Trekking to the peak of Kilimanjaro is one of the best accomplishments in the world. Stand at the summit, and you’re not only at the top of the tallest mountain in Africa, but the highest freestanding mountain in the world. If that sounds like something you want to tick off your bucket list, you’re probably wondering how much it costs to climb Kilimanjaro. From the entrance fees to porters and guides, we have everything you need to know…
How much it costs to climb Kilimanjaro
The best way to climb the mountain is on an expedition such as ours. That way, everything you need is included. And safety aside, you’re actually not permitted to climb the mountain without a guide. When you’re looking for an expedition, you want to make sure it includes absolutely everything. That way, there are no hidden surprises along the way.
Our expedition costs €3,999.
What does that include?
Our expedition includes…
- Your return flights from Dublin
- An experienced guide AND doctor, from either Ireland or the UK
- A training weekend in Ireland
- Local guides, porters and support staff
- All accommodation
- All meals (except in Arusha where accommodation is B&B)
- A celebratory dinner at the end of the expedition
- All transport and transfers
- National Park fees & local VAT
- All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc.
- Use of state of the art tents and thermarests
If you are joining the expedition to Kilimanjaro from the UK, you can book our trip without flights, for €3,299 (£2,839). Then you can organise your own flights from the UK. We’ll look after your transfers from the airport to the hotel.
What isn’t included?
Our expedition doesn’t include personal travel insurance, vaccinations, tourist visas ($50) and your own kit. You’ll also want to bring a bit of spending money for souvenirs, a post-expedition beer and tips. We recommend you bring $350 in small notes, to make life easier.
How much do I need to tip?
The welfare of our porters is of huge importance to us. And, trust us, you’re going to want to tip these guys at the end of a trip! Earth’s Edge is a proud partner of KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project). They recommend a tip of $170 per person. Your expedition leader will divide this among the local team. This amount is included in the $350 we recommend above, so you’ll be left with $180 for personal use.
Can I pay in instalments?
Absolutely! We don’t require payment in full up front. To secure your place, you’ll need to pay a deposit of €399. The remainder is due six weeks before departure. But if you want to pay in instalments, you can. You make payments directly via your Earth’s Edge account, so whenever it suits you to put more in, you can.
So there you have it! That’s how much it costs to climb Kilimanjaro. If you have any other questions, or want to read more about this incredible expedition, click here.