Routes & Costs

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a trip of a lifetime. The two Kilimanjaro tours that we recommend are Machame & Lemosho because these provide the best scenery and experience. Additionally, climbers have a higher success rate of summiting Kili when choosing one of the routes and plans below. Additional days and routes can be arranged. All prices below are in USD.  

1 day hike - $240 PAX

On a one day hike you will climb to the Mandera huts and the Maundi Crater. You will hike through the jungle at the base of Africa’s tallest peak. It’s a gentle 8km climb (from 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft) and gives you a glimpse of the Kili trek. (Transportation, National Park Fees, Guide, and Lunch included)

6 days / 5 nights - Machame Route  ($1799 1 PAX  / $1699 2-4 PAX)

The Machame Route can be done in six days. We only recommend this to those with backpacking experience for you will have a short time to acclimate to the altitude. This trek begins in the southern base of mountain, within its lush rain forest and continues through the five climate zones.

7 days / 6 nights - Machame Route ($1899 1 PAX / $1799 2-4 PAX)

The expedition begins in the rain forest with a harder terrain but a richer landscape. Machame is shorter than Lemosho but has steeper climbs within the first couple of days. It is one of the most scenic routes and very popular for this reason.     

7 days / 6 nights - Lemosho Route ($1899 1 PAX / $1799 2-4 PAX) 

The western route starts at higher altitude and is longer than Machame but provides a gradual ascent with more time to acclimate. You will experience the five climate zones on this route. Lemosho offers some of the best scenery on Kili.

7 days / 6 nights - Rongai Route ($1899 1 PAX / $1799 2-4 PAX)

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north side, near the Kenyan border. Gaining popularity among climbers, Rongai has low traffic and the approach allows for great views. This is a good route for those who are climbing during the rainy season. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is recommended to those with backpacking experience.

6 days / 5 nights - Marangu Route ($1799 1 PAX / $1699 2-4 PAX)

Marangu is the only route which offers communal sleeping huts. Many favor this route because it is considered to be the easiest path, given its gradual slope. The route has the least scenic variety because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and can be busy at times. This is a great option during the rainy season (Nov., March-May).


7 days / 6 nights - Umbwe Route ($1899 1 PAX, $1799 2-4 PAX)

Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route. It is very difficult and the most challenging hike up Kili. Due to the quick climb, Umbwe does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimation. The traffic on this route is very low and summiting can be difficult. To complete this route you must be a very strong hiker and have experience in altitude.

8 days / 7 nights - Northern Circuit ($1999 1 PAX, $1899 2-4 PAX)

The Northern Circuit is the longest route on Kilimanjaro. It begins in the West and follows the same path as Lemosho route for the first 2 days. After crossing the Shira plateau the path veers north following the longer Northern Circuit instead of the more popular Southern Circuit. Due to the length of the trail it takes a minimum of 8 days to complete.  

 **Tanzanian Residents permit owner pay 85% of rates 

**East Africa Citizens pay 65% of rates 

Trek Amenities

All Transportation and one night Hotel stay before and after your trek included within our price. 

Review the attachment below for all the details. 

Included in your Trek - Joy Climbers (pdf)