How to book a Kilimanjaro climb
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.
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.
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!
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