Same people look for cheap Kilimanjaro trek. But if you do some research, you find that this is not possible. And you probably have also discovered that there are a wide range of prices charged for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro by different outfitters. There are many licensed operators on Mount Kilimanjaro and the choices is yours. The bad thing is that there are not many reliable operators, and who you choose to climb with is crucial to your success and overall experience. However, if you disregarded the questionable companies, you’d be left with only a couple or so quality Kilimanjaro operators.
The good thing is don’t make your decision based on price alone. Price should be only one aspect of your overall decision. High altitude trekking is not the place to shop for a cheap nor is it the place to overpay needlessly. You need to pay for high quality service at a reasonable price.
ZICASSO OFTEN ASKED HOW WE CAN BE PRICED.
Here we must look at the minimum expenses every Kilimanjaro operator faces, such as transportation staff wages, equipment, food, and other logistical expenses. Kilimanjaro National Park entrance fees, camping/hut fees and Tanzanian taxes by far make up the biggest expense, costing about $250 per climber per day depend on the route. See Below breakdown;
ENTRANCE FEES NR – $70 PLUS 18% VATPER DAY PER PERSON.
The Kilimanjaro National Park authority collects fees from all visitors in order to fund the upkeep of the park. This includes maintaining the trail, keeping it clean and paying for the rangers. The conservation fee applies for each day – including partial days you spend inside the park.
CREW (GUIDE/PORTER/COOK) FEES – $2 PLUS 18% VAT PER PERSON PER TRIP PER PERSON
All of the staff also must pay park fees to enter. The park entrance fee is $2 per person per trip.
HUT FEES OR CAMPING NR – $60 PLUS 18% PLUS 18% VAT PER NIGHT PER PERSON
This fee is charged for using the campsites and simple huts on the mountain. Huts are only available on the Marangu route. All other routes camping at designated public sites.
RESCUE FEES– $20 PLUS 18% VAT PER PERSON PER TRIP
Rescue fees are charged for the chance the park authority may need to coordinate a rescue. This fee must be paid whether or not you actually require rescue. The cost is USD 20 per person per trip.
GOVERNMENT TAX – 18% OF SERVICES
The Tanzanian government charges an 18% VAT to Kilimanjaro operators.
A value-added tax (VAT) is a type of general consumption tax that is placed on goods and services whenever value is added at a stage of production or distribution.
The other significant expenses are staff wages, food, and transportation costs. Local wages amount to around $150 plus 18% VAT per climber per day – depending on group size. Food costs come out to about $20 plus 18% VAT per climber per day -includes food for staff. Transportation costs are about $100 per trip depending on the route.
Now, you can estimate what it may cost to fund a Kilimanjaro climb on your own by summing up all cost. The total is certainly significant, but are not high enough to justify the jaw dropping price tags seen in the industry. So instead of asking how we can be priced so low, you should be asking how those other companies can be priced so high?
Cautions “Cheap is expensive” Avoid the cheap/low budget operators;
Thoseoperatorsmade up of low budget, are often unestablished, desperate, poorly run, they use low prices as their only way to attract clients. This resulted in dangerous situations on the mountain. By reducing prices too far, there is simply no way for these operators to perform services better without skimping on necessary expenditures. It’s inevitability that they can’t satisfy the requirements for a decent climb.Low budget might associated with
Quality operators educate their staff on the importance of conservation. Best hiker practices integrity and loyalty for staff and client too
- Unpredictable Service.
Quality operators have guidelines in place for every facet of the climb, resulting in consistency in the service they provide while Low budget operators are notorious for being unpredictable.
- Inferior Equipment.
Quality operators use camping equipment from reputable manufacturers. They regularly replace their tents, sleeping bags, and other gear, and have well maintained vehicles. Low budget operators use poorly functional equipment. They buy off brand tents that are poorly waterproof, not durable and not for four season use most commonly, this is apparent in the condition of the tents. They use mixed and matched equipment in various stages of disrepair, and will try to “get by” rather than replacing their outdated inventory.
- Inferior Guides.
Quality guides do not work for the low budget operators. Quality guides do not wait around for clients to walk in, hoping for some work. Quality guides are hired full time by an established operators and are busy leading groups on scheduled climbs – week after week.
- Exploitation of Porter.
Quality operators do not compromise the welfare of their staff in order to sell a climb. The best Kilimanjaro companies pay the highest wages and are members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Associations, an independent organization whose mission it is to protect porters from mistreatment on the mountain, Some low budget operators does not abide by the porters convention recommendations set by the government. Trekking with a low budget operator, you are directly contributing to the exploitation of the poorest people on the mountain ‘the porters’. Budget companies are able to offer low priced climbs because they do not pay their mountain crews an honest wage.
- Poor Safety Actions.
Cheap operators may lack or have poor system in place for safe high altitude trekking altitude sickness, includes pulse Oximeters. Shortage of bottled oxygen to revive someone whose oxygen saturation has dropped to dangerously low levels. Shortage of portable stretchers to carry injured climbers off the mountain. Some climbers in some cases who booked with low budget operators and then became ill on the mountain were very lucky that our teams were nearby to assist when their guides could not.
Kilimanjaro Porter Assosiation (KPA) – partner associates, are an examples in the industry to improve working conditions for porters on Mount Kilimanjaro.Fighting for the fair treatment of porters is a battle. There is strong resistance to change from certain local operators who have considerable power and influence over government and park regulations. In order to stop the abuse, hiker or tourists need to stop supporting the behavior, and boycott budget operators as a whole
Zicasso Expeditions Tanzania offers high quality climbs at a reasonable cost. At our price levels, we can satisfy all park fees, pay real wages to staff, supply adequate food and crew equipment, while still providing great service to our clients.
The assumption that a high cost operator is providing a superior climb is wrong.
The high price operator might be some de reason; fear of failed to take you the climb because they luck expert on cost analysis, desire to earn more profit in which they don’t deserve. The high priced operators are typically international companies that do not focus on Kilimanjaro only, climb is an option business for them, and the use foreign guides
Zicasso Expeditions Guides
Zicasso Expeditions is an ultmate growing specialist dedicated to leading clients on Mount Trekking. This is our passion in tourism busines. All our trips are guaranteed to run regardless of the number of climbers booked. We know, climbing Kili is our growing savings for our clients, so we want to make your planning and preparation as easy as stress free as possible. We will never cancel your trip, or ask you to pay more money below the line.
For us, the case of having competent, quality guides cannot be a threat when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We have the best knowledgeable with skills local guides, all of whom are fluent in English and have received extensive training in first aid, mountain rescue, flora and fauna.
Zicasso guides Qualities
- High Safety Standards
Our guides are certified wilderness First Responder means they have the skill knowledge and tools to make critical and evacuation decisions. They regularly undergo emergency training on first aid, recognize and treat altitude-related illnesses
We understand that you have many choices when it comes to climbing Kilimanjaro. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that your expectations are met or exceeded.
- Mountain Knowledge
Our guides are knowledgeable about general mountain facts. They can tell you about the climate zones, the altitudes of and distances to campsites, and information about the geology, flora and fauna. These types of facts increase the enjoyment during the trek by giving clients an idea of what they are seeing and feeling.
- Expert Ability
Our guides have been working on Mount Kilimanjaro for a long time. With this training and experience, they are completely acclimatized to high altitude and are adapted to the rigors of mountain life
- Charming and fun guy
Our guides are friendly, charming descriptive and open minded making the hike fun and enjoyable throughout the trail.