Very nice and respectful guides. Ready to help, they show us that some times with a slow paste (pole pole) it’s easier to accomplish your goal.
Climbed from 28 th Jan to 2 nd Feb 2016
Prosper and Frank were both excellent guides on my 6 day trek of Mt.Kilimanjaro using the Machame route. They were friendly, spoke English well, and always engaged in conversations with our group making us feel very welcomed. They were knowledgeable about the history of the mountain, the terrain, and the wildlife. They also taught us about life in Africa and shared stories and songs along the way. Prosper and Frank were very organized and kept us on track while still accommodating the groups slower pace and any members who needed extra help or time. Never did we feel rushed or inconvenienced. Prosper and Frank constantly had the health and safety of our group in mind. They were always checking in with how we were feeling. They would carry gear/packs to help anyone who was tired or struggling. They did their best to make our experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. They truly wanted to maximize our success at summiting and they did everything in their power to ensure we had the best opportunity. Prosper and Frank are responsible and enjoyable guides that I would recommend to anyone.
Climbed on 28 th Jan to 2 nd Feb 2016
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in Jan-Feb 2016: Machame Route:
Two of our seven guides were Frank and Prosper. We were a group of 16 people, from the US and India, ages ranging from 22 to 63. We were a mixed group and the two of them were very helpful in tackling all of our anxieties about the trek to make it a successful climb, but more importantly, a safe one.
Frank stuck with the entire group, leading the group through the treacherous terrain to make sure we maintained the right pace so as to have all of us acclimatize successfully. He was friendly and it was easy to strike up conversation with him about the area, culture and offered insight that you rarely would find online and would need a ‘local’ to share that handy insight into the workings of their lives and more. Towards the latter half of the trek, Frank remained with the team but was focused on helping one of our team members. She was a little more hesitant and needed constant attention to overcome her fears and it was clear, even as an outsider, that his only focus was to keep her safe and take one step at a time to reach the next camp. Frank never lost his temper and was very encouraging all through. Even at camp, with the rest of the group, he always checked in to see how everyone was feeling and if we showed any signs of altitude sickness, which is a major concern when you are at high altitudes, especially in new surroundings.
Prosper is a seasoned mountaineer, and it showed. Just like Frank, he was encouraging, friendly and fun buddy to chat with to make the time go quicker. Often we would split up into smaller groups, based on energy levels and pace, and all of our guides would see to it that everyone was safe and making sure we were hydrated, keeping our energy levels up and they also succeeded in keeping our morale up during the long days and almost sleepless nights. Frank was one of these guides who found it quite easy to keep morale up by changing our focus from aching legs to appreciating the nature around us. He was well versed in the flora and fauna of the area, and even pointed out the endemic plants when we crossed them. During one of the conversations I had with him, I also learned about how he had studies about all the flora and fauna of the region, and even had done surveys with the government and other organisations to do his bit in keeping the land he calls home resilient. He was very proud of his accomplishments and when asked, would happily share his knowledge with you. Saying that, he was also curious to know about us, our interests, our cultures and more.
Frank and Prosper are fantastic guides. Not only are they safe and seasoned mountaineers, but also good company in making sure you truly enjoy the trek. I would definitely recommend them as guides to ensure you have a safe, successful and memorable experience in Tanzania.
-Tanvi Vasan, 23
The Kilimanjaro climb was a life changing experience for me. The guides Frank and Prosper were truly amazing and made all the difference to the trip. Different in many ways, but, like the two sides of a coin, complementing and supporting each other, they made the trip truly beautiful. The other guides and porters and the chef who accompanied us were really genuine and amazing people and we were really overwhelmed with their commitment, attitude and service. We were well fed, taken care of royally and I wouldn’t have made this trip without their care and support.
I am so thankful to Anandita in giving us the confidence to undertake this trip with African Adventures and will not hesitate in recommending this company to any one.
Thanks to all of you, it was an adventure to be cherished forever..
Climbed from 18-24 th Feb 2017.
” It was in October 2015 that my friend and I signed up to climb Kilimanjaro in Jan 2016. I thought the most important thing to do was to get fit, possess the right gear and hope for good luck. Altitude sickness and its consequences were always in the back of my mind. Having summitted Kili successfully on Feb 1st 2016 through the Machame route, I know now that the people that you climb with are as important as anything else to succeed. I had a great bunch of people in my climbing group. I had an even better set of guides .
Prosper and Frank were the main guides for our group. We were all taking a few hours longer each day than what was expected. That did not seem to bother them one bit- they were unfailingly patient and good humored. One could sense that this was not just a job for them. They were passionate about it and they wanted us to succeed!! One of our team members had to be evacuated and I was truly impressed with the speed with which Prosper took the decision and executed it , which probably saved her life.
If you wish to climb kili, I strongly recommend that you do it with Prosper and Frank. I wish them every success with their new company – Afrikan adventures. ”
Dr. Sudha Manjunath
” When I went for the adventure packed -adrenaline rush hike in Kilimanjaro, I realized it wasn’t just our training and effort which made it possible but it was the people who took us up and helped us with our hike. The team that carried our tent, our food,our bags and made sure we were on the right track by supporting us and walking beside us every step of the way. I am certain that it’s very important that we have the right kind of guide, one who can assess our abilities and help us do our best. I can say I was very fortunate to have Frank and Prosper in our team. Walking beside them the entire day talking about so many things.
The kind of support and encouragement they gave us was fantastic. The temperament they had in all situations was admirable. The energy level they had was unbelievable and I can’t thank them enough for all the support and help they gave us for the climb. ”
” Just went and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro !!
Started on 28 th Jan 2016 and ended on 2 nd Feb , thankfully of the same year!! Without a doubt this was the most challenging and toughest thing I have ever done. Challenge was not just physical but mental and emotional as well. I am not a mountaineer . This was absolutely the first time I was even attempting something of this magnitude with fear and excitement in my heart!!
Started training from 6 th December and went for weekend hikes and went for long walks with a back pack , some strength training and some cycling on the side. Also did some deep breathing excercises.
Nothing trained me for the actual thing!! It was a mountain of a magnitude I could not even imagine!!
For 3 weeks before I left I couldn’t sleep well at night due to fear of the unknown.
Finally the day arrived and the climb started. By this time I had calmed myself enough to say that I was only going to try whatever I could do and will try thinking of reaching from camp to camp!!
First day we started and it’s a beautiful rainforest for about 18km. Took me about 6 hours to do it . Reminded me of Little Red Riding Hood going to her grandma’s house!!
But as we had started late due to formalities to be completed, the last 40 min was in darkness with hyena calls!! Was scary and exiting!!
Day 2 was supposedly a steep climb!!
And steep it was from Macame hut to Shira camp. Rocks , rocks and more rocks. Passes and ravines were crossed and it was tough.
By day 3, which was a 12 hour day for me , from Shira, upto Lava tower, steep descends to barranco camp, at the base of Barranco wall!! I was exhausted and didn’t think I could do another day of this relentless and strenuous climb. By this time there was this guy , my guide, Frank , with me who was being seriously patient and wouldn’t give up on me.
Next day in my head was the toughest thing I had to do which was climb the Barancco wall!! Take the leap of faith, kiss the wall , which was the most exhilarating thing I had ever done in my life. There was this seriously pro guide Prosper also with me along with Frank and because of these guys I so thoroughly enjoyed this climb like I had never imagined that I would!! For me my climb got over as I had conquered the dreaded Barancco wall and my fear of heights. But the day was not over yet!! Had to reach karanga for a short break and then continue to Barafu!! If I thought that these last few days were hard, and Barancco wall was tough , this was karanga to Barafu was horrendous !! By the time I reached it was almost 8:30 pm. I was exhausted I could barely take a step forward. I actually broke down and told these guys to just leave me there and let me be. I felt like a prisoner of war who was going to drop dead due to exhaustion!! Again because of Frank , and I have no idea how , I reached the dinner tent. My entire group applauded my feat of reaching there conscious and in one piece . At this point I decided that no one in the group, my guide or porters needed to wait for another long haul for me the next day to summit and hence decided to stay back at Barafu.
Barafu was absolutely the worst camp. Rocky, steep, slanting, cold like hell and what not!!
My group left around 2:30 am to summit, I stayed in the tent and shivered all night!!!
I spoke to my family from Barafu and told them that I had consciously taken a decision not to summit and they were glad I had just survived this.
Must have fallen off to sleep at some 5 am or so and then Frank who had stayed back with me , came and woke me up and I saw the most beautiful sunrise ever!!
Had tea and some breakfast. For the first time also had some downtime . Sat in the dinner tent , had some breakfast, showed some pictures of my family, saw some pictures of Frank’s family and now that I wasn’t exhausted and was feeling great and thinking that I had achieved my target of camp to camp and actually reached the last camp, and this entire experience was almost over, and at this point made a friend for life with my guide . To me he helped me achieve my dream and conquer my fear!! Not a single gesture of impatience , rudeness or anything inappropriate in these last 5 days and night.
Then started the climb back . This too was not easy and was damn hard but by now when Frank was with me I could do anything.
Next day reached hotel in Arusha, and saw a clean bed, shower, sink with running water in it, and these things took on a different meaning of luxury !!
Till now there was just me , the mountain and God in the form of rock which didn’t let me slip, the boot of my guide which held my foot in place and the hand which was extended to help me climb up or down without asking!!
I have written this whole thing not
only to recount my climbing experience but also to let at least my friends know how these Tanzanian guys were with me at a time when I was most vulnerable and what amazing human beings they are.
Asante Kilimanjaro !!
You changed me forever , hopefully to be a better human being!!
On the way back from Kilimanjaro to bangalore, all I could think about is how I am going to go back and climb this mountain again and how I am going to do something to help my new friends, Prosper and Frank.
So an idea formed, and I have opened a company with them called afrikan-adventure, where all 3 of us are partners, will help you to trek up to the roof of Africa, see wildlife in all its glory in the wild and interact with the Masai people.
As a trial run a friend of mine and me went back to Kilimanjaro to trek up to Uhuru, the highest point of Africa with my partners.
This was a true adventure of a lifetime. This was a 7 day, Rongai route and what fabulous service was laid out for us. The food, the company, the chef, the porters were even nicer and more professional if that’s even possible.
This time both of us, my friend, Dr. Anita Krishnan an ENT surgeon and me, summited, and reached Uhuru on 29 th of June 2016.
This was the most amazing experience. I was way better this time than last, and throughly enjoyed my climb.
Asante Kilimanjaro !! ”
You have definitely changed me forever!!