Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

Choose Kilimanjaro Hiking Tours for the assurance that we treat the porters 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.

Founded in 2003, the Tanzanian non-profit organization, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), continues to actively support porters on Mount Kilimanjaro. KPAP is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), a US 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Additionally, KPAP plays a pivotal role in enhancing the working conditions of porters by:

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

As a KPAP Partner company, KPAP externally monitors every hike to ensure the fair treatment standards of the porters.

Kilimanjaro porters, photo of a typical mountain crew on Mount Kilimanjaro

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

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.
  • To maintain status as a KPAP partner company, our operational team is required to achieve a minimum score of 85%
  • Every season, we monitor our operational team to determine if they maintain the minimum 85% performance level to continue qualifying.

KPAP minimum fair treatment standards:

  • Pay a fair minimum wage for porters, cooks, assistant guides and head guides.
  • Ensure salary payments are provided within 2 days after the completion of the hike.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that each porter doesn’t carry more than the maximum allowed 20kg of the company gear.
  • To support the well-being of porters, three meals per day are provided, ensuring their nutritional needs are met.
  • Provide proper tents, ground sheet and sleeping space for crew. Porters not to sleep in the mess tent.
  • Ensure porters are properly kitted 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