Best Kilimanjaro Guides and mount Kilimanjaro Porters, photo of a typical mountain crew on Mount Kilimanjaro

Best Kilimanjaro Guides

Only the best Kilimanjaro guides and mount Kilimanjaro porters are employed by us. Once on your hike, your mountain team of guides and porters will be very important for a successful summit attempt. For the duration of your hike, your guide will be your advisor. He will lead you to the summit, and he will bring down safely again. It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.

As per KINAPA rules all hikers must be accompanied by a qualified mountain guide when hiking up the mountain. We only use the best Kilimanjaro guides to lead all our treks. They are highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the KINAPA.

Best Kilimanjaro guides – Head guides

All groups will have 1 head guide (possible 2 for large groups) who acts as the chief on your hike. They coordinate the mountain rules, company policies and your requirements with the rest of the team. The head guide has more duties compared to an assistant guide, they have more responsibilities before, during and after the trek. They ensure that your hike is a success. We select each of our head guides based on experience, safety record and feedback from past hikers. After the hike you will agree that our guides are the best Kilimanjaro guides!

Assistant guides

The assistant guides dedicate themselves to coordinating your requirements and fulfilling the responsibilities assigned by the head guide for the safety and success of your Kilimanjaro adventure. Assistant guides go through the same training as head guides and some are even head guides on other hikes.

Chief Cook

Every group will have a dedicated cook that prepares delicious meals and snacks throughout your hike. The meals served on the mountain pleasantly surprise many of our hikers. Cooking at high altitudes with limited ingredients and in harsh conditions, is a difficult task!

We regularly train all cooks, and each has their own unique style and signature dishes.

Mount Kilimanjaro PortersWaiter

A waiter is a luggage porter with the additional responsibilities of setting up the dining tent and serving meals to the hikers. The waiter coordinates between you, the guide, and the cook to ensure meals are served hot, and everyone is satisfied.

Best Kilimanjaro Guides and mount Kilimanjaro Porters having their gear weighed Kilimanjaro tipping guidelines

Mount Kilimanjaro Porters – Luggage porter

Luggage porter’s primary responsibility is to carry gear from one camp to the next camp. Other than public toilet facilities at campsites, these hardworking porters carry up all tables, tents, chairs, cooking utensils, etc. A porter may carry up to 15kg for your duffel bag, 20kg of our company weight and an additional 5kg for their personal luggage allowance. It is possible to hire a personal luggage porter is your duffel bag exceed 15kg.

Mount Kilimanjaro Porters – Tent crew

Tent crew are luggage porters who have had additional training for setting up and dismantling the camping equipment. They are usually first to arrive to the campsites and last to leave. A tent crew porter still carry 20kg of the company weight in addition to the setting up camp duties.

Private toilet porter

A private toilet porter (if you have included a portable toilet on your hike) will carry a portable toilet system and tent, from camp to camp. He will also set this up at every campsite, clean it and dismantle before carrying to the next campsite. Please note that the portable toilet rental is an optional extra.

“Undercover” porter

There will be at least 1 “undercover” porter on every hike. These porters are provided by KPAP to monitor for fair porter treatment standards. This porter monitor that important activities such as:

  • mountain team carrying weights are fair,
  • meals are provided to mountain crew as expected,
  • wages are paid on time and
  • check that the operation is fair to all of those involved.