Hi Tommo - here are three options you might want to consider
Gap Adventures - http://www.gapadventures.com/trekking/kilimanjaro/
Intrepid Travel - http://www.intrepidtravel.com/trips/ygm#overview
World Expeditions - http://www.worldexpeditions.com/au/index.php?section=trips&id=199
Possibly not the cheapest I'm sure, but three highly respected adventure travel companies. almost 7 years ago
My wife and did a 7 day budget Kilimanjaro climb with Paul Robert Shayo's company last year and I thought I'd give you some insights. We researched a BUNCH of budget operators and got references from a number of past hikers.
We settled on Paul's company.
The Kilimanjaro trek with Paul was fantastic and all 3 of us did summit the peak. Shani, our guide, had good english skills and is very knowledgeable about the mountain. We did the 7 day Lemosho route (which I highly recommend as well) and don't have any complaints about the service considering we knew it was a budget trip from the start.
The tents were a little older and we had to use the outdoor latrines but the food was great and we were well taken care of throughout the trip.
The trip cost us $1200 each and that included everything. We
stayed at the Golden View Hotel prior to starting the trip. I cannot recommend it - the rooms were sufficient but the street noise was unbearable.
A couple of thoughts:
1.) Check the sleeping bag before you start the climb. My wife had a 3 season bag that was in good condition (this is the one I checked prior to starting) but the first night on the mountain I realized too late that mine was a 2 season bag. I don't blame Paul for this - I should have checked it myself.
2.) Bring snacks like candy bars, trail mix, etc. We took 20 bars between the two of us and came off Kili with maybe 5 left. Paul's team fed us very well during the climb but it's nice to subsidize the lunch with some afternoon snacks to get you through the day.
3.) Summit night: Bring at least 3 pairs of gloves and/or glove liners. You start at 12:45am and will sweat the first hour of the climb. About 3am, the wind will hit and the sweat in your gloves will freeze. We froze. It would have been nice to have another set of gloves on us that were dry.
4.) Bring a plastic Nalgene bottle with you. It's nice to have boiled water put in it just before you get in your bag for the night. It definitely offsets the cold evenings.
PAUL ROBERT SHAYO
TOUR GUIDE AND ORGANISER
TREKKING TOUR KILIMANJARO COMPANY
P.O BOX 8744
almost 7 years ago
Chris K: Was that a sleeping bag you hired from them or is it included in the trip?
I am travelling by myself at this stage so I dont know if a small company like this will have something available for me but I have emailed Paul. The lemosho route looks like the best one from my research, most of the time very expensive though. Thanks a lot for your time in answering my request so thoroughly :) almost 7 years ago
not the cheapest but did a lot of homework here and by far the best is mountain travel sobek andnspecifically ask for the guide Elias. he has almost a 100 percent success rate, in fact when we climbed last year in spetember he had gotten every hiker to the summit. also, they take an extra day and don't the crazy get up at 2am ...summit then come down routine almost 6 years ago
I vouch for Paul Robert Shayo's tour company. While on the budget side, It was extremely professional. Great service and guides. Excellent food daily and very accommodating. I did the Rongai route with my own gear. I left Tanzania not only having climbed Kilimanjaro, but the Paul's crew became my friends .
Why budget? Because you don't have a porter carrying a table for your meals nor others carrying a port-a-potty for your needs. Don't pay a middle man. Hire local and tip your crew what they deserve. over 5 years ago
DO NOT book with Paul shayo. I booked a 5 day safari with Paul's company for about $1500. When I arrived for the trip I found out it was camping not hotel accomodation and that I'd paid $1000 more than the others on the trip. Paul had just shoved me on another companies your and pocketed the difference. Total scammer. over 3 years agoAnswered by Joseph via WorldNomads.com