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What should I look for in a Kilimanjaro climb service?

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By Simon Mtuy - Posted on 22 October 2008

There are several dozen outfitters who provide climbing services in Tanzania. It can be challenging to determine which one to use. Here are some important things you should look for:

1. They care about your mountain experience (many outfitters are just looking to make money).
2. They have their own operation in Tanzania.
3. They use the best routes.
4. They provide sufficient time to acclimatize. The more time you spend on the mountain the greater your chances of reaching the summit.
5. They have high quality tents and equipment.
6. They provide experienced mountain guides.
7. They have communication via cell phone and radio.
8. They have a good variety of nutritious food and purified water.
9. They carry high quality safety equipment on the mountain (and know how to use it) and have backup plans for taking people down the mountain if they get sick.
10.They care about their porters by supplying them with tents, sleeping bags, good food, proper clothes, and a fair living wage.
11.They respect the environment and keep the mountain free of trash and waste.

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