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.
Attached is my favorite picture from our summit experience. Also, personally, I really have to attribute my being able to complete the summit of Kilimanjaro to the encouragement from Kanji (Emanuel). Had he not been such a positive person I don’t know if I could have completed the climb. The entire staff of porters, cooks and guides were so friendly and helpful at all times, adding to the view into Tanzanian culture and the wonderful values shared by our new friends.
Experience of a lifetime.
Hope you are doing well, just wanted to drop you a quick message to thank you and all of the climb Kili team for such an amazing and memorable experience. From start to finish it was organised perfectly, with an easy pick up from the airport and the kindest staff at the lodge. We returned from the climb on the 14th and I think both Beverly and I were almost in tears with having to leave our amazing guides. Raymond, Dustin and Eli shared so much of their knowledge and kindness with us, adhering to any request we may have and going out of their way to make sure we were happy and comfortable. The porters were some of the most incredible people I have met- with Beverly unwell I was guided perfectly by Nesto and Allen on summit day and I felt so safe in their hands.
I really cannot put into words how amazing all the mountain staff were during the climb. From learning Swahili, to seeing animals and singing and dancing the whole thing was one of the best adventures I’ve ever had the pleasure of participating in. The staff were so patient when some of the climbers required extra help and always made sure that everyone’s individual pace and needs were catered for. Simon’s food was above and beyond what I ever expected! To be able to have fresh fruit and veg each day was a luxury that I cannot believe I received from the top of a mountain!!
I am so sad this experience is over and I cannot thank you all enough for everything. Each individual porter (Nesto, Allen, Barack, Po-Po, Jacko, Poe to name a few!) will all have a place in my heart as their kindness and generosity has left me feeling so humble and appreciative. No need was too much And everything they did was done with a smile.
I have been truest touched by the people I have met out here and thank them all for all the laughs, dancing and singing that made my Kilimanjaro experience so amazing! I definitely will be back to climb again and will of course be using Climb Kili!!
Thank you again
I LOVED my trip! Oh. My. God! Seraphin, Douglas, and JonJon were AMAZING!!!! The. Best. Guides. Ever! Which I’m sure everyone says about their guides, but I’m telling you these three were THE BEST!!!
They got us all up that mountain and back down again! Seraphin is clearly working his passion. The pure look of joy on his face especially on summit night kept my nerves calm and allowed me to keep focused on our dream. Seraphin, Douglas and JonJon had a mantra for us – One Team – One Dream. It was perfect! I’m sure we are not the only “team” with a “dream” that they have lead and continue to lead, but they made us feel like we were! And I’m just really happy and proud to be a part of their team that reached its dream!
I completed the Trip Adviser post, I’m hoping to put together a video/slide show as some point as well. We have SO MANY pictures, one of us was a professional photographer, which was a treat. I’ve attached a couple of my favorites.
Thank you! Thank you – for providing an outstanding, well organized company with such nice, amazing people – from Seraphin, to JonJon, to Douglas to ALL the porters, to Dana and all the hotel staff, this trip had been a dream for 10 years, in planning for 2 years and I’m still in awe that it’s now behind me. I don’t want to let it go, I’ve been home two weeks and I still look at my pictures everyday because something in my day to day reminds me of something from my eight amazing days of adventure.
Anyway – thank you and I wish you and the entire ClimbKili.com team all my best,
Thank you so much for everything! We had the most extraordinary time. I absolutely loved everyone on our crew. Raymond and Dastin were truly amazing guides. They went above and beyond for us at all times, even holding my hand down the snowy steep trails. I felt safe every step of the way during this journey. And Simon is the most amazing cook, we had the best food on the mountain. Everyone was so much fun and full of energy, they made us feel like family. I’m constantly recommending you guys and my crew to anyone who asks. I am forever grateful for this incredible journey I was able to complete and will cherish the memories for the rest of my life.
I will be creating a vlog video with my entire journey. Once that link is created, I will also send it to you and post it. I have attached a few pictures below as well.
I’ve been meaning to drop you a note for a couple of weeks now that I’m back from Africa. FIrst off, I want to thank you for all of your patient help in preparing for Kilimanjaro. I never felt like there was something I was missing as far as information goes.
From the moment I was picked up at the airport until drop off, the team in Tanzania was just excellent. Dina was so great to work with and all of the other staff members at the lodge were so helpful and friendly.
Our guide, Seraphin, and his assistants Mike & Earnest, were always attentive and watching to make sure we were healthy and strong. We did have one person who suffered from altitude sickness/dehydration when crossing Lava Tower Camp, but Seraphin was right there with her and she recovered the next day and was able to summit successfully.
The food was good and the chef (Pancake is what everybody called him) was always asking if everything was good and if we wanted anything else. He did adjust a bit to add some more protein to our diet after the second day which was helpful!
The equipment was good – sleeping tents were good quality and held up well, toilet was MUCH better than using the camp toilets!
I have recommended you to several people I’ve talked to about my trip and hope they are able to climb Kilimanjaro with you one day. I also saw Michael Kirungi when I was in Uganda and gave him a debrief on my experience – he was pleased that everything went so well. I did suggest that he take the trip one day himself so he has firsthand experience of what he’s recommending.
Again, thank you for everything – it was really the trip of a lifetime.
The Climb Kili organization as a whole were amazing from first inquiry to summit. They truly go above and beyond to make this a once in a lifetime experience for all of its guests.
The hotel at summit lodge was very comfortable and has a nice pool. The staff here were fantastic. So friendly and welcoming. They always did whatever they could to make your stay comfortable. It was a nice home away from home.
We climbed the 7 Day Machame Route. The route itself was beautiful. I loved the change in scenery each day. Our guides, Manny, Johnny and Steve were GREAT! Upbeat, positive and encouraging the entire time. Their goal was to get us all to the top SAFELY and they did just that! Manny was very attentive and aware of what was happening with each of us and made sure we were all looked after properly.
Where do I start with the porters. Superhuman and amazing! They’re job is so hard and challenging but they do it everyday with a smile and positive attitude. They work so hard to make the climb seamless and effortless for you.
We truly couldn’t have done this trip without our fantastic team of guides and porters!!!
We also did a 3 day safari with a flight into the Serengeti. So awesome!
When we’re arrived at the airport in the Serengeti we were greeted by our guide, Victor. We were so lucky to have him as our guide. He is the kindest, sweetest, man with the best bush eyes! He was so knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. If he didn’t know. Her would look it up for us. We absolutely loved our time with Victor. He went above and beyond to make our Safari spectacular.
Stopping at the masaai village was one thing I would avoid. It was $50USD per car to stop in and they truly looked like they didn’t want to be there. It didn’t seem authentic at all. I found it very uncomfortable and the people kept asking for more money the entire time we were there. It seemed to just be a money grab for the people in the village more than a learning experience.
That aside, my experience with climb kili was wonderful and I would highly reccomend them to anyone who is looking to book either adventure in Tanzania! You won’t be disappointed.
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,