Our mountain operator for Kilimanjaro is The African Walking Company, one of the very best trek providers on the mountain for many years.
Choosing the right mountain operator is the most important decision that you will make in your quest for the summit. Running a decent climb operation on the highest mountain in Africa is a highly specialist business. In recognition of this, we decided that we needed to adopt our very stringent ethos of finding the most professional operator with the best guides for Kilimanjaro treks. This despite our own levels of experience and knowledge of climbing Kilimanjaro personally and our vast and unprecedented knowledge of the mountain and safaris in Africa in general.
The African Walking Company have long held and stuck to their main principles on specifications, customer care and staff welfare and AWC have managed to differentiate their treks from those of other operators. They have been proved right at almost every turn.
The African Walking Company has a far higher summit success ratio than the vast majority of operators, an exemplary safety record and an extremely well-deserved reputation for elevated levels of mountain service previously unseen at this moderate price level.
Treks with The African Walking Company may be 20% to 40% more expensive than the majority of the more budget-oriented companies, but they certainly represent the best value on the mountain.
The African Walking Company does not sell directly to customers but instead concentrates on what it does best ... getting people up and down the mountain. The treks are offered through a small number of specialist travel companies such as ourselves, which have been hand-picked for their ability to transmit to guests the ethos and quality of the treks that the company operates.
The African Walking Company is without doubt one of our very best suppliers, having attracted consistently glowing feedback from customers for many years. They are extremely nice people, whose hearts are most definitely in the right place and we are very proud to be one of their leading partners.
Rich Marsden took over the African Walking Company in 2007 and has a genuine passion for wild places. He has trekked, guided and climbed in many areas of the world, cycled solo across the Atacama desert, lived and studied in the Arctic region of Scandinavia and guided trips throughout the Himalaya and Andes. He first climbed Kilimanjaro in 1995, and, after a number of subsequent visits, moved to Tanzania in 2003 to join The African Walking Company. Rich as not only enabled The African Walking Company to continue its good work but has continued to improve and expand all areas of the business.