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Cost of Mount Kilimanjaro Guide Services

The starting price for a Mount Kilimanjaro guide is $2,000 to $4,000 on average. However, for high-end services, the cost could exceed $7,000. Typical Inclusions in the Kilimanjaro Guide Cost: Park Fees, Camping Fees, Rescue Fees, Guide and Porter Services, Food and Water, Transportation to/from Mountain However, it does not include personal gear, tips for guides and porters, travel insurance, or flights to and from Tanzania. The total cost to climb kilimanjaro can vary greatly depending on the route chosen, the length of the climb, the tour operator, and the level of service and comfort desired. Want to climb Kilimanjaro on a budget? There are a few main areas you can save money to climb Kilimanjaro cheap. By booking your trek in advance, you can save on the basic Kilimanjaro trek cost and flight tickets to Tanzania. It also gives you time to get equipment for Kilimanjaro at the right price. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is never cheap. You can reduce costs by making certain changes in your schedule and by choosing Kilimanjaro local guides over more expensive online companies.

Private Kilimanjaro Guides: The Best Tours Led by Local Guides

We specialize in providing Private Kilimanjaro guides for both individual climbers and Kilimanjaro Group Tours. Our customized trips ensure a perfect experience for every traveler. Daily departures are guaranteed on all routes, and we also offer the option to combine your climb with a relaxing beach getaway in Zanzibar or an exciting Safari in the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater upon request. Private Kilimanjaro Climbs can be arranged for groups consisting of two adults or more. Additionally, we offer single private tours as well. We ensure that departures are available every day throughout the year.

Kilimanjaro Group Climbs and Kilimanjaro Private Climbs differences

We design all our Kilimanjaro hikes to ensure hikers experience:

  • high safety standards,
  • enjoy high comfort levels,
  • and receive superior service on their hike.

To make the price to climb Kilimanjaro more affordable, you choose to join an existing group hike. Our group hikes are perfect for individuals who want to take advantage of cheaper group rates. There is also a social benefit to join likeminded adventurers from around the world. We cap group hikes at a maximum of 12 hikers.

If none of the scheduled group hikes fit your schedule, can schedule a new hike as per your requirements. We will then open your hike to others and try our best to get more hikers to join your hike.

We also arrange private hikes, as per your requested the departure date. A dedicated mountain team will be assigned for your group only. Please note there will be other hikers on the route and campsites. 

ServiceKilimanjaro Group tourKilimanjaro Private tour
Flexible hike starting date as per your requirements The hike will start as per the set departure date You can choose your hike starting date
Hotel standard 2 nights 3 star hotel in Moshi 2 nights 3 star hotel in Moshi
Safe luggage storage at hotel while on the trek Included Included
1 group transfer from hotel to park gate and 1 group transfer from park gate to the hotel Included Included
Hotel meals Dinner, bed and breakfast Dinner, bed and breakfast
3 liters of mineral water on day 1 of the hike Excluded 3 liters mineral water provided on day 1
Boiled drinking water while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Drinking water boiled on the mountain Drinking water boiled on the mountain
Optional daily Facebook photo updates while hiking Mt Kilimanjaro Not available Complimentary
Portable toilet ( tented routes only) (not applicable Marangu) Excluded, optional extra Excluded, optional extra
Voluntary KPAP approved partner (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) Staff paid & treated as per KPAP guidelines Staff paid & treated as per KPAP guidelines
Porter carry your daypack during summit attempt Excluded, optional extra Excluded, optional extra
4 Season sleeping tents (2 persons sharing) / Marangu route shared use mountain huts Included Included
Camping chairs, tables, and dining / mess tent (not Marangu route) Included Included
One luggage porter carry duffel bag 15kg / 32lbs per hiker Included Included
Sleeping mat (not applicable Marangu) Included Included
Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro ** Included Included
Kilimanjaro National Park trained and certified English speaking guide/s Included Included
Trained cook / chef and use of cutlery & crockery Included Included
Emergency first aid Kit supplied while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Included Included
1 Emergency oxygen set supplied per group while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Included Included
Pulse Oxi-meter & health checks twice daily while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Included Included
Daily water for washing up while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Included Included

** We can accommodate most special dietary requirements on the mountain, subject to pre-arrangement.

Private Kilimanjaro Trek 

All our packages offer flexible hike starting dates. We can schedule a new private Kilimanjaro trek to start on any day you want. On a private hike will your group have your own private team of guides, porters and cook. Your meals will be served in a private dining tent. Please note however that the trails and campsites will still be shared. You will meet hikers from other groups along the way.

Group size – Rates per person

   

Route

1 Hiker single

2 Hikers sharing

3 to 4 hikers sharing

5 Day Marangu Route

5 day / 4 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 2 008 p/p

$ 1 783 p/p

$ 1 678 p/p

6 Day Marangu Route

5 day / 4 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 2 308 p/p

$ 2 058 p/p

$ 1 928 p/p

6 Day Machame or Umbwe Route

6 day / 5 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 2 328 p/p

$ 2 078 p/p

$ 1 948 p/p

7 Day Machame or Umbwe Route

7 day / 6 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 2 608 p/p

$ 2 348 p/p

$ 2 203 p/p

6 Day Shira, Lemosho or Rongai Route

6 day / 5 nights hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 2 648 p/p

$ 2 243 p/p

$ 2 063 p/p

7 Day Shira, Lemosho or Rongai Route

7 day / 6 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 2 938 p/p

$ 2 513 p/p

$ 2 313 p/p

8 Day Shira, Lemosho or Rongai Route

8 day / 7 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 3 228 p/p

$ 2 773 p/p

$ 2 568 p/p

8 Day Northern Circuit include toilet rental

8 day / 7 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 3 588 p/p

$ 2 938 p/p

$ 2 668 p/p

9 Day Northern Circuit Route include toilet rental

9 day / 8 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 3 918 p/p

$ 3 228 p/

$2683p/p

Kilimanjaro Hike starting dates

All of our climb Kilimanjaro packages are very flexible! We will gladly schedule a new hike to suit your calendar preference. Opting for a private hike ensures the privacy of your climb.

SCHEDULED KILIMANJARO GROUP CLIMB DATES

Tailor-made for solo adventurers and small groups of 2 or 3 individuals seeking the camaraderie of like-minded hikers. Our Kilimanjaro group tours redefine the trekking experience. Prioritizing high safety standards, unparalleled comfort, and superior service delivery throughout your expedition on Mount Kilimanjaro. We will provide you with a safe and enjoyable hiking experience, allowing you to enjoy the awe-inspiring landscapes.

These packages are popular among our clients due to the high safety standards and comfort they offer, making the Kilimanjaro hikes enjoyable and memorable. The package includes all necessary amenities for the hike, supported by our experienced mountain crews to ensure a smooth and successful climb. Before and after the adventure you will stay in a 3-star hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, and a restaurant.

Number of hikers joining the Kilimanjaro group climb

   

Route option and number of days

1 hiker joining a group hike single

2 hikers joining a group hike sharing

3 hikers joining a group hike sharing

6 Day Marangu Route

6 day / 5 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 1 985 per person include single hotel room and single in A-frame huts.

$ 1 650 per person shared hotel room & A-frame huts

$ 1 650 per person shared hotel room & A-frame huts

7 Day Machame Route

7 day / 6 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 2 375 per person include single hotel room & tent

$ 2 210 per person shared hotel room & Tent

$ 2 210 per person shared hotel room & Tent

8 Day Lemosho Route

8 day / 7 night hike + 2 nights hotel

$ 2 760 per person include single hotel room & tent

$ 2 580 per person shared hotel room & Tent

$ 2 580 per person shared hotel room

KILIMANJARO COMFORT UPGRADE RATES

Enhance your Kilimanjaro hiking experience by opting for the Kilimanjaro comfort upgrade, available for inclusion in any of our Kilimanjaro hiking packages. Tailor your Kilimanjaro expedition to match your preferences by incorporating various comfort upgrades. To ensure a seamless experience, it is essential to book all desired Kilimanjaro comfort upgrades and services in advance.

Kilimanjaro Comfort Upgrade – Equipment options

All prices in US Dollars  – Optional Kilimanjaro Service or upgradeRate
Insulated Helinox foldable bed
Included in all our Kilimanjaro climbing packages is a basic sleeping mattress. To elevate your comfort during your Kilimanjaro trekking experience, consider upgrading to a folding bed. This bed, rated to R5 (-10 degrees Celsius), measures 190cm/75 inches in length and 69cm/27 inches in width. It’s important to note that this upgrade is not allowed on the Marangu route.
US $ 15 per person per day
Insulated foldable bed for Kilimanjaro comfort upgrade
Private single tent
All our Kilimanjaro climbing packages designed for groups of 2 or more include a tent suitable for accommodating 2 persons comfortably. However, for those seeking added privacy and additional space during their Kilimanjaro trekking experience, you have the option to select a single tent (excluding the Marangu route, where this option is not permitted).
US $ 20 per tent per day
Mountain tent used on Mount Kilimanjaro single tent Kilimanjaro comfort upgrade
Kilimanjaro Portable toilet
While Kilimanjaro public toilets are accessible at all campsites, it’s essential to note that most of them are basic long drop-style facilities, and their cleanliness may not meet desired standards. In light of this, we strongly recommend considering the addition of a Kilimanjaro portable toilet for your expedition. This option allows for a maximum of 5 persons per toilet (excluding the Marangu route) and includes a toilet tent, porter, air freshener, toilet roll, and cleaning chemicals.
US $ 40 per toilet per day
Yellow portable toilet tent used on Mt Kilimanjaro for Kilimanjaro comfort upgrade
Comfort 4″ inflatable mattress
Our Kilimanjaro climbing packages include a 1″ standard sleeping mattress. If you wish to enhance your experience throughout the entire Kilimanjaro trek, you can choose to upgrade to a comfortable 10cm thick inflatable mattress. Please note that this upgrade is not available on the Marangu route, as the mattress is provided.
US $ 50 per person for the entire Kilimanjaro expedition

Kilimanjaro Comfort Upgrade – Service options

All prices in US Dollars  – Optional Kilimanjaro Service or upgradeRate
Personal luggage porter
All our Kilimanjaro hiking packages include a designated porter to carry your duffel bag (with a maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next. If you desire to bring extra luggage for the Kilimanjaro expedition, you have the option to rent an additional porter capable of carrying an extra maximum of 15kg / 32 lbs. It’s crucial to note that this additional porter will not accompany you during the Kilimanjaro summit attempt.
US $ 20 per porter per day
Personal assistance porter
During the Kilimanjaro trek, all our hikers are required to carry their own daypack as they move from camp to camp. However, for added convenience, an option is available to rent a personal assistance porter who will support you by carrying your daypack throughout the entire Kilimanjaro trek, including the summit attempt. This porter service allows for the transportation of one bag weighing up to 10kg (22lbs).
US $ 25 per porter per day
Personal private assistance guide
It is possible to rent a personal private assistant for the entire Kilimanjaro trek, including the Kilimanjaro summit attempt.
US $ 35 per guide per day
Hotel upgrade
In our Kilimanjaro hiking packages, we typically utilize the Chanya Lodge or a similar accommodation in Moshi town. Should you wish, there is an option to upgrade to a higher quality hotel upon request. Additionally, for added flexibility, you have the option to start your Kilimanjaro expedition from Arusha town instead.
Please contact us for more information and rates.

kilimanjaro guide cost

Kilimanjaro Route Choice 

There are six main routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. They include Lemosho, Rongai, Marangu, Umbwe, Machame, Shira, and Northern Circuit. Umbwe is the hardest, shortest, and steepest. The difficulty level is high and climbing takes between 7 to 8 days. Lemosho is the most scenic but it takes between 7 to 8 days to complete it. Shira is the route leading directly to the highest point with a medium difficulty level. Completing the hike using the Shira route takes between 7 to 8 days. The most popular route is Machame which takes 6 to 8 days. Rongai on the other hand is the easiest of all the routes but still takes between 6 to 7 days to complete. The newest route is the Northern Circuit taking between 9 to 10 days and with a high difficulty level. Last but not least is the Marangu route which takes between 5 to 6 days. The Marangu route has a low difficulty level and is the only one with hut accommodations.

If you are a first-time climber, we recommend you choose the Marangu route, Machame, and Lemosho routes. Those two routes offer the right balance of smaller crowds, beautiful scenery, and a high success rate. An important thing to keep in mind when choosing your route is that not all who attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro succeed in reaching the summit. The first two days will determine if you will get to the top regardless of the route. It is therefore important to take things slow even if you feel great.

ROUTE

DURATION

DESCRIPTION

SUCCESS RATE

Lemosho route

7-8 days

Arguably the most beautiful route to ascend Kilimanjaro. It’s popular, but not as crowded as the Machame route.

High

Machame Route

6-8 days

The most popular Mount Kilimanjaro route. Very Scenic Route and has an acclimatization advantage, hike high sleep low

High

Marangu Route

5-6 days

The only route on Mount Kilimanjaro that has hut accommodation. Not very scenic.

Low

Rongai Route

6-7 days

Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Kenya and Tanzania. It’s the easiest route and best during the rainy season

Medium

Northern Circuit Route

9-10

The newest and longest Mount Kilimanjaro route. It’s very scenic and is one of the least crowded routes.

High

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Gears

In case you don’t feel like bringing a lot of luggage, or during your Kilimanjaro equipment check your guide determines you are missing gear required on the mountain, we have what you need available for rent. Normally a maximum of 20 Kg is carried by one porter and a minimum of 3 porters are require for a single client. Basically we will advice you accordingly what to carry and what to leave to minimize luggage on Kilimanjaro. But remember there is a limit to the weight that the porters can carry and your kit bag must be a maximum of 15 Kg.

Technical Clothing

– 1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
– 1 – Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
– 1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
– 2 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
– 1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
– 1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
– 2 – Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
– 1 – Fleece Pants
– 1 – Shorts (optional)
– 1 – Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
– 3 – Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
– 2 – Sport Bra (women)

Footwear

– 1 – Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
– 1 – Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
– 3 – Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
– 3 – Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
– 1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional)

Equipment

– 1 – Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons
– 1 – Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
– 1 – Sleeping Pad, self-inflating or closed-cell foam
– 1 – Trekking Poles (highly recommended)
– 1 – Head lamp, with extra batteries
– 1 – Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment
– 1 – Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear

Paperwork

– Trip Receipt
– Passport
– Visa (available at JRO)
– Immunization Papers
– Insurance Documents

 

Headwear

– 1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
– 1 – Knit Hat, for warmth
– 1 – Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
– 1 – Bandana (optional)

Handwear

– 1 – Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
– 1 – Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional)

Accessories

– 1 – Sunglasses or Goggles
– 1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
– 1 – Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
– 1 – Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended)
– 1 – Water Bladder, Camelbak type (optional)
– 1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
– 1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended)
– Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

Other

– Toiletries
– Prescriptions
– Sunscreen
– Lip Balm
– Insect Repellent, containing DEET
– First Aid Kit
– Hand Sanitizer
– Toilet Paper
– Wet Wipes (recommended)
– Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
– Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)
– Camera, with extra batteries (optional)

Affordable Kilimanjaro Guide Costs: All You Need to Know: Affordable Packages with Top-Rated Kilimanjaro Guides

This trek is a bucket list for many. There’s so much mental and physical preparation to do before you get to the foot of the mountain. So, we recommend booking an all-inclusive package through a local Kilimanjaro Guide and leaving the admin to our Professional Mount Kilimanjaro Guide on the ground. So, you wish to summit the highest mountain in Africa? Take the following steps:

  1. Find your best travel dates

  2. Reserve your spot without any obligation

  3. Prepare mentally and physically

  4. Enjoy the Adventure of a Lifetime

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