Kilimanjaro Tipping guidelines

Kilimanjaro tipping guidelines, crew getting ready at the Machame gate

Kilimanjaro Tipping guidelines for guides, porters and cook.

We acknowledge that Kilimanjaro tipping may not be a customary practice in your country or culture. This document is designed to facilitate a straightforward, transparent, and fair tipping process, as it is customary for your Kilimanjaro trek.

Tipping plays a crucial role in compensating the efforts of your mountain support team and should always be based on the quality of service provided.

KPAP

As a partner of KPAP, we are committed to paying our support teams with a fair basic wage. Market data indicates that KPAP companies consistently pay above the industry average. Tipping is intended to add to the financial compensation of the support team. The aim is to ensure a fair living wage for the crew, by combining your generous tip with their basic wage.

Kilimanjaro guides and porters having their gear weighed Kilimanjaro tipping guidelines

KPAP has established the current proper living wage at 34,000 Tanzanian Shillings (approximately $15 USD) per day. The tables below provide recommended tip amounts for your support team, aiming to achieve this living wage. Your crew puts in tremendous effort during the expedition, and we encourage you to contribute what you can afford based on the exceptional experience provided by them. Your generosity, combined with the basic wage, contributes to the well-being of those who make your trek memorable.

Recommended tip per crew member

Tipping should not be contingent on whether you reach the summit but rather on the professionalism and genuine concern exhibited by your guides and porters throughout the journey.

Mount Kilimanjaro – Suggested / minimum recommended tip PER CREW MEMBER
Mountain guideUSD $85+ per guide, per trek*
Mountain porterUSD $45+ per porter, per trek*
Mountain cookUSD $65+ per cook, per trek*

* All amounts are per crew member, per trek from all of the participants in the hiking group combined. Your crew will generally prefer tips paid in USD ($, only bank notes printed after 2007) where possible. All guidelines are based on the latest 2023 proper living wage amounts.

When tipping you can use US $ or TZ Shillings or a combination of these currencies to give the tip. It is also worth bearing in mind that items of clothing and footwear for children or adults, new or used, are also highly valued and may be given as well as money.

Example tipping based on our suggested / minimum recommended tip

NOTE: Any comfort upgrades, add-ons or extra crew booked may have extra crew members in addition to the guidelines stated below. All ranges below are based on a maximum estimate of porters. Your exact crew size can be reconfirmed with your guide during your pre-climb briefing.

Kilimanjaro Marangu route

Number of hikers in groupNumber of crew membersSuggested minimum tipTotal minimum suggested tip / tip per hiker
2 hikers2 guides
5 max estimated porters
1 cook
2 guides x $85 per guide = $170
5 porters x $45 per porter = $225
1 cook x $65 per cook = $65
Approx $460 total tip / Approx $230 per hiker
4 hikers2 guides
9 max estimated porters
1 cook
2 guides x $85 per guide = $170
9 porters x $45 per porter = $405
1 cook x $65 per cook = $65
Approx $640 total tip / Approx $160 per hiker
6 hikers3 guides
14 max estimated porters 1 cook
3 guides x $85 per guide = $255
14 porters x $45 per porter = $630
1 cook x $65 per cook = $65
Approx $950 total tip / Approx $160 per hiker

Kilimanjaro camping routes (Machame, Lemosho, Umbwe, Rongai, Shira)

Number of hikers in groupNumber of crew membersSuggested minimum tipTotal minimum suggested tip / tip per hiker
2 hikers2 guides
9 max estimated porters
1 cook
2 guides x $85 per guide = $170
9 porters x $45 per porter = $405
1 cook x $65 per cook = $65
$640 total tip / Approx $320 per hiker
4 hikers2 guides
12 max estimated porters
1 cook
2 guides x $85 per guide = $170
12 porters x $45 per porter = $540
1 cook x $65 per cook = $65
$775 total tip / Approx $195 per hiker
6 hikers3 guides
18 max estimated porters 1 cook
3 guides x $85 per guide = $255
18 porters x $45 per porter = $810
1 cook x $65 per cook = $65
$1130 total tip / Approx $190 per hiker

Kilimanjaro Northern circuit route

Number of hikers in groupNumber of crew membersSuggested minimum tipTotal minimum suggested tip / tip per hiker
2 hikers2 guides
10 max estimated porters
1 cook
2 guides x $85 per guide = $170
10 porters x $45 per porter = $450
1 cook x $65 per cook = $65
$685 total tip / Approx $345 per hiker
4 hikers2 guides
13 max estimated porters
1 cook
2 guides x $85 per guide = $170
13 porters x $45 per porter = $585
1 cook x $65 per cook = $65
$820 total tip / Approx $205 per hiker
6 hikers3 guides
19 max estimated porters 1 cook
3 guides x $85 per guide = $255
19 porters x $45 per porter = $855
1 cook x $65 per cook = $65
$1175 total tip / Approx $195 per hiker

When and how to pay the Kilimanjaro tips

  • Clear any questions you may have regarding tips during your initial email / phone correspondence or during the pre-climb briefing latest.
  • DO NOT discuss the subject of tipping with your crew.
  • The distribution of tips is BEST DONE AT THE PARK GATES after your climb / before heading back to the base hotel as this is the end of the trek for some
    support team members.
  • We recommend to put the amount of tip money for each crew member in an envelope with their name on the top and
    personally hand it to them individually at the exit gate or to the head guide to distribute in your presence.