All of the treks that we offer on Kilimanjaro are either on private climbs or group climbs.
There are many pros and cons to climbing Kilimanjaro, either way, to be honest. For us, at Tailormade Africa we believe that the group climbs just about edge it simply from a camaraderie point of view with other climbers. This is obviously not an issue if your private climb is made up of 6 or more friends/family all climbing together, then you would absolutely do a private climb for just yourselves. However, for 2-4 people we believe you gain far more from being part of a “family” of like-minded people all trying to achieve something truly great and helping each other through the negative times on the mountain.
Group climbs on Kilimanjaro:
A group climb is made up to 15 paying clients that can come from a variety of tour operators like ourselves and given how selective our climb operating team is, African Walking Company, with which companies may sell their trips to you can be assured you are highly likely to get on with everyone in the group. When we speak to you about your climb we all do some pretty comprehensive profiling before sending people to climb Kilimanjaro. Going up the mountain with those 15 people you will have around 45 staff, made up of a chief guide, some assistant guides, summit porters and general porters, totalling around 60-65 “family members on your trip. You’ll notice we keep using the term family and that is simply because that is how you will feel after the first few days of your climb.
The group dynamic comes into its own on the days that you are struggling. It is that whole peer pressure thing, not wanting to let the team down can really help you stay on course and not give up quite so easily if you only have your partner or friend trying to encourage you. Likewise, if you see someone struggling as a group then many voices encouraging you is harder to ignore than 1 single voice.
It cannot be overstated as to how important this is. We have one piece of advice for you that you should always remember. If your chief and assistant guides say that you can carry on, even if you feel terrible then the fact of the matter is that you can make. It becomes a battle in your mind at that point and nothing else.
Group climbs also mean a high chance of some banter and fun during meal times with the guides and porters too and there is no way of overstating the importance of smiling and having fun all the way up the mountain. You definitely don’t want to be left alone with just your mind for too long.
Private climbs on Kilimanjaro
This really is a no brainer if you are climbing with friends and/or family and your numbers are 6 or over. That’s a fact. It is no cheaper at that point to do a group climb and you have enough numbers to gain from all the pro’s that we have just mentioned on group climbs.
You will be able to trek on days that fall outside of the group departure dates and therefore have areas of the mountain all to yourselves and not as part of a giant community on the nights in the campsite spots. Those are the two main reason to do a private climb and for sure they are valid reasons. For some people, solitude n the mountain as a couple or 2 or 3 mates challenging each other the private climb would work well. So do speak to us in depth so that we can all ascertain what is best for you.