TUSKER'S EXPERT GUIDES
YOUR GUIDES ON KILIMANJARO
The guide-by-your-side is key to transforming your journey into the trip of a lifetime. As one of the original climbing companies on Kilimanjaro, Tusker’s guiding teams have been leading climbs up the mountain for years. Highly qualified, deeply experienced, and legends on Kilimanjaro, their leadership skills have established them as the most elite guiding team on the mountain. In addition to leading thousands of climbers to the summit over the years, they are often asked to assist the Kilimanjaro National Parks rescue team and other trekking companies in need.
Your guides are medically trained High Altitude First Responders, and with laser-focused skills they do more than just keep you safe, as they also boost your spirit. Their love for the mountain is palpable, their thrill for the climb is infectious, and their knowledge is second to none.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu
NUMBER OF GUIDES ON YOUR CLIMB
Tusker’s four-decade passion for climber safety is a no-nonsense achievement. You climb with the most thoroughly trained crew and the highest number of guides in your group provided by any company on Kilimanjaro. This is critical, because if a member of your group requires an evacuation, then you can easily continue the climb with the remaining guides on your team. Our treks in other parts of the world also include pack animals and boats, maintaining the same high standard of guiding.
GENERATIONS OF CLIMBING EXPERIENCE
Tusker Trail is one of Kilimanjaro’s original climbing companies, and you have the backing of 45 years of Kilimanjaro experience. Decades of leading thousands of adventurers to the summit means that you have a highly experienced team accompanying you on the challenge of your lifetime.
DECADES OF SUMMITTING KILIMANJARO
The Tusker guiding team has been working for us for decades. They all share the same core values and high standards on your climb. The team operates as a cohesive unit, leading smooth, well executed climbs. Many of them have worked with Eddie Frank while training the US Special Forces and have a shared devotion to their profession and the climbers in their charge.
When you’re climbing it’s important to know that your guides are expertly trained and have long experience dealing with altitude sickness and austere weather conditions, both of which change in the blink of an eye. Their guiding skills take multiple weeks of focused training, and many years of climbing to develop. Tusker’s guides often say that Kilimanjaro is their office, and it is indeed their back yard, as they all grew up and live on the slopes of the mountain. Each guide has summitted Kilimanjaro hundreds of times and has an intimate knowledge of the flora and geology on every trail – up and down.
ON THE SPOT MEDICAL MONITORING
On Kilimanjaro, altitude and weather are your main challenges, and they are both unpredictable. Your expert guides give you twice daily medical checks to evaluate your condition as you climb to altitude. With their highly detailed training and many years of climbing, they have developed a superb ability to spot early signs of altitude or physiological issues that you may not even be aware of. Something as simple as a hot spot on your toe, loss of appetite or slight insomnia can be a key indicator of something developing. Spotting potential issues and treating them before they become a problem is the key to getting the most out of your climb and achieving the summit. Our summit success rate of 98% says it all.
HIGH ALTITUDE FIRST RESPONDERS
What is the difference between a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and a High Altitude First Responder (HAFR)? A Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the most common wilderness medical course taken by guides who lead trips in remote locations. It is a common certification among companies that offer river trips, treks, and overland expeditions in remote wilderness locations.
Almost all medical emergencies on Kilimanjaro happen above 10,000 feet altitude. However, the WFR five-day course only spends two hours on high altitude medical training. This is why Tusker Trail’s founding guide, Eddie Frank, created the HAFR medical course.
High Altitude First Responder (HAFR) training is an expansion of WFR training;however, it has a more specialized focus on high altitude medical issues. Check our Health and Safety page to learn how Tusker created the High Altitude First Responder training program. All Tusker’s Kilimanjaro guides are High Altitude First Responders. Two of our Tusker guides also assist leading our treks to high altitude at Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
These are what physicians who have climbed with us have said about our guides knowledge and Tusker's advanced health and safety protocols:
"Tusker guides are distinguished from all others by their training as High Altitude First Responders. The intensity and thoroughness of the training is best demonstrated by Tusker's unparalleled safety record and extraordinary adventure experience for climbers."
- DR. MICHAEL CALLAHAN
"It was a great Kilimanjaro climb and you run an outstanding operation. Your emphasis on health and safety is to be commended. I wish some of my medical students had the insight of your guides."
- DR. DAVID TOWNES
During our 45 years in adventure travel we have established enduring global alliances with the following professional organizations:
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