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Give Gifts As a Tip

By Donovan | August 29th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

cold.jpg.gifMany trekkers on Kilmanjaro not only give money as tips, but many of them give their sleeping bags, jackets, hats, gloves, tents, watches, and just about anything else you can imagine. Is ... [read on]
 

Tipping Your Crew – Another Lesson on Tipping on Kilimanjaro

By Donovan | August 23rd, 2006 | Comments Off

nomoney.jpgIt always seems like people are more worried about tipping on the mountain, than actually the experience of climbing Mount Klimanjaro. Let’s not worry about our gear, or the weather, or our ... [read on]
 

Be kind to your porters

By Ed | August 17th, 2006 | Comments Off

Haji.jpg This is a photo of our porter Haji. He carried all the “rescue/safety” equipment on the Tusker Trail & Safari trek my son and I took in 04’. This included oxygen, stretcher, artificial pressure ... [read on]
 

Kilimanjaro Guides Scam

By Donovan | June 21st, 2006 | Comments Off

There is a certain weight limit for porters going up the mountain. In order to pass through the gate, they must weigh the bags being carried up the mountain. This ensures that the tourists see the porters are getting treated ... [read on]
 

Who Gives the Best Tips?

By Donovan | May 19th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

As expected, Americans usually give the best tips, and are most concerned about it, while climbing Kilimanjaro. The other “good tippers” are the Canadians, English, Australians, Kiwis, and perhaps the odd South African.

Conversly, known to be the worst tippers are ... [read on]
 

Porter Safety on Kilimanjaro

By Donovan | March 18th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

In November of 2002, 3 porters died on Kilimanjaro because of lack of communication and inadequate clothing, all things which could have been prevented. Each year, a number of porters die (and tourists) – falling on the mountain, hypothermia, High ... [read on]
 

Kilimanjaro Porters Singing

By Donovan | March 15th, 2006 | Comments Off

At usually the first camp on Kilimanjaro, and even the last day when you are about to tip, the porters get together and sing a song for the tourists. Here is some amateur video that recorded the porters singing.

Listen ... [read on]
 

The Poor Porter

By Donovan | December 2nd, 2005 | Comments Off

It’s kind of a tough mental debate when you are climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. You just bought your fancy new $150 jacket, an expensive sleeping bag, and paid a bunch of money to climb the mountain. Here is your porter, carrying ... [read on]
 

How Many Porters?

By Donovan | December 1st, 2005 | Comments Off

Quite often, people want to know how many porters will be on their climb. A going average is about 2.5 porters per client on the mountain. That means, if you have a group of 5, you will have about 13 ... [read on]
 

Carrying Bags

By Donovan | October 21st, 2005 | Comments Off

At each of the park entrances, right as you start the ascent of the mountain, you will usually see a long line of porters with all the random gear they are carrying for the next week. Each bag is weighted ... [read on]
 


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