Jonas was born in the Chagga Village of Marangu, growing up with Kilimanjaro in his backyard. He has worked as a mountain guide for over 20 years. Jonas has traveled to Argentina, completing an ascent of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere- 6963m/22,844ft. While in Argentina, Jonas also completed a professional mountaineering course for guides. Jonas is the current Chairman of the Tanzanian branch of the Explorers Club, based in New York City. He has been featured in a New York Times article by Tom Bissel.
Jonas is Wilderness First Responder certified by NOLS. As a guide he is very passionate about his work enjoys very much sharing his extensive knowledge on natural history, mountain climbing and the local culture. He is the father of 4 children and lives in Arusha, Tanzania with his family.
250+ ascents of Kilimanjaro by all routes
10 years working with Alpine Ascents groups
WFR certified by NOLS
Excellent. Communication and interface with the AAI office and staff was easy and prompt. Information and direction was always available through the months leading up to the departure date.