The prices for all the routes we operate are below, together with the list of what is included in our prices. Essentially our group prices include everything you need for a great climb but not items of a personal nature or tailor-made options.
If you have just 9 days and want to have the best chance of going home and saying "I climbed Kilimanjaro" the Machame route is the one for you. Starting to the south-west of Kilimanjaro it circuits south before climbing to Uhuru Peak via Stella Point. With excellent acclimatisation and varied and interesting scenery every day it is a great choice for the novice climber.
Approaching from the west, the Lemosho route is one of our highly recommended routes. The first three days of the ascent are quiet and relatively untravelled, then on day four it joins the busy Machame route. A wonderful route in terms of scenery, it offers unequalled views over the majestic Shira plateau. The success rate for this route is comparable to the Machame route.
The Northern Circuit route is the newest officially approved route up Mount Kilimanjaro, and one of the few ways to see its quieter, more remote northern slope. This is an extended, nine day climb which offers excellent acclimatisation time and provides views of the rugged and highly varied countryside on all sides of the great mountain.
The Marangu route is the oldest and most well-established route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also the only route that has hut accommodation and uses the same ascent and descent trail. The route is often touted as one of the easier hiking trails to the summit. However, according to KINAPA it suffers from the lowest success rate (42%) as too many trekkers try to do it in only 5 days and fail because of poor acclimatisation. For this reason we only offer this route on a 6-day itinerary.
The Rongai route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the north east, near the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Its main attraction is that it is very quiet and traverses virtually untouched wilderness. Ascent is via the scree path to Gilman’s Point with a traverse round the rim to Uhuru Peak. Descent is along the Marangu route.
Crater Camp is not a route in itself but a challenging option you can add onto any of our climbs over 7 days. Crater Camp itself is located right in the heart of Kilimanjaro's crater and you can almost guarantee that come sunset you will be the only people on the mountain. A real 'get away from the crowds' option for the expert Kandooer.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is not cheap. The Kilimanjaro National Park charges a number of fees (Entry, Camping, Rescue etc) that together cost over £700 pp (US$900) for a 7 day climb. This is a very large part of the overall cost you pay. This leaves the wages paid to porters and guides, the food you have on the mountain, the kit you are provided with and the hotels before and after the climb as the only costs that an operator can directly control.
And this is where buying a Kilimanjaro climb becomes like buying a bottle of wine: you pay the same for the bottle (the park fees) whether on a cheap climb or an expensive climb. So if you buy a cheap climb you can be pretty certain that the "wine" inside is cheap too! And on a climb that means porters being underpaid and underfed, your food being of poor quality, cheap tents and poor environmental and ethical standards generally.
At Kandoo we know our climbers do not want a cheap climb on the back of poorly paid porters so we are a leading member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Program (KPAP). And we know you don't want poor tents and food so we use fantastic Mountain Hardwear equipment and provide lashings of really enjoyable food at every meal. Add in some quite decent hotels before and after the climb and what you get from us is a really great quality experience.
And because we actually operate our own climbs with no middle-man taking commission (nearly every other Non-Tanzanian company actually just sub-contract your climb to somebody else) we can offer all this and great prices too. So if you find a climb with everything we include at a lower price just let us know and we will do our best to match the price.
Prices above are for open groups on the routes where these operate and for a private group of 10 on other routes. For prices for different size groups please contact us.