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Trek Company Pricing

My wife and I are starting to research for a trip to Kili in later 2010. On this forum, and elsewhere, the average prices for a local trek company quotes between $1,500-$2,000 per person, which includes the porters, cooks, guides, etc...

However, going to some company websites, such as Tusker, I see quotes of between $3,000-$3,700 per person plus additonal $900 for park fees.

Can folks comment on the drastic difference in prices for these lower priced local companies and these MUCH higher priced companies. Do the lower prices then add on the park costs bringing their total prices closer to the high end?

I know there are some really lower prices companies ($1,000-ish) that cut out a lot of what the average companies bring. But what is so different between the medium priced and high priced companies? Enough difference to warrant double the fee?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Trek Company Pricing

....your average prices is veyr much correct and safe - will vary mostly depending of your party size and lenght/route choosen in this range.

high prices do not warrant summit success

very low prices do warrant low quality gear, food and guidance

If you do a search with some key words, you will find plenty of insights about this subject.

In sum , above average you are paying for luxuries - and Tusker, is in the middle of high-range btw, as far as price goes.

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The average price for a climb is $1,500 and this will include the park fees. I would be suspicious of any company which didn't have an all inclusive pricing for the climb (porters, guides, food, water, cook, tents/huts, evacuation fees, park fees, etc.) Rental of equipment would be on top of this or bring your own. Tips would also be on your own.

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I too am trying to plan for a trip later this year, Aug 2010, and am looking for a good tour group from someone who has recently done the climb. Looking at sites for tour groups that I have heard highly praised, I see quoted rates of 4500-6500 per person (not even including airfare)!!!

Can someone out there give a recommendation for a great tour company that is reasonably priced?

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I climbed Kilimanjaro in January of this year with Tusker. I hiked the Lomosho route which is a bit longer than the standard Coca-Cola route. I researched the trip extensively before signing with Tusker. Ultimately I chose them for several reasons: Safety - Tusker brings both oxygen and a gammow bag on the trek. They also performed medical checks every morning and evening (pulse, stethascope to lungs, etc). Luxury - ok, maybe sleeping in a tent isnt so luxurious, but our camp FAR exceeded all of the others during our 8 days on the mountain. A number of people would stop by to ask us who our outfitter was, it was so nice. We even had a private bathroom, which is a treat on Kili. Communication - Tusker got back to me very quickly with any question that I had. The information that they supplied prior to my departure was very helpful.

I had a wonderful experience with Tusker. While it was just myself, and a friend on the trip, we both summited with the help of our wonderful porters and guides. I believe there were 18 porters in total for just the 2 of us. The food we had on the trip was excellant and plenty. For me, the money was well spent. If you have any questions or would like to see my Kili video please let me know.

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8. Re: Trek Company Pricing

My husband and I climbed Kili in early Sept this year and used a company who specialise in private bookings as we did not want to be part of a bulk group. The service we received was fantastic and the company ( PrivateKilimanjaro) were very competitive and I would recommend them.

I would suggest you take a least 7 days to do the climb so that you acclimatise properly. You cannot cut corners on this. Trying to do the trek in 6 days to save money is a bad decision. At the end of the day the best way to ensure success is to always walk at your own pace and not have to slow or step up to a group pace. It is a great achievement to climb Kili so try and enjoy it and not make it an endurance.

Hope this helps and good luck with your trip.

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Lovingafrica, is this a regestered company or one of the local comapnies or a 'tour guide' that say they are looking after the people and cutting out costs and causing trouble on the mountain. There are too many risks and sometimes the middle man with the equipment and insurance are woth using

Mitch, there are plenty of companies and some that will even carry a protable loo up the mountian just for you. Do some investigation on all of the companies and as for past clients emails to get their information also about the company.

You want a company that will look after you, have the right licences and are using good equipment. I would even go as far as checking out the tents (ask them what sort they use so you can check them online) before I go. 6 sleeps in a tent you do really want a good one.

I would recommend the following companies who I have worked with before and have had many clients satasfied with and all are owner operators who operate out of Tanzania:

Team Kilimanjaro

Maasai Wanderings

Summit Africa

ET Treks and Safaris (I climbed Mt Meru with these guys)

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Went with a high end company (Alpine Ascents) this summer. The extra $$$ got us an extremely experienced American mountaineer with years of experience in the country, experienced and very knowledgeable local guide and porter team, small group size, low hiker to guide ratio (very important on summit day when the group can spread out a bit), quality equipment and amazing food, mess tent, and even portable toilets! We also had a great experience on Meru with a local company (Big Expeditions) - it was a fraction of the Kili cost, but we still paid more than others we met on the mountain. Unfortunately, some of them had problems with equipment, food, and water availability.

Another big price difference when we were deciding who to go with was whether there is a safari tacked on or not (we had a great four day safari with good vehicles, guides, and lodging included in our climb)

This was one of the highlights of our big Africa trip and I'm very glad we saved in other places to spend the extra money here.

Hope you have a wonderful experience with whatever company you choose!