Heading to the other side of the world can be a little nerve-racking.
Yes, there have been horror stories of people going to Kilimanjaro who are stood up. A tour operator takes a clients money and is never seen again. Luckily, those are mostly stories. But, if you’re not careful you can have a far less than awesome experience.
Here are few tips for when you first start thinking about Kilimanjaro:
1. Never pay less than $1800 for a trip.
Kilimanjaro is not a cheap undertaking and it shouldn’t be. First off, the park fees for even a basic 6-day/5-night climb are over $800usd. That’s before paying for guides, porters, food, hotels or any of that. The tour business on Kilimanjaro is cut-throat and it usually comes at the cost of underpaid staff or less than optimal food and gear.
2. Choose a registered tour operator.
You can find a list of official tour operators here. If you are booking your trip through another guide company ask who they use on the ground in Tanzania.
3. Ask a lot of questions.
An honest and professional tour operator will be happy to answer almost any question you have. They should be open and transparent and be willing to share details and success rates.
The companies I use to book clients as well as myself speak to all those points. Care for clients, staff and an understanding that Kilimanjaro, done right, can change your life.
You might get lucky on a cheap bargain climb but it’s not just your life that may be affected. When you’re ready, get in touch with me and I can help you make the best choice.