Allot of people are carious and wonder how much Climbing Kilimanjaro Cost. You can’t put a price tag on the thrilling experience of making it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The breath-taking scenery, the panoramic views, and the feeling of standing quite literally at the top of the world are priceless. Once you’ve completed your adventure, we’re sure you’ll agree this ultimate experience was worth every penny.
How can you make sure you’re getting the best deal on your Mount Kilimanjaro climb?
It’s expensive, but it’s not as costly as some of the other world-class summits. For many reasons, it’s the ideal summit for your next adventure.
Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, is located in Tanzania, close to the border of Kenya. You’ll need to fly directly to the Kilimanjaro airport, or into one of the closest big airports—either Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, or Nairobi in Kenya. However, there are various factors to consider, such as the distance of these airports from Kilimanjaro, and visa requirements.
We’ll help you figure out the best airport and answer any questions you may have about getting here. Plan to budget around $1,500 for the total flight costs to Kilimanjaro.
Less is not always best. When climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro your personal safety and the valuable experience of your guides should be important to you. If you’re paying less than $1,400, you might be getting a good deal, but you might be risking too much. It’s a fact that, every year, people are needlessly injured, don’t reach the summit, or don’t make it back down at all.
But you don’t have to go all the way and pay for a $7,000 VIP package either!
A safe and memorable trip up Mt. Kilimanjaro can easily be had for around $2500 – $3,000. When you climb with us, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. Our guides are supremely qualified, and will not take any shortcuts in ensuring your safety during your trek.
There are many tour operators offering services for Mt. Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for the cheapest climb, you’ll likely end up with a company that is cutting costs in some unprofessional or unsafe ways. They might not be paying their staff a fair wage, or they might be taking other shortcuts that would compromise your safety during the climb.
In choosing a Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing company, you really do get what you pay for.
There are 2 types of costs. Fixed and Variable. Everyone has to pay fixed Kilimanjaro park fees. The variable costs depend on how much equipment and supplies are needed for your expedition. Larger groups can split theses variable costs among themselves, and thus pay less per person.
Here are some of the fixed fees:
Conservation Fees – $70 daily, per person
Camping/ Hut Fees – $50 to $60 a night, per person
Huts are only available on the Marangu route. All other Kilimanjaro routes use camping sites. These routes are: Machame route, Lemosho route, Rongai route, Umbwe route, Northern Circuit route. These fees are used to maintain the huts and camping sites.
Rescue Fees – $20 per person (per trip)
Although we don’t anticipate any issues with your climb, this fee goes to the local authorities, who are ready to respond immediately to any emergency.
All these fees go to good causes and help to maintain and preserve the Mt. Kilimanjaro national park.
The biggest variable is which route you take. There are seven climbing routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Obviously, longer routes will cost more. We’ll help you figure out the best route for you, but routes can last between 5 to 10 days.
A 5-day route will challenge most hikers, because you will not have time to acclimatize, and you’ll be at risk for developing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). We recommend a 6-8 day trek as the best option for most people. A longer trek provides the best chance for you to actually reach the summit and stand of the roof of Africa!
Unless you want the full red-carpet treatment, you shouldn’t expect to pay more than $2500 – $3,000 per climber. A quality tour guide company will make sure you have enough staff to ensure that each climber enjoys a safe and memorable climb.
Be aware that some companies will charge you top dollar and provide extra amenities like portable toilets and showers—but you might not reach the summit! When you travel with us, we guarantee you’ll experience the breath-taking majesty of the summit, even though you might need to pass on some pampering. But this is a world-class hike we’re talking about, not a vacation at a 5 star hotel!
Some tour companies pay their porters a mere fraction of what they’re worth. We don’t do that. When you hike with us, you can be sure that each member of our staff is being fairly compensated for their valuable work. We only hire the best—so you can be confident you’re trekking with the best!
All of our guides are local guides. They know the terrain, weather conditions, and have detailed knowledge about each of the routes. Our guides also have medical training and exemplary English skills.
Because we use local guides, unlike the luxury companies that fly in high-priced foreign guides, we offer superior service—at lower costs!
Budget: $2,700 for a 7 – 8 day all-inclusive trek package
When tackling a major mountain like Mt. Kilimanjaro, you need to make sure you’re prepared! We can advise and assist you about the best Kilimanjaro packing list, products and supplies, but you should budget at least $800 to be fully prepared for your trekking adventure.
Vaccinations and Medications
Most people need a Yellow Fever vaccination. You might also want to consider getting a Polio Tetanus Diphtheria booster and a HEP-A vaccination.
Tanzania is also malaria country, but you’ll be spending most of your time in high altitudes which will limit your exposure to mosquitos. You can certainly purchase and take malaria tablets (although they can be expensive). Common sense precautions like wearing insect repellant, staying indoors at night and not exposing your legs and arms will go a long way to guard against malaria. Plan to budget $150 to cover your medical preparations.
Climbing Kilimanjaro cost Summary:
Here’s a breakdown of what to budget for the ideal Mt. Kilimanjaro experience:
Flight Costs: $1,300 – $1800 Depending on where you are flying from and flight route.
Trek Package: $2,500 – $2800 Depending on the Kilimanjaro route and number of days.
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Although this might seem like a lot of money, it pales in comparison to the majesty of standing on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and you’ll be confident that no shortcuts were taken in regard to your safety.