Respecting Your Porters in Kilimanjaro

Written by  Verge Staff August 10, 2009

1.    Ask your guide how much your porters are paid and if it includes food.

2.    Make sure your porter is getting proper food and water.

3.    Count the number of porters each day.  Porters should not be sent down early as they may not receive full tips, and others then carry more weight.

4.    Pick up a load yourself.  It won’t take long to understand how tremendous these people really are!

5.    Tip your porters directly.

6.    Report all instances of neglect or abuse.

7.    Get to know your porters and thank them.

8.    Check the weight of porters’ loads.  Each camp has a scale–take a few minutes to make sure the loads don’t exceed the legal weight limit.

9.    Make sure porters have their own tents and sleeping bags.

10.    Take care of sick porters.

11.    Make sure your porter is outfitted properly.


Source: International Mountain Explorers Connection

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