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Climb Kilimanjaro guides and porters

On all our expeditions up Kilimanjaro you will be accompanied by a highly trained, experienced and certified head guide. Depending on your group size, you will also have a varying number of assistant guides and porters included in your logistical team. They are there to increase your chances of a successful summit bid and add to your overall enjoyment of this adventure. Should one of the members in your group need to be evacuated from the mountain, one of the assistant guides and several porters will ensure that this happens as smoothly as possible. Due to the extra guides in your team, the rest of the group will not be affected if one of the members needs to descend and the rest of the group will still be able to summit. Included in your logistical team are porters that not only are there to make your adventure safer and more enjoyable, but also to make your trip more comfortable. Each hiker is able to provide a personal soft carry bag / duffel bag that will be carried by the porters. This bag can be filled with personal items that will not be used by the hiker during the day, but may not weigh more than 15 kg in total. Should a person want to take more personal items than what is needed and thereby exceeding the 15 kg limit, an additional porter will have to be hired by that person and the cost borne by him/her.
Tipping your Kilimanjaro Guides & Porters
Tipping your support crew at the end of your Kilimanjaro hike is generally expected for good service on the mountain. Although the crew are paid salaries according to local standards (included in your package), they rely on tips to supplement this meagre wage. The recommended tip to budget for is between US$200 ~ US$300 per hiker, which is dependent on the route chosen, the duration, and the overall group size. Larger groups would tend to the lower end of the scale and smaller groups to the higher end. Solo climbers would need to budget around US$50 more than the higher end of the scale.

NB! In order for tips to be distributed fairly and to avoid any possible misunderstandings, we ask that only once you are back at the hotel, that you place your tips in the tipping envelope given to you by the representative at the hotel. To ensure transparency, your head guide should be accompanied by another member of his logistical team. As it is against company policy for the guide or any member of his team to pressure you for tips while on the mountain, please report any such behavior to the representative.
Below is a guideline as to how the recommended tip amount from the group is calculated:
Head Guide US$15-US$20 per day (Ratio of 1 per 8 hikers)
Assistant guide US$10-US$15 per day (Ratio of 1 per 3 hikers)
Cook US$10-US$12 per day (Ratio of 1 per 8 hikers)
Porters US$7-US$8 per porter per day (Average 3 porters/hiker)
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