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Kilimanjaro Hiking Costs

How much does it cost to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

There is a wrong myth that circulates among travelers that climbing is only for the rich. That is entirely wrong; climbing can be done by any traveler whether a budget, mid-range or a luxurious climb; you just need to know how to choose the best routes, accommodations and other factors. Many end up paying a lot simply because they choose a route that does not favor their budget; to simply make sure that you are in the right hands, I would suggest consulting us and talk about your expectations and budget. I’m sure that you shall find an itinerary that is inclusive for you

However, no fixed cost yet known to how much is needed to pay for Kilimanjaro climb; the cost is highly influenced with the multiple factors. In our advice, do not run to those companies offering the lowest climbing costs, as the result you may receive the worst service ever, just relax and consider the following factors, so that you can plan your budget accordingly.

  1. Climber’s preference: Budget versus luxury climbing.

In our experience, some tourist inquires for budget climbing while others choose to hike in the standard model. The price difference between the two preferences is caused by accommodation type (budget vs. standard), Kilimanjaro camping equipment (standard vs. luxury), crew size (number of porters and guides), and the quality of other service offered.

  1. Group size: the cost for solo climber versus group climbers.

If you plan to climb Kilimanjaro alone, it’s obvious the climbing cost will be relatively higher than a shared group cost. If climbing solo, variable cost like airport transfers, and other transport costs, accommodations, food, equipment, and gears, and tipping will be liable to a single person while it can be divided among the group members if climbing is a group. Keeping other factors constant, the larger the group, the lower the price and vice versa.

  1. The route chosen: Short route versus long route, and its facilities.

There are more than 5-different route to climb Kilimanjaro; each route has its own unique features. Routes differ in terms of difficulty level, distance to the top, costs, routes success rate, facilities, and traffic ratio. In this case, the cost for climbing Kilimanjaro let’s say 5-days in Marangu route will be relative cheaper than that of 8-days in Lemosho route.

Another factor about the route is facilities available, its only Marangu route that offers shared accommodation in cabin huts with beds and mattresses, the rest of the routes offers tents camping, hence extra cost for camping equipment and more people will be needed to carry camping equipment each day, in this case the cost for Marangu route will be relatively cheaper compared to other routes.

  1. Number of days spent on climbing Kilimanjaro: Case study of 5-days versus 8-days climbing.

Kilimanjaro climbing cost is highly affected by the choice you will make about total number of days to spend on Kilimanjaro. A question like how many days should I go for Kilimanjaro climbing is highly associated with the prices you are going to pay. Normally, Kilimanjaro climbing is done for 5 to 8 days; the cost for 5 or 6 days is relative lower than the cost for 7 or 8 days climb.

  1. Tour operators’ own price:

Different tour operators charges different climbing prices basing on their own factors like size of the company running cost, the nature of the climb they specialized to offer (budget vs. luxury), profit margins they want to make, and many more.

Our 2020 Mount Kilimanjaro climbing price is as follows:

Our tour departs as privates only. On the table below you will see number of days plus two, the additional two days is for arrival and departure day.

Duration            Standard climbing                             Luxury climbing
1-pax private2-pax private3+pax private1-pax private2-pax private3+pax private

The mentioned price covers the followings:

-Private airport transfers on arrival and depart day

-2 Nights accommodation in standard lodge in Moshi town (on arrival and departure day, Bed and breakfast)

-Non personal camping equipments

-Private transport to and from the Mountain gate

-Food (3-meals a day, snacks, purified water and fruits)

-Park fees, accommodation fee and rescue fee +18% VAT

-Salary to guides, cook and the member of the crew (porters)

Price did not include the following

-Personal expenses

-Additional day stay or any additional tour activities not covered on the package.


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