Woman falls in love at 19,000ft, marries Mt Kilimanjaro guide

Danielle and Alphar are now happily married [Photo: Couretsy]

A divorced mum married her Mount Kilimanjaro guide after falling in love with him at 19,000ft.

Danielle Kiuyo, 34, hit rock bottom when she split with the father of her two children - now aged six and four - after five years of marriage.

She joined her dad Steve Austin on a trek up the Tanzanian volcano to regain her confidence, reports the Daily Star.

But while she was expecting the challenge of a lifetime, she didn’t count on finding love with trip guide Alphar, 27.

Now, one year on, they are man and wife. Danielle said: “I never expected to find a husband at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, but I’ve never been happier.

“We met on day one and I looked at Alphar and I thought, ‘Oh my god, he’s so fit. Swoon.’ I was pleased when I found out he didn’t have a girlfriend because it was love at first sight.”

The Kilimanjaro trek took place last September.

Danielle and her dad Steve Austin took the trip in a bid to reboost her confidence [Photo: Courtesy]

Danielle said: “I felt anxious as I knew it would be no easy feat. But it was something where I could prove to myself and everyone that I was invincible.”

Alphar made the trek a lot easier. Accountant Danielle, of Northampton, added: “He helped me down from the summit, linking arms.

“I felt like we were always looking at each other, but I thought the final goodbye – when we all added each other on Facebook – would be the last I’d ever see of him.”

Back at her hotel in Zanzibar, she sent Alphar a message and was thrilled when he replied.

She said: “I remember being constantly excited to see what he had messaged. When we flew from Zanzibar to Nairobi, Alphar said, ‘No, don’t go home. Can’t you come back here?’

“Then I knew it was something more and I started planning my next trip.”

Determined Danielle reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro [Photo: Courtesy]

She flew out in secret to join him for New Year’s Eve. And then on her third visit to Tanzania, they tied the knot.

Danielle said: “We went to the commissioner’s office on Monday to ask if we could get married and returned on Friday with 12 guests.

“I knew it was what I wanted. Alphar is so good, so kind – he’s my hero.”

But not everyone at home was thrilled at the news.

She added: “My dad was shocked. He didn’t speak to me for three days. And I have a friend, who I don’t speak to any more.

“But after my failed marriage I just thought, ‘Take a chance. If it works, then great. And if it doesn’t, then what the hell?’”


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