Frequently asked questions
Many questions will arise throughout your Kilimanjaro climb and Safari planning. Our staff will address and provide all answers needed. Here are a few helpful answers to common questions:
What time of year should I climb Kili?
Kilimanjaro has been summited every day of the year. We have scheduled climbs every week, year round. If you have a particular event or day you would like to be standing on the summit, we will arrange that. The following provides detail on average monthly temperatures (at the beginning of the climb, not on the upper mountain) and rainfall:
Avg. Temp. (F ~ C)
78° ~ 26°
78° ~ 26°
78° ~ 26°
76° ~ 24°
72° ~ 22°
70° ~ 21°
69° ~ 21°
70° ~ 21°
71° ~ 22°
75° ~ 24°
76° ~ 24°
77° ~ 25°
Rainfall (inches ~ cm)
1.4 ~ 3.6
2.0 ~ 5.1
4.7 ~ 11.9
13.8 ~ 35.1
9.3 ~ 23.6
1.5 ~ 3.8
1.0 ~ 2.5
.7 ~ 1.8
.6 ~ 1.5
1.0 ~ 2.5
2.5 ~ 6.4
2.1 ~ 5.3
What route is best for me?
Climb Kili selects routes that are the most scenic, best for acclimatization and yield the greatest chance of success. Please view our 3D Routes for further detail.
Why is there a difference in price with tour operators ?
You can overpay to climb Kili and you can under pay.
Cheap operators may sacrifice:
- Safety equipment
- Contract out your climb to unknown companies
- Non-certified guides with no medical training
- Neglect proper cooking preparations
- Exclude private sanitary facilities
- Poor group equipment
- Select quick and crowded routes
- the list can go on and on....
Overpriced operators pay a hefty premium for top internet ad space, include unnecessary days on and off the mountain, mail costly promotional material, or simply charge thousands more to illicit an increased sense of security and/or comfort.
Compare Climb Kili to ANY overpriced operator and we Guarantee to offer more services, safety and summit success, all at a better value.
Kilimanjaro is our only peak and our only focus.
Observing any of the group camps on Kilimanjaro, one can quickly see and understand the variance between trekking companies. The quality of staff, food, equipment, sleeping pads, pre-climb preparation, guide to client ratios, safety equipment and emergency priorities are a few of the costs that determine your experience. Climb Kili’s position has never wavered from the highest quality Kili climbs and Tanzanian adventures.
At Climb Kili, our approach is NOT to provide you with a cheap experience, but rather to assist you in achieving your ultimate purpose of why you've chosen to take this adventure of a lifetime.
A Note on Summit Success: The Kilimanjaro National Park service requires each exiting climber to document several pieces of information including their trekking company and if summited. Year after year, the Park reports summit success at less than 50%. Overwhelmingly, these reports continue to indicate the cheapest operators yield the highest unsuccessful summit rates. Year after year, Climb Kili continues to enjoy a near perfect summit success rate.
How far will I trek each day?
Depending upon the selected route, you may trek an average of 4-8 hours per day with the summit day being the longest. Our 3D interactive map shows details on how far you trek and the elevation change each day.
What personal equipment and gear is needed for the climb and/or safari?
Climb Kili provides a detailed Equipment List in the Welcome Package that ensures every detail and item is in order.
Can I rent personal gear?
Yes. Climb Kili rents anything from sleeping bags to warm jackets down to trekking poles and gaiters. If you currently don't have items on the Equipment List and feel it would be better to rent, simply reserve these items and we'll have them ready for you upon arrival.
What will I need to carry in my day pack?
The only items you will carry are the essentials you want while trekking that particular day. Our detailed Kilimanjaro Information Guide will provide gear and suggestions on optimizing your day pack.
What safety equipment will be available?
No other company provides more safety equipment than Climb Kili. From supplemental oxygen, to altitude bags, portable stretchers to pulse oximeters, you are in good hands should the rare occasion arise that these safety devises are needed. Each Lead guide is certified for the usage and handling of all our safety equipment.
What vaccinations or immunizations do I need before entering Tanzania?
While there are no current restrictions for non Africans entering Tanzania, you should however check with your local travel clinic for the latest recommendations. We highly recommend you are up to date with your Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and Tetanus.
For current Health information for Travels to Tanzania, visit the Center for Disease Control website.
What can I do with items I don’t bring on the climb and/or safari?
Our hotels have a Safe Room that stores all baggage and equipment not needed for the climb or safari.
How do I physically prepare for Kilimanjaro?
Climb Kili provides a detailed Fitness Program based on your time before departure, the altitude you live, age, and fitness level. Climb Kili offers a comprehensive personal fitness program to ensure your condition prior to taking your first step on the mountain.
Should I use Altitude medication?
The majority of our clients have not been at high altitude before and do not know how their body will react. Diamox (generic name Acetazolamide) is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, which means it forces the kidneys to expel bicarbonate, thus re-acidifying the blood. The drug forces the kidneys to emit bicarbonate. By increasing the amount of bicarbonate removed to the urine, the blood becomes more acidic. Acidifying the blood stimulates ventilation, which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and has shown to decrease the detrimental effects of altitude on the body.
This is a personal choice and has been known to assist clients with minimizing the effects of altitude.
This should ultimately be a decision between you and your physician.
What Languages are spoken?
Tanzania’s official languages are English and Swahili.
All Climb Kili guides speak English, with some of our guides conversant in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Is the water safe to drink?
You should drink bottled water while in town and on your Safari. While on the mountain, our staff takes careful consideration to purify water each day and provide sufficient water for each client as much as they need. All Climb Kili Safaris come with daily bottled water.
Do I need travelers insurance?
We want you to bring home Kilimanjaro and Safari memories, but no matter how hard you try, there are some things you just can’t plan for. You are welcome to choose the best company policy for you. Many of our adventures have found Travel Guard as a perfect policy as it includes high altitude trekking (Kilimanjaro) in their Gold/Platinum Plans.
What are the Tanzanian Visa requirements to enter the country?
The Visa to enter Tanzania is $100 for US citizens and $50 for all others. These can be purchased upon arrival at Tanzania Airports or at the Kenya/Tanzania boarder. US Cash or Tanzanian Shilling ONLY. Ensure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the entry date into Tanzania.
What Currency is used in Tanzania; can I use Credit Cards?
The Tanzanian Shilling is the national currency. US Dollars are widely accepted throughout Moshi and Arusha and park entrances throughout the Safari. There are also many currency exchange locations and banks to facilitate currency trade throughout Moshi and Arusha.
Credit cards are only accepted at the airlines and major hotels within Tanzania. Plan on traveling with sufficient US Dollars.
What Electricity is used?
The local electricity supply is 220 volts 50 cycles AC, Type G and Type D outlets. You will need to supply your own international standard adapter if you plan to power and recharge your electronic devises.
What is the Menu?
We understand that sufficient caloric intake and purified water are essential to keep the body functioning properly high up on the mountain. Our menu is specific to the activities of that day, and day of trekking ahead. By incorporating the right balance of carbohydrates and proteins, we keep our clients in top health.
We have vegetarian & vegan menus available and accommodate gluten free and do our best with other special dietary situations.
The following are a sample of our menu items:
- Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
- Toast, Biscuits with Margarine, Jam, Peanut Butter
- Eggs, meat, sausage
- Fresh fruits: Mango, Banana, Avocado, Watermelon, Oranges
- Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
- Chicken or Vegetable Soup
- Bread, Biscuits or Pancakes with Jam, Peanut Butter
- Sandwich with Meat or Cheese, Boiled Egg
- Snack: Peanuts, Popcorn, Cake, Cookies
- Fresh fruits and Fruit Salad: Tomato, Cucumber, Onion, Carrots
- Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
- Chicken or Vegetable Soup
- Bread, Biscuits or Pancakes with Jam, Peanut Butter
- Roasted Chicken, Beef or Fish
- Potatoes, Rice, Pasta
- Fresh Vegetables: Carrots, Peas, Tomato, Beans
What’s included with Climb Kili?
Welcome Packet: including Detailed Itinerary, Invoice, Information Guide, Equipment List, Personalized Fitness Training program, Kilimanjaro Journal, warm Summit Cap.
- Personal trekking coordinator to assist throughout your preparation
- Transport to and from Kilimanjaro Airport
- 2 Nights Hotel
- Breakfast at Hotel
- Daily trip reports our office staff emails back home to interested friends and family
- Transportation to and from your selected route
- All personal and group tents
- All Tanzanian National Park Fees
- Government Climbing Taxes
- Climbing permits
- All Meals while on Kilimanjaro and Safari
- Sleeping pads
- Private chemical toilets
- Staff Salaries
- All meals during the duration
- Purified water
- Climb Kili exclusive Guides, Assistant Guides, Chefs and Porters
- Safety Equipment:
- Emergency Oxygen
- Hyperbaric Bag
- Pulse Oximeter
- Hot drinks at every meal
- One tree planted on your behalf
- Emergency rescue fees
- Free wireless internet at the hotel
- Solo Supplement included (if applicable)
- Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park
- Climb Kili’s exclusive Guarantee
Can I climb with Special Needs?
Absolutely. Climb Kili has led Special Olympians, paraplegics, visually impaired, amputees, and many other clients with special needs to the summit. Please contact us to discuss specific situations and for any questions you may have.
What Airport should I fly into?
The majority of those climbing Kilimanjaro and/or traveling on safari fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (Airport Code: JRO). Some find it more economical flying to Nairobi, Kenya (Airport Code: NBO) and then taking the 6-8 hour shuttle transportation to Arusha or Moshi.
Whether you fly into Tanzania or arrive by shuttle bus, our Climb Kili staff will be there at the airport or bus station to greet you and your adventure will being!
Additional Airport codes of interest: Zanzibar (ZNZ), Arusha (ARK), Dar es Salaam (DAR), Serengeti Airstrip/Airport (SEU)
Is Mt Kilimanjaro a technical climb?
No, in the sense that no prior climbing experience is needed. However, this should not lead to the notion that this is a simple hike. The Climb Kili personal Fitness Program will prepare your body and mind for the daily trekking and rigors of the mountain.
How much should I tip the staff?
On Kilimanjaro and Safari tipping is an expected practice for the crew who assist you.
As a general rule $250 to $300 per person will adequately cover crew tips on the mountain.
For Safari, $15 per person per day is recommended.
Several factors can increase or decrease the per person amounts such as longer expedition will increase the overall amount as well as smaller groups typically will tip more as they will employ a larger number of crew per customer ratio than larger groups. The tip can be given to the Lead Guide the final night or the following day at the end gate. Your Lead Guide will appropriately distribute to your mountain crew.
How do I sign up?
You can confirm your booking via our secure Online Reservation form. We'll send out your Welcome Package soon and you'll be on your way!
What Safari is right for me?
We can customize your safari to accommodate your schedule. Our Safari's typically range from 3-7 days.
What vehicles are used?
All our vehicles are Land Rover and Land Cruisers which are serviced after each and every safari. All our vehicles have pop up canopy roofs with personal window seat viewing for each client.
Can I extend my Safari?
Sure. We provide just a few popular itineraries that work well with a typical schedule. If you would like to discuss a longer Safari we would be happy to accommodate and review our additional Safari extension options.
THERE AND BACK...
Our greatest compliments come from those who have taken the journey with us. If you would like to share your comments, photos, and video please email email@example.com. If you would like to contact past clients directly, please Contact Us for a list of References.
I had an amazing time! The crew was amazing, taking care of our needs and having camp ready and comfortable for our arrival. Nestor did a great job getting us ready in the morning and getting us to the tent for our meals…always with a smile! The food was great! So impressed with what Simon could pull together with only a camp stove. I think my favorite meal was the grilled cheese and chicken. And the birthday cake was an unexpected surprise! Please thank him again, it really made my day. That and the crew singing me happy birthday….I couldn’t have asked for a better 40th birthday! Also – please thank Dustin and Raymond. They really looked out for us, setting a good pace and checking in on how we felt. I got a little light headed on summit day and Raymond and Dustin were constantly checking on me, making sure I was drinking water and eating and finally Dustin carried my pack. I really couldn’t have made the hike w/o them. My family also really appreciated the daily emails w/ pictures….thank you!
For a summit picture, I’ve attached two. One is w/ our group, while I arrived to Tanzania alone, I really couldn’t have done it w/o everyone, and I also added a birthday picture, a wonderful day for me!
Thanks again for everyone!
Happy New year’s.
Alex and I just returned back to London last night. We wanted to thank you and Climbkili crew for all your help and a really great adventure!
Particularly wanted to acknowledge Hermant and Goodloves crew!! Absolute professionals and experts as mountain guides and really good fun too. We noticed they add so many little extras to make the experience a cut above the rest (even among other Climbkili crews). Private drinking and handwashing facilities at caml, hot tea on summit night ascent, detailed briefs with gear tips for the following days, and tested stratergies to preventing Altitude sickness etc. These make such a difference when undertaking a challenge like this.
We are not certain that we would have reached the summit without the help of these two and their team.
We felt in safe hands the whole time. And when Alex did lose vision in both eyes on the summit descent from dust, Herment/Goodlove took great care in assisting her to camp safely. We saw other groups where hikers were stumbling down dangerous sections of trail, looking drunk with fatigue and Altitude sickness, with their guide unattentive and some metres infront of them. Really looked like a nasty fall or faceplant waiting to happen!
Will be passing on our recommendations for Climbkili and this crew to any family and friends headed to Kilimanjaro.
Please pass on our thanks to everybody in Herment and Goodloves crew and the office based staff who made this a trip of a lifetime for us.
Rory and Alex
First trip to Tanzania would not have been as much of a success if not for Climb Kili.
The trip started out with a 3 day safari. I thought this wouldn’t be long enough to see much, but the safari exceeded my expectations with just day one. Our driver really knew the area and tailored the trip so that we could maximize what we saw.
After the safari we returned to our hotel and started climbing the following day. The porters and guides took care of our every need and went out of their way to make sure everyone summits. If you’re worried about not getting enough food, don’t be, you will be feed more than enough. They did a great job of assessing our group to set the pace on each day of the hike. Although we went during the dry season, our first few days were met with heavy rain. Luckily last few days were clear skies as we took in the views from the rooftop of Africa.
I wanted to reach out and thank you both for helping out with the planning for my trip last week up Kilimanjaro with Herment, Raymond, and their crew. Herment and Raymond were amazing guides. I was extremely impressed with how much both of them knew about the mountain to include all the information on types of plants, animals, etc. we would come across. The entire team always made us feel welcomed. From the first day to the being dropped off at the hotel, everyone was very friendly and made the trip something I will never forget. I will, without a doubt, always recommend Climb Kili and specifically Herment or Raymond as guides for anyone that asks me about heading over to Tanzania for this type of adventure. I hope to bring your company business in the future whether it’s through safaris with my family or climbing the mountain again.
Thank you again,
Just a very quick message (limited WiFi on safari!) to say what a truly wonderful experience I had summiting Kili. James, Goodluck, Jackson, Douglas, Alpha, Emmanuel, Francis, Frederick, Mustafa, Peter & Samwell. Were all pivotal in enabling me and my holiday husband, Patrick, to summit successfully. They are absolute superstars. They were so kind, thoughtful, generous and uplifting; they’re an asset to Climb Kili. From a handpicked birthday flower to a birthday cake carried up the mountain. The cheerful good morning greetings and their motivating singing. To the sweet tea we sipped at sunrise on our way to the summit. Wonderful memories that will remain with me forever! Thank you
I was extremely happy with what ClimbKili provided. The booking and admin stuff with you was smooth and you always responded quickly. The recommended preparations were excellent-I knew what to expect and I had everything I needed for the climb.The office staff at the start hotel in Arusha were good. My guide Amani Minja was outstanding- a thorough, professional leader, always working to help we four climbers make it to the summit. The rest of the team was also excellent-friendly, helpful and very hard working.
Climbkili was exceptional and we are so glad we chose them for our Kilimanjaro hike and safari. My husband and I had never traveled to Africa and so we are so grateful to Tiffany Watson for helping us put together a once in a lifetime adventure. She quickly responded to all our emails and even spent an evening on the phone with me, helping me figure out which flights were best. Dina’s amazing team at the Summit Safari Lodge took over once we arrived in Tanzania. Every detail was taken care of from the moment we arrived at the Kilimanjaro airport to the day we flew home. The morning we began our hike up Kilimanjaro, we were introduced to our amazing guides, Seraphin and Mike, who expertly guided us up the mountain. They continuously checked our health, carried our packs when we were tired, set an appropriate hiking pace “polepole”, and gave us much needed encouragement throughout our journey. They are the reason I made it to the top of Kilimanjaro! Our team of porters were also excellent. We were greeted with smiles, songs, and a gourmet meal every evening when we arrived at camp. Our tents were already set up for us with our belongings inside. We were thankful for the excellent food that was prepared for us on the mountain. We began each day with eggs, crepes, porridge, fruit and meats. And were served lunches and dinners of soup and a variety of main dishes. We ate each meal in a dining tent complete with tables, chairs, and candlelight. As a woman, I was especially grateful for the “toilet tent” that Climb Kili provided at each camp site. The entire team was fantastic! After Kilimanjaro, we flew to Zanzibar for some much-needed rest on the beach. Climbkili stored our hiking gear at their offices during our time in Zanzibar and arranged all our airport transportation. This allowed us to make all the luggage weight restrictions on Precision air. After Zanzibar, we returned to Arusha to begin our safari with Climbkili. Our guide, Laurence, was fantastic! He was knowledgeable about all the animals and knew where to find them. We spent 4 days touring Tarangire National Park, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. Climbkili arranged for us to stay in some amazing lodges during our safari – Karatu Acacia Farm Lodge, Kilma Tented Camp, and Serena Safari Lodge. Our safari ended at 4 PM and our flight home was the same night at 9 PM so Climbkili allowed us to use a room at the Summit Safari Lodge for a few hours before our flight so we could shower and change before spending 23 hours on an airplane. We absolutely loved our vacation with Climbkili and highly recommend them!
Thanks so much!
The climb was an extraordinary experience, made extra special by the warmth and hard work of the guides and porters.
My son and I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in August 2018 via the 7-day Machame Route. Happily, after much research, we chose ClimbKili due to other excellent reviews and because they had a US based office. Since we were both climbing/camping neophytes, their US based office proved to be very helpful in the months/weeks leading up to our climb with unlimited Q&A and detailed, professionally prepared documentation. Also, during the climb, Tiffany’s daily email updates to my wife back in the US were very comforting. We were very fortunate to be paired with lead guide Herment. His experience, care, leadership, and personality were all keys to our successful climb and summit. I was particularly thankful for his attention to my son during our time on the mountain. His two assistant guides, Antone and Goodlove were always there willing and able to assist whenever needed. All the other members of the crew were also outstanding. Their ability to tear-down, transport, and setup our camps (all with smiles and enthusiasm) throughout the trek is nothing short of amazing. The daily song and dance sessions were also unique to our group. Members of other groups would gather around our camp to enjoy the singing. Of all the pictures and videos we brought back, the videos of the crew singing and dancing are among my favorites. The night of our summit, we experienced unrelenting 50-60 mph winds. We climbers were very nervous that our tents wouldn’t survive the winds and we were apprehensive about climbing through the night with such strong winds. But the crew made sure our tents were secure. And Herment gave us the confidence and assurance to reach our ultimate goal. My son turned 16 on the third day of the climb. We requested to have a cake during the dinner service that night. What I didn’t expect was the whole crew filing into our dinner tent with the cake and candles singing Happy Birthday in English. Following that, they sang and danced through several more songs in Swahili incorporating his name into the songs. A truly unforgettable experience. I would also like to thank the other four members of our group; Sydna, Sharla, Curt, and Brian. Four experienced hikers from Utah that took us under their wings. We were grateful for their help and friendship throughout the trek. My wife met us at the Summit Lodge after our descent and we tagged on a three day safari through ClimbKili. We were paired with a very experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly driver/guide named Steven Silaa. His desire to make sure we had the best experience possible by seeing as many different animals as possible, was very appreciated. The safari was the cherry on the cake of a once in a lifetime adventure. Thanks again to ClimbKili for exceeding our expectations.