Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Cost

Mount 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 freestanding mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro’s highest peak is Uhuru Peak which stands at a height of, 5895 m. Kilimanjaro is made up of three volcanoes: Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo which is the tallest situated in the middle. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the seven summits of the world.

Mount Kilimanjaro

How much should you pay to fulfill your dream to hike Mount Kilimanjaro? This is possibly the most important question to answer first. Today we will talk a bit more about Kilimanjaro trekking costs and the things to take into consideration. We will break down the costs, so you can decide for yourself about what the best deals are and how you can differentiate between a budget and a top-end tour. We are proud to offer great value and service at a reasonable price.

How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro climbing costs range from $2,000 to $4,500 depending on route and group size. Looking for a cheap Kilimanjaro hike? However, if you’ve done any investigation, you’ve already discovered that this is not possible. And you’ve probably also found out that different outfitters charge different amounts to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Trekking at a high altitude is not the time to look for a good “bargain” or pay too much money. You’re searching for cost-effective, high-quality service.

Every Kilimanjaro tour operator must cover certain minimal expenditures, including as park entrance fees, employee salaries, meal costs, equipment’s, transportation costs, and other logistical charges.

The Real Costs of Kilimanjaro Trekking


There are two main costs to any operator for any trek up Mount Kilimanjaro;

  1. Fixed Costs
  2. Variable Costs

Fixed Costs

The Kilimanjaro National Park charges fees for both visitors and crew. These are classified as follows:

  • Kilimanjaro Park Fees 

Kilimanjaro National Park authority collects fees from all visitors 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 6 days Machame route trek, the conservation fees total $420 ($70 x 6 days).

  • Camping or Hut Fees 

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 trek are $240 ($60 x 4 nights). On an 8-day Lemosho route trek, the camping fees are $350 ($50 x 7 nights).

  • Rescue Fees

Rescue fees are charged for the chance the park authority may need to coordinate a rescue. This fee must be paid whether you require rescue. The cost is $20 per person per trip. Guide and Porter Entrance Fees – $2 per staff person per trip, all the staff also must pay park fees to enter. The park admission fee is $2 per person per trip.

  • Value Added Tax 

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 on Tanzania national park fees.

Variable Costs

  • Staff Wages

Depending on the group size, staff pay range from $80-$150 per climber per day. Staff wages are a significant expense, and any savings made here come at the expense of the mountain’s lowest-paid workers. Any professional Kilimanjaro operator will spend a large amount of money to ensure that the porters and guides have the correct equipment and training.

  • Food & Transportation

Food must be carried up the mountain, stored in secure and sanitary conditions, and cooked by well-trained mountain chefs, despite the low cost of food in Tanzania. On longer routes, we may need to refill with fresh foods after a few days.cost to climb kilimanjaro

We do not cut corners on food quality to save money. We are aware of various dietary requirements and how to meet them. Food prices begin at about $10-$20 per climber per day (includes food for staff). Transportation prices are about $100 per trip, depending on the route.

  • Equipment

Sleeping bags and mess tents; cookers and cookware; tables and other needed goods are all included in a normal climbing package. Because trustworthy gear is important for both comfort and safety, it should be replaced regularly and carefully cleaned after each climb. Operators must think about how to replace or repair equipment for future treks, as well as pay employees to clean sleeping bags and tents correctly.

  • Accommodation before and after the trek

The majority of Kilimanjaro hiking packages include accommodation before and after the climb. A night at a comfortable 3-star hotel in Moshi will cost you $100-120 if booked directly, or $80-90 if included in your climbing package. However, accommodation raises the initial cost of your Kilimanjaro trip, it eventually saves you money over booking alone.

  • Tipping

Kilimanjaro Trekking Cost

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 taken on the trek; this typically works out to 3 to 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 exceeding group envelope and a member of the climbing 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 is 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)

Chief Guide: US$15-20 per day

Assistant Guide: US$10-15 per day

Cook: US$10-15 per day

Porter: US$8-10 per day

  • Operator’s Commission

Tanzanian tour operators typically add 25% to 35% to the cost of your Kilimanjaro climb.

So every tour to the rooftop of Mount Kilimanjaro is built around these basic expenses for the tour operator.

Estimated park fees for the Machame route in a group of two trekkers


Fee payable Climber Per Day Climber Per Trip (6 days)
Conservation fee $70 $420
Camping fee $50 $250
Rescue fee (paid per trip) $20 $20
Crew fee (11 people) $11 $11
VAT 18% $126.54
OVERALL PARK FEES $151 $829.54


Estimated tip payroll per trek


Expedition member Required number The 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    $8×7×6 $336
Porter-waiter 1 $8 $48 $48
Total crew salary $684



Overall Kilimanjaro Trekking Cost


Service Total expenses of the expedition (in US$) Price for one climber (in US$)
1. All park fees $1659.08 $829.54
2. Crew salaries $684 $342
3. Expedition arrangements (meals, water, tents, tableware, etc.) $240 $120
4. Equipment costs $200 $100
5. Indirect taxes $150 $75
6. Necessary safety add-ons $100 $50
7. Accommodation before and after the climb $280 $140
8. Average tour operator commission 35% 35%
9. TOTAL cost of the trip is US$ $4,473 $2,236.5



As you can see, the price that one may probably expect to receive in a quote for the Machame 6-day climb is $2,236.5 per person for a group of two trekkers.

By adding up all the daily prices listed higher, 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. No tour operator can significantly undercut another, as we mentioned above, considering that the park fees are the main expense associated with climbing Kilimanjaro. They can pay their employees less than the minimum wage, serve poor food, and take the quickest, least scenic path up the mountain, which is what many operators do.

For this reason, other outfitters frequently offer far better deals than those affiliated with the porter welfare organization, KPAP. The KPAP registered operators respect to all mountain regulations, including treating porters and guides fairly. Trafficking on Kilimanjaro is a serious issue, and choosing low-cost operators simply makes the welfare problems worse. We pride ourselves on providing affordable, ethical climbs.


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