In 1991, the park authorities made it compulsory for all trekkers to arrange their climb up the mountain through a licensed agency. Furthermore, they insist that all those embarking on a Kilimanjaro trek must be accompanied throughout their walk by a guide supplied by the agency. So trekkers need to know how to book a Kilimanjaro climb. Which is where this site comes in handy.
With whom should you book your Kilimanjaro trek?
Booking your Kilimanjaro trek with the right agency is perhaps the single most important factor in determining the success or otherwise of your trek. After all, they are the ones who arrange everything, supply the equipment, and designate somebody to be your guide to take you up to the Roof of Africa. So take your time choosing one. Because unless you are a guide, porter, guidebook writer or just plain daft, undertaking a Kilimanjaro trek will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s an expensive one too – so make sure that you get it right.
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It really does pay to do as much research as possible when it comes to choosing the right company. Choosing the first one that pops up on google is rarely a good idea. Indeed, in our experience, the companies that rank highly on google are rarely the best companies for organising treks. They are simply the companies that are best at getting their website to rank highly. Which is a very different skill.
What you have to remember is this. When it comes to booking a Kilimanjaro climb, there is no single company that is best for every trekker. For example, some agencies are good at handling large groups of trekkers. Others are good at looking after single trekkers and don’t charge them a premium to have their own tent or hotel room. A few agencies offer luxury-only climbs, where all your whims are catered for. While others operate budget treks, allowing those even with fairly limited means to climb. Some are good at looking after porters and mountain crew. Others less so. Some are good at answering your questions before your trek. Others are pretty rubbish at this, but actually do organise a decent Kilimanjaro trek.
There is no single operator that is best for everyone
For an overview of the agencies and their strengths and weaknesses, the first place to look is our guidebook. In it we go into great detail about booking with an agency. We advise you on what questions to ask a company, and take a look at what your trek package should include. We also provide a comprehensive review of the Kilimanjaro trek agencies, both within Tanzania and abroad.
We also look at the advantages of booking a Kilimanjaro trek before you arrive in Tanzania, In the age of the internet, of course almost everyone books their trek in advance now. But you could wait until you arrive in Tanzania and book your Kilimanjaro trek there. This is usually the cheaper option. But it’s riskier and it takes time.
If you require further help, do contact us. We can offer you free advice on which company we think you should go. The KPAP website, the charity that looks after the welfare of the porters and crew who work on the mountain, is worth a look too. The usual review websites (Tripadvisor etc) may also be worth a look, though we are always a little sceptical about them (perhaps wrongly). See this link about why you should be wary of customer reviews. They’re worth a look, of course, but perhaps do so with a pinch of salt to hand!
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro is the work of Henry Stedman, author of the bestselling guide book Kilimanjaro – The Trekking Guide to Africa’s Highest Mountain, which is now in its sixth edition. I’ve been trekking up Kilimanjaro for more than 20 years and have hiked to the summit more than 30 times now, on every possible route (and in every sort of weather).
I still adore hiking on Kilimanjaro and hope, by providing as much information as I can on this site and in the book, that you will be persuaded to climb Kilimanjaro too – and love it as much as I do.
I am happy to advise you in any way I can – and I promise you I won’t try to sell you a trek with my own company, Kilimanjaro Experts! So please do get in touch if you have any questions about any aspect of climbing the mountain. The address is: