Initiatives and Impacts

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

SENE mountain crew set up the camp on Kilimanjaro. Photo by Martin Schaefer

As a former porter himself, Simon knows how hard porters work to make your climb successful and comfortable. That is why SENE respects and takes care of our crew. 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 hard work and undiminished spirit expressed in song and with welcoming smiles on every face.

SENE supports the work of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project and follows their policies for porter treatment, wages, and tips.

Kpap mission

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project is a Tanzanian NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) registered in 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.  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 guidelines

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project sets the following minimum standards for fair porter treatment:

  • Porters are paid the Porters’ Union wage of 15,000TZS/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

KPAP Documents


Partnership for responsible travel

The Partnership for Responsible Travel program recognizes climb companies with fair labor practices and ethical operations. As a  Partner Company, SENE:
  • Adheres to KPAP’s recommended guidelines for proper porter treatment.
  • Allows the company to be monitored for observance of these guidelines.
  • Allows KPAP’s volunteers to speak with SENE climbers at the gates.
  • Encourages clients to visit the KPAP office in Moshi.