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Cost of Climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, is a dream adventure for many. But how much does it cost to Climb Kilimanjaro 2024? In this guide, we will delve into the prices associated with climbing Kilimanjaro, including the various cost factors and what you can expect when planning this unforgettable expedition. and you will finally make a decision to book your climb with Safari Nuggets.

Cost of Climbing Kilimanjaro and group joining 2024

  1. Total Costs:

The expenses for climbing Kilimanjaro can vary significantly and depend on various factors. In general, you can expect the total cost to range between $2,000 and $6,000 per person. These costs typically include:

  • Climbing Permit: This is a mandatory fee that varies depending on the chosen route and the duration of the expedition. It can range from $1,000 to $1,500 per person.
  • Travel Expenses: This encompasses flights to Tanzania, accommodation before and after the climb, visa fees, and any other travel-related expenses. These costs can vary greatly depending on your location and travel preferences.
  • Guide and Porter Team: Hiring an experienced guide and porter team is essential for a safe Kilimanjaro climb. These costs vary, but expect to pay around $1,000 to $2,000 per person.
  • Gear and Rentals: If you don’t already have the necessary gear, you may need to rent or purchase climbing equipment, which can range from $200 to $500 or more.
  1. Price Factors Influencing Costs:

Several factors can influence the costs of your Kilimanjaro expedition:

  • Season: Climbing Kilimanjaro during the high season (e.g., January and February) may be more expensive due to higher demand.
  • Route Choice: Some routes are longer and require more days, which can increase costs.
  • Accommodation: Opting for luxurious accommodation before and after the climb can raise the price.
  • Number of Days: The longer the climb, the higher the costs.
  • Group Size: Larger groups may sometimes secure discounts per person.
  1. Key Considerations:

When planning your Kilimanjaro expedition, it is essential to establish a clear budget in advance and take into account additional expenses such as tips for guides and concierge staff.

Safari Nuggets is a reputable local tour operator that helps you plan a safe and successful climb with a successful summit rate of over 95%.

Below is a 2024 price list for all the Kilimanjaro routes against the group size of climbers. Look for your desired route and the price, then make a booking for your upcoming adventure with Safari Nuggets.

2024 Kilimanjaro Climbing Cost Per Climber

Route /

Number of Climbers (Cost per Climber)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10+
Lemosho route-7 Days

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$2,942 $2,411 $2,340 $2,277 $2,237 $2,215 $2,204 $2,202 $2,191 $2,174
Lemosho route-8 Days

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$3,224 $2,665 $2,621 $2,598 $2,579 $2,556 $2,536 $2,538 $2,519 $2,491
Lemosho route-9 Days

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$3,504 $2,975 $2,935 $2,909 $2,870 $2,843 $2,824 $2,819 $2,800 $2,774
Machame route-6 Days

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$2,507 $2,060 $1,979 $1,893 $1,865 $1,855 $1,853 $1,845 $1,842 $1,824
Machame route-7 Days

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$2,815 $2,328 $2,249 $2,168 $2,128 $2,113 $2,104 $2,110 $2,102 $2,087
Marangu route-5 Days

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$2,118 $1,720 $1,665 $1,616 $1,586 $1,570 $1,546 $1,552 $1,547 $1,533
Marangu route-6 Days

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$2,481 $2,024 $1,963 $1,907 $1,871 $1,854 $1,825 $1,830 $1,824 $1,808
Northern Circuit route-8 Days

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$3,224 $2,665 $2,621 $2,598 $2,579 $2,556 $2,536 $2,538 $2,519 $2,491
Northern Circuit route-9 Days

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$3,504 $2,975 $2,935 $2,909 $2,870 $2,843 $2,824 $2,819 $2,800 $2,774
Rongai route-6 Days

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$2,634 $2,143 $2,070 $2,002 $1,974 $1,957 $1,921 $1,925 $1,915 $1,898
Rongai route-7 Days

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$2,942 $2,411 $2,340 $2,277 $2,237 $2,215 $2,202 $2,204 $2,191 $2,174
Umbwe route-6 Days

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$2,507 $2,060 $1,979 $1,893 $1,865 $1,855 $1,853 $1,845 $1,842 $1,824
Umbwe route-7 Days

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$2,815 $2,328 $2,249 $2,168 $2,128 $2,113 $2,104 $2,110 $2,102


The Trekking Package Price Includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop off – Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) – Moshi
  • Hotel accommodations in Moshi one night before the trek and the night that you finish the trek (or alternatively any two nights)
  • All park fees for the national park including taxes
  • All meals and unlimited drinking water while on the mountain
  • Private toilet tent included (1 toilet for every 7 climbers)
  • All salaries for guides, assistant guides, chef, porters
  • Transport to and from the park gate
  • Oxygen for altitude sickness emergencies
  • All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress — but not sleeping bag)

The Trekking Package Price Excludes:

  • Extra JRO airport pickups and drop offs ($40 per car)
  • Sleeping bag – please bring your own or rent one from our equipment rental shop
  • International flights & visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Mountain climb staff tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal travel and baggage
  • Telephone/internet bill
  • Laundry service
  • Any personal items
  • Activities not mentioned in the program

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Note: For private groups with an even number of participants, the price is based on double occupancy in the hotel in Moshi and in the tents on the mountain. Private rooms/tents are available at an added price. For odd numbered participants, the price for one single hotel room and tent is already factored into the quoted price. Our default policy is to divide the entire price evenly. If you prefer, we can calculate a separate price for those with double occupancy and the person with single occupancy.

Everything you need to know about mountain crew tipping

How many crew members will there be on my climb?

While we will know in advance how many guides, assistant guides and cooks you will have for a climb, we will not know how many porters will be used until the morning of the climb. The maximum weight allowed for each porter to carry is 20kg plus their own gear. Of course, they also need 3 meals a day and a mattress (not all companies supply these for porters, but we do). So once the total weight of all items being brought on the mountain is weighed, we will know the definite crew numbers. Typically for a small group (4 climbers or less), a rough estimate of the number of porters is 4 porters/climber. For larger groups, approximately 3 porters per climber. Marangu route (overnights in huts) will use about 1 porter per climber less. While we can accommodate group sizes of any number, the national park treats groups over 10 people as 2 climbs. This means that for more than 10 in your group, there will be 2 head guides, 2 cooks, etc. The group will still be together as one group on the mountain though. Comfort add ons such as portable toilet tent or mattress upgrade add to the number of porters needed.

How much is a recommended tip?

It is through the accumulation of feedback from our clients that the guidelines below have been suggested.
Recommended tipping rates range from:

  • Head Guide $20 – $30/day
  • Assistant Guide$15 – $20/day
  • Cook $15 – $20/day
  • Porter $5 – $7/day

Out of the group of porters, some will have additional duties during the entire climb such as tent master, waiter and toilet attendant (if using private toilet tents). We suggest giving an additional amount of $3/day to these porters. There will also be summit porters who will have additional duties during summit day only. We suggest $20/trip for the summit porters. These are only guidelines. It is up to you and your budget if you want to vary from this.

Meals on the Mountain

While on the mountain, eating a good diet is essential for a successful climb. The food must be high energy, plentiful, appealing and easy to digest. These are important components since a great amount of energy is required. The most common symptoms of altitude sickness are nausea and loss of appetite. Food that will not disturb the stomach further is essential and since climbers at times have to force themselves to eat. The food must be appealing.

A typical breakfast may have combinations of the following:
Porridge, breads/chapati, plantains, pancakes, eggs, sausage, hot chocolate/ tea/ coffee, fruit
Lunches and dinners:
Pasta, rice, plantains, potatoes, vegetables, meat, bread, soup/stew, fruit, popcorn, peanuts

Our cooks can accommodate special diets such as vegetarian/vegan, food allergies, gluten free, etc. We welcome special requests (before we are on the mountain, please).

There is no food preservation method on the mountain (this gets less important as the temperature gets colder) but we resupply the food part way through the climb to insure freshness.

Booking Your Kilimanjaro Climb

You can book your 2024 Kilimanjaro climb by filling the form below (or click here) and submit your request. Our tour consultant will get back to you shortly with a quote proposal for your climb. Also see what other customers say about Safari Nuggets on TripAdvisor. Read our Kilimanjaro FAQs and Kilimanjaro Packing List.

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