Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is an experience of a lifetime! From the sea of stars at night to the breathtaking sunrise at summit, there are countless moments you'll never forget. One common misconception is how many staff members it takes to help hikers reach the "top of Africa". Each group requires a skilled team of guides, porters and cooks and because nothing can be stored on the mountain, everything from food and utensils to clothing and sleeping bags are carried up and down by porters. Clients often want to know how many staff members to anticipate and how to accurately tip each individual. OneSeed's philosophy is tips are "never required, but always appreciated." The chart below will serve as a good guide when considering a tip at the end of your trek.
FAQs REGARDING TIPPING:
When can I tip? There will be time on the final day of the mountain when you descend from Horombo Hut back down to the entrance gates to tip your staff. We suggest tipping the cooks and porters before arriving back to the entrance gates because there can be a lot of distractions (souvenir vendors, etc.) once you complete the trek. You can then individually tip your guides either on the last day or once you descend down to the entrance gates.
In which currency can I tip? You can tip in Tanzania Schillings (TZS) or US Dollars but for simplicity-sake, we suggest tipping in USD. Be sure to bring small bills (nothing more than $20)!
How do I know the total number of staff members? Ask one of your guides! They are happy to provide you with information on the total number of porters and cooks.
Anything else I should know? Most porters do not assist on the final summit but depending on the group size and pace, a few porters may join to help. It is common to tip these porters an additional ~$20 total from the group when tipping them.
Want to learn more about how OneSeed Expeditions and the Kilimanjaro Porters Association Project work to protect the porter's working conditions on the mountain? Learn more here!