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.
Our trip to Africa was AMAZING!
Our summit photo is attached. It is not what we were expecting, but that didn’t make it any less spectacular. Well maybe a little, since we couldn’t see the sunrise, or just about anything from the top since it was completely overcast, windy & cold. But we had great weather the other days and James warned us that the mountain is unpredictable.
Jim & I can’t say enough about the staff from start to finish on our trip. The hotel staff were attentive and kind. From the moment we walked in late, close to midnight, they had warm towels and juice for us. The meals were fabulous. Most of the nights we felt like we had a private chef cooking for us.
Our climbing team was first rate. James & Maxon & Helgut kept us going and without their assistance with some of our group member’s altitude illness, and Jim’s fatigue on the way down after the summit, we might not have made it. The food was great. We always had way more than we could eat. Except for the one lunch when Douglas made fish & chips. That day was amazing-we ate everything!! Jim worked with Dina at the hotel and our climbing team to have a birthday cake brought up to the Mweka camp after the summit on my birthday. The guides & porters all sang “Happy Birthday” to me in English & Swahili. I blew out the candles, cut the cake, and shared it with the team. Jim especially loved that there was a HUGE platter of freshly popped popcorn everyday for the 4 pm snack. The first day Chinna came out and put that in the food tent, I thought Jim was going to cry. He looked forward to that every day. It was an incredible experience and Climb Kili made it happen. Jim & I will never forget it.
Our Safari was equally amazing in a different way. I did not realize there were so many zebras in the world. We were very lucky to see the big 5, even though the rhino was probably a half mile away, Jim got a good look with the binoculars. Our guide, Steven, made sure we got up close to everything. I love the big cats, so getting close to the lions, several times, was great for me. The leopard up in a tree with the yearling babies in the grass, scaring off a hyena, was likewise incredible. The best thing for Jim was the giraffes. His one goal was to see a giraffe run. And even though we didn’t see one run, we did see one trot, and twice we saw groups of 6-8 giraffes. The hotels and the tented camp were first rate. When we pulled up to the Lake Manyara hotel, we couldn’t believe it- the views were spectacular and the grounds were immaculate.
We had a crazy moment on the day we were leaving. Our flight left at 9 pm, so we hung out in the garden of the hotel in Arusha for the afternoon. Nickson Moshi had his family and friends there for a celebration. His youngest daughter had recorded a song and they were filming a video. His oldest daughter, Sia, came over and asked us to join them for lunch. It was completely unexpected, and we were honored. We hung out with them and talked with Sia about going to school here in Arizona at Grand Canyon State. Everyone associated with our trip made us feel special.
I will be happy to post on Trip Advisor and Facebook. Jim & I are total poster children for Climb Kili, and are telling everyone we know to go to Africa. Even if you don’t climb the mountain, go to the national parks on safari and see the animals. You will never regret it.
Thanks for all your help and guidance!!
From the begining to the end, the service was on point. The staff was so helpful. Our guides – Serafin, Gaudance and Mike was absolutely amazing. They took good care of us from the beginning. With their help, we made it to the top. I was amazed at the work the porters do. It felt like family. People were so nice. I was really happy with the service. I would highly recommend them.
We had an incredible time. We were nervous that not all of us would make it to the top, so absolutely over the moon that we all made it. I’m not really sure what I can offer in terms of how it could’ve been any better. The whole process/package that Climb Kili offer is so good. From picking us up from the airport, to the work of the porters, everything that could’ve been done to help us to the top was done. Thank you!!! Special thanks must go to the whole team that got us to the top. Johnny, Douglas and Amadeus were amazing. The thing I found hardest about the whole trip was walking so slowly to acclimatise, without those guys, I’d have rushed too much. Shabany’s food was incredible! I’m amazed he managed to cook what he could in the given conditions. I was worried speaking to others who had climbed Kili about getting food poisoning on the way up, but didn’t get anything … so massive thanks to him! There’s far too many to choose from, but I’ve chosen the view from the top to be my favourite picture. Definitely one of of not the single best view I’ve been lucky enough to witness.
All the best,
Climbing Kilimanjaro was life changing. We are so grateful we found Climb Kili and their great team. Herment was our main guide and his team (Anton, Goodlove, Justin, Eugene, and everyone!) were professional, supportive, and encouraging. The experience more than exceeded our expectations (hot water for washing!!). Climb Kili has every need anticipated. Even though our summit day was much more windy and cold than we anticipated, Herment’s leadership gave us the confidence that we could make it to the top. We were successful and give all the credit to Climb Kili. They knew we would need crampons for the ice on top (some people with other companies did not have them) and that made all the difference. The safari also exceeded our expectations–a big thanks to our driver Laurence for his knowledge of wildlife. We saw so many amazing animals. Thanks for a wonderful experience in Tanzania!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the whole team at climbkili. Everything ran so smoothly! The hotel staff were very friendly and the chef was amazing in catering for my gluten free dietary needs 🙂 On the mountain Johnny, Douglas and Amadeus guided us safely, comfortably and successfully to the summit 🙂 They were very caring and knowledgeable and I felt in good hands! Shivani cooked amazing food and again catered well for my dietary needs on the hike. David ensured all of us were looked after well when in the mess tent too! The team of porters were super friendly and I am so grateful for everything they did for our group (they must be superhumans!). The 5 day safari was fantastic and Steve our guide was brilliant! He knew everything! We saw all the big 5 and every other animal imaginable 🙂 Steve made the 5 days very enjoyable with his stories and jokes!
I will definitely recommend Johnny and his team to anyone I know considering climbing Kilimanjaro and Steve to people interested in going on safari too! Thank you again for a once in a lifetime trip!
I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for all your time and assistance with our group over these past several months. I’m guessing with your intervention (or just good luck) our team was assigned Herment as our guide for our Kili climb August 3-10th. We also had Anthony and Goodlove as assistant guides. Wow, those guys were awesome. Also all the porters were super amazing. Herment and his team get a 20 on a 1-10 scale. Seriously, those guys were absolutely incredible. Our group consisted of me, Sydna, my brother Brian, Sharla and Scott and his son Mason from Pennsylvania. Our team of six were great together and we all summited on August 9th. We would not have succeeded without the help of our guides. Herment kept us moving forward at the right pace each day (pole pole). The whole Climb Kili team were 100% dependable and very quick in meeting our needs. I saw many other climbing teams on the mountain but without question Climb Kili stood out as the very best.
I’ll just add that not only was the mountain crew impressive from start to finish, but really we were very satisfied with every other Climb Kili team member we met, from the various drivers to all the staff at the Summit Safari lodge. Also, the 3-day Safari with Climb Kili was way fun and well beyond our expectations, simply awesome! Our fun and very knowledgeable driver/guide on Safari was Lawrence. Oh, and we met Nixon and his young daughter at the lodge on our last day. He was great to visit with. We gave Nixon a suitcase full of school supplies.
Thanks again for everything. We will forever remember our awesome Kilimanjaro climb and Safari adventure and the great people of Tanzania. We’ll be sure to recommend Climb Kili to everyone we share our experience with.
All the Best,
Thank you Climbkili and Raymond for the awesome experience. There were 6 of us and all reached Uhuru. Raymond was extremely strategic and contrary to normal summit day plans, we adapted our summit day hike around 4am. We reached the summit at 2pm and made our way down to our base camp by 9pm. Great insight by Raymond as we got the needed rest. Weather gods helped us too as we made it to the top. Guidos and Ellie were our other awesome assistant guides setting the pace pole pole while Filbert joined us to the summit. A big shout out to Symond who kept us energized with hot food for lunch and dinner everyday. Never needed to have box lunches through our 8 day lemosho route climb.
Kilimanjaro was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Summit night is challenging but making it to the summit for sunrise is really something special and you instantly forget about the difficult trek up. Climb Kili was a fantastic company to go with, our guides Amani and Tuma were experienced and knowledgeable, our cook was simply a genius and the porters were well looked after, enthusiastic and happy company. The groups with Climb Kili are small, so everyone got the attention needed to make sure we all made it to the top. On summit night your lives really are in the hands of your guides and it is also really a long way to travel to not make it to the top, so choosing the right company to take you is essential, and Climb Kili went above and beyond, exceeding all expectations. It’s important to research the route, a longer route will give you more time to acclimatize, and make sure you know what weather to expect. We climbed in June and it was minus 25 at the summit. Fantastic trip, fantastic crew.
We finally had a chance to catch our breaths, do a bunch of laundry, pay bills, and catch up here at home. I finally am able to get back to you, climbkili, and safari summit with our comments.
In summary, thank you so much for all that you and the staff did for us to make our visit so memorable! You’ll see the testimonial in the other section, so I won’t repeat myself here. But i do want to say that all the drivers were very friendly; great representatives. The guides were excellent (both for the climb and the safari). But i was very surprised at the support staff responses to the inevitable hiccups and revisions. The seamless adaptions to the last-minute flight change made a potential nightmare scenario just disappear. It was very impressive to be able to meet face to face with Lesseni in Stonetown, talk about our issues and preferences, then to see it magically unfold into a great resolution. (please extend my thanks to all that were involved). And when we decided to fly to Arusha early, it was such a welcome relief to see the Climbkili sign at the airport, then be able to rest (and actually take showers!) at the Safari Summit hotel. Wow! Again, please thank everybody there for us.
Oh, and I forgot to include our summit shot (for the testimonial that I already submitted). Please include this in our testimonial.
Randy and Vicki
Ps – as a retired project manager, I was very impressed with your project management. Nice job!
Thank you again for helping to set up such a phenomenal experience! I was paired with an awesome group and the Climb Kili staff was very professional and friendly. I would especially like to thank the Stomach Engineer for the awesome food and Daos (sorry if it is misspelled) for the great service.
I plan on expressing this on Trip Advisor as well.
Thank you again,