mrchad9 wrote:Ok... I know I am nitpicking so I apologize in advance. But Kili is a physiological challenge... not a physical challenge.
And the bulk of the fees is for the foreigner park entrance fees. That part is fixed... so there is little to play with. You have a pretty good deal already, even if not ideal for you.
per160 wrote:A final update for anyone reading this post in the future. I had no luck getting a permit for less than 5 days, and no way of cutting the costs any further. From the research I´ve done, it doesn´t look like it can be done. I don´t think 900 dollars for a slow 5 day trekk is good value, so I´ll be doing something else instead. Mt Kenya seems like much better value, and hopefully less of a crowd. It´s kind of sad that one of the poorest and least well known areas in the world is practically off bounds for budget travelers. I´ve only seen that much regulation before in Nepal. With that little freedom of choice, and such steep fees, the attraction of Mt Kilimanjaro seems like a mystery to me.
mrchad9 wrote:Mystery? It's the easiest of the seven summits.
WyomingSummits wrote:Supply and demand. 25,000+ people every year decide that $900 is worth it. You don't. It's cheaper in Bolivia.....then go to Bolivia! ...........Don't like it? Don't go. ........I doubt complaining about it on SP is going to change a whole lot.
WyomingSummits wrote: They obviously feel like they are doing what makes most sense.
MoapaPk wrote:I have a friend who climbed it in 2-3 days. He was "guided" as per law. but was able to get some special permission.
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