We rely on our expert porters to get our guests up the mountain safely and comfortably; they carry the majority of your belongings, and set up and break down each campsite. Without their hard work, our treks wouldn’t be possible, and we respect what they do for us and all our guests deeply.
Unfortunately, poor treatment of porters is an epidemic on the mountain, where they’re regularly exploited by budget climbing outfits. We do things differently at Thomson:
- As a founding member of the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project (KPAP), we’re working to improve industry-wide porter treatment. This group establishes and monitors standards for porter wages, medical care, and appropriate attire. It stands up for a group of people too often exploited in the past.
- We provide the highest porter compensation packages in Tanzania. Our porters earn not only top wages and bonuses, but also receive comprehensive benefits, including medical care, advanced training, and educational opportunities.
- We pay bonuses for bringing down trash left by other companies. Last season this initiative removed over 400 lbs. from Kili. Trekking Kili is our passion; we want the mountain to stay beautiful for generations to come.
- Our porters have professional all-weather uniforms. We’re the only company on the mountain that provides these to our porters. We also ensure that every one of our porters has a hat, gloves, proper footwear, warm layers, and mountaineering glasses.
- Our porters have safe and comfortable accommodations. Mountaineering tents protect them from the elements, and closed-cell foam sleeping pads keep those tents warm and dry.
- We donate all the proceeds from our online Kilimanjaro Store to KPAP. We also match guest donations to the group.
The director of the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project climbed with us: