I was born in Arusha in 1992 and attended Levolosi Primary School. After seven years, I finished primary school and was lucky enough to be chosen to go to the Oloirien Secondary School, where I studied for four years. Next, I joined the Arusha Vacation Training Centre, a Tourism College, where I spent 18 months. My first experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was as a mountain porter, a job I did for two years. At the start of 2012, the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities (KINAPA) invited tour operators to put forward any of their staff (including porters) who wanted to undergo the necessary training to become mountain guides.
I managed to get onto the course and later succeeded in passing the practical and theory exams. As a result, KINAPA gave me a mountain guide license, and I have been doing this for the past 12 years. After obtaining my KINAPA license, I started looking for a job opportunity.
For six years, I worked as a freelance mountain guide for many companies, giving me invaluable experience in this career choice. In 2017, I was fortunate enough to secure a job opportunity with Easy Travel and Tours, and I have been with them since then until now. My first experience up on the mountain with Easy Travel was a revelation compared with the other companies I had worked with. This is because I witnessed people working together and communicating exceptionally well. The Easy Travel crew work together, as opposed to working in competition with each other. To describe my time so far, I can say that I have achieved a greater experience since I joined because Easy Travel is a company that commits to giving continuous training to its mountain crews. The training covers customer care, cleanliness, respect for nature, and first aid. Also, the company directors want first-class mountain crews and love seeing the great things their staff can achieve. They meet the mountain crews, person-to-person, to motivate the team to do better and to solve the challenges faced during treks. I feel very lucky to work in a company such as Easy Travel.
As for myself, my native tribe is the Maasai tribe which beliefs in having genuine respect for one’s elders and youngsters alike. What I love about the Maasai Culture is that we still practice our traditions, such as our style of dress, our food, our lifestyle as cattle herds, and our traditional settlement called the Maasai boma, which attracts many interested people from around the world. During my early years studying, I lived with my family, mainly my mother and elder sister. After I became an official mountain guide, I got married in 2013 in Arusha. I currently live with my wife and two children. My son is Brighton, and my daughter is called Michelle, and we all live together in Mlangarini Village, south of Arusha City.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, allowing you to see different attractive views at different elevations between 3000m to 5895m above sea level. The changes in landscape and vegetation are evident from the lowest zone right up to the Summit Zone. They are fascinating because of the ever-changing flora and fauna as you ascend and descend.
My favorite route is the six-day Machame Route because I believe this is the easiest and takes the fewest days. This route allows trekkers to acclimatize properly and has a high success rate, with 95% of trekkers reaching the summit. You ‘walk high and sleep low,’ which means you climb to a higher elevation, and then you come down to sleep at a lower elevation – this helps combat altitude sickness. The amazing scenery includes spectacular species of flora, such as the giant groundsels.
There are many things that trekkers do not expect to experience on a Mount Kilimanjaro climb:
a) A trekker may not expect to get quite so tired from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
b)They may be surprised to meet such a dedicated, motivated, and hard-working crew; also unexpected by many people are the constant changes in weather during the trek and the many variations in the vegetation as you climb.
c)The sight of the permanent glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro surprises some!
‘Jambo’ which means ‘hello’
‘Asante’ which means ‘thank you
‘Naipenda Tanzania,’ which means ‘I love Tanzania.’
Preparation is very important for a Mount Kilimanjaro trek. The first and most important thing is to prepare mentally and physically for the trek. Exercises like walking (not less than 5km a day), running, yoga, jogging, and cycling will all help to prepare you physically. I also advise trekkers to check their medical health with their physician before they arrive. Trekkers are also advised to prepare their gear and get expert advice.
Trekkers can become uncomfortable when it rains; they don’t experience the scenery and views. Sometimes they may arrive at the camp wet and soaked due to the rain.
If a trekker becomes sick, we must arrange to take the unwell trekker back down. If a stretcher is needed, several crew have to descend with them, which means fewer crew members to continue upwards – each having to carry more equipment than before!