We couldn’t get off the beaten path without them
Mountain porters are an integral part of each World Expeditions trekking or mountaineering adventure. Getting our travellers off the beaten path means that we use the self sufficiency of camping, a style of trekking that is enabled by mountain porters. On a trek or climb, the entire group - travellers, guides and porters alike - are a team who share the same needs for safety in the mountain environment..
Our Porter Welfare Code of Conduct ensures safe working conditions for the mountain porters we employ in Tanzania..
In Tanzania, the mountain porters we employ receive:
A rate in excess of the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistant Project (KPAP) recommended minimum wage for porters.
At least two meals a day; the third meal is sometimes a snack/tea as this can work best with the itinerary and water supplies. We ensure there are more than adequate amounts of food and have a system to check that all porters are well fed.
- A weight restriction of carrying no more than 20kgs.
- Three meals a day, prepared by our cooks.
- A porter age minimum of 18. There is no maximum age; we assess their suitability on their health and willingness to work.
- The same medical kit and evacuation processes as the travellers.
- Any costs for treatment to injuries that are sustained while working.
- Sleeping bags and mats, waterproof jackets, warm hats and walking boots are regularly provided.
We are proudly at the forefront of the process of changing local perceptions of sexual inequality by employing female crew members on Mount Kilimanjaro. We have two highly successful female guides, a female cook and around 40 female porters.
Since 2018, Third Tours & Safari has sponsored a guide to complete a scholarship course through the Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation each year. The course trains the guides in Tour Operations, Tourism Geography, Wildlife Knowledge and Basic Computer Applications.