Transforming the Impact of Tourism

The International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is helping to transform the impact of tourism on Mount Kilimanjaro through:

  • Porter Assistance Programs
  • Providing the climbing public with fundamental information¬†concerning proper porter treatment
  • Advocating climbers to make an informed decision in choosing a socially responsible climbing company

Our History

Established in 1996, IMEC was created to promote responsible and sustainable connections between travellers and the people of developing mountain regions of the world. Since 2003 IMEC has been focusing its efforts on the porters employed on Mount Kilimanjaro through its local initiative, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP).

Local Offices
In addition to Boulder, Colorado, we currently have offices near Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and, in collaboration with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project, at their Porter Clothing Bank in Kathmandu, Nepal.

These offices store gear for the porters, raise awareness among tourists regarding porter issues and conduct educational programs for the porters.


We depend on grants and donations to fund our projects. Please consider making a donation and help make a difference in the lives of porters.

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