When to book tour operator for Climbing Kilimanjaro? It’s recommended to book your Kilimanjaro climb at least 6 to 9 months in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak season (June to September). This allows you to secure a spot with a Kilimanjaro guide and make necessary arrangements.

You can book a Kilimanjaro climb in Tanzania with the MOUNT KILIMANJARO GUIDE. They offer a bucket-list climb of Africa’s highest peak with a 98% summiting success rate. You can follow their highly experienced guides up a less-traveled route designed for optimal mountain acclimatization. The tour is available in January, February, March, June, July, August, September, October, and December. 


  1. Which time/date would you prefer to do the Kilimanjaro program?

  2. Do you know which route to take for your Kilimanjaro trekking?

  3. What number of days and what idea of your budget/standard/luxury services/per tour per person?

  4. What accommodation stay type do you prefer?

  5. What meal arrangements do you prefer? Are you vegetarian or Non non-vegetarian?

  6. Have you ever attempted to climb a mountain with an altitude of around 4000 Amls?

  7. Has anyone in the group ever experienced high altitude mountain sickness?

How To Book A Kilimanjaro Trip?

Mount Kilimanjaro Guide offers you an extensive range of itineraries. In order to help you to select the trek the booking procedure is suggested, we suggest you to go through the following procedure

1 – Select your trekking from the menu available in our website, which will open the page with overview and itinerary possibly with other informations too.

2 – At the bottom of the itinerary you will find a Book Now option. It will take you to booking page: Tell your Friend which will allow you to e-mail the itinerary; and Contact us which will allow you to send your message to us.

3 – Our itinerary outline includes most of the answers from and to airport. We can provide any type of accommodation as per your request, so please indicate class of hotel or riad you wish us to book if possible name your preferred hotel. If any additional services you require do mention.

4 – The web page itinerary is a guideline we suggest to help you to plan your trip and can be modified according to available time and requirements.

5 – If you wish to join our group please contact us.

6 -Before you confirm the trek you should read and understand what is included and excluded in the cost. If you require additional services which are not included in cost please let us know.

7 – Please contact us if you are still unclear with the information or require any further information.

8 – Please read our Terms and Conditions before you book the trip; it explains to you the booking timing, the deposit and advance payment requirements and policies and procedures for cancellation, refund and the payment milestones.

9 – Once you understood the Terms and Conditions

10 – As soon as we received required advance payment from you we will confirm your trek

11 -After your advance payment we start processing for organizing your trek.

12 – After we confirmed your trekking we will require the following documentation from you in order to organize trek or expedition. Official documents required are: your flight details , full names and passport number .

13 – And remember to contact us any time you need any assistance through our network.

You do not need to be super fit to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. However, for the Kilimanjaro trek, you do need a decent level of training and preparation. You will be trekking ~5-7 hours a day (summit day being a lot longer at 12-14 hours). Preparing for these treks through practice hikes, aerobic exercises like running, swimming, and cycling, and leg and core exercises help you strengthen the muscles so that you are prepared to climb in thin air. Lastly, combining the climb with an African Safari makes for a bucket list holiday. 


Can I check availability and BOOK ONLINE with Mount Kilimanjaro Guide

Yes you can book online with us. We also get you the availability of seats in scheduled departures that you can join. However, you can always go privately with your group or solo. To book, click on the trip to open its details webpage and book directly from there. Alternatively, if you want any customization or would like to extend your tour with a safari, send us the details by clicking on get availability, and we will help you out.

Note the useful benefits of booking with us:

1) You book at the same price as you would when paying the operator directly. Mostly it is even cheaper as we DO NOT charge credit card payment fees of 4.5% like many operators do.

2) We require only a 15-30% nonrefundable deposit to reserve your trek. The rest can be paid in cash on arrival. Of course, we send out a booking confirmation and details via email.

3) SAFETY – we understand if you have reservations about paying such a large sum immediately. Also, plans may change. The above policy of charging only a small refundable deposit amount has been put into place by working closely with the operators for the benefit & ease of mind of you, our guests. So, go ahead and book, we have your back and are always approachable. 

Which are the most popular routes? How do I choose? 

Machame Route – Popular and well-profiled.

Difficulty – Relatively difficult but shorter
Success Rate – High
Distance – 49 km
Days – 6 to 7 days. Both options include a climb high, sleep low acclimatization day.
Popularity – Most popular Kilimanjaro route with 40% of the total traffic
Landscape – Crosses stunning places with varied scenery like Shira plateau, Barranco, and Lava tower. Great acclimatization profile. Relatively cheaper.
Recommended for – Fit beginners to experienced hikers looking for scenic routes within an affordable budget.
Price – US$ 1,800 – US$1,950

Marangu Route – Coca-Cola Route, the only route with hut accommodation.

Difficulty – Relatively easy
Success Rate – Low because of less acclimatization opportunities
Distance – 64 km
Days – 5 to 6 days. Recommended that climbers take an extra day to acclimatize at Horombo Hut.
Popularity – Oldest and 2nd most popular route because of hut accommodation available instead of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Has 38% of the total crowd.
Landscape – Not very diverse scenery as compared to Machame or other routes. The same path up and down. Huge crowds. A 5-day itinerary leaves less time for acclimatization and lower success rates. Camping is not allowed.
Recommended for – Beginners looking for easy, cheaper, and shorter climbs. This is the easiest route & ascending profile is gradual and painless.
Price – US$1,750 – US$1,850

Rongai Route – The only northern starting point.

Difficulty – Relatively easy
Success Rate – Medium
Distance – 65 km
Days – 6 to 8 days. It does not offer trekkers good options to climb high and sleep low.
Popularity – Least traffic due to its remote setting.
Landscape – Because this is the only trail starting from the Northern, Kenyan side of Kilimanjaro it offers trekkers a relatively unspoiled wilderness experience. The possibility of encountering wildlife like antelope elephants, and buffalo is high, it is less likely to rain and climbers get clear, unclouded views of the mountain.
Recommended for – Beginners looking for easier, gentle gradients & quieter treks. Ascent and descent on opposite sides.
Price – US$1,750 – US$1,950

Lemosho Route – Remote Western side route to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Difficulty – Relatively difficult
Success Rate – High
Distance – 56 km
Days – 6 to 8 days. Good for acclimatization, especially on the longer itineraries.
Popularity – Very little traffic until it merges with the Machame route on Day 4.
Landscape – The Lemosho Route is relatively new. It starts on the Western side of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate, it is still very wild and you may get lucky and spot large antelope, buffalo, and even elephants.
Recommended for – Fit beginners to experienced hikers looking for scenic routes with less crowd. Not for budget-conscious climbers as it is relatively expensive given that the starting point is far from Moshi.
Price – US$2,100 – US$ 2,200 

Is there a Visa required to visit Tanzania? Are there permit requirements for hiking Kilimanjaro? 

Yes, most people who visit Tanzania require a visa. You can apply for a tourist visa at the Tanzanian embassies and consulates in your country of residence. Some embassies offer the application form online, but the application process still takes time.

US passport holders pay USD100 for standard single, double, and multiple entry visas. Canadian passport holders pay USD 75. EU citizens and most other nationals pay around €50.

And yes you must have a permit and all climbers, regardless of route or guides, must use a guide and porters, no exceptions. 

What is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro? 

There are two main trekking seasons on Mount Kilimanjaro – January-March (colder and quieter) and June-October (warm and busy). February and October are the most preferred months due to clear skies and calm weather.

December is fast becoming a popular season, despite being very cold on the summit.

Though Kilimanjaro can be climbed all year round, the rainy months of April, May, and November are not ideal for trekking. The Rongai route generally receives less rain and is preferred during these months. The weather in Kilimanjaro can change very quickly, so it is advisable to bring proper layered clothing and rain gear. 

How difficult is the Kilimanjaro hike? 

Kilimanjaro hike comes into the category of challenging hikes although no technical skills are required to climb it. The difficulty also varies by the route you choose. Quicker ascents in some make acclimatizing more difficult than in other routes.

You need a decent level of physical fitness for this hike. If you attempt to climb Kilimanjaro without the proper training you may not enjoy the trek as much as you would have with adequate training. The best way to train for Kilimanjaro is to strap a pack on your back and go hiking as much as possible. By doing so your feet and joints will become accustomed to the constant walking you will face on the trek. Basic cardiovascular exercises at the gym, such as running and cycling help a lot. 

What is AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness)? Is there any risk of altitude sickness during the hike? 

Since the Kilimanjaro trek is a high-altitude trek (the highest altitude reaches 5895m), it poses the risk of AMS or Altitude mountain sickness. It is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air at an increased altitude.

There are many different symptoms but the most common are headaches, light-headedness, nausea, loss of appetite, tingling in the toes and fingers, and a mild swell of ankles and fingers. 

How can I prevent altitude sickness? 

You shouldn’t rush during the trek – People acclimatize at different rates, so make sure that you are properly acclimatized before going higher. Take your time. Pace is a critical factor on all routes. You will hear many guides chanting “Pole, Pole”, meaning “Slow, Slow” in Swahili every day.

Take small breaks and keep yourself hydrated. Try to drink at least 3-5 liters of water per day. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs including sleeping pills. Eat more carbohydrate-rich food than just fatty food.

Choose a long route itinerary. Seven-day or more route itineraries give you the best chance to acclimatize.

Before your trip maintain a good work/rest cycle. Avoid heavy exercising and last-minute stress. Diamox is a drug known to be effective in minimizing symptoms of altitude sickness. Please consult your doctor about this. 

What is a typical day like while climbing Kilimanjaro? 

The typical day begins early hiking Kilimanjaro. Your porter will bring you a bowl of hot water for your morning wash. Breakfast is then served in the dining tent. After having breakfast, we set off for the hike. About mid-day, you stop in a nice place to eat the packed lunches that were prepared by the cook that morning.

The length of the afternoon hike varies from day to day depending on the distance and difficulty of the trail between campsites. Generally, you will arrive at the next campsite by mid to late afternoon so that you have time to explore around camp and enjoy the beautiful sunset before dinner.

Every day expect to hike 4-7 hours depending on the route chosen. On the summit day, however, it usually takes 11-14 hours of walking. These times are based on the physical ability of the group as well as the altitude (the higher you go, the slower you move)

How are accommodation and food facilities like along the trail? 

There are hut facilities for hikers on the Marangu route. Though there is no electricity, there are facilities a dining room, and separate toilets in the huts.

On other routes, trekkers camp up! Full-service camping in alpine tents with portable pit toilets is provided by the tour operators. Public toilets are set up at every campsite and portable private toilets are available upon request at an extra cost by some operators. They also take care of the food and water supplies during the hike. You are given hot water bowls to wash your hands and faces every morning, if possible. Special dietary requirements can be catered to if requested in advance.

There are dining tents with chairs and tables usually set up where all meals are served. 

What clothing and equipment should I take to the Kilimanjaro hike? 

Weather at Kilimanjaro fluctuates rapidly and it can become very cold. The hike covers four climatic zones and therefore layering of clothes is key to staying warm and comfortable as you ascend.

A list of stuff to bring is fairly lengthy and can be seen in detail in one of our activity pages above. Your trekking operator will also give you a complete list of things to bring on the trek once you book. However for clothing – a base thermal layer, mid fleece layer, and a jacket are great. You will also need a good pair of hiking boots and gloves. Hiking poles are helpful, especially while descending. Rain gear is essential.

The tents and mattresses will be provided by your tour operator. You will need to carry your own sleeping bags, toiletries, sunscreen, and small snacks like dry fruits and energy bars. You can also rent a lot of the equipment from your operator. Certain documents and medicines are also recommended to be kept. Keep aside some extra cash for tipping the guides. See our FAQ on tipping practices on Kilimanjaro. 

Do we have to carry our luggage or are there porters to carry our luggage? 

You are expected to carry only your day pack, which should be able to sustain every day until you reach camp. You do not need to carry your backpack – it will be carried by a porter. The porters can carry approximately 30lbs (15kg) of your luggage and anything over is chargeable.

What you need in your day pack will depend on your priorities, but will generally include drinking water, a basic medical kit, a camera, waterproof and warm layers, a pair of gloves, and hat, and snacks. You can leave the rest of your luggage that you don’t need during the trek in your hotel. 

What are the norms for tipping the guides and porters? 

Tipping is expected while climbing Kilimanjaro. It denotes your appreciation of the team that assisted you during the climb. It is also a direct way in which you can influence positively the local community. The usual norm is to tip 10-15% of your total hiking expenditure among the guide(s), porters, and cooks. It varies by the number of people in a group and the duration of your hike. The following are popular rates the group as a whole is recommended to tip per staff member:

Per Chief Guide: USD 10-15 per day

Per Assistant Guide: USD 8-10 per day

Per Cook: USD 7-10 per day

Per Porter: USD 5-8 per day

Gifts in addition are also appreciated – e.g. warm clothing or footwear. Please note that these are only guidelines and tips can be based on personal opinion. There is usually 1 Lead guide, 1-2 assistant guides, 1 cook, and 2-3 porters per climber for a group of 1-4 climbers.

Upon completion of your climb, it is ideal to have a tipping ceremony with the crew at the last meal on the mountain. Tips are usually placed in a group envelope you can hand the envelope directly to the Lead Guide. It is encouraged to announce the amount in front of the group to ensure transparency within the whole crew. 

What if I cannot make it to the top? Can I return midway from the climb? 

Yes, you can. In case you feel that you won’t be able to complete the climb, are in physical danger, or suffer from altitude sickness, you can return from the trek. The porters will help you to descend from the mountain. 

What vaccinations do I need before my Kilimanjaro climb? 

Please consult your doctor for details regarding vaccinations before visiting Tanzania. Below is a list of recommended vaccinations:

Yellow fever – 10 days before travel

Typhoid – 10 days before travel

Hepatitis A & B – 2 weeks before travel

Diphtheria – 3 months before travel

Anti-Malarial Prophylaxis – 3 weeks before potential exposure. 

Should I get a travel insurance? 

Climbing Kilimanjaro comes with obvious risks. You must get adequate insurance for your Kilimanjaro trek. Most standard travel insurance policies will not cover high-altitude treks. So make sure you include high-altitude trekking and adventure sports in your insurance. 

Why choose Us for the Kilimanjaro hike? 

With so many choices that can be found online, it would be a surprise if this question did not come to your mind. When you go with us for an adventure holiday, you are guided by expert locals who love to show their regions and cultures like they would to friends. We collaborate with them for this reason, their experience in hospitality and their highly-rated services.

At Mount Kilimanjaro Guide, we believe that to sustain tourism in beautiful parts of this world, we must give back to the local community. By doing so, we empower the locals to maintain the factors that attract tourists to these places. Thus by having such recommended guides on our website, we ensure top-notch tourism with benefits for the Indigenous community


Tour Starts/Ends: 

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Number of Persons Limit: 

(Minimum 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 7 passengers in each group. )

Discounted Group Rates:

 Available on Request

Departure dates:

 on request (the tour starts at any time if the participants are ready)

PLEASE NOTE: The tour can be upgraded to a higher standard of accommodation at an extra cost. It can also be cheaper if less expensive (but still good quality) accommodation is used. The final cost of the tour depends on your budget and preference. The climbing Kilimanjaro can also be booked on a private/individual basis departing daily



A 30% deposit secures a booking.  This deposit is held in a trust account. The final payment is to be in our account 60 days before the safari start date.  A late payment can result in your accommodation getting released.

On request of a booking you will be provided details to mail a cheque, make a direct deposit, or wire transfer to our account  – Most banks and trusts can perform this procedure. All trips are listed in US$ as a general rule. NB The US is the most widely accepted currency besides local currency in Africa. Not all bank charges are the sole responsibility of the payee, not Mount Kilimanjaro Guide.

Please note that US Dollars must be dated at least 2009 or newer.  Older bills will not be accepted in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro Guide has a proven procedure ensuring you are 100% ready to depart on your trip of a lifetime to Africa.

Booking Climbing Kilimanjaro Terms and Conditions

Mount Kilimanjaro Guide is a trading name and website name for  East African Safari Guide which is a registered and licensed tour operator in Tanzania. The contract for booking any holiday is between you the traveller and East African Safari Guide .

Cancellation and curtailment

In the event of the traveller(s) cancelling their reservation for any reason, traveller(s) will be charged a penalty as outlined below. No cancellations or notifications of reduced numbers booked are accepted by phone. Only written notifications are considered valid. Written notifications include email. No-shows are considered cancelled at the date of their first expected arrival. There will be no refunds to clients who do not complete an itinerary.

If canceled: The penalty is:

More than 60 days prior to first land day 20% of total price

More than 30 days and less than 60 days prior to first land day 30% of total price

More than 7 days and less than 30 days prior to first land day 50% of total price

7 days or less prior to first land day 100% of total price


Below are all the bank details that you will require to transfer the funds to our account. If you pay using this method, you need to bear all the bank charges as we have no provisions of bank charges in the cost. When transferring the funds, please ensure that our final bank account name is mentioned in the transfer copy. Once we get the swift copy we shall send it to the bank to follow up. This mode of payment takes a minimum of 7 working days for the funds to arrive in our account. All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:










US Dollars





Upon confirmation & agreement of your Kilimanjaro climbing itinerary, we send you;

  1. Invoice for deposit.
  2. Mount Kilimanjaro registration form.
  3. Registration form requests details about your health (allergies, diet, emergency contact details, etc.) to be shared with your accommodations, guides, and support team.
  4. Signing of the Terms & Conditions confirming you understand all the terms of your Mount Kilimanjaro Guide booking, and the responsibility you are taking in joining a safari.
  5. Travel insurance information.
  6. Confirmation of rooming list


  1. Acknowledgement of deposit payment.
  2. Essential information (in the form of preparation packs) for your adventure based on the country you’re visiting.  
    This is created for our guests to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable journey and provides the majority of all the planning information you need to know.  Exceptions would be simply specifics to your custom trip.
  3. Any specific points we need to bring your attention for your trip


  1. Final invoice for payment sent out and due 75 days before departure in full.
  2. Health & Medical – check.
  3. Tourist Visa – check.
  4. Travel Insurance – check.
  5. Confirm any domestic flight weight restrictions – check.
  6. Packing list questions – check.
  7. Final payment acknowledgment upon receipt of funds – check.
  8. Update on Mount Kilimanjaro holiday as required – check.
  9. Confirm African Wildlife Safari if applicable & any other extras – check


Email arranged – Items that will be covered in our conversation:

  1. What could go wrong?
  2. Emergency contact numbers
  3. Luggage tags
  4. Document Copies
  5. Tipping guidelines
  6. 3rd world memo
  7. Code of Ethics
  8. Final itinerary


Getting a Visa for Tanzania is very simple. You can apply for the E-Visa Immigration Online portal. Once filled, it takes about 7-10 days to get the approval. Also, Tanzanian immigration officials allow you to get your Tanzanian visa on arrival.

Travelers who do arrive at JRO without a visa will need to queue for a Government Control Number, queue to pay for this at the bank, and then queue at Immigration to check and issue the visa. The online process asks for more information than a visa on arrival but the visa on arrival process can take over two hours We recommend online visa 


East African Safari Guide 

Physical Address : Marangu, Kilimanjaro, 25221 Tanzania 

Phone : +255713524020

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