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Climbing Kilimanjaro on a Budget

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High park fees and logistical costs mean there is no such thing as a cheap Kilimanjaro climb. The best way to keep down costs is to form or join a group of four or more like-minded hikers and to stick to the Marangu Route.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro from the Marangu route, Tanzania.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro from the Marangu route, Tanzania.

This route is more popular and busy than the other options but less logistically complicated. 

Worthy of consideration as a more budget-friendly alternative, nearby Mount Meru, protected within Arusha National Park, is Africa’s fifth-highest massif.

Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro.

The three-day hike to its 4,566m (14,980ft) summit is far cheaper and far less crowded. This option offers superior wildlife viewing, a lower risk of altitude-related sickness, and spectacular views of snow-capped Kilimanjaro.

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