Mt. Kilimanjaro Porters
Find out about the people who carry your luggage up the mountain.
By Donovan | August 29th, 2006 | 2 Comments »
Many 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]
By Donovan | August 23rd, 2006 | Comments Off
It 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]
By Ed | August 17th, 2006 | Comments Off
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]