Climbing Kilimanjaro, Machame Route 7 days

Description of Climbing Kilimanjaro, Machame Route 7 days

We've designed our Kili trek to give the very best chance of reaching the summit, maximum appreciation of the spectacular scenery and wildlife, and an insight into the natural history and cultures of the environments and peoples we meet.

Trekkers arriving from low level to climb Kilimanjaro often suffer from altitude sickness if they do not acclimatise properly (lack of fitness is rarely a big problem). We use the Machame Route (with an extra day at Karanga Valley) because it is scenically very attractive, gentler than Marangu or Rongai routes, and provides excellent acclimatisation.

Accommodation is camping throughout in 3 person mountain tents shared by two people. All your equipment will be carried by vehicle or local porters, you only carry a day-pack with personal gear. When camping you will not have to participate in camp chores. We buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff. We can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro, Machame Route 7 days

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Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

This long but gentle trek is more expensive than shorter climbs or the Marangu Route but allows good acclimatisation. Your enjoyment, satisfaction, and achievement should take priority over a cheap, stressful and possibly dangerous climb.

Our staff are paid well above average wages, have contracts of employment with agreed conditions of service and a profit share bonus each year. We provide good equipment for carrying loads, all food and tented accommodation on the mountain. Often porters and guides on Kilimanjaro receive little or no pay, working just for a tip from the clients. Or they carry double loads - earning more money but compromising your enjoyment, arriving late or throwing food and rubbish away to lighten the loads.

All our guides are qualified and certified by the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities and we enjoy an excellent relationship with them built up over many years of working together. They adhere strictly to the codes of conduct set out by the Park authority and have training in First Aid and treatment of altitude sickness. They carry radios and/or mobile 'phones as reception high on Kili is superb!

We provide our clients with advice on responsible travel behaviour and encourage them to share their cultures with the peoples they meet as a way of improving understanding of our two very different life-styles. Before and after the trek, our Tanzanian Directors can arrange insights into the way of life of the people living around the lower slopes of nearby Mt Meru where your trek directly supports a village primary school - so many trekkers just "do Kili" without any appreciation of, or contact with the fascinating cultures near there.

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Reviewed on 24 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole trip was wonderful. I was passionate about wanting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and got 2 friends to agree and with the added incentive of raising money for a charity that friends of ours had set-up following the death of their baby girl (8months old). To challenge ourselves to get to the top of mt kili and we did it....

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just do it! It is an experience and if you like trekking it is absolutely fantastic. I would do it again.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I am passionate about ethical issues and environmental responsibility. I was determined to organise the trip that benefited the local people and ensure that the guides and porters used are treated fairly and have adequate clothing, etc....

All this was in evidence when we trekked with our porters and guides. Seeing some of the other people trekking and their guides and porters you realised that their company was not as ethical!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Our overall trip was great. I would like to give it 5 stars but having done the trip without the kids and my husband I feel I cannot as I would have loved them to have experienced the trip as well....next time! Nevertheless, it was fantastic and excellent memories and would love to do it again - a different route maybe!

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Climbing Kili was the best past of the whole trip

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Buy a headtorch. It is probably the single most useful accessory you will use

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. Tourism is a huge part of the local economy, without it there would be no jobs. Masaai wanderings have assisted with building a school for local children so broadening the availability of education from a young age

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Some of the best experiences I am ever likely to have.

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