How Much Does Climbing Kilimanjaro Cost?
Climbing Kilimanjaro is the experience of a lifetime that tops bucket lists of people from all over the world. So here you are: You are thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro and you wondering about the price tag of it all. Let’s break the ice and start off with the following: You can realize your dreams for about 5000 USD. Happy? Okay, let’s move on.
5000 USD equals 4400 EUR or about 4000 GBP. If you don’t think that is a lot of money, then you either make too much money or you know that climbing Kilimanjaro could be even a lot more expensive. Correct. If everyone would be paid a Western salary and there wouldn’t be as much competition, then you could easily be paying double the price.
If that doesn’t sober you up, then consider that of all the Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro is definitely the most affordable one.
Flights to Tanzania
Booking your climb is one thing, but whilst you are doing that, you should also look at suitable flight options. Too often do we get inquiries about certain dates that seem good to go at first, but get shattered later on because of expensive fares to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). Because this airport mainly sees Kilimanjaro climbers and visitors to the Northern Tanzanian national parks, the availability can go low in no time.
Airlines flying to Kilimanjaro International Airport include Air Tanzania, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airway, Condor, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, and Ethiopian Airways.
Tip: Try looking at flights to Nairobi (NRO) in Kenya or Dar es Salaam (DAR) instead. Especially from Nairobi, it’s only a short transfer to Moshi or Arusha and flights are likely more affordable, especially in peak season. Get in touch with us or your trekking provider to see what transfer possibilities exist.
Accommodation in Moshi or Arusha
For a hotel in Moshi or Arusha, you can expect to pay between 40 USD and 60 USD for a double room. For a little bit less than that you can enjoy a single room. This is based on a standard 3-star hotel that covers all the basics and comes with lockers, aircon, mosquito nets and security. Because the entire area sees a lot of tourists, you can expect a decent level of comfort. Of course, there are more affordable and more expensive options available. Both Moshi and Arusha have a few backpackers options as well as high-end luxury hotels.
Your Kilimanjaro Route
Prices also really depend on the number of days your climb takes or the route you choose. Later on, you will read that the conservation and the hut fees are calculated per day. In this blog post, you can browse the different routes for climbing Kilimanjaro. Fast climbers can be done within 5 days, but it’s recommended to spend as much time on your climb as possible. This eliminates the chances of Altitude Sickness and makes success more likely.
Prices for your Kilimanjaro ascent vary between 1500 USD / 1320 EUR / 1180 GBP and 2400 USD / 2100 EUR / 1900 GBP. This includes transfers from the airport to your accommodation, camping gear, park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, salary, meals and guides, and porters.
Kilimanjaro Park Fees
A large part of the money you pay for climbing Kilimanjaro goes towards park fees. These are used for conservation, rescue operations and more.
Rescue Fees: 20 USD / 18 EUR / 16 GB per climber
Conservation Fees: 70 USD / 62 EUR / 56 GBP per climber per day
Camping Fees: USD 50 / 44 EUR / 40 GBP per climber night
Hut Fees (Marangu Route): 60 USD / 53 EUR / 48 GBP per climber per night
Guide & Porter Fees: 2 USD / 1,80 EUR / 1,60 GBP per staff member a day
Another cost that we could categorize under Park Fees is Value Added Tax (VAT). In Tanzania an 18% VAT rate is applicable. VAT is included in the total price of your trekking if booked through Bookatrekking.com.
Tipping of Guides and Porters
An integral part of any Kilimanjaro climb is the tipping ceremony. If you have read the beginning of this blog post, you now know that your Kilimanjaro ascent would be a lot more expensive if western salaries would be paid. In Tanzania, the majority of the people struggles to make ends meet. Porters get a salary, but because it is very common to tip staff after a climb. This will make a positive lasting difference in the households on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro. Some estimates:
6-day climb: Expect to tip anything between EUR 125 – 170 or USD 140 – 190
7-day climb: Expect to tip anything between EUR 170 – 200 or USD 190 – 225
8-day climb: Expect to tip anything between EUR 190 – 230 or USD 220 – 265
9-day climb: Expect to tip anything between EUR 215 – 260 or USD 245-295
That sums up the bare necessities. Now if you want to bring home those cool Eastern African souvenirs, or you are planning some extra days for a safari or partying, then you can definitely expect to pay more. Whatever you decide to do, don’t cut your climb short because of the price tag. Once you have decided to climb Kilimanjaro, you might as well take it easy and enjoy the mountain. Or as they say in Swahili: Pole pole (slowly slowly) and hakuna matata.