The cost of equipment, visas, vaccinations and medications are often forgotten by prospective climbers. In general you will spend anywhere between $500-$1,500 on equipment as most climbers need to buy an extreme weather sleeping bag, a duffle bag, suitable clothing and other climbing accessories.
will also need to get a Yellow Fever vaccination as this is a mandatory requirement to enter Tanzania. You might want to get booster injections for Hepatitis A and other related diseases. Seek medical advice from your travel clinic but budget at least $100-$200. Tanzania is a malaria zone ; however mosquitoes do not occur at altitude (over 1,800 meters) . You will be spending most of your trip above this altitude but will be exposed before and after the climb. If you decide to take malaria tablets budget at least $ 50
Finally you will be required to get a Tanzanian visa. In 2013 the cost was $50 and for US citizens it is $100. You can get the visa before departing or on arrival in Tanzania.
'''Organised Tour (incl. Park Fees)'''
To climb Kilimanjaro you have to use a licenced guide. If you are not well-versed in the logistics of Kilimanjaro climbs then the only realistic way to trek Kilimanjaro is through a tour operator.
A no-frills 5 day, 4 night trek up the Marangu will set you back by around $1,100. However, if you are not accustomed to altitude it is highly recommended you take a 6 or 7 day trip which start at over $1, 400, depending on the route.
Remember fees for all inclusive packages vary due to factors of route choice and length of climb, but also depend on the quality of the tour operator and service delivery. Do your research and ask as many questions as possible before you decide on a tour operator. Better operators who treat their staff more ethically and employ professional guides who are trained to look after your well-being tend to be more expensive. For a more luxurious climb, you will be set back by as much as $2500-$3,000 for your climb. Luxuries include hot showers, portable toilets, larger more comfortable sleeping tents and mattresses and private transport, etc. Budget camping safaris usually cost $ 260 per day and luxury lodge safaris cost $ 470 per day depending on where you want to stay. The price include all meals and game drives usually in a 4x4 safari vehicle with an open roof.
'''Tipping for Guides and Porters'''