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 night’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 can’t I pay for my climb online when I’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 computer’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 porters’ wages?

                          Yes, (and the guide’s, assistant guides’, cooks, and senior camp crew).

                          This safari itinerary is recommended from November to April when we expect the migration to be in the south.


                          If you want to make a significant, positive contribution towards cleaning up Kilimanjaro and help us return its ecology to a pristine wilderness environment, please make use of the following payment facility:

                          Frank John Fund
                          Tuesday, April 26th 2022

                          Following Frank John's sad passing away in March 2022, some former climbers requested the opportunity to contribute towards helping Frank's surviving wife, Clara, cover the costs for the family.

                          Help Bring Clean Water to the Maasai
                          Tuesday, December 21st 2021

                          Several years ago, Team Kilimanjaro were approached by representatives of the Maasai community that live close to the Lake Natron region of northern Tanzania, with a request to assist villagers in obtaining clean water.

                          CAFU 1301
                          November 2021

                          16th May 2022: Arrive in Kathmandu - Caroline, Jake and Meaghan

                          Help Us Fight Rhino Poaching
                          Wednesday, October 20th 2021

                          It is estimated that since the turn of the previous century, the world has lost more than 99% of its rhino population, and that today (figure updated on 15th January 2024), only 24,431 of these majestic creatures survive. (See more details on poaching and species numbers at the World Animal Foundation's website.)

                          VIP Series Comparison
                          Thursday, September 23rd 2021

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                          Wilderness First Aid Basics
                          Thursday, September 23rd 2021

                          Wilderness first aid is the knowledge and ability to effectively address injuries, illnesses, or emergencies outside of modern facilities, out in the wild. Skills include knowing how to dress a wound, treat a burn or bite, or set an injured limb. These are important skills that can save your life or the lives of other outdoor enthusiasts. Learn more and be better prepared for your next hiking or backpacking adventure.


                          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.