Since 2003, KPAP’s work has had a tremendous impact for porters climbing Mount Kilimanjaro:
Porters on 39,284 climbs have borrowed KPAP’s mountain climbing gear free-of-charge.
7,000+ porters per year are ensured fair and ethical treatment through the 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. During this time of pandemic, more than 4,000 have participated with Budgeting & Money Management, Alternative Income Projects, Village Group Savings, and Organic Farming Workshops.
Porter Rights Instruction
5,225 porters have received instruction on Porter Rights through funding provided by the Tanzanian Foundation for Civil Society.
377 mountain crew have received Leave No Trace (LNT) certification in environmental care of Mount Kilimanjaro. 15 porters have been certified as LNT Instructors.
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 2021, approximately 7,500 porters working under KPAP-approved Partner for Responsible Travel companies benefitted from:
A Fair Salary
Although Tanzanian Government Notice No. 228 on 29th June, 2009 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 21,000Tsh.
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. 98% of the Partner companies’ climbs had transparent tipping procedures.
Porters may eat 1 or 2 meals per day on a climb. The Partner companies are committed to providing 3 meals per day with good portion quantity reported on 99% of the climbs.
Porters may have poor sleeping accommodations and be overcrowded. Partner company porters slept in good quality tents and had adequate sleeping space 98.5% of the time.
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.
Meet the Porters
As a locally-based not-for-profit organization, KPAP is closely connected to the Kilimanjaro porter community. To learn more about our work, read our porter impact stories.