About Kilimanjaro Experts
The Kili Experts are a fairly new company – but one with very experienced people working for it.
My name is Henry Stedman, and I have been writing the bestselling guide book to Kilimanjaro since 2001; David Squire worked as a tour organiser on the mountain for over a decade. While Joshua Ruhimbi, the third director, has been climbing for a similar period and has summited over 250 times, a career that has included leading blind climbers to the summit, no less than three(!) wheelchair expeditions to the top, and also led the first expedition to the top where the couple got married at the summit.
We put this team together because although I liked aspects of many companies, we couldn’t find one company that was ideal. For instance, we may have thought that the guides at one company were amongst the best – but, unfortunately, their treatment of their porters and the wages they paid them weren’t brilliant.
So we have handpicked various guides, cooks etc, many of whom I have climbed with before and have chosen simply because we know how good they are. And by joining us all together in a company that adheres to a strict ethical code, while not overcharging as so many companies do, we believe we’ve created a company that ‘ticks every box’ and fulfils every expectation that I, as a climber, would want from my trek operator.
Henry Stedman is the author of the bestselling guide book to the mountain, Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa’s Highest Mountain. Now in its fifth edition, it has sold well over 100,000 copies since its first publication in 2001. He also created and maintains the Climb Mount Kilimanjaro website, which has been viewed and used countless millions of times by countless millions of people since its inception in 2006. He also runs the Waypoint51 website, about the great walks of Britain – ideal training for those wanting to climb Kili.
Henry has scaled the mountain more than 30 times, and has also summitted Mount Meru on half a dozen occasions too. Nevertheless, friends still describe him as living proof that virtually anyone can climb Kilimanjaro.