One - Choosing a Provider
There are literally hundreds of providers offering treks up Kili from the cheap and cheerful to fully supported luxury camping. Choosing a provider can be a challenge and often, with so much choice the decision is made based on cost. This can be the first contributory factor to suffering on the trip. There are certain costs involved with climbing Kilimanjaro such as the National Park Entry Fee and Camping Fee’s that cannot be reduced.
Providers offering cheap packages therefore have to make savings in other areas, normally this results in poor treatment of the porters and mountain crew. It is not uncommon for porters to be paid a pittance for their hard work, to be without boots and proper clothing, without adequate sleeping accommodation and only receiving one meal per day as a result of a cheap deal. This results in an un-happy mountain crew who have to work extremely hard to support clients to the summit. In choosing a provider it is much better to pay extra and use the services of a Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) Partner. KPAP is committed to fair treatment of all those working on the mountain and all Partner Company’s ensure that their mountain crews have the correct clothing and equipment, that porter loads are moderated and that they all receive three meals per day as well as having dedicated sleeping accommodation and are paid a minimum wage. This ethical and responsible behaviour results in a well-motivated, happy mountain crew who will then go the extra mile to help you on your way to the summit.
Having chosen a provider the next thing to focus on is some pre-trip training.