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Kilimanjaro climbing cost

Kilimanjaro Budget Climb


Total Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro. 

Kilimanjaro climb cost may be between $1,400 to over $4,500 and above, depending on the route you decide on, the specification level and whether or not you would like to join a group or go private. Kilimanjaro climb price is made up of two kinds of costs: fixed, i.e. park fees per person, and variable, i.e. transfers and equipment. , So that the final price of your climb shall include the costs of the following important factors:

  • Kilimanjaro National Park Fees
  • Climbing Crew Wages
  • Accommodation before and After Climb
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Operator’s Commission

Below is a breakdown of park fees and taxes:

Conservation Fees – $70 per day per person.

Kilimanjaro National Park authority collects fees from all visitors in order to fund the upkeep of the park. This includes maintaining the trail, keeping it clean and paying for the rangers. The conservation fee applies for each day (including partial days) you spend inside the park. On an 6-day Machame route climb, the conservation fees total $420 ($70 x 6 days).

Camping or Hut Fees – $50 to $60 per night per person

This fee is charged for using the campsites and simple huts on the mountain. Huts are only available on the Marangu route. All other routes camping at designated public sites. The hut fees on a 5 day Marangu climb are $240 ($60 x 4 nights). On an 8-day Lemosho climb, the camping fees are $350 ($50 x 7 nights).

Rescue Fees– $20 per person per trip

Rescue fees are charged for the chance the park authority may need to coordinate a rescue. This fee must be paid whether or not you actually require rescue. The cost is $20 per person per trip.

Guide and Porter Entrance Fees – $2 per staff person per trip

All of the staff also must pay park fees to enter. The park entrance fee is $2 per person per trip.

Value-Added Tax – 18% of services

A value-added tax (VAT) is a type of general consumption tax that is placed on goods and services whenever the value is added at a stage of production or distribution. The Tanzanian government charges an 18% VAT to Kilimanjaro operators. Please check all the up-to-date information on fees here: Tanzania national park fees

Expedition arrangements.

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. 

Estimated park fees for Machame route in a group of two climber


Fee payable Climber/day Climber/trip (6 days)
Conservation fee 70 420
Camping fee 50 250
Rescue fee (paid per trip) 20 20
Crew fee (11 people) 11 22
VAT 18% 128.16

By adding up all the daily costs listed above, you can estimate what it may cost to fund a Kilimanjaro climb on your own. The total is certainly significant, but is not high enough to justify the jaw-dropping price tags seen in the industry. So instead of asking how we can be priced so low, you should be asking how those other companies can be priced so high.


Tipping is an expected and highly appreciated component of your Mt. Kilimanjaro climb. Your group will be assigned a Lead Guide, and a group of porters. The number of porters designated to your group will depend on the amount of baggage and equipment is taken on the trek; this typically works out to 3-4 porters per traveler, but this number will be confirmed by Kilimanjaro National Park rangers at the gate once all baggage is checked.

It is best to present your crew with the group’s tip upon completion of your climb, during the last meal on the mountain. Tips should be placed in a group envelope and a member of the climbing team can hand the envelope directly to the Lead Guide. It is encouraged to announce the amount in front of the group to ensure each crew member knows the total amount.

A tipping guideline to determine this amount is 10% of the total cost of their trek towards tips, per person. So if you paid US$2,000 for your trek, you should pay US$200 collectively for your crew. (If there were only one or two of you, it customary to pay slightly more than 10%). A realistic amount for a trip of 5-7 days length would be between 150-200 USD per climber for tips.

If paying each crew member individually, you can use the following chart as a guideline.

(Amounts in USD or local equivalent)

Per Chief Guide: US$15-20 per day
Per Assistant Guide: US$10-15 per day
Per Cook: US$10-15 per day
Per Porter: US$8-10 per day

Estimated tip payroll per climb


Expedition member Required number Daily wage (US$) Total per climb (US$) Line total salary
Chief Guide 1 20 120 120
Assistant Guide 1 15 90 90
Cook 1 15 90 90
Porter 7 8 336
Porter-waiter 1 8 48 +10[1] 58
Total crew salary 694


However, the prices for the Kilimanjaro trek are not fixed; bargaining for the price is allowed and based on your interests. Discount is available depending on several factors. Contact us to negotiate prices and book your dream adventure to Kilimanjaro climb a very affordable and reasonable price.

Overall Cost of Kilimanjaro Climb


Service Total expenses of the expedition (in US$) Price for one climber (in US$)
1. All park fees 1658.32 829.16
2. Crew salaries 694 347
3. Expedition arrangements (meals, water, tents, tableware etc.) 120 60
4. Equipment costs 100 50
5. Indirect taxes 120 60
6. Necessary safety add-ons 80 40
7. Accommodation before and after the climb 160 80
8. Average tour operator commission 22% 22%
9. TOTAL cost of the trip in US$ 3577.4 1788.7


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