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
- 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.
We did 7-day Machame route in early October with ClimbKili – great service, 100% of us did it to the top, winners’ atmosphere and the gorgeous mountain itself – everything went perfect! The guide/company attributed a lot to our success – carrying all our stuff, setting the tents, cooking for us, singing to cheer us up, constantly checking our oxygen level and simply doing the best for us to enjoy the journey! Bringing hot coffee to the tent in the mornings is beyond expectations and baking the birthday cake at almost 5’000 is unbelievable!
The hiking itself wasn’t demanding at all, apart from the summit day. On most days we would start at 9 am and by 3-4 pm we would already be at the camp with all the tents set up. The summit day is pretty wearing, it’s probably the only day which I would call ‘climbing’, but it’s something you should expect going to ca. 5’900 m mountain.
The weather in October was changeable – from hot (wearing t-shirts) to bloody raining to sunny to windy. The coldest temperature we had was predictably at the summit night, about -7 -10C, but since you constantly move up, it doesn’t feel that cold.
I booked Climb Kili after looking at other reviews and saw that many people had great experiences with the company. I AM SO INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL I CHOSE THEM.
Kilimanjaro: I was traveling with my cousin and 5 other hikers on the 8 day Lemosho route in early October 2019. Herment was the lead guide with Goodlove and Amani assisting along with Justin, the AMAZING cook, and 20 porters. Herment has 15+ years on the mountain and it shows. Our group felt so fortunate to have him lead the team. We always felt like we got the best spots at the camps and the team’s energy was contagious. The porters were incredible in setting everything up and breaking down in what always seemed like minutes. I can truly say I would not have made it up that mountain without them – especially Herment who was alongside the entire way. We encountered rain, sleet and snow and I can still say it was an awesome trip and experience. Do not hesitate to book with Climb Kili!!! You will not regret it.
Safari: We decided to tag on a 3 day safari (flight out of Arusha airport to the Serengeti then a drive back to Arusha) afterwards and Charles – our guide was also amazing. Full of knowledge and the best animal spotter there is. We were lucky that the first day we saw almost all of the big five – including an elusive leopard. By the time we got to the crater, we hit them all. We stayed at Kilima Valley Serengeti Tented Lodge and the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge while on Safari. Both had spectacular views – Kilima had a breathtaking sunrise view of the Serengeti and the most comfortable beds- and the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge had an incredible chef that we were fortunate to experience during our stay.
Tanzania will hold a special place in my heart and it’s because of Climb Kili that I can say that and all their work and coordination to make this trip so memorable.
We chose the 8 day Lemosho route with Climb Kili. We had done exstensive research prior to choosing a company, and Climb Kili seemed to have great reviews. Let us tell you, they really are the absolute best! Our amazing guides, Hermant, Goodlove and Amani ensured not only that we had a fabulous time, but that everyone in our group had their health closely monitored. They were personable, friendly, professional and we really trusted their experience.
We also had amazing porters, their enthusiasm was second to none, they all were looked after well, friendly and really made time at the camp fun and memorable.
I was hit with altitude sickness on day 4, and the guides did a great job at monitoring my health and making me feel calm and looked after.
The food was amazing, I had no idea food could taste so good on the side of the mountain (thanks to Chef Justin!).
The porters did an incredible job of always ensuring the camp was set up prior to our arrival into camp (how they miraculously did this, I will never know!).
Summit night was hard, we got hit with a blizzard, butt he guides always remained calm, just kept us going and stayed really positive. Our whole group submitted, and made it back down safely.
We really believe this is due to the experience of the guides, the support of the porters and the pride Climb Kili as a company takes, in ensuring the safest and most prepared teams guide you up the mountain.
We would highly highly recommend booking with Climb Kili.
Thank you Climb Kili for making our once in a life time adventure a success!
We hiked up Mt. Kilimanjaro with wonderful trusted staff from Climb Kili. They pitched our tents, cooked our food, filled my hot water bottle, carried my pack, and held my hand on the difficult parts. They were amazing and professional. Very hard workers and friendly.
We did the 8-day Lemosho route with Climb Kili and added a 3 day safari in October, 2019. It was the best trip of my life. Climb Kili has really mastered the entire process end-to-end — but most importantly on the mountain. We got all of our questions answered from the home office (Tiffany Watson was great), and all of the airport/hotel accommodations were terrific and well coordinated.
The trek itself is very challenging — it was the hardest thing I have ever done. Our lead guide was Hermant Mosha, and he was fabulous. He has tons of experience on the mountain, takes his guide duties very seriously (but is also fun), and leads a great team on the trek. Our team was up early, cooked great food on the mountain, hustled ahead of us to get to the best camp sites, and laughed and sang the whole way. We felt their support day in and day out. Hermant and the two assistant guides (Goodlove and Amani) were spectacular. They had us very well prepared for summit day, monitored our health closely on the mountain, and just made me feel totally secure. Kili is no joke, and we saw other hikers in distress on the mountain — and frequently their guides would seek out Hermant for advice. He is clearly the guide among guides.
After our trek (our whole team summited successfully) we did a 3 day safari. This was also spectacular and well managed. Charles was our safari guide, and knew so much about the animals, and we saw EVERYTHING! He knew exactly where to look for the most difficult to find animals. Staying at the Kilima Tented Camp and the Ngorogoro Wildlife Lodge was spectacular — terrific views, great staff, and a truly unique experience at both places. We had a terrific trip. Can’t thank Climb Kili enough
Having read the reviews of Climb Kili we were confident that we had picked the right company for our Kilimanjaro climb and we were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived at The Summit Safari Lodge the staff were very attentive and made sure we were always prepared for departures etc, the local Climb Kili staff would provide briefings pre-departure. Our mountain guide, Amani, was extremely knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He made sure that we were safe at all times and was very knowledgable about plants etc on the mountain.The porters were incredible, they were always happy and showed super human strength by carrying the equipment between camps.The camp chef prepared fantastic meals and despite limited cooking equipment was able to put together both fantastic and varied meals.After our Kilimanjaro trek, we booked a 2 night safari which included an overnight stay at the breathtaking Ngorogoro Crater Lodge. Both Tarangire National Park and The Crater were amazing parks to visit and contained an abundance of wildlife. The Crater Lodge offers spectacular views, lovely meals and well appointed rooms.
I am glad we chose Climb Kili and highly recommend booking with them.
If you are looking into climbing Africa’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro, this company Climb Kili is your Best Option. Not only do they have the highest success rate but they also do Safaris, so you can tack that on at the end of the climb!
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how fortunate I feel to have been guided by Seraphim, Mike and Johnny.
I couldn’t have asked for a better group! I got I’ll the last day from the altitude, and I feel Seraphim took care of me as if I was his daughter. He was worried for me and did the best thing that he could to help me. He is professional and communicated clearly. He is a very hard working man and it is evident in his knowledge of the mountain and how to lead his group. His leadership & pure heart for what he does was a breath of fresh air, worry off my back, especially because we were entrusting him with our lives.
Johnny took real good care of me as I needed to be guided down separately from the group to get me to a lower elevation. He was wonderful to have.
Mike was always keeping up with us. He is very smart on that mountain and always was there to lend a hand up and down.
I couldn’t of asked for a better group of guys in the porters, server and cook. I am so blessed to finish and it was because of them we survived.
I miss their bright souls and songs sung in their language every day!
Tiffany at ClimbKili was extremely helpful in planning the trip. They keep their trips down to 6 people or less, which makes it much more personal. Our trip had 3 people. The guides and porters were great. The food was also great. Special should out to our guides Mrope and Felix for keeping us going. After seeing other guided groups in the camps, I am glad I went with ClimbKili. They provided just the right level of support, not too much and not too little.
Tiffany also arranged a trip to Zanzibar for me, which was very enjoyable and needed after the long Lemosho route
As a solo woman hiking Kilimanjaro my concerns for food, and security were high. I feel now that choosing Climb Kili was a great decision. I was the only client for my hiking day, so I had eighth guys working just for me, and they totally spoiled me, motivated me, and made feel that I was in the right hands.
I was really sick for altitude on summit night, and my guide and personal potter never gave up on me, they were singing, dancing and motivating to continue to the top. They help was priceless.
Absolutely #1…. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
I’ve done quite a bit of travel and I must say ClimbKili had the best preparation guide I’ve ever seen. They sent a little book to prepare us which was superb. Tiffany (the US rep) was always a phone call away and happy to answer any questions as we prepared for the trip. Extremely professional and organized!
We did 7 day Rongai (up). Our team of guides and porters were absolutely terrific if every possible way. The lead guide, Meckson, was experienced (over 200 times to the top) and very knowledgeable. The assistant guide, Gideon, is probably the nicest person in Tanzania… The 9 porters, including the cook, were so very nice. We laughed and sang and danced and played cards with them. They always had smiles and positive vibes for us. How they carry such a heavy load, I don’t know… but they do it with smiles and thumbs up. The food was wonderful… just too much… we brought a bunch of snacks thinking we would be hungry or not like their food… in the end, we never ate any of our snacks. The food we were served in a private dining tent was wonderful and more than we could possibly eat.
We did get a private toilet /toilet tent (would recommend that)…not that the public toilet huts are gross, it’s just so nice having a private tent and somewhere to sit down.
We were also worried about the water… but they have that covered too. Always had plenty of water, purified and it actually tasted really good!
Just can’t say enough good things about ClimbKili… I would recommend them to anyone!