How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?
Briefly, it does not take spending a fortune for a safe, comfortable and successful climb.
However, the price below USD 1600 should alert you, as it is the first signal that your tour
operator forsakes basic safety measures and hires semi-qualified (or unqualified altogether)
guides and porters, who agreed to work for a pay far below the market average. Some tour
operators do not pay their climbing crews at all, who sign up for the expedition relying on tips
In addition to that, “budget” a Kilimanjaro climb means poor diet, second-rate obsolete equipment
and no operations in place. Thus, though embarking on a cheap trip may seem attractive
financially, in reality, it jeopardizes your safety and perpetuates porters mistreatment.
Altezza Travel offers various climbing packages that differ in pre- and post-climb accommodation
and extra services and amenities on the Mount. However, each expedition of Altezza Travel
features the same safety standards and the same professionalism of our climbing crews.
Read this article "How much does
it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?" to know more about climbing Kilimanjaro price breakdown.
Which route to choose for hiking?
There are several routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Those seeking seclusion, scenic value and good acclimatization transition should consider Lemosho or
Northern Traverse. A pocket-friendly and picturesque Machame provides good acclimatization
transition, though it is a bit crowded during the high season.
Due to a popular misconception of being the easiest, Marangu route is the most popular and cheapest
option. It is the only route providing hut accommodation (all other routes are camping only), which
are handy for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro during the rainy season. Marangu, however, features poor
acclimatization and scenic value, as the trail is used for ascent and descent.
Rongai is one of the least crowded and the only route approaching the Mount from the North. It is a
physically challenging option for Kilimanjaro hiking and is ideal for those who value remoteness.
This route is recommended for hiking Kilimanjaro during the rainy seasons (Northern side of the
Mountain protects the climbers from precipitation).
Umbwe route is the for the real adventurers. The steepest and shortest option to climb Mount
Kilimanjaro, Umbwe is a challenging test of your endurance, stamina and determination. The route
offers unique panoramic sceneries. The cost of that is, however, the weakest acclimatization
We recommend you to read more here about Kilimanjaro climbing routes
here before you make your choice.
Training to climb Kilimanjaro
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a unique adventure because a person with average fitness level has
high chances for reaching Peak Uhuru. The slopes of Kilimanjaro is the place where proper
high-altitude acclimatization is more important than your endurance, stamina and strength.
However, we do encourage everyone, to take some workout. Not only will it help you to feel more
comfortable on Kilimanjaro (some hikes are 10-14 km long), but also some sport is always good
for your health overall.
Our articles about high-altitude acclimatization and Kilimanjaro fitness program will be useful.
Weather in Northern Tanzania is a good illustration of a typical
tropical climate with a dry and a rainy season. The temperature rarely falls below C⁰ 25-35 (77-
95 F). March-May is the rainy season with high precipitation. November-beginning of December is
the small rainy season. Check your luggage in accordance with our Kilimanjaro climb packing list.
Mount Kilimanjaro has a special temperature regime. Traversing five climatic zones, it
features different temperatures, ranging from “hot” at the beginning of your trek to “very
cold” (especially on the summit night, when the temperature may fall below 15 C⁰) in the
summit areas. The closer you are to Uhuru Peak, the colder the air becomes. Rainfall and
wildlife decrease progressively.
Know more about the weather in Kilimanjaro make sure reading our articles about the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
What is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro
In short, you may climb Mount Kilimanjaro all year round. Climbs during the dry season are,
however, more comfortable. The dry season spans the periods from the second half of from
December till March and from June till November.
At the same time, a Kilimanjaro climb during the rainy season has some advantages as well.
Read our article "When is the best time
to climb Kilimanjaro?" to understand which season is the best for you.
Kilimanjaro Climbing Tips
For all those climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with us and with other tour operators, we have prepared
the following insider tips:
- Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is not about your level of fitness only. Determination,
motivation and well-planned acclimatization transition are more important.
- Do not save up on your personal equipment. Branded high-quality clothes and sleeping bags
often have decisive impact on successfulness of your climb. All personal equipment is
available for rent in our office.
- Be ready to have no shower for a week or so. Portable showers are, however, available for
- Public toilets may be uncomfortable, especially for the ladies. Thus, renting a portable
toilet makes sense.
- Taking an mp3 player or an Ipod is a good idea. Enjoy the sceneries on the way and better
preserve battery for the summit rush.
Kilimanjaro climbing FAQ
Mount Kilimanjaro in a nutshell:
||Kilimanjaro region, the United Republic of Tanzania
|Type of the mount
||5,895 m/19,308 ft
||Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller on October 6, 1889
||Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)
How fit do you have to be to climb Kilimanjaro?
In short, ordinary fitness level is sufficient to reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you can
walk a 10-14 km/6-7 miles per day, certainly you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Many websites recommend intensive training for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Our practice, however,
showed that people with ordinary fitness level who got proper acclimatization always reach the
summit. Yet, professional athletes, who failed to get acclimatized well (either because they
“rush”, or because their guides fail to control their trekking progress) are at serious risk of
high-altitude sickness and evacuation.
We do recommend you to take some exercises for your Kilimanjaro adventure. See our Kilimanjaro training program. Good fitness level will
always be a good advantage for a Kilimanjaro adventurer, as it will help you to tackle daily
trekking challenge with ease and comfort.
If, however, for some reason you do not have an opportunity to take some workouts for your
Kilimanjaro adventure - do not give up. Consider choosing a more extended program (such as
Lemosho 8-day) with less daily trekking distance
How long does it take to walk up Kilimanjaro?
Depending on the route which you choose for your Kilimanjaro climbing adventure, it may take from
5 to 8 days. Longer programs with camping in Kilimanjaro crater are also available.
Do I need to have an insurance for Kilimanjaro trekking?
Though it is not a mandatory requirement for taking part in our Mount Kilimanjaro climb
expeditions, we strongly recommend buying insurance against possible cancellation of your trip,
lost and/or delayed luggage, emergency repatriation, emergency medical evacuation with
Drop us a line at [email protected]
and we will give you a competent insurance advice for your Kilimanjaro adventure.
Do I need to have a vaccination for Kilimanjaro expedition?
It is imperative to have a vaccination against yellow fever to enter Tanzania in case you are
travelling to Tanzania from a country with risk of yellow fever
transmission. In all other cases there are no immunization/vaccination restrictions to
For all those interested in getting more information we recommend reading our article Tanzania vaccination requirements.
Trekking, hiking or climbing?
Though three terms are often used interchangeably, there are some semantic differences.
Hiking refers to the easiest type of leisure “walking” activities and implies that a hiker is
walking by specially designated and adapted trails or human-made roads.
Trekking also refers to the process of walking, yet this concept implies that a “trekker” walks a
longer distance than a hiker and exerts himself physically above ordinary level. Another
noticeable difference is that trekking expeditions take place in the areas with no
The idea of “mountain climbing”, on the other hand, is fundamentally different from “hiking” or
“trekking”. There are two distinguishing features of mountain climbing. Firstly, it means using
special equipment (clothes and gear), which is not usually used for hiking or trekking
expeditions. Secondly, the purpose of a climbing expedition is reaching the top of a mountain,
while hiking and trekking may be practised in other wilderness areas.
Thus, semantically Kilimanjaro expeditions are both climbing and trekking. One-day Kilimanjaro
adventures to the lower camps may be classified as “hikes”.
We at Altezza Travel are tolerant to the conceptual differences and use all these terms
High altitude acclimatization for Kilimanjaro
In short, at 6000 m (19700 f) altitude the proportion of oxygen molecules in the atmosphere is
substantially lower than at the sea level. It is discomforting for a human body, which is
accustomed to getting certain amounts of oxygen.
We can get adapted to the shortage of oxygen molecules, but it is possible only when we progress
upwards slowly to allow our body to make the necessary transformations in your respiratory
system. Too fast ascent is the shortest way to HAPE and HACE, which are both life-threatening
Proper acclimatization is the most important aspect of a successful of a Mount Kilimanjaro climb.