Before you begin your Kilimanjaro climb, you will be introduced to your guides and porters. It is their incredible strength, skill and stamina that will contribute to your success of reaching the summit and back safely.
Our Kilimanjaro guides are professionals and are very knowledgeable in various aspects of Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding areas; they are well trained in the regions flora and fauna, culture, first aid, mechanic and are fluent in English. During your Kilimanjaro climb, your guide will be by your side throughout the trekking.
Porters are responsible for carrying all your gear (excluding your day pack) and all the equipment you need on your Kilimanjaro climb (tents, mattresses, food, water, sleeping bags, etc). Please note; each porter will carry a maximum of 20kgs. The porters always race ahead of you and your guide to make sure by the time you arrive at the campsite, all is set for you; tents are set, meals are ready, etc.
The average ratio of support staff for every climbing group is at least 1 lead guide per 8 hikers, 1 assistant guide per 3 hikers, 1 cook who is well trained in the preparation of local and international cuisine per 4 hikers, and porters as follows:
- 2-3 porters per hiker on the Marangu route and Mt. Meru
- 3-4 porters per hiker on a 6 or 7 day trek
- 4-5 porters per hiker on the 8 day Lemosho route
How do we take care of our guides and porters?
Those who have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro know that the guides and porters are the heart and soul of a Kilimanjaro trek. Without their hard work and strength, we would not be able to fully experience the magnificence of Mount Kilimanjaro.
We ensure that our mountain staff are treated with great respect and care.
- Our minimum requirement to being a Kilimanjaro porter is one should be at least 18 years old and should pass a health check before becoming a porter.
- Our porters carry a maximum of 20 kilograms including their personal gear
- Our guides and porters are fed nutritious meals in adequate amounts of their preferred local foods.
- We pay our guides and porters the recommended wages, after food and travel expenses are covered.
- Sick and injured guides and porters receive the same standard of treatment and rescue as clients, our guides and porters are also insured against any risk while on duty.
- Our guides and porters are provided with appropriate gear and equipment to handle the Kilimanjaro climb.
- We help our guides and porters with classes on first aid, HIV/AIDS, financial responsibility, customer service, and English improvement lessons.