What does the Kilimanjaro climbing price include?
When you book your Mount Kilimanjaro climb, for whichever route you choose, the cost will include the following
- Professional and experienced guides
- fresh, healthy, and balanced nutritious food
- high guide to client ratio of 1:2
- clean, purified drinking water (bottled)
- hard-working, team-oriented support porters
- fair wages to our employees
- quality, waterproof, four-season mountain hardware tents, and equipment
- All Park fees
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
- Comprehensive Safety and crisis management procedures
- Emergency oxygen and medical kits ( upon request)
What does the Kilimanjaro Climbing price exclude?
The cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro does not necessarily include your accommodation before and after the climb. Accommodation before you climb or after your climb is usually the hotel you sleep in a day before you climb or after you come from the mountain. Normally your accommodation will either be in Moshi or Arusha.
The Kilimanjaro prices will not cater for the equipment you need to buy or rent, the vaccinations, the international flights, and other things like: –
The true cost of a Kilimanjaro climb
Ok now let us dive in and see what your money will cater for when you book a Kilimanjaro climb. Where does your hard-earned cash go and why?
A huge chunk of the money goes to the government-charged fees to pay for Kilimanjaro national park fees. The price for the fees to enter Kilimanjaro park are constant and compulsory, about $800 for camping on the mountain for about 5 nights.
For each climb, part of the cost goes to paying the Kilimanjaro climbing team like the hard-working porters, the mountain guides, and the person responsible for preparing your meals, the chef/cook.
Food and supplies like fresh fruits and vegetables also account for your Kilimanjaro budget, the costs cover all the meals from breakfast, lunch, and dinner or supper. Our cooks are well trained in preparing that balanced diet and sumptuous meals. The meals will be fresh and taste great. Sometimes you will have no appetite due to altitude sickness but your body needs a great supply of energy-providing foods.
If you begin feeling symptoms of nausea or loss of appetite, our experienced guides will assist you in the best ways to acclimatize and take your medication.
Other drinks like coffee, tea, and safe, clean drinking water are also part of the Kilimanjaro climbing cost.
Quality equipment that is responsible for your survival on the mountain by keeping you warm in the harsh mountain weather also gets a fair share of your climbing costs. Apart from the tents, tables chairs, sleeping mats, there is the kitchen tent and the mess tent in consideration. The porters will carry them for you, that is why they are so important for your trip and you will rely on this mountain equipment to make your adventure enjoyable and easier to make it to the top.
Environmentally friendly climbs on Kilimanjaro also costs money, that is where the porters and guides come in, they will be responsible for carrying all the rubbish, our main aim is to keep the mountain clean and green.
The larger the climbing group, the lower the price per person because you will be sharing resources and costs.
Since we are a locally owned and operated company for Kilimanjaro climbs and adventures, it means our prices are more competitive and affordable than choosing an agent from overseas. Agents act as middlemen and have slightly or more expensive prices.
The difference in costs in the Kilimanjaro routes
The route you will be choosing to take you up Mount Kilimanjaro will determine the cost of the overall trip. Many routes differ by popularity, traffic on the route, length or duration of days on the route, the scenery, and difficulty. More scenic and longer routes are more expensive, they also happen to have fewer people plying their trails.
How much is it to stay in Moshi?
Moshi, the closest town to Mount Kilimanjaro offers a wide range of accommodation options, from cheap, shoe-string budget guest rooms to midrange to high-end and luxury lodge accommodation. Dormitory beds could go for as cheap as $5 per night per person in hostels like the Kilimanjaro Backpackers hostel while luxury options would range between $100-$500 for hotels like the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel and other luxurious options.