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Jonas Rutta

Jonas Rutta

Lead Tanzanian Guide

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.

Guide For:

Mount Kilimanjaro

Significant Ascents

250+ ascents of Kilimanjaro by all routes

Certifications

  • 10 years working with Alpine Ascents groups
  • WFR certified by NOLS

The entire two weeks came off without a hitch. Given the logistics of international travel we never waited for any part of the trip. Each day’s climbing was enjoyable and well-planned. The safari could not have run more smoothly. Most of the group found the experience a defining moment in their lives.

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