Mount Kilimanjaro Guides

Kilimanjaro Guides

Unique to Alpine Ascents, each scheduled climb is led by a professional mountain guide. In many cases, guides have been in the field for 10+ years, and in addition to their expertise on Kilimanjaro, also lead expeditions to great peaks around the world. Most of these guides have climbed 8,000 m peaks and have 25–50 Kilimanjaro trips under their belts and have vast medical experience (all are Wilderness First Responder certified). You will benefit greatly from the leadership, experience, and teaching your western guide will offer on this challenging adventure.

Tanzanian Lead Guide Staff

Our lead Tanzanian guides are selected exclusively based on experience and training. They must meet strict standards for proven leadership, mountain experience, medical training, client care, and English language skills. Each lead guide has a minimum of 15 years personal experience, and minimum five years and 25 trips working with Alpine Ascents groups, alongside one of our professional western guides from North America. They understand and practice our high standards for safety, leadership, and teaching, one-to-one client care, and high success rates.

Assistant guides have a minimum four years experience and demonstrate the ability to become lead guides while mentoring over several years, gaining invaluable experience.

Senior Guide Staff

Eric Murphy

Kilimanjaro Program Manager. International, Mountaineering School

Ben Jones

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Kilimanjaro, International, Everest, Denali, Mount Rainier, Mountaineering School

Kristie Kayl

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Rachel Molstad


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Saul Kyara

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Guide Staff

Jonas Rutta

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Lead Tanzanian Guide

August Maleo

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Assistant Tanzanian Guide

Daniel Leonard

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Lead Tanzanian Guide

Rodrick Mtui

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Lead Tanzanian Guide

Edward Tofili Urio

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Assistant Tanzanian Guide

Kelvin Makere

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Lead Chef

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course which was challenging and highly rewarding. The information, skills, experience that I gained should provide a solid foundation on which to build and take next steps.

Mount Kilimanjaro BLOG

  • 2022 Kilimanjaro Webinar

    Are you planning on climbing to the roof of Africa this summer?  If so, check out the 2022 Kilimanjaro webinar that we hosted on May 25th.  Our Kilimanjaro Program Director, Eric Murphy, outlined our COVID-19 protocols, the Tanzanian VISA process, and gave a detailed overview of the trip and what to expect.  We wrapped up […]

  • Kilimanjaro COVID-19 Hunger Relief Update

    by Eric Murphy  Our ongoing and very successful ($37,000 +) Kilimanjaro Covid-19 Hunger Relief Fundraiser has just completed the 2nd food distributions for all 310 crew and staff. Members from our Tanzanian partner company Big Expeditions handled all aspects of whole purchase and transport of over 12,000 lbs of rice, corn and sugar. Arusha crew […]

  • Kilimanjaro: A Tribute to our Tanzanian Crew

    by Paul Koubek  As one of the western guides fortunate to work with the Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Program, when I was asked to write a blog post about any topic I wanted, the first thing that came to mind for me about my experience on Kilimanjaro was: the people! Every Alpine Ascents climb of Kilimanjaro […]

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