This was an amazing experience, made excellent by the Altezza guides and rockstar porters. We traveled with Elia and Adam (both excellent English speakers and knowledgeable guides). They kept things fun every day, always had a positive attitude, made each days objectives clear, and monitored our health with extreme care (health checks twice a day). They taught us about the region, the plants, Swahili, their experience hiking Kilimanjaro, and assisted with anything we needed. Anything that went wrong or needed improvement they immediately addressed (and there was hardly anything that went wrong). Their motivation got us to the summit and I am so grateful to have had such excellent guides. The porter staff (Ramadan, John, Kombo, Kennedy, Adriano, Fahad, Jonas, Godfrey, George, Jackson, Philip, Amari, Nuru, Emmanuel, Evans, Ali, Ernesti, Tomas) were all amazingly friendly and hardworking every day of the hike. They would say hello to us as they passed us each day on the trail and their group songs were always motivating and fun. Rama, who was the camp master, helped me repair my rental sleeping bag when the zipper broke and always collected our hiking poles at the end of each day and stored them safely. These guys even went as far as to clean the dust off our boots! We were treated like VIPs all the way. Jonas, Jackson, and George joined Adam/Elia/my group to the summit and were a tremendous help getting up and down the mountain. Combo, who was in charge of our portable toilet, kept it incredibly clean throughout the hike. John, our waiter, always greeted us with a smile breakfast, lunch, tea break, and dinner, always had hygienic gloves on and had the table looking professional with the silverware and folded napkins. Evans, our chef, would check in on us regularly about the meals - I noticed the Nutella gets very hard in the cold mornings and after telling John/Evans that they ensured it was always warmed up before serving. George, Philip, and Jackson would join us on acclimatization hikes as well and were a great help to us. The team remembered it was my birthday and served my group and I a cake which was a delightful surprise and a gesture that I will remember fondly. The Aishi Machame Hotel, the hotel you start at on the Lemosho hike, was a nice place to stay. Great food, service, and blue monkeys around were always entertaining. They even have Galago's and a place where they feed them so you can get some pictures of this elusive primate. Their security guard even brought us down to the river for some pictures and we got a clear view of Kilimanjaro which was amazing. I honestly can't say enough how great the Altezza hiking party was. Altezza maintains compliance with KPAP and had a liason on the hike to ensure the porters safety and health was maintained, something that was important to us going into this hike. I recommend packing 50+ wet wipes for the trip, a quick trying towel (small) to remove dirt/dust, an inflatable pillow, and collapsible water bottle to carry in a jacket pocket on shorter acclimatization hikes.