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Kilimanjaro Climbing Costs: A Comprehensive Guide by Moria Safaris

The question on many minds is: How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro? The price of a Kilimanjaro climb can range from $1,400 for standard packages to upwards of $7,000 for luxury options and beyond. However, in a region with approximately 250 licensed operators and hundreds more unlicensed ones, choosing the right package becomes a formidable task. To unravel the elements shaping the cost of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, one must delve into various contributing factors.

The Array of Offers and Cost Breakdown for Climbing Kilimanjaro The price you encounter when booking a package often provides a glimpse into the nature of your upcoming climbing experience. Nevertheless, relying solely on cost as a decision-making factor can be misleading. Indeed, the Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing cost comprises numerous concealed yet crucial components.

With your personal safety and the creation of lifelong memories in the balance, selecting the most economical option to climb Kilimanjaro is not advisable. As a general rule, a secure and comfortable Mt. Kilimanjaro trek typically requires an investment of no less than $1,400.

Conversely, there’s no need to shell out $7,000 or more for a VIP package to access that extra level of service that can make all the difference.

In this article, we will outline the factors influencing the cost of a Kilimanjaro climb and provide guidance on selecting the ideal offer to match your budget. The following example is based on a 7-day “Classic” Machame route package designed for two or more climbers, which represents the most popular choice. This option offers a reasonable level of comfort at a moderate price point, neither falling into the budget category nor the extravagance of a package with an abundance of porter

Dissecting the Expenses of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

The cost of a Kilimanjaro climb can be broken down into several essential components:

  1. Kilimanjaro Park Fees: These non-negotiable fees are paid directly to park authorities and grant both clients and the expedition crew access to the park. The following fees apply, and while they cannot be reduced or evaded, travelers under 16 years of age may benefit from a discount:
    • Rescue Fees: $20 per person per trek ($23.6, inclusive of 18% VAT)
    • Entrance Fees: $70 per person per day ($82.6, inclusive of 18% VAT)
    • Camping Fees: $50 per person per night (For the Marangu route, hut fees are $60 per person per night) ($59 and $70.8, inclusive of 18% VAT)
    • Crew Fees: $2 per crew member per trek ($2.36, inclusive of 18% VAT)
  2. Kilimanjaro Crew Wages: Wages for the crew, including porters, guides, cooks, and assistant guides. These costs vary and increase as group size increases. The minimum wage requirements for the Kilimanjaro hike crew are as follows:
    • Porters: $10 per day
    • Guide: $20 per day
    • Assistant Guide: $15 per day
    • Cook: $15 per day
  3. Transport: This covers transportation to and from the hiking trail, connecting your hotel in Arusha or Moshi. Costs vary, ranging from $110 to $170 USD.
  4. Food: The overall expense for meals, encompassing both your meals and those of the crew. Costs can vary, starting from $220 USD.
  5. Value-Added Tax (VAT): A standard 18% tax applied to all products and services in the country.
  6. Add-Ons: Certain optional equipment, like a private toilet, may be considered add-ons. They are not deemed necessary but can be provided for an additional fee, potentially increasing the overall cost. Additional expenses may arise due to the need for an extra porter to transport the private toilet and the cost of the equipment itself.

(Indirect Costs)

  1. Administrative Costs: The company incurs administrative costs that cannot be directly attributed to the climb’s cost. These may encompass expenses such as leasing, taxes, salaries, and marketing, among others.

(Additional Costs You May Incur)

  1. Tipping: Given the outlined minimum wage and cost breakdown, tipping becomes an essential practice for the crew. While not enforced, it is strongly recommended and should be provided directly to the crew by the client. Tips are not included in the price hike.
  2. Gear Rental: If you are not fully equipped for the hike, you may need to rent some gear.


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