Tipping Kilimanjaro Crew is basic thing to the porters and Guides since it ensure there is maximum satisfaction between workers and clients while they are in the mountain. Due to the increasing acceptance of hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, the mountain has in result become a key factor of the indigenous economies in Moshi and Arusha.
With this developing interest in hiking Kilimanjaro, local and international tour companies have boomed and local residents in these towns have clustered to the mountain in despairing need for work. Joblessness is high in Tanzania and hence there is no shortage of people ready to do exactly anything to receive a pay,
Over the former few years the Kilimanjaro National Parks Expert (KINAPA) have applied rules to improve the supervision of the mountain and conduct of tour operators; however, the market for porters and guides is quiet poorly controlled and open to exploitation.
Because of this the lowest salary set by Kinapa is frequently not met by many of the local operators. Some pay as tiny as $2-$3 a day to their porters. Take a second to let that settle in. That’s less than the price of a Big Mac to carry around 20-30kg of your equipment up a very high and rather unsafe mountain!
In a perfect world porters and guides should be paid an obligatory income that is severely compulsory and controlled.
However this is not the case and therefore tipping on Kilimanjaro is normal and standard, but often very unclear in term of working out how much to give each support team member.
TIPPING ON KILIMANJARO – THE DETAILS
In this section we have provided a instruction and worked example for calculating how much you should set aside for tips. I inspire using this as a guideline only. We will say now that our numbers are 10-20% more than many of the other tipping numbers you might find online. This is because we trust that anyone who can manage to pay for to trek Kilimanjaro as a relaxation activity, can also afford to pay that little bit more to their support team.
Before you begin your hike you will encounter your guide and porters. Typically guides can speak good English, porters less so.
Porters carry all your equipment (excluding your day pack) and all the gear you need on your climb (tents, cooking equipment, food, water etc.).
Each porter carries up to 20kg on their back or head! And carry another 5kg of their own equipment in addition to this. But some tour operators limit the weight that porters carry to 15kg.
Porters race ahead of you and your guide to make sure they get to camp sites before you and have everything setup for your arrival (tent assembled, food ready etc.).
The average ratio of support staff is 3 porters for every climber, 2 guides for every 4 climbers, cook and assistant guides vary depending on numbers.
Tipping on Kilimanjaro – the breakdown looks like this.
1 climber – 1 guide / 2-3 porters / 1 cook
2 climbers – 1 guide / 5-6 porters / 1 cook / 1 assistant guide
3 climbers – 2 guides / 8-9 porters / 2 cook / 1 assistant guide
4 climbers – 2 guides / 11-12 porters / 2 cook / 2 assistant guides
5 climbers – 3 guides / 14-15 porters / 2-3 cook / 2-3 assistant guides
6 climbers – 3-4 guides / 17-18 porters / 2-3 cook / 2-3 assistant guides
Note: numbers differ depending on the tour company you use. The best companies have a high guide to client ratio.
Tipping on Kilimanjaro – when and who do you pay your tip to?
Tips are commonly paid at the end of your trek, after you have touched your final checkpoint and signed out with the park authorities. It is normal to wage tips separately in distinct envelopes, unless instructed otherwise (some tour companies suggest you pay your lead guide who then re-distributes the money).
Also, some operators advise that you give your tips at the last meal on the mountain. Unless clearly asked to do this by your tour operator we suggest waiting to distribute tips at the end of your journey.
Tipping amounts are as follows. These numbers are per group, not per climber.
Per main guide – US$20-25 per day
Per assistant guide – US$15-20 per day
Per cook – US$15 per day
Per porter – US$10 per day.