Below are comments about what some of our clients have said about us and our team. We are happy to put you in touch with past clients.
- TripAdvisor reviews
- Chris and Alexis, USA
- Megan, Wade and Philip, USA
- Peer, USA
- Sean, USA
- Steve Shanks, USA
- Gina from the Netherlands
- Kristina (Maryland, USA)
- Heather (Washington, DC, USA)
- Ola (Karlskrona, Sweden)
Finding the right guide can certainly be a daunting experience, given how much of an impact they have on your experience and that they might literally have your life in their hands. Fortunately for us, one of my college roommates had hired Demi and his team at Diamond Glacier Adventures and we were thrilled to have hired them as well. Demi’s price was very reasonable, especially given that we had a private tour with just my wife and I. That personal attention made a world of difference as they adjusted to our pace and guided us safely up and back down the mountain. We were also very impressed at the quality and freshness of the food that we had during our 6 day trip. Especially since everything we ate was hauled up the mountain with us by the porters.
There were a couple times in particular when our guides really stepped up and did an outstanding job. Our first night on the mountain we were camping in a rocky clearing surrounded by heather when this fierce thunderstorm swooped in pounded us with wind and rain. The storm was so fiercely blowing sideways that some spray was coming in from underneath the rain fly and we could tell that streams of water coming down the rocky mountain were passing by our tent. After a couple hours of this my wife and broke the silence by looking at each other and blurting out laughing with a mutual “what have we gotten ourselves into?” The next morning, Demi and crew were fantastic in drying out a few items that were damp and adding plenty of extra tarps and protection to our tents for the following nights. Fortunately, the weather was perfect after that, but we could tell that our tent could have survived almost anything.
The next time they really stepped up was on the final summit climb. My wife and I made a pact that if one of us couldn’t make it, we’d fully support the other carrying on to the summit. As we were approaching the top of the crater, the altitude was really getting to my wife. Demi and his brother were guiding us and doing all they could to take it slow and help her along. We pushed on and she reached Gillman’s point (which is the top of the crater rim from the route we were taking) on a perfectly clear full-moon night. This let her still get a certificate and a great photo op in front of one of the iconic wooden signs on the mountain. Demi’s brother took her safely back down to base camp while Demi took me the rest of the way to the peak. It was an almost spiritual experience at the top and I am so fortunate to have made it!
One other small, but important piece of advice: bring a spare camera battery! Upon reaching the top of the summit, I took a picture of the beginnings of sunrise over the crater. Then I turned the camera over to my guide to snap a pic of me in front of THE sign. Bam. Out of power. Shutting down! Thankfully I packed an extra battery. That timing could have been very, very bad!
All in all, it was a beautiful, wonderful, spectacular (but not effort free) achievement that was the perfect way to start our honeymoon!
Over the last six days, we were able to see this team of brothers work together to get us to the top. To be honest, I don’t think we would’ve made it without them. We had nine porters. All worked their butts off running as fast as they could to make it to camp on a daily basis prior to our arrival. As fit individuals, we were not slow and we wasted no time. But every time, these young porters, carrying upwards of 70 pounds marched their way up and down ridge lines to serve our needs. And service they provided.
For five nights we were given an extremely balanced meal, full of the proper proportion of carbohydrates, proteins, fluids and fats. Saleem, our cook, did great work. Every morning and night we had hot water to wash our face and hands. Our tents were always prepared for sleeping at night, and Thomas, was sure to call us when all our meals were ready. Things were not rushed. Our guides were not pushy and we were able to go at the pace of our choice. However, you will find that the term “pole pole” is used a lot. It means to go slow. And slow you will go. It’s important. It allows your body to prevent getting headaches, nausea and dizziness. Acclimatization is very important because you are going from very low to very high altitude so fast.
Demi and Cony ensure your health is taken care of. They take their time with you so things like headaches don’t occur. If you don’t have a good guide, your health is at risk. These guides know their stuff. They are experts on the mountain and understand the capabilities of their customers. If you are confident that you want to summit a mountain and want to be taken care of without having problems, I highly recommend Diamond Glacier Adventures. They’ll take care of you.
But I ensure, come prepared. Get those lungs healthy and pack your baby wipes, you’ll appreciate it when you haven’t showered in five days. We are very happy we can sit here drinking beer, eating Tanzanian food and relaxing in the warm household, knowing we were able to reach the top carrying our own packs and being confident that our porters weren’t the only ones working hard to get to the top.
We were both so very glad that we crossed paths with Demi Kessy and his brother Cony. They were very patient, relaxed brothers, worked very well with each other, really respected each other, and worked very hard to make sure that we had a fantastic time. This holds true with the crew of porters that they assembled for our hike. They always had a smile, they were always happy to help us out with whatever we needed and wanted.
I noticed this after a bit of a hectic morning when we first met. They all aimed to please, and no one got flustered. They all just made sure to locate the right piece of equipment that each person wanted to use on the hike. Once we got going, they instilled in us the mantra “pole pole” which means “slowly slowly.” That saying really went a long way to help us up to the summit. More importantly, they were willing to abide by the same principle, even though they had done the hike numerous times and could probably get to the top blindfolded.
The whole experience was amazing, entering the gates, trekking through the forest below Kilimanjaro, passing into the wide open scree fields and our first views of Kilimanjaro, climbing the Barranco wall, summiting Uhuru Peak and getting back down to the bottom safely, with a satisfied feeling. It was really exciting for us, and you could tell that Demi and his brother Cony were just as excited to have us there.
So, Thank You very much Demi and Cony for all that you did for us! Thank You to the Porters for loading up and carrying our luggage! Thank You to the Cook for the amazing food! Thank You to the Waiter for serving us with a smile! Whenever Sean and I hear of anyone going to Kilimanjaro, we are definitely going to give a beaming recommendation to consider Demi and Cony’s group.
Thanks again to Demetrius, Cony and their supportive team.
(email me if you need more convincing – stevenshanks at wildmail.com)