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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Pricing and Specification Guidelines

Determine your trekking style (Budget, Standard, Luxury) and if you want to trek privately by yourself/with your own friends only or join an existing group climbing the mountain. Kilimanjaro Centre For Trekking and Ecotourism (KCTE) runs 3 specifications.

  1. BUDGET
  2. STANDARD
  3. LUXURY

The key differences between the specifications are categorized on the number of Crews and the amount of equipment provided and hence this affects the total weight of gear going on any given expedition. On Mount Kilimanjaro all gear is portered up and down and so the more equipment we take up the mountain, the more porters there are and the price rises accordingly.

Matching specification

Generally speaking we recommend BUDGET, STANDARD AND LUXURY specification for all guests depending on one’s budget. Why? Because it is the right level of comfort for most people and when spending a week or more at altitude, it is great to have at least some creature comforts depending on the choice and type of requirements. By the same token most of our Clients who want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro would wish to expect an adventure and so for this reason most of the Mountain Climbers request their own specification depending on their budget and strength.

AS A GENERAL OVERVIEW THE FOLLOWING SUMMARIES ARE USEFUL TO MATCH SPECIFICATIONS:-

  1. BUDGET SPECIFICATION: This has a budget mess tent, table and stools, smaller client tent and foam pad. Client must provide their own sleeping bag. This is our most adventurous specification and also lowest priced.
  2. STANDARD SPECIFICATION: This has a larger mess tent than the budget specification, backed chairs instead of stools, a larger client tent with a 3 inch foam mattress. A pillow and -18 Celcius rated sleeping bag with liner are also included. There is a private portable toilet. Evening meals have an additional course (entrée) and there is fresh pressed coffee available. All in all, highly recommended.
  3. LUXURY SPECIFICATION: similar to the Luxury specification but with a larger walk in client tent with a sleeping cot so that guests are raised above the ground.

See Itemized lists to help you understand and choose specification

Equipment Specifications Compared:

CATEGORY

ITEM

LUXURY

STANDARD

BUDGET

CREW

Senior Mountain guide (up to date Wilderness First Responder or equivalent)

Yes

 No

 No

Mountain guide (up to date Wilderness First Responder or equivalent)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Assistant guide (s) (Up to date red cross first aid certificated)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Camp Crew (s)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cook (s)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Porters

Yes

Yes

Yes

CLIENT TENTS

Walk in client tent

Yes

  No

 No

3 person “pup” tent used for 2 people

 No

Yes

 No

2 person “pup” tent used for 2 people

 No

 No

Yes

Full size sleeping cot

Yes

  No

 No

3 inch mattress

Yes

Yes

  No

Foam pad

 No

  No

Yes

Pillow

Yes

Yes

 No

Sleeping bag (-18 Celcius rated)

Yes

Yes

  No

Thermal liner

Yes

Yes

 No

MESS TENT

Lightweight Mess Tent

  No

  No

Yes

Walk in mess tent

Yes

Yes

 No

Lightweight tables

Yes

Yes

Yes

Backed chair

Yes

Yes

 No

Stools

  No

  No

Yes

SAFETY DEVICES

Pulse oximeter

Yes

Yes

Yes

Altitude sickness checklists

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Stocked first aid kit

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Custom evacuation stretcher

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Oxygen

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Portable altitude chamber

Yes

Yes**

 No

OTHER

Toilet tent

Yes

Yes

Shower  / wash tent

Yes

on request

 No

Full trip and safety briefing

Yes

Yes

Yes

** Portable altitude chamber is always used on all crater  trips as well as crampons**

Budget Camping :-

CATEGORY

ITEM

INCLUDED

CREW

Trained Mountain guide

Yes

 

Assistant guide (s)

Yes

 

Camp Crew (s)

Yes

 

Cook (s)

Yes

 

Porters

Yes

CLIENT TENTS

2 person “pup” tent used for 2 people

Yes

 

Foam pad

Yes

MESS TENT

Lightweight Mess Tent

Yes

 

Lightweight tables

Yes

 

Stools

Yes

SAFETY DEVICES

Pulse oximeter

Yes

 

Altitude sickness checklists

Yes

 

Stocked first aid kit

Yes

 

Custom evacuation strecher

Yes

 

Oxygen

Yes

OTHER

Full trip and safety briefing

Yes

Standard Camping :-

CATEGORY

ITEM

LUXURY

CREW

Head Guide (s)

Yes

 

Assistant Guides (s)

Yes

 

Camp Crew (s)

Yes

 

Cook (s)

Yes

 

Porters

Yes

CLIENT TENTS

3 person “pup” tent used for 2 people

Yes

3 inch mattress

Yes

 

Pillow

Yes

 

Sleeping bag (-18 Celcius rated)

Yes

 

Thermal liner

Yes

MESS TENT

Walk in mess tent

Yes

Lightweight tables

Yes

Backed chair

Yes

SAFETY DEVICES

Pulse oximeter

Yes

Altitude sickness checklists

Yes

 

Stocked first aid kit

Yes

 

Custom evacuation strecher

Yes

 

Oxygen

Yes

 

Portable altitude chamber

Yes

OTHER

Toilet tent

Yes

 

Full trip and safety briefing

Yes

Safety Devices:-

Crew Numbers:-

Sometimes people are a little shocked at the numbers of crew involved in these expeditions but bear in mind that you are trekking for multiple days where complete camps have to be carried up and down with all food as well. The employment benefits from these trips are significant and with our teams you’ll love the camaraderie too.

The numbers of porters vary with specification. Generally we tend to have higher numbers of crew than ‘budget’ operators. Why? Because we do not overload our Porters and we carry essential extras such as stretchers, oxygen, first aid kits, mess tents for all specifications, fresh food and so on.

BELOW IS AN EXAMPLE NUMBERS OF CREW BY SPECIFICATION:-

Route Specification Guests Guides Camp crew Cooks Porters Total
Machame 7 days Budget

1

1

1

2

4

Machame 7 days Standard

1

1

2

1

4

8

Machame 7 days Luxury

1

1

2

1

8

12

Tipping Guideline:-

These figures are designed to be a guideline based on what have become normal tipping amounts over time. Remember that you should not feel obligated to pay exact amounts and if you feel like giving more then please do – it’s how you feel!

SAMPLE TIPPING GUIDE PER PERSON ON A 7 DAYS BUDGET TRIP KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN CLIMB – MACHAME ROUTE

 

NO. OF CREW

TIPPING PER PERSON PER DAY

TOTAL PER DAY

Guide

1

US$ 10.00 per person, per day

US$ 10.00

Assistant Guide

US$ 6.00 per person, per day

Cook:

1

US$ 5.00 per person, per day

US$ 5.00

Camp Crew

US$ 4.00 per person, per day

Porters

2

US$ 3.00 per porter, per day

US$ 6.00

TOTAL PER DAY

 

 

US$ 21.00

TOTAL FOR 7 – DAYS CLIMB    

US$147.00 PER PERSON

SAMPLE TIPPING GUIDE PER PERSON ON A 7 DAYS LUXURY TRIP KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN CLIMB – MACHAME ROUTE

 

NO. OF CREW

TIPPING PER PERSON PER DAY

GUIDE

1

US$ 10.00 per person, per day

US$ 10.00

ASSISTANT GUIDE

1

US$ 6.00 per person, per day

US$ 6.00

COOK:

1

US$ 5.00 per person, per day

US$ 5.00

CAMP CREW

2

US$ 4.00 per person, per day

US$ 8.00

PORTERS

4

US$ 3.00 per porter, per day

US$ 12.00

TOTAL PER DAY    

US$ 41

TOTAL FOR 7 – DAYS CLIMB   PER PERSON PER TRIP

US$ 287

SAMPLE TIPPING GUIDE PER PERSON ON A 7 DAYS VIPS TRIP KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN CLIMB – MACHAME ROUTE

 

No. of Crew

Tipping per person per day

Guide

1

US$ 10.00 per person, per day

US$ 10.00

Assistant Guide

1

US$ 6.00 per person, per day

US$ 6.00

Cook:

1

US$ 5.00 per person, per day

US$ 5.00

Camp Crew

2

US$ 4.00 per person, per day

US$ 8.00

Porters

8

US$ 3.00 per porter, per day

US$ 24.00

TOTAL PER DAY    

US$ 53

TOTAL FOR A 7 – DAY CLIMB   PER PERSON PER TRIP

US$ 371

MISCELLANEOUS PERSONNEL

There will always be ‘helpers’ that pop up, now and then, and assist with the unusual or unexpected. Make sure you budget for ‘one helper per day’. The gratuity should be given at the time that assistance / service is rendered.