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The cost of climbing Kilimanjaro and why there are no cheap Kilimanjaro climbs!

Congratulations! You have decided to climb the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro and of course your first concern is your budget.

Local Moshi Adventures. A pile of US Dollar bills, savings on Kilimanjaro.

When you ask your web browser you will find prices for a Kilimanjaro climb can range from $1200 to $4000 and above.

Reason being, many Kilimanjaro climb operators are competing for business on Kilimanjaro. The result is a cut throat price war.

You may even come across some climbing companies advertising Kilimanjaro climbs that cost below $1200.

While there is no need to pay $4000 and above, as there is only so much luxury to be had on Kilimanjaro, there is a minimum price you should be willing to pay.

The minimum cost for a Kilimanjaro climb is $2000 and above, depending on how many days you are planning to spend on Kilimanjaro, and how many climbers are in your group.

Do not consider paying less than $2000 unless you are part of a large group on the 5 Day Marangu Route. (Not recommended as the 5 Day Marangu Route has a low summit success rate).

To help you understand why, below is a breakdown of the type of costs included in a Kilimanjaro climb:

  1. Expensive Kilimanjaro National Park fees which are non- negotiable and collected by the Tanzanian Government

  2. Mountain gear (sleeping tents, mess tents, rain proof bags etc.)

  3. Food (climbers and crew)

  4. Crew salaries/adequate number of porters for the 20kg weight limitation

  5. Transfers for climbers and crew to/from Kilimanjaro Park entrances

1. Kilimanjaro Park Fees

TANAPA/Tanzania National Parks Logo.

Many climbers are not aware how much of their climb cost goes toward Kilimanjaro Park fees. For transparency we have created the table below. Fees are expected to increase in 2023.

Local Moshi Adventures Pricing Table of Kilimanjaro Park Fees 2022

As you can see, even on the shortest route, the 5 Day Marangu Route, Kilimanjaro Park fees alone add up to $745 per climber.

This means if you are shopping for a Kilimanjaro climb which costs less than $1200, you are expecting to pay no more than $455 for your mountain gear, food, crew salaries and car transfers.

Kilimanjaro Park fees are non-negotiable!

Gear, food, salaries, and staffing are exactly where budget operators cut their costs, to provide you with a low cost climb.

2. Mountain Gear

Sleeping tents, mess tents, rain proof bags to keep your clothing dry, are all crucial for a safe climbing environment and need to be of high quality and well maintained. After all the last thing you want is to sleep in a leaky tent or find out your clothing has gotten wet between camps. However high-quality gear is expensive, and maintenance is costly.

Hence, this is where budget operators often fall short.

Local Moshi Adventures tent at altitude on Mt. Kilimanjaro

In addition, to lower their cost, they do not provide adequate sleeping quarters for their porters and are likely to pi