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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to contact past clients directly, please Contact Us for a list of References.
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!
I booked my trip with Climb Kili and Tiffany was fantastic with answering all my questions, arranging logistics, and making sure I had all the information to make the trek successful. I was traveling solo and having all the details fleshed out was a huge comfort.
Our 6-person team was led by three awesome guides. Raymond, Dustin, and Choda were the best. The nightly briefings provided by Raymond were super helpful. All three were hands on and made sure we were always comfortable, well-informed and having a good time. Simon cooked for us. He accommodated special dietary needs, prepared fresh vegetable soups each day, and even baked two cakes to celebrate birthdays in our group.
The whole team was in tune to how we were feeling and ensured we had everything we needed, even before we knew we needed it. I could not recommend Climb Kili more enthusiastically especially when led by Raymond, Dustin and Choda.” – Heather Foley, USA
I’ve attached a photo of myself at the summit also including the Manchester mind charity T-shirt that i have helped support during the lead up to my climb 🙂
I also want to thank everyone involved including yourself for making my experience from the start when i booked with yourselves at climbkili you have all been amazing & helped me from the start to finish making all run so smoothly for me & all the team of guides & porters for everything they did to help on my climb it was the most incredible / unforgettable experience i have ever had & i am eternally grateful for that! Also a thankyou to all the staff at the summit lodge & my Safari guide for being amazing too! There’s is nothing i would of changed nor do i have any negative feedback! Big shout out & Thankyouuuu to Herment for being there when i was poorly on the climb and helping us as a team to get to summit which we all did! Also a big mention to Just Love, Minja, Armani, etc for everything they did to help & make our climb as great as it was without all of them succeeding Kilimanjaro wouldn’t of been possible! Thanks again & look forward to booking again with you guys in the future!
There’s no better way to climb Kilimanjaro than with Amani Minja and his team from ClimbKili. I’m sure plenty of other guides will be able to take you on good routes, keep you safe, and get you to the summit. But Amani did all that while also motivating us at every roadblock, staying up late with us answering questions or just drinking tea and talking, and kept our spirits up with his jokes. He was the perfect mountain guide and an even better mountain coach.
We did the 7 day Machame route with Climb Kili with an additional 2 day safari added to the end. From the start to finish every single part of the trip was so well organized and well explained. It’s a big undertaking to schedule these things from halfway across the globe so when the welcome packet arrived with a booklet laying out every aspect of our trip (and a knit hat!) it did everything to put our mind at ease. At each step we were briefed on what was going to happen and were able to ask every question we could think of. That started from our first day in the hotel and continued each morning and night on the mountain. Our team was well prepared and most importantly we never felt unsafe since they knew the routes, had the right gear, and had so thoroughly briefed us on day by day. And the rewards were breathtaking; seven days above the clouds camping and talking, the success of summiting, and really feeling like you achieved something amazing made each day of climbing worth it.
And what can I say about the food. Each day we had enough food for a team triple our size, with frequent hot tea and coffee breaks. I can’t explain how good the fresh vegetable soup was, especially after a long day of hiking. Our chef Halifa was amazing and he even made us a celebratory cake once we made it to the top. And everyday we were amazed by the hard work the porters put into making the camp comfortable, keeping it well stocked, and dealing with our equipment. I also rented a sleeping bag from ClimbKili; the process was easy (just paid in cash at the office in Arusha) and the bag was clean, warm, and comfortable. Other people in our group rented other equipment and no complaints from them.
The team took care of everything from transfers to and from the airport (they were waiting on arrival), lodging (the ClimbKili offices were located on the first floor of the hotel which was very convenient), luggage storage while we were on the mountain, permits and government stuff for the climb, safety (Our guides carried reserve oxygen and gave twice daily medical checks to us on the mountain), transport for the safari with a guide who knew exactly where to find whatever animals we asked for, and a million more things I’m forgetting. When I say that the welcome package they mailed out once we confirmed our dates covered everything I really mean that it did (From tipping practices in Tanzania to a full work out plan to prepare you for the climb).
The two day Safari at the end was a nice cap to the whole thing; with an excellent stay at an amazing hotel on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. We might have seen 4,000 animals over the 2 days (seriously, the density of life there amazed us) and the same ClimbKili service applied there; we had briefings to tell us exactly what was happening, everyone was night, and everything happened on time.
Overall the best thing I can say about ClimbKili is that they were deliberate. It is just so nice to be able to fly into a country and do a fairly strenuous activity and just have each and every day unfold precisely as it was laid out on the schedule they provided to you months before. With their punctuality, professionalism, and openness we never felt surprised or uncomfortable in any of the ways that you kind of expect when you travel to a new culture. That allowed us to really focus on the beauty of Tanzania, on enjoying our trip up Kilimanjaro, and on taking in the people around us. I’d recommend any of ClimbKili’s packages to anyone. And if you’re on the fence about climbing Kilimanjaro, seriously, just do it.
If you ever think of embarking yourself in the adventure of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro make sure you do it with these guys! Climb Kili did everything right from day one of initial contacts and prep to getting us back from the top of Africa. The best guide in Tanzania? Mr. Goodluck, hands down! He and his crew are not only experts and professionals who pay attention to every single little detail, but they are also fun, outgoing and amazing human beings. From porters, to Mr. Stomach engineer, lead singer Junior, our assistant Michael, guides Francis and Manasse all great guys under the thorough leadership of Goodluck.
Make sure you are in good shape and get well prepared, this is not a walk in the park. However, if you are in decent shape, follow Climb Kili’s instructions during prep and get Goodluck on your side you will make it to Uhuru peak and in the process you will make great new friends