When you join us for a trek you will have a crew which includes; the chief guide, a cook and porters. Our chief guides are very experienced and speak good English. They will ensure your safety and welfare throughout your trip. They have a comprehensive knowledge of the mountain and will take time to show you the flora and fauna. They will also be alert for any early signs of altitude sickness and take all necessary steps to ensure your safety. With two or more people traveling together, we will also provide you with an assistant guide. Your cook will prepare nutritious and tasty food for you. With increasing altitude, it is common for people to lose their appetite so we make it our business to ensure we offer you a variety of delicious meals to keep your strength up. The guides will also encourage you to stay hydrated - and we strongly recommend that you bring a camel pack for drinking water to place in your day-pack. The number of porters who will be traveling with you will vary depending on the style of trip you select. Our deluxe trips have more porters as we carry more equipment. While trekking you will principally been guided by one of our certified guide(s). These guides are trained by the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. In most cases they are former Mount Kilimanjaro porters who have worked on the mountain for not less than 4 years and have also completed a comprehensive guide course. It is against park regulations as well as extremely dangerous to trek up Kilimanjaro without a certified guide. Professional guides can quickly spot and diagnose symptoms of altitude sickness and will monitor your health closely.
The welfare of all our staff including our porters is very important to us as a business. We are committed to making sure everyone is looked after. Before the initiation of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) in 2003, porters were treated unfairly, paid a pittance, made to carry heavy duty luggage and there was no place or organization to help them. Today KPAP has solved lots of common problems that Kilimanjaro porters were facing and there are now strict controls on what is and isn't allowed. We work closely with KPAP to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. Read about KPAP below and visit their official website for more information. .
We are committed to supporting proper treatment for our crew on Mount Kilimanjaro. As an approved Partner for Responsible Travel with the International Mountain Explores Connection (IMEC), our climbs are regularly monitored by IMEC's local initiative, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), to ensure that we are abiding by the guidelines established for fair porter treatment.
In 2003 KPAP was established to improve the working conditions of the porters by equipping, educating and empowering them. In addition KPAP works to educate the public and tour companies about fair porter treatment. The Tanzanian NGO is fully registered and is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado.
What does KPAP do?
Lends donated clothing to porters climbing Kilimanjaro at no charge . If you plan to give any of your clothing to the crew do so via lottery during the tipping ceremony ensuring a fair distribution of all donated items to the entire crew.
Providing complimentary classes to porters on topics that include English, First Aid, HIV/AIDS Awareness, Money Management and
Works with climbing companies to monitor compliance to fair treatment practices
Educates the public on porter working conditions and fair porter treatment
There are many ways to help make a difference in the lives of the Kilimanjaro porters:
Ensure you climb with a responsible company that enforces recommended porter guidelines
KPAP monitors company practices.
For a list of Current Partner Companies please visit: http://www.kiliporters.org/climb_with_a_partner_company.php
Complete a post-climb survey on the KPAP website: http://www.kiliporters.org/complete_a_climber_survey.php
Make a financial contribution to KPAP by visiting: http://www.kiliporters.org/make_a_financial_donation.php
Donate climbing gear to the KPAP office in Moshid for longform copy that could potentially include multiple paragraphs.