Supporting Responsible Mountain Trekking

The International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) is a US 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to support an ethical mountain trekking culture by promoting social, economic and environmental responsibility.  IMEC has been focusing its efforts to help transform the impact of tourism on Mount Kilimanjaro through:

  • Porter Assistance Programs
  • Providing the climbing public with fundamental information concerning proper porter treatment
  • Advocating for climbers to make an informed decision in choosing a socially responsible climbing company
  • Empowering communities to improve responsible mountain trekking and environmental conservation skills

Our History

Established in 1996, IMEC was created to promote responsible and sustainable connections between travelers 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).


IMEC is based out of Boulder, Colorado in the USA.  KPAP’s main office is in Moshi, Tanzania which lends climbing gear free of charge and offers educational classes to empower and motivate porters and mountain crew.


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.

IMEC is a U.S. registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  FIN:  84-1348903.  Donations are tax deductible according to U.S. law for U.S. donors.