Getting to Kilimanjaro – Flights and other ways!

July 13, 2015

get-to-kilimanjaroAre you travelling to Kilimanjaro to climb the Roof of Africa?

If so you are probably wondering what is the best way to get to Kilimanjaro. This question is obviously highly dependent on where you are coming from.

In this short article we have set out how you can get to Kilimanjaro from most of the main hubs around the world.

The most convenient and closest airport to the mountain for trekkers is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated just south-west of the National Park, and approx. 1 hour from Arusha and Moshi.

Unfortunately there are not many direct flights to Kilimanjaro airport, and none from the US or UK.

The most convenient way of getting to Kilimanjaro if you are flying from the UK, US or Europe is to go via Amsterdam, and then catch a direct flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport via KLM. This flight leaves Amsterdam in the mid morning and gets to Kili around 8pm.

If this flight doesn’t work for you there are two more direct flights from the Northern Hemisphere – one departs from Doha, using Qatar Airways and the other from Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. The latter doesn’t leave everyday and departs and arrives at unsociable hours – 2am and 3am respectively.

If you are willing to fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport indirectly then you could look at flights via Nairobi in Kenya or Addis Adaba in Ethiopia. There are flights with Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airways that fly from many of the world’s major hub airports to these destinations. Once here you can catch a connecting flight using Precision Air of Kanya Airways to Kilimanjaro.

From the United Kingdom, you can also get a British Airways flight to Nairobi.

Please be aware though that flights via Nairobi and Addis Adaba often suffer from delays, which can mean you miss your Kilimanjaro trek date. Also there are frequent reports of lost or delayed baggage so make sure you wear your key equipment, like your hiking boots and jacket, and carry some of your key information in your carry on luggage.

You can find complete information on how to get to Kilimanjaro on this page.

If you are still looking for a tour operator, I recommend Kandoo Adventures. Or if you a solo female trekker check out Ladies Trekking in Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Kit List – An Overview

August 2, 2014

trekking-gear-kilimanjaroTrekking Kilimanjaro soon? Here I suggest using our list below to gather all the Kilimanjaro gear you needs. It is totally based on my experience on Kilimanjaro, as well as some online research.

Here is my super duper Kilimanjaro packing list

Don’t over-pack: Pack only what you actually require, and not anything else. Many people take way too much stuff – this makes your big heavy for porters and is unnecessary. Technically, you are only allowed to take 15 kilograms up the mountain anyway otherwise you will have to pay for an extra porter.

Many trekkers go to the beach or on Safari after trekking Kilimanjaro, don’t be tempted to take beach towels and other unrelated gear you brought for Zanzibar / Serengeti up on the mountain. Just the once it is soaked it would not dried out yet again in addition to you just do not require it. You can leave these items at your hotel and collect them after your trek / climb

Get some clothes pegs or extra strong clips. Then you can affix stuff to the outside of your pack throughout the daylight hours, to dry in the sun

Socks: you can clean them at nighttime as well as dried up them on the exterior of your pack throughout the day, or else by packaging them around a hot water bottle at nighttime

Water bottles: yet if you sketch to use a camel back while mountaineering, do get at least one bottle that can be able to twice as a hot water bottle. It is huge in the sleeping bag at nighttime all along with can also help out to get the moisture out of the clothes you have been wearing throughout the day. Just wrap them around the bottle and put the lot in the bottom of your sleeping bag.

Layering up your clothes: Confirm you can dress in all your clothes on top of each other: two pairs of thermals, next the thick fleece over the thin fleece in addition to your windbreaker or down jacket over the top of that. Similar with the pants… You will have to wear every piece of warm clothing on the summit night.

Do not expose your water bottle to the exterior throughout summit night – it will freeze. Protect the bottle by using clothing / socks as a insulator

Acquire high-quality batteries like Duracell for higher altitude. Duracell are the only batteries that will work at the summit temperature that you are bound to experience. Never use rechargeable batteries, as these do not work under freezing point.

Throughout the hike to the summit take your camera and batteries and keep them near to your body to so that they stay warm. I recommend using a GoPro camera. See here to know why:

You will require taking sufficient money for tipping your guides plus porters, other than leave all additional valuables in the hotel safe, and make sure to get a written receipt for it.

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Wiki Kilimanjaro info

How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

January 5, 2014

climb-mount-kilimanjaroLots of people commit to climb Kilimanjaro before thinking through the full financial cost. In this post I discuss the actual climbing Kilimanjaro cost that many people often forget.

The total climbing Kilimanjaro cost is usually significantly more compared to the single fee stated on travel package numbers. Why? Because there are usually quite a few costs that are not accounted for in the total travel bundle cost.

In my experience you can find seven key costs that you can budget for, as follows.

Flying to Kilimanjaro
The cost to get to Kilimanjaro can be quite expensive – sometimes this is included in the travel package. But if it is not then here is what you can expect to pay.

Depending on where you are coming from you will likely have a journey that needs two connections. Most climbers fly into Nairobi or Addis Ababa and then catch a interconnection flight to Kilimanjaro International airport.

If you live in and around Holland you can catch a connecting flight from Amsterdam direct to Kilimanjaro.

I would budget at the least $1,500 for flights

Climbing vacation packages
Most climbers use a tour operator to book their climbing excursion. The travel operators tend to offer all-inclusive packages such as flights, transfers, a night in the hotel before and after the climb and all expenses around the mountain (food, climbing team expenses etc.).

The cost of packaged tours varies depending on which climbing route an individual takes and the quantity of days one opts for.

There are 6 routes on Kilimanjaro. Marangu tends to be the most expensive as you get to stay in huts as opposed to camping in tents. Trek lengths consist of 5 days which is the cheapest to 10 days which is the most expensive.

In my opinion 5 days is actually too short for average climber in terms of acclimatization – it is important to note that only 27% of climbers reach the summit using the five day treks.

For anyone who is looking to go budget I would choose the six day climb which usually gives you a acclimatization day – here the figures of success are more favourable – 44 per cent of climbers are successful on six day tours.

If you wish to spend more on your chance of success then the seven day trek is advised – here 64 per cent success rate is recorded as the average.

I would budget at lowest $3,000 for many inclusive travel deals.

Here are some travel deals

Tanzanian visa
Most climbers have to have a Tanzanian visa. You’ll be able to either organize a visa using your local Tanzanian embassy or obtain a visa on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

I prefer being prepared for all eventualities when I go to new countries and thus recommend getting a visa prior to departure. Costs do change but they were $50 back in 2013.

I would budget $100

Vaccinations and medications
Climbers also have to have a Yellow Fever vaccination card, which is a little yellow document that provides evidence that you have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Costs for Yellow Fever vaccinations and immunizations vary but can be as much as $100.

In addition to Yellow Fever you should also get a HEP-A vaccination as well as a Polio Tetanus Diphtheria booster to ensure you avoid any of the nasty diseases that lurk in Africa.

Tanzania is a new malaria area and therefore you might want to take malaria tablets. The risk connected with contracting malaria is actually relatively low around the mountain as mosquitoes usually are not found at altitude – particularly at altitudes over 1800 meters.

Thankfully you will be spending most of the trip above this level of altitude but will be at risk before and after the trek. Taking malaria pills is really up to you. There is a cost associated with the medication that can be quite high. Either way I recommend taking all sensible precautions to avoid being bitten the awful little blood-sucking mosquitoes. You can do this by applying Deet repellent, wearing light cloths that cover your arms and legs, staying indoors before the sun rises and sets.

I suggest budgeting $250

Tools and kit
Costs for equipment and other kit will be the second biggest expenditure after your tour package. It is essential that you purchase the appropriate equipment for climbing Kilimanjaro. This Kilimanjaro guide gives a full checklist, but in short you will be budgeting for layered clothing including an extreme weather external jacket, an extreme weather sleeping bag, sturdy trekking polls, excellent quality trekking shoes, a bright and easy to use headlamp, waterproof main bag, backpack and insulated water bottles.

The costs can vary depending on the quality of equipment you purchase.

I would budget at the least $1,500

Guides and porters
Tipping your climbing team of porters and guides is standard on Mount Kilimanjaro. Your guides and porters work extremely hard for very little. The tips they receive after the actual climb are super important in helping them support their loved ones who they don’t see for weeks during the climbing season. If you are able to afford it I suggest a high budget to tip a lot more than the standard charge of approx. $200 per climber for your support team.

Price range $250

Miscellaneous bills
Inevitably you will end up spending money within your hotel stay before and after the trek. Set aside some money for those spontaneous bills

Budget $200

Full Climbing Kilimanjaro Price = $5,500

I hope this article has provided more clarity around the Climbing Kilimanjaro cost that you can expect to pay to climb the Roof of Africa.