–Paul Guterman – US

I booked a 7-day Machame Route trip with Climb Kili based on the Trip Advisor reviews, and am happy I did. Tiffany Watson in the U.S. office was always helpful and quick to respond to questions, and the Arusha staff was teriffic as well. Couldn’t have asked for better guides than Seraphine and Auguste: both were encouraging, friendly, highly professional, and looked out for everybody. Also, the cooks and porters did an incredible job of moving everything and preparing great meals every day.The terrain is generally either loose dirt and gravel or uneven rocks, so take it slow and always know where your feet are going next. How would you rather spend your vacation: getting to the summit, or watching CNN in a hospital room in Nairobi?The first few days are pretty moderate, and are intended to get your body used to the alttitude. However, don’t get fooled into thinking Kilimanjaro is an easy climb; the night you start for the summit is quite difficult. While the procession of headlamps up the mountain is eerily beautiful, it can also be quite discouraging; try looking at the boots of the person in front of you instead and take it a step at a time. It isn’t a race so rest as often as needed, and save some energy for the descent and hike to the next camp.The guides and porters work incredibly hard getting you to the top