Im trying to decide on a operator to climb Kilimanjaro with in August 2014. I climbed Kilimanjaro (unfortunately didn't summit) with Action Challenge a few years ago. Things I liked about them:-
Tents/Mess Tents were great especially in comparison to some others I saw on the mountain
Porters were fantastic
Food was decent (we were all ill so I didn't eat much)
Hotels Pre and Post climb very comfortable
However, I thought the group was far too big - about 40 people and I hear you can summit in the day instead of at night which is what action challenge do? Decent go confusing as half the group wanted to run down and the rest of us walked but some how they also abandoned me on the way down and I ended up on my own (while still being ill) and another groups Doctor who was absolutely lovely stopped to help me. I was safe and some of my group who were behind caught up with me so it wasn't the end of the world but it just highlighted the fact that maybe there were too many people in the group.
My fiancé and I would like to raise money for charity and climb Kilimanjaro and I originally thought of Action Challenge however I just have that feeling of "what if there is better....". I rang action challenge to ask a question and was slightly put off by the "I cant be bothered" tone I received.
Has anyone had a really great experience who have good equipment etc? I know its not 5* luxury and its hard and don't expect complete comfort but a decent tent etc makes a huge difference.
Thanks for any advice in advance!