Budgeting for a Kilimanjaro climb is not as daunting as it seems. Our staff here at Peak Planet makes your climb preparation easy. We are here to help you every step of the way to plan your epic adventure.
Here is a quick way to budget your Kilimanjaro climb cost.
If you divide the trip costs into categories, you can easily plan and budget for your climb. The costs can be divided into four categories: The cost of the climb, climb preparation, transportation, and incidentals.
The cost of the climb should include all aspects that are required in order for you to participate on one of our climbs. Climb preparation costs include all equipment, clothing, and insurance that you need for your climb. Transportation costs include airfare to get to Tanzania and possibly taxi or additional transportation costs. Incidentals are costs that are not 100% required but highly recommended.
In this example, we are estimating the costs for a climber who is coming from the U.S., arriving the day before the climb and leaving the day after the climb and doing the 10-day Lemosho route with a group of five people.
Kilimanjaro Climb Cost
- Mount Kilimanjaro climb: $2,950 (2018 price as of 11/15/17) per person.
- Guides and porter tips: $205-225 per person.
- Trip insurance: $100+ (World Nomads Explorer Policy) – this varies by age. Read more here: http://peakplanet.com/need-travel-insurance/
The cost of the climb is a relatively fixed amount. Tips, however, can range depending on the number of people in the group and the number of days on the mountain. We suggest around $250 per person. Read more here: http://peakplanet.com/tipping-on-kilimanjaro/
Trip insurance can vary from $100 to $300 depending on how much coverage you want and your age.
- Peak Planet rents synthetic jackets, sleeping bags, trekking poles and personal oxygen. See here: http://peakplanet.com/rental-gear/
- Boots $150+
- Layered Clothing, Hats, Gloves $400+
- Packs and Duffles $100+
Most climbers will have some gear already. If you do not have any clothing and need to purchase most of it, it can become a significant expense for your climb.
- Airfare from the United States to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO): $2,000 average (Expect to pay between $1,400 – $3,000 depending on the time of year and your departure airport)
- Visa: $100 (US Citizen)
- Peak Planet will transport you to and from the airport free of charge.
Airline prices will vary throughout the year. Furthermore, we have found that the flights are generally the lowest from August through October, while June and July flights are the most expensive.
- Tips for drivers, hotel personnel $50.
- Vaccinations $400
- Medication $150
You should bring a lot of $1 bills to use to tip the workers.
Most noteworthy, US citizens do not require any vaccinations to enter Tanzania. However, most clients will elect to get some shots before the trip. Clients often bring medication such as Diamox (for altitude sickness), Malarone (for malaria), antibiotics and anti-diarrhea/digestion aids.
As a result, the total cost of climb Kilimanjaro in this scenario can range from $4,500 to $6,000 per person. A good starting point for planning your Kilimanjaro trip is that it will cost about $5,000 per person.