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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2019: 8 Sep, 6 Oct, 11 Oct, 8 Dec
2020: 5 Jan, 2 Feb, 1 Mar, 14 Jun, 12 Jul, 9 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct

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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.

17 Reviews of Climbing Kilimanjaro, Machame Route 7 days

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2010 by

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...Just do it! It is an experience and if you like trekking it is absolutely fantastic....would love to do it again. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2010 by

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

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2007 by

Great holiday - I was travelling alone and have not done much walking before so was a little worried - the guides, office and porters were really supportive. Route was stunning - really good - can't fault it. Thanks !!! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2007 by

I would rate this holiday as probably one, if not the best, trip that I have ever taken. I will never forget seeing the Kibo through the clouds for the first time, the brilliance of the sun reflecting off the glaciers in the early morning sunlight, or the magnificent sunrise I witness from the peak. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2007 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the summit on Kilimanjaro. What a great mountain and the Machame is the best scenic route with good time to acclimatize. Best holiday I have ever been on. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2007 by

I was very impressed with this operator, and could heartily recommend them to others, both for their professionalism, and the level of care shown to staff and clients. I was impressed by Kilimanjaro, and overall found it to be a great holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2007 by

The most memorable part of the trip were the people from the tour operator that we met throughout the whole stay there, strarting with the guest house and ending up with the guides and porters. They were really great and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2007 by

The highlight was the view from the summit. Just breathtaking and worth the effort. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2006 by

Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro by far was the best part. Knowing all of my hard work had paid off. Indescribable. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2006 by

The holiday we have just returned from was the most exciting and memorable thing we have ever done. I am absolutely delighted that I've actually been able to fulfil this challenge. The whole experience of being on the mountain will stay with me for ever. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2006 by

The most memorable moment was watching a lioness make a kill. It was like being in the middle of a David Attenbrough programme. It was a thrilling sight and one we won't forget. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2006 by

The highlight was the night ascent and reaching the peak. It was a once in a lifetime experience Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2006 by

The highlight would have to be reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, because it was the hardest thing I've ever done, ever thought I would be capable of, or ever want to do again! Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2006 by

The effort required and the encouragement from Julius to get to the summit, made the success feel very very special. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2006 by

Most memorable - the porters singing their Hakuna Matata and Kilimanjaro songs in the campsite on the last night and on the bus home....really made you feel part of the gang. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2005 by

The most memorable time for me was the night-time ascent to Stella Point in the moonlight with our guides singing Tanzanian songs to keep us going. It was pretty magical and combined with the special bonds that formed between the group members made the trip genuinely special. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2005 by

Especially enjoyed Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Maasai cultural visit. Read full review

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