The cost of climbing Kilimanjaro can vary widely, from $3,000 to $5,000. The cost varies based on which route you choose to take, how many days you spend on the mountain, how large your group is, and whether you work with a local guiding company or a Western trekking agency. It’s important to be aware of where your money goes, because many trekking agencies cut costs by drastically-reducing wages for the porters and guides who work hard to make sure your trip is a success.
When shopping around the various trekking agencies, look for those which partner with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). KPAP has a list of partners on their website. These agencies are guaranteed to pay their porters a fair wage, make sure they have adequate equipment such as good boots, and verify they’re not carrying loads which are exceedingly heavy. Please support trekking agencies which partner with KPAP, and promote sustainable business practices on Kilimanjaro!
A rough cost breakdown is as follows:
Visa, Vaccinations, Insurance etc: ~$300-$500
Equipment (buying and hiring): ~$200-$300
Flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport/Dar es Salaam/Nairobi: ~$800
Tour Agency: About $1,500 for a cheap local agency to ~$3,000 for an expensive Western agency. You could do an independent trek for ~$1,000 employing a local guide. This includes the cost of the park permit, which ranges from $700 to $1200, or about $120 per trekker per day
Misc (additional food, unplanned travel / hotels etc): $200
Total Costs: $3,200 – $5,100