An unforgettable time!
“We had an unforgettable experience last week on this tour. We were a group of 4 women with limited to some hiking experience. Anna and Stasia from Altezza were very responsive leading up to our booking. They were very easy and transparent regarding all the booking details. During the trip, our guides Baraka and Gerald were highly professional throughout our trek. They made sure that we were as comfortable as possible. This included all the small things, such as making sure we got enough lights for dinner and bringing more if we needed, as well as the big things, such as making sure that we summited! Baraka and Gerald were highly experienced as guides, and made sure to adjust their walking speeds to the individual needs of our group. They were also very personable, friendly and extremely approachable if we ever had questions (and we had many!). In addition, the rest of the crew (there were 20 people in total), that helped us were all highly attentive and very competent- we could not have done this without them. The food from our chef Justin was delicious - weve never had soup as creamy and eggs cooked the way he makes them- it stood out as unparalleled hiking food! Our server Benson told us really funny stories about his many trips in the mountains while he prepared dinner. The rest of the crew who worked behind the scenes tirelessly made everything seamless! We couldnt have asked for more. Some tips in addition to the other ones you may find online:1. Bring Vaseline - it gets really dry in the mountains so that would really help.2. It also gets very dusty in the mountain, so if you have dust allergies, you might need some medication. Even if you are not allergic to dust, it may be good to bring a bandana or something equivalent to keep off the dust.3. Rent the portable toilet!!! It is much better than the public restrooms, and relatively clean. Much more convenient if you need to go at night.4. Bring an extra roll of toilet paper- you wont need it for the toile if you rent the portable toilet, but it is useful if your nose runs because it gets cold.5. Bring extra hand warmers if you can. In addition to using them on Summit Day, some mornings are also cold. The crew does give you heated rubber bottles for warmth as well- so this is just for extra comfort.6. Bring mouthwash! Some nights are somewhat cold, so you may choose to mouthwash rather than do the full floss/brush. Makes you feel cleaner for sure. Same goes for disposable baby wipes in addition to a camping towel (quick dry so you dont have to use a wet one the next day!)7. Bring extra snacks if you can- the crew never will ask you for food, but we think they really appreciate it when you share. Same goes for anything else you think you can spare. Sharing is caring!8. Ask questions! We learned quite a bit about the mountains and the lives of our entire crew when we did- it was very rewarding learning more about the local culture and language.”
Top notch Kili climb
“We had a phenomenal experience with Altezza climbing the Mahcame Route (7 days). The guides were highly professional; every day they conducted a medical check to make sure we were all feeling alright, and helped ensure that we were taking care of ourselves properly. They fed us well, and provided all sorts of interesting facts and motivation to help get all of us up the mountain. In our group of 10, all of us made it to the summit! Our guides were also all Tanzanian/locals, which was great. Some other companies use Americans to lead their trips, which seemed unnecessary. The locals knew the mountain better, were fantastic ambassadors for their country, and in general just fun. I would highly recommend Altezza for anyone looking for climb Kili!! For what it's worth, we purchased the trip through the website The Clymb and were able to get a somewhat substantial discount that way. Might be worth exploring.”
Fantastic Kilimanjaro Operators
“My friend and I recently finished Altezzas 7-day Machame Kilimanjaro climb, and we would recommend Altezza to anyone.Stasia and Anna, our contacts at Altezza, were very responsive and helpful. We found the booking process straightforward and once in Tanzania everything was very well organised and slick. All members of staff that we met were friendly and very professional, and we always felt well taken care of.We had a great experience climbing Kilimanjaro with Altezza. In particular our guides Victor, Athuman, Eli and Makeke (and the rest of their team of chefs and porters) were totally reliable and professional, and made our climb both safe and enjoyable. When my climbing partner was taken ill, the guides went above and beyond to help him and to make sure he recovered and went on to reach the summit. Lots of good food was provided, and the guides carried out two medical checks per day to make sure everyone was feeling okay. We would highly recommend climbing with Altezza, and Victors team of guides.”
Stop looking and book Altezza for your climb!
“Just returned from our 7-day climb up the Machame trail with Altezza and I truly can't say enough amazing things about the company & the folks working there! To set the stage, we were a small group of three women in our early 30s from Chicago IL, USA.To start, the booking process is incredibly easy and Stasia couldn't have been more helpful via email. We had months and months of questions leading up to the hike and she answered in detail within minutes. The company has a helpful packing list, and you can rent anything you don't want to spend money on buying.When we landed at Kilimanjaro airport our driver was waiting for us, was helpful with our luggage, and made us feel right at home. Upon arrival to the hotel, Ana was so kind and helpful with check in. She went through our gear check in detail & asked great questions about what we brought along to ensure we were prepared. The next morning we woke up to meet one of our two guides, Edwin. Right off the bat Edwin made us feel comfortable and we knew it was going to be a great seven days together. We arrived to the Machame gate for checkin and a yummy lunch + to meet the rest of our team consisting of another guide (Joshua) and our team of 13 porters. They were all smiles and brought such amazing energy!The rest of our time spent on the mountain was perfection! Joshua and Edwin did a wonderful job of evaluating how we were feeling and hiking us along as they felt fit. The three of us are in good shape and they could tell we could go a bit faster than other groups. Every few hours they magically brought out hot tea during break time. Once you start to get a bit higher and it gets colder, this becomes a highlight! Not to mention some of our best conversations happened while overlooking a gorgeous view sipping tea all together.Each day we got to camp everything was ready to go! They provide warm water both in the morning and evening to wash up. You also get coffee/ tea in your tent in the morning. The meals were delicious (for real!!) and we never went hungry. They even brought us a cake for New Years AND our chef made one on our last morning. I can't bake a cake in my condo let alone on a mountain! Also, I'm a veggie and they went above and beyond to ensure I had something separate to eat. Each meal also has hot water to make more tea or coffee; again a perk when it's freezing! Before you head to sleep they give you a stuffed bunny with a hot pod of water inside. It warms your sleeping bag right up and made going to bed in the cold so much better. Such a lovely add on.When it came to feeling safe, our guides made sure we were feeling great each step of the way. They checked our heart rate and oxygen levels twice a day and when climbing steeper boulders made sure we felt safe. They also made sure we were drinking as much water as possible throughout the day.On summit morning, despite crazy wind, snow, hail, and cold, we never once felt unsafe or like we couldn't do it. Edwin, Joshua, and Frank (a porter who summited with us) did everything from pushing hair out of our faces, re-buckling our backpacks, unzipping and rezipping coats, opening up hand warmers, and even giving us words of encouragement. When we reached the top it felt like such a team effort!In summary, this company goes above and beyond from start to finish. They truly care about your experience & safety. It was an INCREDIBLE adventure filled with an amazing team (our rafikis!) we miss dearly. Do yourself a favor and book this company and ask for Joshua and Edwin's team. You won't regret it!”