Tuesday 23rd, October, 2018
KILIMANJARO TIPPING GUIDELINES.
This is compulsory tradition on Mount Kilimanjaro also it is customary to tip your mountain crew upon completion of your trip. Tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. The decision on how much to tip should not be determined based upon whether or not you reached the summit, but by how well the guides, cooks and porters served you while you were on the mountain.
How much money should you expect to pay in tips?
The standard tipping amounts are roughly $20/day for guides, $15/day for assistant guides, $12/day for cooks, and $6/day for waiters, toilet porters, and standard porters. These figures are based on recommendations by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), the independent organization that advocates fair treatment of porters and is responsible for many of the improved working conditions of those who work on Mount Kilimanjaro.Each group will have one lead guide. There is generally one assistant guide per three clients. There is one cook for every 10 climbers. There will be one waiter per group and one toilet porter per group. The number of porters in your party depends on the selected route and the number of days. The number of porters is larger for small parties. Make an effort to know your porters and their roles if possible, they will appreciate the recognition.
How to give tips to the crew?
The tipping ceremony itself will take place on the last night on the mountain, and you will be provided with some envelopes to assist you with the distribution of tips. One representative from your group should say a few words of thanks, which will be translated by your lead guide into Swahili, and then hand out the tip envelopes. The porters will nominate three of their number to accept the tip envelope on behalf of all the porters, and will distribute the money themselves. Separate envelopes will be supplied for your lead guide, assistant guides and cook.
Thank you for your help ensuring that our porters and crew are properly rewarded for all of their hard work.