Can I climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

The simple answer is: YES, YOU CAN! 

Even though climbing Kilimanjaro is a big challenge, it is very possible for you make it to Uhuru Peak!

Uhuru Peak (5.895m) on Mount Kilimanjaro

Uhuru Peak (5.895m) on Mount Kilimanjaro

A good preparation is your key to success!

If you read all the information provided on our website you will be perfectly prepared for your climb - and to fully enjoy each day that you will spend on the mountain. All information that you find here will help you to understand what is necessary to successfully climb Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain and highest mountain of Africa!

In our guidelines we will step by step explain to you:

Thousands of successfull climbs and happy clients have made us the top choice for your adventure. If you still have more questions, please feel free to contact us anytime and we will be happy to help you to arrange your once-in-a-lifetime experience of climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!

When is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?

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It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro all year around so you can decide according to your schedule. There are some months that are more favorable for climbing though as the weather is dryer and therefore more convenient as hiking in rain and snow is more exhausting because of the cold. The best months are from December to March & then again from June to October. Of couse there are more visitors during these months so you should decide what is the best time according to your preferences. We prepared a table where you can see our all important aspects as temperatures, rainfall, visitors and our recommendations.

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Dry Season:
Dry season (between December & March) is the ideal time to climb Kilimanjaro as the days are relatively warm on the mountain during daytime and you will hardly face any rain and snow during your climb. The second Dry Season starts in June until October which is quite a long time - but therefore has a lot of visitors on basically all routes. One of the best months is March as rainfalls only start but there is a very good chance that the weather will remain dry for several days.

Rain Season:
Climbing during rain season is tough but beautiful at the same time. It is not highly recommended but if you are looking for a challenge and empty routes it is possible to climb, but chances to summit are lower as the weather can be very difficult and it is very exhausting to walk over the snow. You should Choose the best Route with more days as this makes it easier to acclimatize well and summit at the right time.

You can plan a Private Climb with us or find a Climbing Group to join!
Contact us for further information!

10 Things you must know before climbing Kilimanjaro

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  1. TAKE YOUR TIME
    Be smart and give your body enough time to adapt to high altitude. That simply requires enough time by choosing the best route to climb and the right number of days spend on the mountain. Most climbers under-estimate the risks of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and try to rush to summit. Almost 50% of all climbers fail to arrive Uhuru Peak!

  2. BE DETERMINED
    Climbing Kilimanjaro is a risk, but you can prepare yourself well by following our Checklist. If you are determined to learn what to do and to keep up your motivation to make it to Uhuru Peak!

  3. BE CURIOUS - ASK QUESTIONS!
    You should read as many information about climbing Kilimanjaro as possible. If you have any questions ask us before your arrival, we will be happy to assist you. We have collected many information on our website but feel free to ask us any individual questions. Become familiar with the challenges of climbing Kilimanjaro so that you will know what is waiting for you. It will give you confidence!

  4. GET PREPARED
    Don’t do endless exercises - go hiking! Your body should simply get used to hike for many hours with a small Daypack. The best way is to do some regular hikes before arriving in Tanzania. You should start your workout about 6 to 8 weeks prior to your climb also to get used to your climbing shoes and to strengthen your legs and feet. We have prepared a Checklist where you can find a timetable for all your preparations.

  5. WATER IS YOUR FRIEND
    The risk of dehydration at high altitude is extremely high and your body will need a lot of water to climb 6 to 8 hours per day. It is a big factor to increase the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) so you should try to drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water per day!

  6. POLE POLE! TAKE IT SLOW!
    Pole Pole is a commen phrase that you will hear a lot while climbing Kilimanjaro. It means to take small steps and to take slow instead of rushing up the mountain. It is probably the best (and only) way to prevent yourself from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which is one of the main reason why almost 50% of all climbers fail to arrive at Uhuru Peak.

  7. GET DRESSED
    Choosing the right gear to climb is essential for your success. We have prepared a Gear List for all the gear and items that your will need. You can also contact us to rent climbing gear on arrival in Moshi.

  8. EAT WELL
    You might think that hiking for many hours will make you hungry - but high altitude is affecting your body and might let you loose appetite. Your body will need a lot of energy to climb several days in the cold so you should eat even if you don’t feel hungry.

  9. FIND YOUR RYTHM
    Hike, eat, sleep, recover, repeat -
    It is essential to find your rythm and to accept that your main purpose on the mountain is to climb. The more you understand this the easier it will become to focus on hiking, eating when its time to eat, sleep when its time to sleep and recover as much as you can. Your body will get used to it - and we guarantee you will have a great and fun time!

  10. CHOOSE THE RIGHT COMPANY
    Find a company that fits your needs and that makes you feel comfortable and safe by replying your emails fast, by thinking ahead and by providing you with information out of the box. It is usually the little things that make the difference - don’t just go for the lowest price. You don’t have to spent a fortune but you should have the feeling that your money is well spend for a reliable service!

Climbing Kilimanjaro at Full Moon

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Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro at night usually requires to carry a headlamp or a flashlight. Not so when you are climbing the mountain in the strong moonlight of a full moon – if you are lucky it will be a cloudless, crystall clear night on the top of Africa! This is pure magic! Witnessing the amazing event of a full moon over the highest mountain in Africa definetely requires some good timing as you will have to book your flight to arrive on time, choose the righ Climbing Route and proceed to summit around the full moon night - seems difficult?
We agree it is not easy - but you can do it!

MOON CALENDAR FOR KILIMANJARO

MOON CALENDAR FOR KILIMANJARO

Please check our moon calendar or check the Full Moon Group Climbs that we prepared specifically for you. This can contribute to make your summit night even more unforgettable! Please note that even though every effort is made to give you the accurate full moon dates - we can not guarantee a 100% confirmed full moon. Please use these dates as a first idea and contact us for further details. We will be happy to assist you to make it to Uhuru Peak under the full moon. You should start considering a Full Moon climb and contact us at least 3 month prior to your climb to make sure that we can arrange everything!


Private Climb or Group Climb - Should I join a group to climb Kilimanjaro?

Tanzania Horizon Safaris is offering a large variation how to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. You can choose your preferred Route according to your fitness level and the time you want to spend on the mountain. We offer Private Climbs that can start any time and offer the possibility to join Group Climbs.

PRIVATE CLIMBS
Private climbs are recommended if you have a specific date to climb Kilimanjaro and if you want to climb more individually. You can book a solo climb for 1 person to set your individual speed OR you can book a private climb with your friends and family to be more flexible about your arrival dates.

Please contact us for further information!


GROUP CLIMBS
As a solo traveller you might want to join a group to share the experience of climbing Kilimanjaro with others. It is a great option to reduce costs and increase your motivation while hiking together as a team. All our groups are limited to a maximum of 15 climbers. Our climbers/crew-ration is 1/3 so a group of 6 climbers will have a crew of about 18-20 crew members.

Please contact us for further information!

When are the best months to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best months to climb Kilimanjaro

It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro all year around. That to be said you don’t have to worry about your timetable BUT there are some months of the year that are favorable to climb because of weather conditions. These months are usually the driest months, as climbing by rain and by snow can make your experience more exhausting and decrease success rates to summit. As Tanzania is located close to the equator there is no summer and winter as in other parts of the world but there rainy and dry seasons that change the amount of rainfall and temperatures. YES it is Africa and YES it does get very cold up on the mountain!

On your arrival day you will arrive in Moshi town where temperatures can easily reach 30 °C (86 °F). From here you will start to ascend everyday between 800m to 1000m. You will basically cross an entire climate zone per day until you reach the summit (read: Kilimanjaro’s Climate Zones). Especially summit night is a challenge as temperatures can drop down to -25 degrees Celcius (-13 °F). That doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to climb during rain season, but the challenge is higher as hiking through rain and snow is more exhausting and slower than average.

The driest and warmest months:

January, February, September

Beginning of March, late June, July, August and October are also good months.

The coldest and raniest month:

April, May, early June, November, December

Do I need a Travel Insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro?

A valid Travel Insurance is required to climb Kilimanjaro!

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro without a valid Travel Insurance is not possible as there is a high risk of emergency due to Altitude Mountain Sickness or simply dangerous weather conditions. It is important to check if the insurance is valid up to 6.000 meters altitude.

Tanzania Horizon Safaris doesn not directly offer Travel Insurances but we highly recommend to all our clients to find an insurance prior your trip. We must check your travel insurance before allowing you to climb Kilimanjaro. It is for your own good to protect your investment against any cancellation, interruption, delays and unforeseeable expenses. Travel insurances usually provide coverage for:

  • Trip cancellations

  • Trip interruptions

  • Missed connection flights or transfers

  • Travel delays

  • Baggage delay and personal items lost while travelling

  • Hurricane and dangerous weather conditions

  • Medical conditions

  • Emergency medical

  • Emergency evacuation

  • Financial default

  • Terrorism / Unforseen dangers

Tanzania Horizon Safaris is collaborating with Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue (SAR), a company that specialized on emergency rescue on Kilimanjaro by helicopter. SAR is only operating if clients have a valid Travel Insurance that covers costs for emergency evacuation up to 6.000 meters. We highly recommend to get in touch with your insurance early enough but at least 14 days before starting your flight and immediately after booking your climb with us. We will ask you on arrival about your Travel Insurance. Clients who fail to proove their valid Travel Insurance cannot start climbing Kilimanjaro.

We recommend not to take the cheapest offer but instead to choose an insurance that you trust!

Here is a short list of online Travel Insurances that you might consider:

How long does it take to Climb Kilimanjaro?

TIME IS A MAJOR KEY TO SUCCESS FOR EVERY CLIMB

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro usually takes between five to nine days to complete. Overall statistics show that not even 50% of all climbers reach the summit. The reason is mostly because of bad preparation, altitude sickness or bad weather situations. While the weather can’t be changed, climbers can be well prepared and avoid altitude sickness by spending enough days on the mountain to adapt to low oxygen levels. Why should you travel all the way to Tanzania and then fail to climb Kilimanjaro because of not spending an additional day more to climb it?

The more days on the mountain, the better your chances of reaching the top.

 

SUCCESS RATES ACCORDING TO THE DAYS SPENT ON KILIMANJARO

We highly recommend to take enough time to enjoy this great mountain, its atmosphere, its wonders and the beauty of its unique nature. Not only will you enjoy it more, you will also drastically increase your chances to make it successfully to the highest peak of Africa. Please don’t try to reduce costs and risk your health by rushing to summit - take the time needed to make your dream come true! We are proud to say that we have a very high success rate on all our climbs and all our offered routes, which is not a miracle, it is a question of good communication with our clients, our guides, porters and of choosing the right route and right number of days for your climb. We are happy that our success rates are higher than the average success rates presented by Kilimanjaro Park Authorities. Your success is our success and your safety and health are most important to us!

Please read the information on our website to be well prepared.

All Kilimanjaro Routes:

What are the Accommodations Before and After climbing Kilimanjaro?

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You will arrive in Moshi town before climbing Kilimanjaro. We provide transport from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to your accomodation. Your accomodation before and after your climb is included in your booked service. Here is also where our guides will meet you before climbing Kilimanjaro and will explain to you what to expect on the mountain, your climbing route, to check your equipment according to our Gear List, your health condition and to let you ask all further questions that you might have. You will be able to leave the luggage that you don’t need during your climb at your accomodation where it will be kept securly.

Tanzania Horizon Safaris offers 3 different categories of accomodation according to your individual preferences.

Please see some examples of our categories below:

The accomodation categories are:

  • Adventure
    You will stay in a clean, calm, budget accomodation with a pool to relax before and after your climb. The accomodation offers a private restaurant and a garden. It is the perfect choice for all budget travellers to climb Kilimanjaro. 2** - 3***

  • Comfort
    This category offers a big variety of spacious rooms, a roof top terrace and a big pool to relax especially after your climb. It meets international standards of 3*** - 4 ****

  • Luxury
    Our luxury accomodations offer a big garden on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. You will enjoy all comforts of a 4 **** - 5***** hotel & restaurant in a calm and friendly environment. It is the perfect choice for climbers that want to add some special architecture and environment to their Kilimanjaro climb.

After climbing Kilimanjaro you might want to add a Daytrip or a Safari to complete your Tanzania Experience!

Feel free to contact us for further details!

Safety Guidelines for Kilimanjaro

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Climbing Kilimanjaro is not dangerous, if you are prepared well!

Every year about 1.000 people are evacuated from the mountain. The main cause is altitude sickness. Everyone climbing Mount Kilimanjaro should be aware of its symptoms and don’t underestimate the impact. Official statistics show that almost 50% of all climbers are not reaching the top of Kilimanjaro. Tanzania Horizon Safaris has a clear Safety Guidelines to minimize all risks for your health.

Please see our Safety Precautions below.


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Tanzania Horizon’s Safety Precautions:

  • By handling over 1.000 clients per year our guides are highly experienced in preventing, recognizing and treating Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

  • Established protocol for handling emergencies on the mountain, including rescue and evacuation

  • Our guides are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR)

  • Health checks are conducted twice daily to measure pulse, temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation

  • Emergency Oxygen and a First Aid Medical Kit are carried on all climbs

  • Provide Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter evacuation for injured or ill climbers


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Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

The percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is about 21%. As altitude increases, the percentage remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 3.600m there are roughly 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath so the body must adjust to having less oxygen. Altitude sickness, known as AMS, is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced oxygen at increased altitudes. Altitude sickness can occur in some people as low as 2.500m, but serious symptoms do not usually occur until over 4.500m.
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Acclimatization Guidelines

  • Pre-acclimatize prior to your trip by hiking at high altitude if possible.

  • Pole, pole! Our guides will remind you to walk slowly throughout your climb as it takes time to acclimatize to higher altitude.

  • Take slow deliberate deep breaths.

  • Climb high, sleep low. Climb to a higher altitude during the day, then sleep at a lower altitude at night. Most routes comply with this principle and additional acclimatization hikes can be incorporated into your itinerary.

  • Eat enough food and drink enough water while on your climb. It is recommended that you drink from four to five liters of fluid per day. Also, eat a high calorie diet while at altitude, even if you don’t feel hungry.

  • You can use altitude medication such as Diamox for prevention of AMS.

  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol and other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquillizers, sleeping pills and opiates. These further decrease the respiratory drive during sleep resulting in a worsening of altitude sickness.

  • If you begin to show slight symptoms of altitude sickness, don't go higher until symptoms decrease. If symptoms increase, descend.


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Daily Health Checks

Our guides are all experienced in identifying altitude sickness and dealing with the problems it causes with climbers. Our guides are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR) and they will constantly monitor your well-being on the climb by watching you and speaking with you. Twice daily, in the morning and evening, our guides will conduct health checks. If you should feel any slight symptoms of mountain sickness or discomfort please don’t hesitate to talk to your mountain guides to prevent further problems.


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Pulse Oximeter

A pulse oximeter measures oxygen saturation - the oxygen level in your blood & and your pulse rate. The oximeter is placed on a climber's fingertip. It uses two beams of light that shine into small blood vessels and capillaries in your finger. The sensor reflects the amount of oxygen in the blood. Oxygen saturation is a measurement of how much oxygen your blood is carrying as a percentage of the maximum it could carry. Normal blood oxygen levels at sea level are 95-100%.

As altitude increases, oxygen saturations decrease. Proper acclimatization generally brings oxygen saturations higher, which is why these figures typically rise when oxygen saturations are tested after resting overnight. On Kilimanjaro, oxygen saturations percentages are regularly in the 80's. There are no definitive saturation levels where a client can be declared absolutely safe or at risk. However, when oxygen saturation drops below 80%, we monitor that climber very closely.

Blood Pressure (bpm)

Checking the blood pressure is important because the higher your blood pressure is, it is putting extra strain on your arteries and on your heart. A very high blood pressure can cause heart strokes or heart attacks. A normal blood pressure stays between 120 and 80 mm Hg. High blood pressure between 140 and 80 is only harmful when expereineced over a long time and while resting. A hypertensive crisis is at risk when blood pressure rises above 180 and 120 mm Hg and is a very high risk. Our guides will always check your blood pressure levels AND oxygen levels.


Altitude Medication

Diamox (generic name acetazolamide) is an F.D.A. approved drug for the prevention of AMS. The medication acidifies the blood, which causes an increase in respiration, thus accelerating acclimatization.

Diamox does not disguise symptoms of altitude sickness, it can prevent them. Studies have shown that Diamox at a dose of 250 mg every twelve hours before and during rapid ascent to altitude results in fewer or less severe symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

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The medicine should be continued until you are below the altitude where symptoms became bothersome. Side effects of acetazolamide include tingling or numbness in the fingers, toes and face, taste alterations, excessive urination; and rarely, blurring of vision. These go away when the medicine is stopped. It is a personal choice of the climber whether or not to use Diamox as a preventative measure against AMS.

Please consult your doctor before any kind of medication! Tanzania Horizon Safaris neither advocates nor discourages the use of Diamox! Ibuprofen or IbuTad can be used to relieve altitude induced headaches.
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Emergency Oxygen & Mountain Rescue

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All camps provide bottled oxygen for acute emergencies. On demand, we can carry bottled oxygen on all of our climbs as a precaution and additional safety measure. The oxygen cannister is NOT used to assist clients who have not adequately acclimatized on their own to climb higher. The most immediate treatment for moderate and serious altitude sickness is a fast descent. With Kilimanjaro's routes, it is always possible to descend quickly. Therefore, oxygen is only used in case of emergency to prevent climbers from severe health issues. Please contact us for further information!


Kilimanjaro Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR)

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We are partnered with Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue (SAR), a helicopter rescue operation which conducts modern, efficient rescue services on Kilimanjaro. Airbus AS 350 B3 helicopters waits nearby at Moshi Airport. Once a distress call is received, rescue procedures are activated within five minutes. Expert pilots, highly trained rescue doctors and emergency flight technicians are exceptionally qualified and prepared for all emergencies on the mountain.

Kilimanjaro SAR manages a medical clinic that focuses on high altitude related illnesses, mountain medicine, and trauma. It is staffed 24 hours a day by doctors, nurses and assistants offering the best possible treatment.

PLEASE NOTE that this service is only available to clients who have the required TRAVEL INSURANCEA valid travel insurance is a must have to participate in our trips. Clients must be covered to trek at high altitude up to 6.000 meters to qualify for Kilimanjaro SAR Rescue. Your travel insurance will be verified by our staff before the trek.

What will happen on arrival in Moshi before climbing Kilimanjaro?

Moshi Town is located right next to Mount Kilimanjaro

All Kilimanjaro Climbs start in Moshi Town, located south of Kilimanjaro. Moshi can be reached by plane from Dar es Salaam and even international flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code: JRO). The town itself is a 40 minutes to 1 hour drive away from the airport. Tanzania Horizon Safaris offers pick up services for all our clients to your accomodation. We offer 3 different accommodation categories that you can see here. Even though it is possible to start climbing on your arrival day we highly recommend to spend at least one night in Moshi to recover from your flight and to adapt a bit to the climate in Moshi.

On your arrival day we will take you to your accommodation and give you a first briefing. You will meet your mountain guide for a health check up and to check your Climbing Gear. We will also ask you for your required Travel Insurance. You can bring all your gear - or simply rent it on arrival so that you don’t have to carry it in your luggage. If any important gear should be missing you will be able to rent it prior to your climb. Your guide will talk about your Climbing Route, the current weather situation and everything you need to know prior to your climb. You will also be provided with a brochure and our Safety Guidelines. All that will help you to prepare mentally for the next days on the mountain. After a relaxing night at your hotel we will meet you in the morning for a last briefing where you will meet your crew with all guides and porters. Together we will drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate according to your Climbing Route. You will be able to leave the luggage that you don’t need during your climb at your accomodation where it will be kept securly.

After your climb you can add Daytrips to waterfalls, coffee plantations, Arusha National Park or even a longer time Safari to Serengeti and other beautiful Nationalparks of Tanzania and Zanzibar to relax on the beach.

Please contact us for further information - we will be happy to assist you!

Moshi Town is located south of Kilimanjaro

Moshi Town with a view of Mount Kilimanjaro

Tipping Guidelines - How much do I tip my guides and porters?

It is common to tip your mountain crew after climbing Kilimanjaro. The decision on how much you tip your crew should be based on the quality of service that you received - not if you reached the summit or not as this cannot be guaranteed. Make your decision on how well the guides, cooks and porters served you while you were on the mountain. The standard tipping amounts PER GROUP is 20USD/day for guides, 15USD/day for cooks & waiters/toilet porters, and 10USD for standard porters. In addition to that you might also think about donating equipment that you don’t need anymore after your climb.

Each group will have one Lead Guide that is responsible for the whole crew. There is generally one assistant guide per three clients. Every group will have a cook, a waiter for all meals and toilet porter. The total number of porters depends on the selected route, the number of days and the total weight of all items needed. Generally, there are two porters per person on the Marangu & for climbing Mount Meru, and three porters per person on all other routes. However, the porters/client ratio is larger for small groups. Make an effort to know your guides and porters and their roles if possible. They will be happy to be recognized as they all have their individual roles for your successfull climb.

Below are some guidelines on how much to tip your staff on a full eight day climb, provided that their service was satisfactory. These figures are the total tips given for your total group.

Tipping guidelines per Group per day:

  • Lead Guide: 20 USD

  • Cook: 15 USD

  • Waiter (for meals): 10 USD

  • Toilet Porter: 10 USD

  • Porter: 10 USD (number of porters depend on total luggage)

Example: 8 Days / 6 climbers / 20 Crew Members (number of porters depend on total luggage)

  • 1 Lead Guide: 160 USD
    2 Assistant Guides: each 160 USD
    1 Cook: 120 USD
    1 Waiter: 80 USD
    1 Toilet Porter: 80 USD
    14 Porters: each 80 USD = 1.120
    20 Total Staff: 1.880 USD
    /6 clients: 313 USD per client

PLEASE NOTE:
It is against company policies for guides or porters to discuss tips during your climb. Unless there were special circumstances that justify higher tips, please try to stay close to the guidelines above.


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It IS COMMON TO TIP YOUR CREW AFTER CLIMBING KILIMANJARO

It IS COMMON TO TIP YOUR CREW AFTER CLIMBING KILIMANJARO

We will explain to all details of the Tipping Ceremony in briefinf before your climb. The ceremony will take place on the last night on the mountain, after the summit day and before arriving to the departure gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. The Lead Guide will assemble the entire staff to say a word of thanks. Each crew member signs a tip receipt which we review after every climb to enforce fair and proper payment. Tips can be made in US Dollars (USD) or Tanzanian Shillings (TSH). It is very important that US bills are not older than 2002, as they are not accepted in the country. It is very helpful to organize a well estimated amount of USD before arrival, as exchange rates may vary and differ a lot.


Donation of Clothing & Equipment

You might consider donating your clothing and equipment to the climb team in addition to tipping them after your climb. Remember that the staff climbs Kilimanjaro many times a year and can go through their clothes and gear rather quickly. You can be straight forward to ask if something is needed and then donate it individually. Your donation is of great assistance to these individuals, many of who are unwilling to spend their money on material goods they consider a luxury rather than a necessity. They will appreciate your generosity tremendously. Avoid giving items to your guide for distribution to porters. Donations should be given directly to individuals they are intended for, perhaps those with the greatest need or who were of particularly good service.


Tipping for Safaris, Hotels and Restaurants

The suggested tips for the safari are 20 USD to 30 USD per day for the guide (who is also the driver). So for instance, in a five day safari the guide can be tipped 100 USD to 150 USD total from the entire group (not per individual).

Small tips (1 USD / 2000 TSH) may be given to hotel staff or drivers for their service, however this is not customary. It is also not customary to leave tips at restaurants.

How do you care for your local staff?

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Porters UnLOADING ALL LUGGAGE BEFORE STARTING TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO / TANZANIA HORIZON SAFARIS

To climb Kilimanjaro you are entering Kilimanjaro National Park. It is required to have a professional team of guides and porters for every climber for safety reasons. You will not be allowed to enter Kilimanjaro National Park by yourself. On your first climbing day we will pick you up from your accomodation in Moshi where we will weigh your Daypack & Duffelbag again and you will meet the entire crew. We will start together driving to the gate according to your itinery. At the entrance gate of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park your climbing luggage is checked again and you will register to the park authorities. Porter loads are limited to 20 kg. Try to limit your Duffel Bag to 15kg as the bag weighs about 2kg itself. You will soon find out the porters are the real heroes of Mount Kilimanjaro as they are climbing the mountain basically every week. Tanzania Horizon Safaris makes sure that our guides & porters have the right gear and equipment to handle the mountain and that their sleeping bags and tents are sufficiently warm. All our crew members have a long experience of climbing Kilimanjaro and they have been climbing Mount Kilimanjaro together for several times so each crew members knows exactly what to do and how to work together as a team. You will experience the team spirit from your first to last on the mountain.

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Tanzania Horizon Safaris holds the following porter treatment standards:

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  • Porters are paid a minimum of 10USD (20.000Tsh) per day, the wage amount accepted by the porter unions in 2014.

  • Salaries will be paid within 2 days of the descent of a climb

  • A transparent Tipping Procedure and clear Tipping Guidelines so that porters receive the full tip amount intended for them

  • Loads carried by the porter don’t exceed 20kg

  • extra luggage will require an extra porter that must paid additionally

  • Porters are provided with 3 meals per day

  • Porters have proper shelter conditions and sleeping equipment

  • Porters are outfitted with proper gear

  • Sick or injured porters are properly cared for

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How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

Tanzania Horizon Safaris is an official Tour Operator in Tanzania.

We have high standards for all our clients and our staff and are constantly working to improve all our services. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not cheap - but you don’t have to spend a fortune for unnecessary things that you won’t need on the mountain. Most important is to have a safe climb at all times. All our experienced guides have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for many years and have proven their professional work at all times. They have special trainings on safety and know how to react in difficult situations.

Therefore, we highly recommend to not select your Tour Operator only based on price! To provide great service and to pay our team well, there is a minimum rate required. At our rates we can pay all official park fees to enter Kilimanjaro National Park, to pay our professional guides and porters, high quality fresh food, climbing equipment & climbing gear.

Calculate your total costs:

  • Your Flights

  • Vaccination/Medicine

  • Your Visa

  • Climbing Gear (all gear can be rented on arrival)

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro (depends on your route/days)

  • Tipping for Guides & Porters

Our Kilimanjaro Climbs include the follwoing services:

  • Airport Transfers (before and after your climb)

  • Acommodation before and after your Climb

  • Entrance fees to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park (each day)

  • Climbing Certificate

  • Salary for Guides

  • Salary for Porters

  • Salary for your Cook

  • High quality, fresh food from the market

  • Climbing Equipment (tents, sleeping mattresses, table, chairs, First Aid Kit)