
Attention to Detail 
 
10.0
Attitude 
 
10.0
Body Language & Demeanour 
 
10.0
Determination 
 
10.0
Discretion 
 
10.0
Emotional Control 
 
10.0
Enthusiasm 
 
10.0
Foresight and Preparation 
 
10.0
Frugal with Resources? 
 
10.0
'Going the Extra Mile' 
 
10.0
Good Communicator 
 
10.0
Grooming & Presentation 
 
10.0
Humility 
 
10.0
Independent, Creative Thinker? 
 
10.0
Initiative 
 
10.0
Integrity 
 
10.0
Loyalty 
 
10.0
Obedience to Orders 
 
10.0
Personal Administration 
 
10.0
Professionalism 
 
10.0
Punctuality 
 
9.5
Quick Learner? 
 
10.0
Respectfulness 
 
10.0
Responsiveness to Correction 
 
10.0
Self-Discipline 
 
10.0
Self-Reliance 
 
10.0
Sense of Humour 
 
9.5
Sensitivity to Others 
 
10.0
Stress Management 
 
10.0
Teachable? 
 
10.0
Team Player? 
 
10.0
Reviewed by Emily Garcia July 07, 2016
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6 day Machame solo climb (July 2016)

I did a solo 6 day trek on the Machame route with Kefas and 5 other porters/chef. I arrived to Arusha 2 days before my climb and was told Kefas would meet me at the hotel the night before to do a quick debrief. We met the night before where he guided me through what I should expect for the trek. We went over a verbal itinerary of pick up times, drive times, trek schedules and overall timing. He was very responsive to my ad-hoc needs (like riding in the front to minimize motion sickness) and any other dietary constraints for my pre-climb lunch. I asked tons of questions regarding acclimatization (diamox doses), daily mileage, camping situation and meals. He had an answer for everything and prepped me for what I could expect on a daily basis. He was also very cautious about what I had packed to ensure I had the right gear (everything from boots to warm gloves) and asked about the material of everything to make sure it fit the mountain weather. I also showed him my dufflebag so he could comment on the weight and ensure it would be fine for the porters to carry.

I have to say the trip went flawlessly thanks to Kefas execution as a guide and the team lead. Although hiking is not new to me, I have never hiked with a team of people nor have a high pre-disposition for altitudes. I had may concerns about how my body would react to the climb, the medication, the food I ate, etc. We talked every evening to make sure I was prepared for the next day, knew the schedule and could answer any questions I had. During the trek I would be clear to voice out any aches so he knew when to move slower, drink more water or even take more medication if the situation called for it. Besides the climb talk, he was very social and kept me entertained by asking about my life and the things I loved. It made the trip less lonely and allowed me to connect and learn more about life in Tanzania.

Regarding his leadership skills, he was really good in educating his team and making sure everyone was on track. We were often the first group to leave camp in the morning, so the porters were always super quick to pack up and pass us on trail so they could have the tent and meals ready to go upon our arrival. They had to be up very early to ensure I ate and had water before starting of our days and they staid up late to make sure dinner was ready and any other needs were being met. I loved learning about the porters and engaging with them so Kefas ensured he could translate wherever needed or just start conversation to bridge the communication or culture gap between us.

I really appreciated the support, praise and encouragement when I was at my most tired during the trek. Again, altitude is not easy on my body, so the summit push was hard at times. I am very happy I had such an experienced guide there to ensure my health was on point and that my mentality kept positive (and excited) to celebrate the successes. He also took tons of pictures along the way, which helped me keep good memories of my trip (since I am not big on taking selfies and its hard to ask others to take your picture).

Very memorable trip. Thanks so much Kefas for making it so.

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