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.
Here’s one of our favorite summit photos. We plan on leaving a review for the group as well. Goodluck and good team were great! They made us feel like family, inspired us to keep pushing, and were nothing short of amazing in what they’re able to do on that mountain. Our Safari guide, Jephter was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to as well. Overall amazing experience and we would recommend this entire group to anyone looking for this experience.
Thank you for coordinating!
We had the MOST incredible experience with ClimbKili and cannot recommend them enough! After researching many different trekking companies we decided on ClimbKili after they came recommended to us several times from a local hiking group. We decided to climb and then go on a safari afterwards, and both experiences were AWESOME! While in the planning stages it was awesome to talk with Tiffany who answered all of our (many) questions before-hand and helped us to plan our dream trip and made the process so easy! When we landed in Tanzania and arrived at the Summit Lodge, Sia was there to greet us and was so kind and welcoming. She answered all of our questions about the climb, made sure we were prepared, and even helped us arrange a last-minute tour on one of our free days! Thank you, Sia J
We did the Machame route and our entire team of 20+ ClimbKili staff was incredible! We had Veda as our head guide, and Matthew and Steve as assistant guides. They were the best and were always checking in to see how we were doing and encouraged us every step of the way! They are truly experts at what they do and it’s clear how much they love the mountain. The support from our guides was wonderful and our whole group of 6 summited on 2/14! I also need to thank Innocent who was so incredibly kind, thoughtful, and hard-working and made our days so special with tea and popcorn J I really can’t thank our team of WONDERFUL porters enough. They are true superheroes and our trek wouldn’t be possible without them.
Lastly I must thank Charles who is the best safari guide you could ever ask for! It’s clear he loves his job, and his 16+ years experience of leading safari tours really shows! He knows so much about every animal and plant and I would say it’s impossible to stump him with questions. I so appreciated Charles’ enthusiasm and it was so thoughtful of him to ask what we were interested in seeing, and he really made every effort possible for us to see the animals we wanted to! Between Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park we were able to see the Big 5 in less than a day and a half! We will be back one day (hopefully soon) to do another safari with Charles!
I have just returned home from my first visit to Africa. Myself and two friends climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Climb Kili. I can’t speak highly enough of my experience. We chose the 8 day Lemosho Route. Our head guide was James 007, and our assistant guide was Good Luck Minja. All three of us made it to the summit. Our crew, all 13 of them, were happy, friendly, encouraging, excited, proud, helpful, amazing! I am so grateful for everything they did to get me and my friends to the top, actually 2 days earlier than we’d planned. The experience of our guides made me feel safe and I trusted them 100%. They knew when we were strong and could power ahead. They knew when I was struggling and helped carry my gear and give extra support without me ever asking. They knew what to say to encourage me when I wanted to quit. Absolutely incredible. I will be forever grateful for what James, Good Luck, and the whole crew helped me achieve. We did a safari to the Gnorongoro Crater which Climb Kili organised for us as well, very last minute. It was amazing, and so easy to have everything arranged effortlessly for us, including a packed lunch. We saw so many animals, it really was incredible! Thanks so much Climb Kili. Your services will be highly recommended. The staff at the hotel, the crew, our amazing guides… it was all perfect!
I cannot thank enough each one of your staff who contributed to my success. It was my first hike, dreaming big is one thing but making it possible isn’t that easy. Up on the mountain it depends on every one who is with you, who is making it easy for you in every step. It sure is a great task. To provide the facilities we enjoy elsewhere on the barren mountain is an impossible task and the team not only provided it for us but with always a cheerful attitude. I cannot make exceptions here on the members just because we saw interacted with some closely. They all are were very nice, we had such a great time with them with the dancing! The made our journey easy for us. Simon always left us wondering what surprise awaited us in the dining tent, we looked forward to our meals. Miss Nestor who was so polite and sweet but so agile on the mountain with his load. We loved our team and happy we were with ClimbKili than other company on few ocassions we met other hikers.
And about our Guides. Raymond, Dastan and Tumaini who guided us to our victory. I have to say Raymond and Dastan were exceptional. As i said before it was my first ever hike, since I live in Bahrain I didn’t get to do any practice hikes. I also am scared of heights and I have weak knees. They both stepped in to help me and took turns in holding my hand during the descent. I hadn’t used walking poles before and if not for their help I sure would have injured my knee. Also Dastan helped me during my ascent when I said about my hurting knees. You have an amazing team and it is so well organized. I would suggest Climbkili to anyone who asks me about Kilimanjaro. I attribute my success to Climbkili and am so grateful that I chose the right company
My daughter and I engaged Climb Kili for our hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro. We were very pleased with every part of the experience.
From my initial inquiry, Tiffany responded promptly and answered every question. The billing process was efficient.
The jumping off point in Arusha was the Summit Lodge, where it appears Climb Kili has a permanent office and a great working relationship with the hotel. The hotel was out of the city center (which is a good thing). It was clean, the staff was very friendly, and the restaurant served nice meals.
The hike itself was well organized, with seamless logistics, top notch equipment and professional guides/cooks/porters.
One of the factors making the trip run so well was the Lead Guide – Herment. He managed his team through ever changing weather conditions and customer needs, while making it look easy and ensuring that all of the customers had a good time.
If you are looking for a well-run organization to take you up Kilimanjaro, you could do no better than Climb Kili. Ask for Herment as your guide, and tell him Brett sent you.
ClimbKili was an awesome company!! They picked/dropped me off at the airport and my fee included lodging which made everything a one stop shop. I went as a solo traveler, Johnny and his team ensured I was taken care of at all times! Many companies I saw did not have their guide carry oxygen which was another reason I chose ClimbKili. I initially had chosen to do 7 day Machame but requested to change it 6 days and ClimbKili was flexible and let me change!
I can strongly recommend Climbkili as the ultimate guided experience on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
First and foremost, I am grateful we had Herment Mosha as our guide. He has all the qualities of the best guides-extremely knowledgeable, superb athleticism, safety-minded, kindness, friendliness, and empathy. He also has tremendous management skills as I noted with his interactions with the other Climbkili guides and staff. I have had over forty mountain guides in various locations and I can say that Herment stands with the best. In the U.S., the best mountain guides are called the “guide’s guide” as other guides aspire to be as good as them. Herment is a “guide’s guide.” This man has over 174 summits on Kilimanjaro and the respect that guide’s from other groups give him is noticeable. The assistant guides, Goodlove and Florian, were extremely strong and dedicated to the groups success also.
The entire staff of porters was amazing. Not only did they perform the superhuman feat of moving and setting camp each day, they saw to it that it was as comfortable as possible. The meals were plentiful, hot, and helped us maintain our energy. Even more extraordinary was the staff’s friendliness and palpable joy in their work despite how challenging it is. These men are world class athletes and they also had great song/dance routines in the morning to motivate us upwards.
Climb Kili is also one of the few groups that has a permit for the Kosovo camp. The benefit of the Kosovo camp for the final high camp cannot be underestimated and I think it is an advantage for Climbkili that distinguishes it from others companies. Gaining the extra distance and altitude above the standard Barack camp the day before the summit attempt is key to a higher success rate.
On behalf of my son, girlfriend , and her daughter,and myself, I feel gratitude towards the entire staff and Herment, and fortunate that we went with Climbkili for our successful summits on Kilimanjaro. I will always recommend Climbkili and Herment
Its been 2 weeks since I got back and still flying high of this amazing experience. I got noting but good to say about this company. super professional, always in communication. the guides was great, the food, the lodging, etc.
Herment was my tour guide. He was full hands on to make sure we have everything we need to have a successful trip . I felt Super save and taking care of the entire time.
Thanks for the great service
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.