Our Impact

Since 2003, KPAP’s work has had a tremendous impact for porters climbing Mount Kilimanjaro:

Climbing Gear

Porters on 36,706 climbs have borrowed KPAP’s mountain climbing gear free-of-charge.

Fair Treatment

7,000+ porters per year are ensured fair and ethical treatment through Partner for Responsible Travel companies.

Education and Training

16,000+ mountain crew have participated in KPAP’s free classes in English, HIV/AIDS Awareness and Money Management.

Porter Rights Instruction

5,225 porters have received instruction on Porter Rights through funding provided by the Tanzanian Foundation for Civil Society.

Environmental Care

205 mountain crew have received Leave No Trace certification in environmental care of Mount Kilimanjaro

First Aid Certification

1,387 mountain crew have been certified in First Aid and 84 porters and guides have been trained as First Aid Instructors.

In 2019 alone, approximately 7,150 porters working under KPAP-approved Partner for Responsible Travel companies benefitted from:

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A Fair Salary

Although the government has declared a minimum wage, the salary amounts paid are variable and can be as low as 8-10,000Tsh per day.  Because it is mandatory for the Partner companies to pay at least 20,000Tsh per day, the average daily salary payment was 20,847Tsh.

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Transparent Gratuities

Companies have different tipping procedures and climbers may give the guide the tip money assuming s/he will distribute the tip fairly. It is a Partner requirement to have transparency in tipping and KPAP reviews the tipping procedure on every climb. 99.7% of the Partner companies’ climbs had transparent tipping procedures.


Sufficient Nutrition

Porters may eat 1 or 2 meals per day on a climb. The Partner companies are committed to providing 3 meals per day. 315,000 more meals above the norm were provided to Partner companies’ porters.


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Quality Accommodations

Porters may have poor sleeping accommodations and be overcrowded. Partner company porters slept in good quality tents and had adequate sleeping space 96.5% of the time.

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Pack Weight Regulations

Partner companies weigh the bags prior to going to the gate.  This helps ensure both the appropriate number of porters and that they are carrying bags that follow the 20kg weight regulation.