Questions About TK's Climb Costs

Questions about Kilimanjaro climb costs

What's included / excluded in TK's climb costs?

Things that are included in the cost of your Kilimanjaro climb are:

  • Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to your hotel in Arusha
  • A nightโ€™s accommodation both before and after your climb*
  • All climb costs, salaries, food, fees, etc (excluding tips)
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha hotel again
  • Transfers back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flights

*Accommodation is on B&B basis in our standard range hotels, ie either at the Outpost Lodge, Arusha Naaz Hotel, or Le Jacaranda. If you wish to upgrade to either a mid-range or luxury option a surcharge is payable.

Significant additional cost considerations are:

  • Flights to Kilimanjaro or overland transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha town if approaching from Nairobi (please see bottom of this page)
  • Visas
  • Tips to the mountain staff (climbers typically tip 10-15% of climb price)
  • Meals other than breakfast while in Arusha
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Hotel upgrade costs if you decide to request an alternative hotel to the standard
  • Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc.

Why canโ€™t I pay for my climb online when Iโ€™m travelling abroad?

As regards paying online, we have noticed that often when a climber attempts to transact from outside their own country the transaction is flagged and the payment is declined. This is because of algorithms written into the payment processor's software that can detect from the computerโ€™s IP address that the payment is being attempted from outside the country of card issue, and for some bizarre reason this is therefore assumed to be potentially fraudulent (as though it is very surprising that anyone should ever travel and make purchases concurrently).

Because of this we would suggest that anyone wanting to make a payment while away from home should contact their bank and ask them to press the magic button on their end that will allow you to use your card online while abroad, or else consider contacting a trusted relative or similar, and asking them to assist with the payment from within your own country or residence.

If this proves unworkable, please use the details on the International Payment Information document for wire transfers.

Why are your prices so much lower than most of the other quality climb operators?

Our fees are lower because we have climbs almost every day of the year, are able to provide permanent work to all our mountain staff, and enjoy high numbers of climbers. Our most prominent natural competitors need to charge around double what we charge for a similar description of services simply because they generally only have around 10% of the climbers booking that we have. Our low operational margins simply could not support a company that only serves comparatively few climbers a year, as most of the companies to which you are likely referring do.

Do your prices include the use of tents and sleeping mats?

Yes, we supply everything required but require you to bring the items on the kit list.

Do your prices include the portersโ€™ wages?

Yes, (and the guideโ€™s, assistant guidesโ€™, cooks, and senior camp crew).

Many people spend a lot of time and money training and equipping themselves for a Kilimanjaro climb, only to fail in their objective of reaching the summit. Failure is avoidable and we really want trekkers to understand how to prevent it.


As from March 2021, PCR testing (or rather, sample-taking) is now available at Seronera and Ndutu airstrips in the Serengeti. This facility has been implemented to prevent clients having to either curtail their safaris or dissect their safaris with a journey to Arusha or, more recently, Karatu (FAME Hospital), mid-safari - so as to satisfy the "less than 72 hours old" validity rule that most airlines are required to enforce. 

Arusha Cycling Club
Wednesday, January 20th 2021

Arusha Pedal Series club aims to organise a group ride three times a week - on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, and Saturdays. All keen cyclists are welcome to join.

Dangerous to climb Kilimanjaro?
Friday, January 1st 2021

We read widely divergent estimates of deaths on Kilimanjaro, but how dangerous is it really? In this post we share our own experience of the dangers.

Dealing with COVID in 2021
Thursday, December 3rd 2020

First of all - you can definitely still climb Kilimanjaro during COVID-19! There is absolutely no impediment within Tanzania. Issues only potentially arise with your own country's rules.

How to Get a PCR Test in Zanzibar
Thursday, December 3rd 2020

Although there is no requirement to have a PCR test for COVID in order to enter Tanzania, many climbers are nonetheless required by their airline to show evidence of a negative COVID test before boarding the flight home.

How to Get a PCR Test in Arusha
Wednesday, November 4th 2020

This following information is provided to reassure prospective climbers that there is a straightforward way to enjoy the incredible tourism and adventurous opportunities that Tanzania offers, while ensuring that returning home afterwards is stress-free.

Kilimanjaro's Western Breach
Friday, July 3rd 2020

Kilimanjaroโ€™s Western Breach is a beautiful and breathtaking place but represents the most risk-associated assault route to Kilimanjaroโ€™s summit, of the four options currently sanctioned by Tanzania National Parks.

How Much Does It Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?
Wednesday, February 19th 2020

I think the question of how much it costs to climb Kilimanjaro is a little like asking, how much it costs to buy 'a car'! Apart from the obvious question of how many people you want the car to carry and whether you want it to have offroad capability, there are more subtle considerations.


Kilimanjaro has been climbed from the park gates to the summit in a little over just 5 hours, and yet the Royal Geographical Society suggests that trekkers should not spend less than 10 days reaching the summit? So, how long does it usually take and what is safe?


While we've assisted people in their 70s, a 5 year old, amputees, and quadriplegics to the summit, and while in theory, pretty much everyone could climb Kilimanjaro, nonetheless, many people have told us that climbing Kilimajaro is the hardest thing they've ever done in their lives - and some of these people have been professional athletes (rugby players).


This area of the site aims to stay up to date with developments in Tanzania and on Kilimanjaro, and to respond to queries that arise that the main area of the Team Kilimanjaro website doesn't adequately satisfy.