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Many people look for a cheap Kilimanjaro climb. But if you have done some research, then you have already found that this is not possible. And you probably have also discovered that there are a wide range of prices charged for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro by different outfitters. There are more than 200 licensed operators on Mount Kilimanjaro. The choices may be overwhelming. The bad news is that there are not many reputable operators, and who you choose to climb with is crucial to your success and overall experience. However, if you disregarded the questionable companies, you’d be left with only a couple dozen or so quality Kilimanjaro operators.

First and foremost, do not make your decision based on price alone. Price should be only one component of your overall decision. High altitude trekking is not the place to shop for a cheap “deal”, nor is it the place to overpay needlessly. What you are looking for is high quality service at a reasonable price.

There are minimum expenses every Kilimanjaro operator faces, such as park fees, staff wages, food, equipment, transportation and other logistical costs. Kilimanjaro National Park entrance fees, camping/hut fees and Tanzanian taxes by far make up the biggest expense, costing about $180 per climber per day. The other significant expenses are staff wages, food, and transportation costs. Local wages amount to around $80-$150 per climber per day (depending on group size). Food costs come out to about $10-$20 per climber per day (includes food for staff). Transportation costs are about $100 per trip depending on the route. There are also costs associated with wear and tear on camping equipment and administrative costs for arranging your climb. By adding up all the daily costs listed here, you can estimate what it may cost to fund a Kilimanjaro climb on your own.

The long and short is that it can cost anywhere between US$2,650 and $7,000 to climb Kilimanjaro. This excludes flights, clothes and gear. You would probably need to add on at least another US$1,000 for those things depending on where you live and how much gear you already own. 
The climb price alone depends on a lot of factors including things such as tour operator and itinerary. 

As we mention above given that the biggest cost involved in climbing Kilimanjaro are the park fees, no tour operator can undercut another by any serious margin. What they can do, and a lot of operators do this, is to pay their staff below minimum wage, provide low quality food, and take the shortest and least scenic route up the mountain. This is why other outfitters are often much cheaper than outfitters who are working with the porter welfare group KPAP ( Operators registered with KPAP follow all the mountain rules, including fair treatment of porters and guides! Exploitation on Kilimanjaro is a major problem and choosing cheap operators only enhances the welfare issues.   
Once again, the cheap operators will take you up the shortest and lest scenic route -like the Marangu route, and sometimes if you book 7 days trip they can take you to 6 days in order to save cost.

ECO-AFRICA CLIMBING is a Proud  Partner of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP).  Please contact [email protected] to confirm this.



Route Number of Days Price Per Person
Lemosho 7 Days Lemosho $2750  per person
8 Days Lemosho $2950  per person
Machame 6 Days Machame $2450 per person
7  Days Machame $2650 per person
Northern Circuit 8 Days Northern Circuit $3050 per person
9 Days Northern Circuit $3250 per person
Rongai 6  Days Rongai $2550 per person
7  Days Rongai $2750 per person
Shira 6 Days Shira $2550 per person
7 Days Shira $2750 per person
Marangu 5 Days Marangu $2250 per person
6 Days Marangu $2450 per person
Umbwe 6 Days Umbwe $2450 per person
7 Days Umbwe $2650 per person


RouteNumber of DaysPrice Per Person
Lemosho7 Days Lemosho$3350 per person
 8 Days Lemosho$3550 per person
Machame6 Days Machame$2950 per person
 7  Days Machame$3200 per person
Northern Circuit8 Days Northern Circuit$3650 per person
 9 Days Northern Circuit$3900 per person
Rongai6  Days Rongai$3050 per person
 7  Days Rongai$3350 per person
Shira6 Days Shira$3050 per person
 7 Days Shira$3350 per person
Marangu5 Days Marangu$2700 per person
 6 Days Marangu$2950 per person
Umbwe6 Days Umbwe$2950 per person
 7 Days Umbwe$3200 per person

Specialist Routes

Crater Camp9 Days Lemosho Crater Camp$4250 per person
 11 Days Northern Circuit Crater Camp$4550 per person
Mountain Kilimanjaro Booking Form

Mountain Kilimanjaro Booking Form


Our standard package includes the following:

  • 2 transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro airport.

  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees.

  • Adequate and appropriate number of guides, porters, and cooks for your group.

  • Government taxes.

  • All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees.

  • Transfers to and from the route gate(s) (2 transfers)

  • Sleeping mattress pad(s), dining tent(s), sleeping tent(s), and crew’s equipment– Dining tent and sleeping tent not applicable on the Marangu route as all meals are served at the camps in designated dining halls.

  • 2 nights in a hotel in Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis  and Double Occupancy (1 before trekking & 1 after trekking).

  • 3 full fresh meals daily. We provide fresh food on the mountain in plentiful and well prepared by skilled professional cooker (we also consider your choice of food that you would prefer -Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian). Menu especially designed for climbers.

  • Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provided everyday on the mountain.

  • 3-4 liters of mineral (per Climber) provided daily during the climb

  • Portable toilet for the trek

  • Emergency evacuation cover by KILIMEDAIR  but the climber must have an insurance which cover up to 6000 meters above sea level.

  • Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.

  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).

  • Chief guide carries a Pulse Oximeter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.

  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)

  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).

  • Salaries for mountain support crew, as per required MINISTRY OF TOURISM and KPAP.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.

  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.

  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.

  • Private hikes can be arranged for individual climbers but additional fees would apply to arrange a private climb.

Excluded from Standard Package rates:

  • Flights and airport taxes

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Sleeping bag

  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US$250 to US$ 350 per hiker – depending on the number of days and number of hikers in the group, as well as the route chosen)

  • Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders) .

  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)

  • Travel and medical insurance.

  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania

  • Snacks

  • Personal medicine

  • Water purifying tablets

  • Meals and drinks not specified.

Costs of additional services:

  • Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $250

  • Extra day on the Mountain cost $350 per person.

  • Extra porter, for excess gear, $30 per day

  • Extra hotel night in Moshi, check in 11AM, check out 10AM, per double room $90

  • Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardware Lamina 20F/-29C , per trip $50

  • Trekking poles rental, telescopic, per trip $20

Tipping Guideline

The guidelines for tipping are as follows:

  • Guide – $15 to $20 per day

  • Assistant Guide – $10 to 15 per day

  • Chef – $10 to $15 per day

  • Porters – $6 to $10 per day per porter