Our management team
Management and Operations
To coordinate hundreds of climbs a year with between one and more than 100 guests per climb and an accompanying crew of up to 200 needs some serious management skills. Yet, our dedicated and highly professional team provide individual attention and care to each of our guests, whatever their needs. All our managers have been on the mountain several times and climbed various routes; between them, they have extensive personal experience and knowledge of the highest mountain in Africa. Book with Kilimanjaro-Experience and you are in very safe hands.
A successful climb is a safe climb, but a conquered summit is a satisfying success for all. Getting to the top is not the achievement of only one person – it is a victory shared by all involved and made possible by the interplay of the entire team with the clients and vice versa. We’ll be guiding you and rooting for you every step of the way, and we’ll be there to celebrate with you when you get back down again.
Henning Schmidt – General Manager
Henning was born in Germany, but has been living in Tanzania since 2007. Even while he was studying for his degree in Business and Tourism, he worked as a tour guide in Africa. He is in charge of the bigger picture; the financial aspect, dealing with authorities and unions for visas and licenses and assessment of emergency plans. Henning has been to Kilimanjaro’s summit several times on various routes. His tip is to take it easy. “There are so many people who climbed Kili and insist that their way is the only way to succeed. Over the past 50 years all kinds of people with all kinds of climbing strategies climbed Kilimanjaro and most of them made it”.
Christian Seifert – Operations Manager
Originally from Germany, Christian worked in Germany as a sales consultant for a tour operator specialising in tours to Africa. His job now includes organising and conducting the briefings before the climb and doing gear checks. He and his team have to make sure equipment for the climb and climbers, mountain crew, food provisions and transport are in place. In addition he selects the crews for each climb, ensuring the guides and porters will suit the guest profile.
The ops manager is the central point of communication between ground staff and the mountain crew and he is the primary contact for any emergency. In climbing season his phone is on – day and night, seven days a week.
Franco Kasian – Head Guide and Climb Coordinator
Franco our head guide, stood on top of Africa´s highest mountain more than 400 times before a tragic accident ended his 20-year career of guiding guests to the roof of Africa. His experience of the mountain and knowledge about equipment and the people working on it, is now of great value for the management, planning and operating Kilimanjaro climbs. Franco works behind the scenes to make sure every piece of equipment and every crew member is at the right place at the right time.