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KPAP, Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

By choosing Kilimanjaro Hiking Tours, you can be assured that the porters are treated fairly. Our operational team co-operate voluntarily with KPAP’s monitoring activities and allow KPAP to evaluate the fair treatment of all the porters on our Kilimanjaro hikes.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) is a Tanzanian non-for-profit organization founded in 2003. KPAP is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), a US 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

KPAP also helps to improve the working conditions of porters by:

  • Lending donated clothing at no charge to the mountain crew for use while climbing
  • Educating the public on porter working conditions and climbing responsibly
  • Providing industry guidelines for proper porter treatment
  • Offering educational classes to porters

Please consider supporting KPAP by making a financial contribution to enable them to continue with their Partner for Responsible Travel Program and free services for porters. To make a donation, please visit

As a KPAP Partner company every hike is externally monitored by KPAP for the fair treatment standards of the porters.

KPAP partner company criteria:

  • Voluntarily participation with KPAP’s monitoring of porter fair treatment practices at no charge to the climbing company
  • Extensive review and assessment by KPAP placing an “undercover” porter on every hike.
  • KPAP score the fair treatment of porters after every hike based on their monitoring activities.
  • Our operational team must obtain a minimum score of 85% in order to remain a KPAP partner company.
  • Our operational team are monitored every season to determine if they continue qualify by sustaining the minimum 85% performance level.

KPAP minimum fair treatment standards:

  • Pay a fair minimum wage for porters, cooks, assistant guides and head guides.
  • Provide salary payments within 2 days after the hike is finished.
  • Implement a transparent tipping procedure to ensure porters receive the full tipping amount intended for them.
  • Provide tipping guide lines to hikers to ensure porters receive a proper living wage from their combined salary and tip.
  • Provide appropriate number of porters to ensure each porter doesn’t carry more than 20kg of the company gear.
  • Provide porters with 3 meals per day and cover all the food expenses while on the mountain.
  • Provide proper tents, ground sheet and sleeping space for crew. Porters not to sleep in the mess tent.
  • Ensure porters have proper kit prior to the climb.
  • Assist with descent of ill porter and provide medical treatment if required.
  • Provide transportation to the Londorossi and Rongai gates.
  • Meet with porters, company Director/s and KPAP annually to review and discuss porter welfare.
  • Attend annual Partner Company general meeting               
  • Adhere to all local and National Government standards and regulations