About Kilimanjaro Porters

As a former porter himself, Simon knows how hard porters work to make your trips safe and enjoyable. That is why SENE respects and takes care of their crew. We provide a fair living wage, sufficient meals, proper shelter and sleeping arrangements. The people on our crew are not nameless individuals. They are crucial to your experience on the mountain and an important part of our success. They are the ones that make the Kilimanjaro climb experience fulfilling with their singing, dancing and a smile on each and every face.

SENE supports the efforts of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) and follows their policies for ethical porter treatment.

logo_kpapKPAP is a Tanzanian NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) registered in January 2003. The Porters Project is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Boulder, CO in the United States.

The mission of KPAP is to improve the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro. They do this by:

  • Lending clothing at no charge to the porters for their climbs
  • Teaching English, First Aid, HIV/AIDS, and Money Management classes to the porters during the low seasons
  • Raising public awareness concerning proper porter treatment

KPAP’s Recommended Guidelines for Proper Porter Treatment: 

  • Erin Merrell 2011-Feb (16)Porters are paid the Porters’ Union wage of 15,000Tsh/day
  • Loads do not exceed 25 kilos (including 5 kilos of the porter’s own gear)
  • Porters receive the full amount of tip intended for them
  • Porters are outfitted with proper clothing and gear
  • Porters have proper shelter and sleeping equipment
  • Porters are provided with food and water
  • Number of crew is consistent throughout the trip
  • Sick or injured porters are properly cared for

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistant ProjectThe Partnership for Responsible Travel Program recognizes companies with fair labor practices and conscientious operations. As a Partner for Responsible Travel, SENE:

  • Adheres to KPAP’s recommended guidelines for Proper Porter Treatment.
  • Allows the company to be monitored for observance of these guidelines.
  • Encourages clients visit the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project office in Moshi and allow KPAP’s volunteers to speak with climbers at the gates.

Download a Guide to Your Porter or KPAP 2015 Press Release on Fair Porter Practices.

Photo Credits: Angela Lannin and Erin Merrell