Climber Contribution


Why Contribute?

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is an adventure that is made memorable and achievable thanks to the hard work and dedication of our porters. These local heroes carry equipment, prepare meals, and ensure the safety and comfort of climbers, all while navigating one of the world’s most challenging terrains. Despite their crucial role, porters often face inadequate compensation, poor working conditions, and lack of recognition for their efforts.

Your contribution as a climber helps us directly support these indispensable members of your climbing team. By contributing to the Kilimanjaro Responsible Trekking Organization, you are taking a stand for ethical climbing practices and contributing to the sustainable development of local communities.

Climber Contribution Fee

We ask climbers to consider a minimum contribution of $3 per climb as a Climber Contribution Fee. This fee directly supports the following initiatives:

  • Fair Wages: Ensuring porters are paid fair wages in accordance with KRTO guidelines.
  • Proper Gear: Providing porters with the necessary gear and clothing to safely and comfortably undertake their work.
  • Education and Training: Offering training programs for porters on safety, first aid, and environmental conservation practices.
  • Advocacy and Awareness: Raising awareness among climbers and tour operators about the importance of ethical climbing practices.

How to Contribute

Paying the Climber Contribution Fee via the button below

You will receive a letter and a receipt.  Please forward a copy of the receipt to the travel company you booked your climb with.

Please note as a registered 501c3, donations for US taxpayers are tax deductible.

Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a significant difference in the lives of the porters and their families. By supporting KRTO, you’re not only ensuring a more ethical and enjoyable climbing experience for yourself but also contributing to a brighter future for the hardworking porters of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Join us in our mission to support ethical climbing on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Together, we can make a difference—one step, one climber, one porter at a time.

Thank you for your support and commitment to responsible tourism and ethical climbing practices.