MtKilimanjaro Travel Guide
MtKilimanjaro
Climb MtKilimanjaro
Email our kili experts!

Guide Scam – Have clients descend the mountain early


Another fairly good scam on Mount Kilimanjaro, often orchestrated by the guides, is to basically have the people come off the mountain earlier than planned.

Here is how it works. The guide usually pays for the least amount of day possible before the climb begins. If it’s a planned eight-day Lemosho or Machame route, the guide will pay for seven days. If the clients spend the entire eight days on the mountain, the guide will pay the difference at the exiting gate.

If, however, the clients decide to come down the mountain early since they are tired, hungry, or whatever, most do not know that the guide didn’t pay the park fees for the last day. Normally this isn’t an issues. However, if you finish your summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and spend your day hiking to Mweka Camp, sometimes people push on another 3 hours, and finish at the Mweka Camp gate, one day early. You should get the park fees back. Most people don’t know this.

The thing is you need to see how many days your guide paid for at the beginning of the trip. If you know this during sign-in, then you can see if he manipulates this or not.

Again, this is an age old scam and a majority of the guides pay this in full, in good faith.



By Peter Baxter | Permalink | No Comments | December 6th, 2006
Tags: Mountain Guides on Kili, Mountain Warnings on Kili
Related posts


Mt. Kilimanjaro News



Read more archives

RSS Feed Subscription

 

Reader Comments

Climb Kilimanjaro on Add Adventure Trips to Kili Trek for Trip of a Lifetime
If you travel all the way to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro its worth taking atleast a few days ontop...

Shu on Historic Kilimanjaro
Hi Angie...Climbed Kili in September 2010 and had the most incredible experience of my life. Went wi...

Catherine on Historic Kilimanjaro
My brother is planning to climb kilimanjaro with this company http://www.footlooseadventure.co.uk/ki...

angie on Historic Kilimanjaro
Hi Eric, I'm glad you summited with no problems! Way to go!! My boyfriends trek also had rather b...

eric on Historic Kilimanjaro
climbed it this past June with no climbing experience. We had amazing guides though! @Angie-it is ...