Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project
Wild At Heart Journeys is committed to conservation on Mt. Kilimanjaro and the ethical treatment of our trekking staff. Our business practices on the mountain focus on:
We have been recognized by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) and the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) for these practices.
- Payment of above market wages to guides, cooks, and porters.
- Ensuring that porters and staff have proper clothing and footwear, nutritious meals and clean water, and proper sleeping accommodations.
- Ensuring that our porters carry comfortable and manageable loads.
- Transparent tipping that ensures your porters and staff receive the full value of your gratuity.
- Conservation and waste management practices that keep the mountain clean.
The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) focuses on improving working conditions on Kilimanjaro for all porters. KPAP does this by:
All climbers and prospective climbers should read more about KPAP by visiting their website at www.kiliporters.org for an in-depth understanding of the ethical issues that should be considered. KPAP is a Tanzanian NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) registered in January 2003. KPAP is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, a 501(c) nonprofit organization based out of Boulder, Colorado in the United States.
- Lending clothing at no charge to the porters for their treks.
- Teaching English, First Aid, HIV/AIDS, and Money Management classes to the porters during the low seasons.
- Raising public awareness concerning proper porter treatment.
- Providing feedback to TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks) about wages and working conditions on Kilimanjaro.