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KPAP Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) is a non-profit establishment. They support the mountain teams welfare in Moshi. They play a key role to improve the working conditions of crews by:

  • lending donated clothing and gear to the crews at no charge
  • educating the public on fair crew treatment and responsible travel
  • provide guidelines for fair crew treatment
  • training programs to the crews

We are proud to be a KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) partner company. By choosing us, you can be sure that our crews are treated fairly. Our operational team willingly participate with the observing activities. The fair treatment of our crews are observed on all our hikes.

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

Please support them by making a donation. Your support will allow them to continue with their Partner for Responsible Travel Program and free services for mountain crews. To make a donation, please visit

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project partner basis:

  • Observe fair crew treatment at no charge to the operating company.
  • KPAP to place an “undercover” porter on every hike to observe fair treatment standards.
  • Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project score the fair treatment of mountain crews after every hike.
  • To maintain status as a partner company, an operator must score of 85% or more every season.

KPAP fair treatment standards:

  • Pay a fair wages to all porters, waiters, cooks and guides.
  • Wages to the teams must be paid within 2 days after completing the hike.
  • Use a clear tipping system to ensure crews receive their full tips.
  • Give hikers tipping guidelines that will ensure the crew receive a proper wage from their combined salary and tip.
  • Porters don’t carry more than 20kg of company gear, the maximum allowed.
  • Three meals per day are provided to the crew.
  • Proper tents, ground sheet and sleeping space to be provided for the crew. Mountain crew may not sleep in the mess tent.
  • Make sure crew have the right gear before the start of the hike.
  • Assist and provide medical treatment to ill crew if required
  • Transport must be provided for crews to certain park gates.
  • Meet with mountain teams, directors and KPAP annually to review and discuss crew welfare.
  • Attend the annual general meeting               
  • Follow all local and government regulations and rules.