With so many tourists and mountain crews on Kilimanjaro, trash and human waste is a growing problem. Many operators have staff that unfortunately are uneducated about conservation or simply do not care.
As members of Leave No Trace, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible enjoyment of the outdoors by minimizing people’s impact on nature, we integrate Leave No Trace principles into our training. Our staff understands the importance of keeping our mountain clean so that all visitors can enjoy it for years to come.
We are a steward of ethical porter treatment.
We are committed to improving the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro and have been a leader in porter welfare since our inception. Porters make the trips happen behind the scenes, so their well-being is a priority. That is why we are a member of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP).
The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) is registered as a Tanzanian non-profit organization since January 2003. KPAP is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Boulder, Colorado in the United States.
Peak Planet is aligned with KPAP’s mission – to improve the working conditions of porters on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Our climbs are staffed with a sufficient number of porters to limit their loads to 25 kg per porter. Our porters are paid one of the highest salaries on the mountain, as much as 100% more than that of popular budget operators. They do not depend solely on tips, which can lead to begging, harassment or theft. Our porters are kept busy; they work regularly throughout the season, so they do not need to go elsewhere to make money.
Every climb departs with an ample food supply so that porters are well fed for the duration of the trip. Our porters and guides are fed three full meals per day. Tents are examined after every trip and repair any leaks or flaws that would compromise the porters’ shelter. Our porters have adequate clothing for the harsh mountain climate. Lastly, if any of our mountain crew become sick, they have access to the same medical and rescue care as our clients. We also pay for their treatment and pay them in full for their work.
When you climb with Peak Planet, you can be confident that your guides and porters are treated well.
Many operators on Kilimanjaro do not have adequate standards for their porters. In fact, they do not even know who their porters are. Porters have the hardest jobs on the mountain yet are the ones most commonly exploited. Porter abuse is big problem on the mountain. There are operators that simply do not care about the welfare of their porters, or worse, some intentionally engage in unfair and unethical practices when dealing with porters. Other companies may make claims of ethical treatment of porters, but do not uphold their words. There are some popular operators that overload their porters, pay their porters a very low wage, feed their porters only once per day, do not look after sick or injured porters, do not provide proper shelter or clothing, and do not offer any skills or language training.
The only way to be sure your operator isn’t part of the problem is to climb with a KPAP Partner Company. We are very proud to have this designation, again. Please select your operator with porter welfare in mind.
One of the fundamental founding principles of our company is that we have always wanted to treat our staff fairly. We evenly distribute the work between them and try our best to keep everyone busy during the climbing season. We understand that to have and retain the best guides, porters and mountain crew, we have to compensate them accordingly.
Additionally, Peak Planet offers staff a variety of training courses so they can continue to improve. Our company promotes from within when possible rather than hire from the outside. We want to give our staff the opportunity to develop within our organization. A great number of our current guides began their career with us many years ago as porters.
Finally, we are a partner organization with Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation, a public charity devoted to providing scholarships to deserving guides currently working in Tanzania. Please consider making a donation to help a Kilimanjaro guide.