Gladys Adenture

Gladys Adventure
Private Mt Kilimanjaro Climbs

Gladys Adventure offers both private climbs and open group climbs. A private climb can begin any day of the year, using any route with any number of participants. Each private group has the option of keeping the group closed or allowing others to join. We will never add people to a private climb without consent of the group. In planning your trip, you can count on your date being available unless we post a notice on this page. At the present, all dates are available for climbs.

We can offer alternative accommodations or offer you a price without any accommodations in Moshi included.

Kilimanjaro Private Climb Prices 2018

Click to view prices. All prices are per person and quoted in USD.

  • Machame Route 6 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$2207$1860$1799$1730$1705$1698$1693$1685$1680$1669
    Luxury$2452$2052$1991$1915$1890$1883$1875$1870$1862$1854

  • Machame 7 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$2515$2128$2070$2005$1969$1963$1954$1947$1940$1932
    Luxury$2760$2320$2255$2190$2154$2148$2139$2139$2125$2115
  • Lemosho 7 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$2642$2211$2161$2114$2078$2065$2052$2041$20292019
    Luxury$2889$2403$2346$2299$2264$2250$2237$2226$2214$2204

  • Lemosho 8 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$2924$2461$2442$2435$2420$2406$2390$2375$2357$2336
    Luxury$3169$2653$2627$2616$2601$2591$2575$2560$2542$2521

  • Lemosho 9 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$3204$2771$2756$2746$2711$2693$2674$2656$2638$2619
    Standard$3449$2956$2941$2931$2896$2878$2859$2841$2823$2804
  • Grand Traverse 8 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$3074$2536$2492$2473$2450$2431$2411$2413$2390$2366
    Luxury$3169$2653$2627$2616$2601$2591$2575$2560$2542$2521

  • Grand Traverse 9 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$3354$2846$2806$2784$2741$2718$2695$2694$2671$2649
    Luxury$3449$2956$2941$2931$2896$2878$2859$2841$2823$2804
  • Rongai 6 days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$2223$1893$1873$1833$1785$1782$1771$1762$1753$1743
    Luxury$2468$2078$2058$2018$1970$1963$1956$1947$1938$1928

  • Rongai 7 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$2514$2186$2161$2114$2078$2065$2052$2041$2029$2019
    Luxury$2694$2371$2346$2299$2263$2250$2237$2226$2214$2204
  • Marangu 5 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$1818$1520$1486$1453$1427$1420$1396$1389$1385$1378
    Luxury$2021$1680$1620$1581$1557$1550$1544$1535$1529$1523

  • Marangu 6 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$2181$1824$1784$1744$1712$1704$1675$1667$1662$1653
    Luxury$2425$2016$1945$1897$1869$1860$1853$1842$1835$1827
  • Umbwe 6 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$2207$1860$1799$1730$1705$1698$1693$1685$1680$1669
    Luxury$2452$2052$1991$1915$1890$1883$1875$1870$1862$1854

  • Umbwe 7 Days
    climb packagesolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Standard$2515$2128$2070$2005$1969$1963$1954$1947$1940$1932
    Luxury$2760$2320$2255$2190$2154$2148$2139$2139$2125$2115
  • We can add an overnight at Crater Camp to any route except Marangu Route. A special permit is required for crater camp, additional pay for each staff member who spends overnight in the crater and also private toilet tent(s) are required for both clients and staff. The chart listed below includes the toilet tent rentals, so if you already are having a toilet tent for your climb (such as with luxury package or Grand Traverse route), then there will be a reduction in the price given below. We will give you full details with your specific itinerary.
  • Crater Campsolo climb2 climbers3 climbers4 climbers5 climbers6 climbers7 climbers8 climbers9 climbers10 + climbers
    Supplement
    per person
    $606$393$318$331$321$303$291$290$282$276

Each trekking package includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop off - Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
  • Hotel accommodations in Moshi one night before the trek and the night that you finish the trek
  • All park fees for the national park including taxes
  • All meals and unlimited water while on the mountain
  • All salaries for guides, assistant guides, chef, porters
  • Transport to and from the park gate
  • Oxygen for altitude sickness emergencies
  • All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress -- but not sleeping bag)

The difference between standard package and luxury package is in the hotel accommodations in Moshi (Leopard Hotel -- Standard package or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel -- Luxury package) and also the luxury package includes a private toilet tent. Everything else is identical in the two packages.

Other add on options:
private tent -- $50
private toilet tent -- $150 (already included in luxury package and for Grand Traverse route)
Gamow Bag -- $300

The trekking packages do not include:

  • Extra JRO airport pickups and drop offs ($40 per car)
  • Sleeping bag - please bring your own or rent one from our equipment rental shop
  • International flights & visas
  • Travel Insurance (we require all clients to have medical and evacuation coverage)
  • Mountain climb staff tips
  • Alcholic drinks
  • Personal travel and baggage
  • Telephone/internet bill
  • Laundry service
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Activities not mentioned in the program

A 30% deposit will secure your climb. We accept payments via wire transfer directly into our bank account or online payment by credit/debit card (5% bank fee for this option). There is no deadline for booking a climb, but we will not assign climb staff or secure hotel accommodations until a deposit has been paid. We do not have information if the government will change park fees or taxes for 2019 yet. Any climb that pays a deposit will have the current prices guaranteed for their climb.

We cannot offer refunds for deposit amounts paid. But the funds can be used for any future booking with Gladys Adventure for the next 12 months after your original trip date. Funds can also be applied towards the balance of others who have booked through Gladys Adventure.

After a trek is booked, you can change the dates, number of participants or itinerary without any penalty.

For more information or to book a climb please contact us though our Info Request page.

Private Climb or Open Group -- Which is better?

Each option has its advantages. Lets help you consider which is best for you...

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We offer both open group and private group climbs. Most climbs that we do are through private climbs. While on the mountain, the climbs are identical. We use the same guides, same equipment, same meals.

Private Climb

  • Freedom of choice -- You can start your climb and day of the year and any route that you choose.
  • Control over itinerary -- even the day before the climb you can make adjustments in start date, number of days and route. While on the mountain, if you are feeling strong, you can even with the approval of the guide, eliminate the acclimatization day (note that there cannot be a rebate for unused days since park fees are paid in advance). Or you can add an extra day while on the mountain if need be.
  • Control of the group -- You are in control of how many people are in the group and who is joining you. - Even if you request us to find others for your group, we will always consult you before allowing them to join.
  • Discounted Groups -- We offer discounts for both current Peace Corp volunteers, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and their travel partners. This is done with private climbs only.

Open Group Climb

  • Price -- The open group climbs are the least expensive climbs that we offer. The only discounts that are possible on these climbs are park fees discounts that the government allows for expatriates having Tanzanian residence permits, East African citizens or youths under 16 years old.
  • Social -- Especially if you are traveling alone, this is a way to meet friends. Many times clients who have met on the mountain decide to go on safari or day trip together afterwards. Open Group Climbs include a welcome dinner and celebration dinner together.

Is opening up a private group to others the same as an open group climb? A: No. A private group climb will never be as inexpensive as an open group climb. If you have a private group and wish to open it up for others, the price will only be reduced if others join and the amount for the climb will never be the same as an open group climb. But, you will always be in control of the group. Before anyone is added, we would seek your appoval first.

How large are the open group climbs? A: So far the open groups have been averaging 4 - 5 climbers. We have no minimum or maximum number for the climbs. The number of climb staff varies according to the number of climbers. The largest open group climb that we have had so far has been 16 people. We have had a few open group climbs with only one climber.

We welcome any questions or further information requests.

Partners for Responsible Travel

We are proud partners of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Program. Click to read about their valuable program. Kilimanjaro Porters Association

Climb Staff Tipping

What you need to know about the tipping process and procedures...

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Everything you need to know about mountain crew tipping

How many crew members will there be on my climb?
While we will know in advance how many guides, assistant guides and cooks you will have for a climb, we will not know how many porters will be used until the morning of the climb. The maximum weight allowed for each porter to carry is 20kg. They are allowed 5kg of personal gear that reduces the amount of other weight that will be carried. Of course, they also need 3 meals a day and a mattress (not all companies supply these for porters, but we do). So once the total weight of all itmes being brought on the mountain is weighed we will know the definite crew numbers. Typically for a small group (4 climbers or less), a rough estimate of the number of porters is 4 porters/climber. For larger groups, approximately 3 porters per climber. Marangu route (overnights in huts) will use about 1 porter per climber less. While we can accommodate group sizes of any number, the national park treats groups over 10 people as 2 climbs. This means that for more than 10 in your group, there will be 2 head guides, 2 cooks, etc. The group will still be together as one group on the mountain though.

How much is a recommended tip?
Recommended tipping rates range from
$20 - $30/day for head guide
$15 - $20/day for each assistant guide
$15 - $20/day for cook
$5 $7/day for each porter
These are only guidelines. It is up to you and your budget if you want to vary from this. Some porters will have special duties in addition such as waiters and summit porters. You may consider adding an amount for these porters.

Exactly how and when is the tipping done?
You will not need to bring any money with you on the mountain. You will distribute tips when you get back to Gladys Adventure office after the climb. At the last camp, you will be given a paper listing everyone on the climb staff. You can discuss with others in your group how much you want to tip. If you wish, you can write down the amounts for each staff person and at the gate after finishing the climb you can announce the amount OR ... if you are too tired (not uncommon) at the camp or if you want input from our office you can wait until you get to our office. You do not need to ask and should not ask any of the climb staff about recommendations. Also, you should not feel pressured by any staff member to tip a certain amount or even any discussion about tips. If you have any questions at all, our office staff will be glad to help you once you return to Moshi. If you feel that certain crew members are pressuring you directly or indirectly be sure to let us know. Tactics include telling embellished hardship stories to gain your sympathy. Another is to purposely dress poorly. We make sure before the climb that all porters have proper shoes and jackets. If they are not wearing proper gear while on the mountian, they are trying to fool you. Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) has gear for any porter in need and their office is located 20 meters from our office. At our office, you can collect the money from each climb member and put them in individual envelopes that we will supply. They will then be distributed to the climb staff in your presence. If you need to go to an ATM we can take you. Unfortunately, tips cannot be paid through credit cards since the government will automatically treat this as a payment made to Gladys Adventure and charge us 18% VAT.

Sometimes we have clients who do not like the concept of tipping but want to make sure that the staff is adaquately provided for. It is ok to allot extra money to be paid as salary for the staff. The staff would then be told before the climb that their pay is being increased for the climb but no tips will be given afterwards.

If you wish to donate gear such as walking poles, clothing, etc this is best done through the office staff at Gladys Adventure or through KPAP office. The gear will then be distributed under supervision of KPAP.

Travel/Medical Insurance and Evacuation Insurance

For all Mt Kilimanjaro treks we require each client to have basic medical coverage and also mountain emergency evacuation coverage...

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Travel/Medical Insurance and Evacuation Insurance

For Mt Kilimanjaro climbs we require medical insurance coverage and emergency evacuation insurance. Some credit card companies offer trip insurance as a perk if you pay for even a portion of your trip with their card. Standard coverage would handle any required medical care.

We also require emergency evacuation insurance in case you need to be airlifted off the mountain. This can be added to standard travel insurance or purchased separately. While we do not favor any particular company, many of our clients have chosen World Nomads (www.worldnomads.com).

Kilimanjaro SAR (Search and Rescue) is a Moshi based company which started operation in 2018 offering helicopter rescue. The helicopters are fitted with emergency room equipment and fly with a doctor and an emergency room nurse. They are based at Moshi airport (small regional airport) and promise to be in the air 5 minutes after receiving an emergency call. The cost of an evacuation flight back to Moshi airport is approximately $5,000 USD. Of this, approximately half this cost is for the actual flight. The other half is for the medical staff, equipment and treatment on the mountain and during the flight. This portion should be covered by medical insurance but the flight would not be typically covered with a standard policy. Insurance for this flight can be offered at $20/person for a Mt Kilimanjaro climb and would be billed through Gladys Adventure. This would cover the evacuation flight only. You would still be required to have medical insurance for any treatment.

Q: Doesn't Kilimanjaro National Park already charge a rescue fee? Doesn’t this provide coverage?
A: There is a mandatory fee of $20/climber. This previously went to maintenance of one wheeled rescue stretchers, not towards evacuation costs. The one wheeled stretcher is a very rough ride down the mountain, often adding injuries. They are in the process of discontinuing the maintenance of these. Instead, now with Kilimanjaro SAR in operation, the fee will go to establish and maintain landing sites for the helicopter.

Q: If I cannot summit will I always be airlifted off the mountain?
A: No, this is always a last resort. The vast majority of altitude related sickness is alleviated simply by descending. If the person is able to walk, they will be brought down under the guidance of an assistant guide (or head guide) and porters. If unable to walk, we provide a portable stretcher (carried - no wheels) to carry the person down the mountain. Only under severe circumstances will a helicopter rescue be called.

Kilimanjaro SAR has a few helicpoters available. For healthy clients who have reached the summit but do not care to walk down the mountain, the company offers what they term a Hero Flight where they will fly you down the mountain. The price for this is approximately $2,500 and is not covered by any insurance plan. Contact us if you are interested in this option. They also offer helicopter sightseeing tours of Mt Kilimanjaro.