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“The vegetation and terrain that change with altitude, and the beautiful scenery at the summit.” - Hdy11

On top of Mt. Kilimanjaro! (Machame Route)

Views: 238 Visited: Jul 2017 Reviewed: Sep 05, 2017

During my stay in Tanzania, I got to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro through Godfrey and his company, African Traits. Although I was not well-prepared, Godfrey thankfully organised for me to borrow the gear without any hassle, and soon I was at the entrance to the Machame route for Mt. Kilimanjaro, ready to go.

During the hike, the guides John and Anderson kept us entertained with lots of useful information about Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Tanzania in general. At the camps at the end of each day, the porters had already brought our luggage and set up the tents for us to rest. The foods that were cooked (breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner) were absolutely outstanding; every meal was different and unique which kept us excited and there was always plenty of food for us to eat. The cook was also able to accommodate for my friend who was vegetarian. Generous servings and full stomach are really important during these hikes!
I had some altitude sickness for a day during the hike, and it was amazing how much care they put into checking my health. The guides frequently checked how I was doing, and was willing to adapt to ensure my optimal recovery before my hike to the summit.

On the fifth day (the day of the summit), I was fully recovered and prepared for the 6-hour hike to the top. Along this enduring hike, the guides (who each have experience of climbing Mt. Kili over 100 times) help you pace yourself and provide mental support that you need to reach the summit - which we all did!

In addition, the songs the team sing for you during the trip and the pictures of the beautiful scenery you take during the hike are absolutely priceless and unforgettable. With the vegetation and the terrain that change with the altitude, we were in awe most of the time admiring the views, and taking pictures. From day 3 onwards (when you are above ~3000m altitude), it's a surreal feeling to be looking down at the clouds.

I have previously done a Marangu village cultural tour with the African Traits (I have also wrote a review for this trip), and I was again happy with the experience I got out of it. I strongly recommend all future travelers to consider organising their tours with African Traits.

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