Regulations on Kilimanjaro

Tourists are not allowed to climb on their own. A licensed guide must be hired to accompany all visitors on the mountain. Additionally, climbing Kilimanjaro can only legally be done by taking one of the pre-determined routes on the mountain.

Trekking parties consist of tourists accompanied by local staff; porters, chefs and the most important, the guide.

For an average of 15 people on a hike there will be no less than 45 support staff and probably more. The staff’s job is to bring your camping equipment up which includes tents, mess tents, tables, chairs and of course the toilet tent which are all highly necessary components of your trek.

There are restrictions to climb Kilimanjaro however, by National Park authority standards the minimum age one is allowed to climb Kilimanjaro is from 10 years.

There is no upper age limit on who can climb to Mt Kilimanjaro’s summit as many people in their 70’s and 80’s regularly take up the challenge and are successful in their accent. It certainly is advisable however that if you are over 60 a full medical check is a good idea before embarking on such an arduous challenge.


  • Climb slowly to increase your acclimatization time and maximize your chances of reaching the summit.
  • Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountain.
  • To listen to the guides and others who are familiar with the conditions here, follow their advice.
  • Leave the park undisturbed by no leaving, or removing anything, animate or inanimate.
  • If you meet problems, turn back, and use the same route that you and your party had taken up.
  • A pulmonary case ought IMMEDIATELY to be brought down to lower altitudes.
  • Follow the official routes/trails only, when you are walking in the forest. It is easy to get lost. Never go alone if it can be helped.
  • Litter disfigures nature. Please ensure that everyone in party picks up, brings back, or disposes of it at places provided.
  • Do not light, or cause a fire to be lighted. Be particularly careful of live lit cigarette butts.
  • Stick to your plan, by doing so you will not inconvenience others in the huts.
  • Always avoid a rescue by reading the regulations.
  • Get ACCLIMATIZED by avoiding rapid ascent from low altitude to above 10,000. By doing so you may avoid MOUNTAIN SICKNESS, and prevent pulmonary edema.
  • To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb.
  • Do not go above 13,000′ if you have a cold.
  • When a rescue is required in your party, report immediately or send a clearly written note to the Parks Gate.

The fees required to enter and camp in the park are shown below along with the terms and conditions.

Kilimanjaro National Park Fees

Entry Permit Fee Kilimanjaro National Park per day per person

a) Of or above the age of 16 years: $60 USD

b) Between the age of 5 years and 16 years:  $10 USD

c) Children below the age of 5 years: Free

Camping Permit in Kilimanjaro National Park per day per person

a) Of or above the age of 16 years: $60 USD

b) Between the age of 5 years and 16 years:  $10 USD

c) Children below the age of 5 years: Free

Huts, Hostel, Rest Houses Fees per day per person

a) Kilimanjaro National Park: Mandara, Horombo and Kibo (Huts and Camping)       $60 USD

Rescue Fee for Mount Kilimanjaro per trip per person

The park is responsible for rescue between the point of the incident and the gate in any route. The climber will take care of other expenses from the gate to K.C.M.C. or any other chosen destination.

a) Rescue fee:  $20 USD

Personnel Fees per day per person     

a) Porters:   $10 USD

b) Cooks:  $15 USD

c) Guides:  $20 USD

Terms and Conditions in Kilimanjaro National Park

It is an express condition of your visit to this Park that the Board of Trustees shall not be responsible for any bodily injury to any visitor arising from an cause: or for or damage to the property of any visitor brought into the park arising from fire, theft or otherwise by whomsoever caused or arising from negligent or wrongful act of any person in the employment of the Board. All visitors are deemed to have contracted with the Board on this basis.