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.
PlanetThis 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.
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!
PeopleOur 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.
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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