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IMEC Porter Assistance Project

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The Porter Assistance Project

Proper Porter Treatment

About the Project

Proper Porter Treatment

Kili Post-Climb Survey

How You can Help Ensure Proper Treatment.

1. Research proper working conditions for porters as well as an appropriate climb price.  You can climb for a low price but this is at the expense of fair treatment of the crew.  A low climb price often means that the crew are paid a low salary, they may not be getting enough food provision, and may be carrying heavier bag weights in order to reduce the cost of the climb.

2. Climb with a company employing responsible practices towards their crew. Click Here

3. Know the proper porter treatment guidelines and observe if your climbing company follows them.  Comment if they are not.

4. Porters are paid a fair wage for their work and location and given the tips their clients intend for them: Wages vary in each country with trek location, length of trek and weight of load. Please visit and for the current wages on Kilimanjaro and in Nepal. Tipping each crew directly helps ensure that they receive the full amount of tip intended.

5. Porters are carrying loads that don't exceed their physical ability or legal limits: On Mount Kilimanjaro loads should not exceed 20 kilos for the weight of the company bag. In the Himalayan region, IMEC recommends loads do not exceed 30 kilos.

6. Sick or injured porters are properly cared for: Porters deserve the same standard of treatment, care and rescue as their clients. Sick or injured porters need to be sent back with someone who speaks their language and understands the problem. If available, porters should also be provided insurance.

For more information or to register your company, please contact us at [email protected]
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