Imagine waking up on a high on Kilimanjaro on the 6th of your Kilimanjaro Climbing, a friendly man who might hand you a cup of coffee, another might refill your water bottles. Also after climbing up to 15,300 feet over the course of the day, you find camp and dinner waiting for you. Those friendly faces belong to the Kilimanjaro Porters. Their attentive work keeps you hydrated, fed, sheltered and safe during Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro Porters have the major role to make your Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro successful. Together, Kilimanjaro Porters carry equipment and supplies up Kilimanjaro and give climbers the support they need to reach the summit. Without them, getting to the Top of Africa would be almost impossible.
Kilimanjaro Porters are the real heroes who would be able to help you get to the summit successfully. The porters carry the gear of climbers and make it easy for them to climb Kilimanjaro. Sometimes the porters work in Kilimanjaro Rescue team in case of any mishappening.
The porters range from 18 years of age to 40 years of age and Kilimanjaro Porters are the hardest working mountain Kilimanjaro Crew. Porters are not usually employed permanently. Some of themBest Kilimanjaro Tour Operator have a team of porters that they use on their climbing. However, most of the porters freelance.
The porters walk to the national park gate everyday and here is where many budget operators pick up the porters.
You will be amazed at the painstaking efforts of these Kilimanjaro Porters who truly are the real heroes on this dangerous yet scenic summit
How Many Kilimanjaro Porters Do You Need?
The average ratio of porters per climber is 2-3 porters. The general rule of Kilimanjaro Porters is; larger number of trekkers, the less porter per person is required. If you take Marangu route you will not require more porters and you can get away with about two per trekker and less if the group is large because the Marangu Route has huts and not tents.
On other routes where tents are necessary two to three porter per person is normal. Because, they will need to carry all the tent equipment’s to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Weight limit for Kilimanjaro porters:
Every hiker is allocated one porter to carry their duffel bag from one camp to the next camp while Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. You should be aware that there is a Kilimanjaro Porter Weight Limit which should be 15 kg (32 lbs) per duffel bag, on the gear of each hiker to be portered. Inside the duffel bag will be your clothes, sleeping bag etc – your sleeping mat, tent, food etc doesn’t form part of the weight limit. A waterproof soft duffel bag is preferred as the porter carries the duffel bag their heads and shoulders. It is allowed to bring a backpack instead, subject to it being soft sided with no hard metal frames. However, there are porters who tend to carry more weight than the preferred and make sure you will not encourage it.
About Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project:
The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) was established in 2003, and registered Tanzanian not-for-profit organization. The main mission of KPAP is to improve the working conditions of Kilimanjaro Porters. KPAP is not a porter membership organization, or a tour operating business, and also they will not collect any fees from porters or climbing companies. KPAP is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Boulder, Colorado in the United States.
As porters make your summit successful and comfortable by lifting your luggage, keep enough amounts of local currencies with you for Kilimanjaro Porters Tips to appreciate their works. Arrange Gifts For Porters Kilimanjaro successful summits as the rewards.
How Much Should You Tip Porters On Kilimanjaro is depends on their work and guidelines set by the trekking operators. There is a minimum amount which you will give to the porters and the extra money you can give, if you want to. For tipping, you can go through Climb Kilimanjaro Guide.
Each and everyone who are Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro know that porters are the backbone of the summit success. Many climbers may not realize that porters can be ill-equipped, poorly paid and have improper working conditions. KPAP’s focus is improving the working conditions of the porters by:
- Lending mountain clothing to porters free of charge
- Advocating for fair wages and ethical treatment by all companies climbing Kilimanjaro
- Encouraging climbers to select a climbing company with responsible treatment practices towards their crew
- Providing educational opportunities to the mountain crew
Our Kilimanjaro Porters with other crew members are very friendly, honest and dedicated to share the best services to Kilimanjaro.