machame vs. lemosho
Personally, I am going the Lemosho route, both for the less travelled reason you mention, but also because it mostly involves a longer trek. This is a huge difference as it allows more time to acclimatise, which in turn gives you a much better chance of summiting.
Having spent all that money getting there and paying for the climb, it seems a shame not to give yourself the greatest success chance just to save a few quid.
There are a couple of reasons that only the "pricier" outfits do it, the principle one being that it costs them more as follows;
There is half a days drive to Landrossi to register and get going, which is much further than any other route other than Rongai.
It mostly involves an over night stay at crater camp, which means the porters have to trek higher and stay overnight at altitudes they would not have to on other routes, so they get paid a small premium for this.
Finally, as the trek is normally over more days than the other routes, you have to pay extra days salaries for your guide, porters etc., extra food and most expensively of all extra days Park Fees.
I hope this helps.
I have a question that is a little off-point, but I don't think it is worthy of it's own thread ... Does anyone know where the drinking water comes from? It seems the guide services boil and/or filter the water for clients to use. Is this water they haul up? Or do they plan the routes so as to hit a couple of springs on the way up? Just wondering.
If the stories are to be believed in about ten years time, they will have to haul all their own water up......
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