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How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania?

This being a dream trip for most people, there are people who want to do the trip but are worried about the cost. So, most people will try and look for a cheap trip to make sure they tick Kilimanjaro off the bucket list.

If you have made your research, you will notice that the trip to the Kilimanjaro is actually not that cheap. An average trip to the Kilimanjaro will range from between $2000 to $6,000 per person.

We are going to break down the Kilimanjaro trip and why there are price variations yet its one mountain. The following factors will determine how much you pay for your hike to the Kilimanjaro:

Group Size

Like most safaris, the hike to the Kilimanjaro is not any different. The more the number of people in the group the cheaper the tour will be. There is a high cost of operating a smaller group.

One person will need a ranger, a guide and porters. Yet a biggest group will just add on the number of porters but maintain one guide and may be two rangers.

Days on the Mountain

Each day will come with increased costs in terms of food, park fees, team wages and other logistics. Therefore, the number of stays you spend on the Kilimanjaro will determine the price of your hiking safari to the Kilimanjaro.

Level of Service

All tours have a level of service that determines the cost. This is the same at the hike on the Kilimanjaro. You have to choose from Luxury, mid range and standard service. Each will come with different prices.

The Truth about Kilimanjaro Prices and Costs

The Kilimanjaro area has over 250 licensed tour operators to run trip on the Kilimanjaro Mountain. This therefore means you have a variety of tour operators to choose from.

There also operators not from within Kilimanjaro, Tanzania or East African that can run these tours. The Kilimanjaro being the tallest mountain in the Africa means it not a cheap place to go but that doesn’t also mean you should over pay.

With a variety of operators to choose from, you have a chance to look out for the best price before coming to a conclusion on which you go with.

Average Kilimanjaro Climbing Expenses

Camping or Hut Fees – $50 to $60 per night per person

Conservation Fees – $70 per day per person.

Wages- $80-$150 per climber per day

Guide and Porter Entrance Fees – $2 per staff person per trip

Food ­-$10-$20 per climber per day

Transportation- $100 per trip

Rescue Fees– $20 per person per trip

Value-Added Tax – 18% of services


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