The costs of climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is no cheap business. Before we talk about pricing, we feel it is useful for you to know how we spend your money.

  • Park fees: A major element in the pricing is the Kilimanjaro park fees and camping fees. These are US$ 120 excluding VAT per guest per day for tented routes, US$ 150 per guest per day for the Marangu route where you sleep in huts. From this money, Tanzania National Parks maintains our beautiful mountain and other, less visited parks. Did you know Tanzania has almost 100.000 km² of national parks?
  • Guides and porters: Climbing Kilimanjaro is really a team effort. We have to bring everything on the mountain: food, tents, baggage, toilet, safety equipment. And of course we bring the waste down. On longer, tented trips, even for a group of two guests the team of guides and porters can be up to 15 people. See Porter treatment & tips.
  • Equipment usage: Equipment on the mountain needs to be safe, lightweight and strong. Where possible, we source our equipment locally to support the community. But a lot of equipment needs to be imported from USA and Europe. And the wear on the mountain is gruesome.
  • Accommodation & transportation: We use quality hotels for your night before the climb. Transportation to and from the mountain for you and our team will be provided.
  • Overheads: Our overheads are limited. You book directly with your guide, no middleman involved. Still, we pay for marketing efforts, a small office and try to save a bit for a rainy day.
  • VAT: Last but not least, on all costs the government adds 18% VAT. Important to keep the country alive!

Our pricing

To get an idea about pricing, please see below our latest published price table:

 

Fee per person 

1 pax

2 pax

3 pax

4 pax

5 pax

6 pax

5-Day Marangu route (sleeping in huts)

       2,740

       2,005

       1,800

       1,750

       1,620

       1,540

6-Day Marangu route (sleeping in huts)

       3,430

       2,660

       2,393

       2,215

       2,184

       2,100

All other routes, 6 days

       3,630

       2,710

       2,347

       2,155

       2,058

       1,980

All other routes, 7 days

       4,120

       3,195

       2,750

       2,528

       2,442

       2,345

All other routes, 8 days

       4,820

       3,705

       3,173

       2,913

       2,806

       2,693

All prices are in US $ as of February 2023 and can be changed without notice. Prices for non-East African citizens/residents. Since TaNaPa fees differ for residents and East African citizens, please ask for the appropriate pricing.

These prices exclude tips, for guidelines see below.

Our pricing

To get an idea about pricing, please see below our latest published price table:

Fee Per Person
1 Pax
2 Pax
3 Pax
4 Pax
5 Pax
6 Pax

$2320

$1819

$1650

$1580

$1533

$1520

$2515

$1915

$1720

$1690

$1650

$1620

$2480

$2200

$1938

$1902

$1830

$1780

$2480

$2200

$1938

$1902

$1830

$1780

$2480

$2200

$1938

$1902

$1830

$1780

$2420

$1980

$1922

$1830

$1770

$1620

$2630

$2600

$2550

$2010

$1980

$1910

$2630

$2600

$2550

$2010

$1980

$1910

$2630

$2600

$2550

$2010

$1980

$1910

$2630

$2600

$2550

$2010

$1980

$1910

$2720

$2430

$2310

$2200

$2030

$1990

$2720

$2430

$2310

$2200

$2030

$1990

$3173

$2913

$2806

$2693

$2585

$2497

All prices are in US $ as of February 2023 and can be changed without notice. Prices for non-East African citizens/residents. Since TaNaPa fees differ for residents and East African citizens, please ask for the appropriate pricing.

These prices exclude tips, for guidelines see below.

Included in our pricing

  • One hotel night the day before the climb
  • One night at a comfortable hotel before your climb
  • Transfer to and from the mountain from/to your hotel
  • Minimum of 1 private guide for every 2 clients
  • Private tent (2 guests per tent) for all tented routes or hut accommodation
  • A fantastic cook, camp manager and team of porters
  • Food and drinks (water, tea, coffee) on the mountain
  • High quality tents, chairs and table
  • One private portable toilet for the group for all tented 
  • Park fees (around US$ 150 per person per day)
  • Rescue Service Fee

What is NOT included

 

  • Airfares and departure taxes
  • Personal gear
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook. See Tipping
  • Entry visa for Tanzania (you can get Visa upon arrival, for most nationalities this is US$ 50 per person)
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinner and drinks in the hotel before climb
  • Accommodation in valley after the climb

Payment

• 25% of the total fees need to be paid within 7 days of booking

• 50% of the total fees one month prior to departure

• 25% of the total fees need to be paid within 7 days before departure or in cash on the departure day.

All payments on our Tanzanian bank account in US Dollars.

 

Tipping

Our crew would be grateful for a tip at the end of the trip. Talking about tipping is always a challenge. Tipping is different in each culture. Therefore, the  Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) has set guidelines for tipping amounts. They are the same no matter which route or outfitter you end up choosing. According to KPAP you should tip:

  • Lead guide: $20/day
  • Assistant guide: $15/day
  • Porters: $8/day (for each porter)
  • Cook: $15/day

These amounts are what each crew member is expected to receive. You can use the following reference table in which crew size, duration and amount of climbers has been considered:

KPAP guideline for tips (in US$ per climber) 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax
5-Day Marangu route (sleeping in huts)  340  230  160   130  130  110
6-Day Marangu route (sleeping in huts)  450  290   210 170   160   150
All other routes, 6 days 590 390   280   230  200 190
All other routes, 7 days   690   480  340    280     260     230
All other routes, 8 days  860  580   410     340    310     280

Yes indeed, this is big money. But it is very important to the crew members!

At Genius Kilimanjaro, we pay our porters better, however we would really appreciate if you consider tipping in the range of the guidelines above. 

It is most practical to collect the cash before departure. ATM’s normally allow only Tsh 400,000 per withdrawal, so this process can be a small challenge…

Tipping procedure

We will give you a list of all the crew members on the final night on the mountain and enough envelopes. You can then fill the envelopes for each crew member, considering also special efforts made for you (e.g. your summit porters). Please don’t give all the tip money to your guide for him to distribute. 

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