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Kilimanjaro Trekking Cost

Kilimanjaro Trekking Cost

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in North-eastern Tanzania three degrees south of the equator.  It is the tallest mountain in Africa, and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro’s highest peak is Uhuru Peak which stands at a height of 5895m. Kilimanjaro is made up of three volcanoes: Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo which is the tallest situated in the middle. Kilimanjaro is one of the 7 summits of the world.

Let’s jump to our main topic “Kilimanjaro Trekking Cost”

How much should you actually pay to fulfill your dream? How much does it actually cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

This can be the question you should get the answer on it first.

Today we will talk a bit more about the costs of trekking Kilimanjaro and the things to take into consideration.

We will break down the costs so you can make the decision for yourself about what the best deals are and how you can differentiate between a budget and top end tour.

We are proud to offer great value and service at a reasonable price.

Kilimanjaro Trekking 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 trekking cost is made up of two kinds of costs:

Fixed, i.e. park fees per person, and Variable, i.e. transfers and equipment.

So every tour to the rooftop of Africa is built around these basic expenses for the tour operator:

Let’s calculate the costs!

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 path, keeping it clean and paying for the rangers.
The conservation fee applies for every day (including partial days) you pay within the park.

On an 6-day Machame route trek, 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 five day Marangu treks are $240 ($60 x 4 nights).
On an 8-day Lemosho treks, 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 admission 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 eighteen VAT to Kilimanjaro operators.

Please check all the up-to-date information on fees here: Tanzania national park fees

Expedition arrangements.

The other important expenses are employees wages, food, and transportation costs.
Local wages quantity to around $80-$150 per climber per day (depending on group size).
Food prices begin to about $10-$20 per climber per day (includes food for staff).
Transportation prices are about $100 per trip depending on the route.
There are prices related to wear and tear on camping instrumentality and administrative prices for arrangement 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 prices listed higher than, you’ll be able to estimate what it’s going to price 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 gift your crew with the group’s tip upon completion of your climb, during the last meal on the mountain.
Tips ought to be placed in an exceedingly group envelope and a member of the climb team will hand the envelope on 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 visit of 5-7 days length would be between 150-200 USD per climber for tips.
If paying every crew member one by one, you’ll use the subsequent chart as a suggestion.

(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 trek

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 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 costs and book your dream journey to Kilimanjaro a very reasonable and affordable price.
Overall Kilimanjaro Trekking Cost

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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