Professional Team: Our Guides And Climbing Crew Are Seasoned Pros2020-03-03T16:53:55-07:00
Professional Team: Our Guides And Climbing Crew Are Seasoned Pros
We supply an average ratio of one guide for every two climbers. Our entire guide team are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR) recognized by park management and other tour operators as the most capable and professional crews on the mountain.
Nature Discovery employs over 40 WFR certified guides, and the management team are also WFR trained and certified. We train specialists in food preparation and expediting, hygiene management, and equipment management. This level of specialised training and development far surpasses the training and deployment offered by other outfits. We simply go further than others to deliver a professional product.
Specialized mountain crew members who join every trek:
Wilderness First Responder Certified Mountain Guides – All of our mountain guides hold current certification from the Sentinel Outdoor Institute and are re-certified every two years.
Western-Breach Route Mountaineering Guides – These guides are specially trained by a mountaineering expert on setting hand-lines with reliable anchors, route safety, rock-fall protocol, and ice axe use for cutting steps and self-arrest.
Mountain Chef – Our Mountain Chefs are trained to the highest standards because good nourishment is a priority for our climbers. They specialise in cooking set menu plans based on specially created and highly detailed recipes. Every year we review and improve recipes while our Chefs undergo additional training including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu plans.
Waiters – Each trek has a Head Waiter and an Assistant Waiter (depending on service level) to ensure a professional meal service and keeping the dining tent clean & organized.
Campsite Manager – Our Campsite Managers organise the expert setup and breakdown of each camp, and practice the Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. Camp Set Up Crew – Our fastest porters reach the next camp location first, to secure the best tent sites daily.
Sanitary Services Crew – This specialist team is trained in sanitary services including collection and treatment of drinking water and managing hand-washing stations for climbers.
Waste crew – Most of our treks provide private restroom tents with portable flush toilets. The waste crews maintain and clean the toilets, and restock toilet tissue and hand sanitizer. In special campsites, we also carry out all our solid human waste using patented PETT toilets and ‘wag-bags’.
Wow, what a great experience! The final walk up the summit ridge was a just an amazing feeling and luckily, weather conditions on the top cleared up after starting from School Hut in lightly falling snow.
Everything ran like a well-oiled machine. We just couldn’t fault it! We really liked the team approach across porters and guiding staff. I know that these things don’t just happen and you should be proud of your staff and their efforts. Would I recommend a Nature Discovery Kili trek to friends and family – absolutely! That to me is always the test after completing something like this.
Your advice as to the Shira Plateau route was spot on. Excellent to get the necessary acclimatization time in and nobody suffered from altitude sickness. Having experience that at Everest Base Camp, I was very pleased (and relieved) to come through unscathed this time.
Some specific comments:
Hire gear was great.
Food was exceptional, both as to variety, quality and quantity. Our chef, Felisiana August was superb and turned out meals of a consistently high standard. Both the menu design was excellent and we were continually surprised as our waiter Good Luck announced each evening what we were having.
Guide team: Onest Mtui is the sort of person you just trust and respect. Quietly spoken, very knowledgeable, and as we headed up the mountain on summit day with the ground covered in snow, you just knew that he was right on top of his game. Excellent man and we all really enjoyed his company.
Assistant guide William Bwenje is someone that you need to keep in mind when you are looking to promote new head guides. Both Michael and I were impressed with his depth and maturity. He anticipated problems, worked with people who needed assistance, demonstrated really good leadership qualities and has a very good grasp of English. The overall caliber of your people on our trek was just superb.
So in summary, I must compliment you and all the team on a job well done.
Nature Discovery is the best agent to secure your Kilimanjaro climbing. Guides like Sam and Philip run the strongest team, always disciplined and caring! Equipment is of highest quality, camp management is in order, incredible eating, perfect information and briefing. A top team spirit; smile on their faces, and, if needed, serious, alert, dedicated. They know the mountain and its challenges! Imagine, two lady-climbers feeling totally safe and perfectly guided by this professional team!
We fully recommend Nature Discovery! It was amazing and we will never forget this wonderful journey!
Wendela and MoniqueNetherlands
2002, 2003, 20014…… et de nouveau en 2018 !!!!
Si vous chercher une agence qui sort des sentiers battus et qui va vous accompagner dans toutes vos directions, alors Nature Discovery est faite pour vous. Remplie de gens compétents et à votre écoute, je remercie vivement, encore une fois, toute l’équipe sur le terrain et à la logistique. C’était parfait et je ne peux que recommander cette agence avec laquelle je n’ai qu’une envie qui est de refaire un trek « à la carte » comme ils savent si bien le faire.
Grand Merci à tous.