Tip my Guides and Porters
It is customary to tip your mountain crew upon completion of your trip. The decision on how much to tip should not be determined based upon whether or not you reached the summit, but by how well the guides, cooks and porters served you while you were on the mountain. The standard tipping amounts are roughly $20/day for guides, $12/day for assistant guides, $12/day for cooks, and $6/day for waiters, toilet porters, and standard porters. These figures are based on recommendations by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), the independent organization that advocates fair treatment of porters and is responsible for many of the improved working conditions of those who work on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Each group will have one lead guide. There is generally one assistant guide per three clients. There is one cook for every 10 climbers. There will be one waiter per group and one toilet porter per group. The number of porters in your party depends on the selected route and the number of days. Generally, there are two porters per person on the Marangu and Meru route, and three porters per person on all other routes. However, the number of porters is larger for small parties. Make an effort to know your porters and their roles if possible. They will appreciate the recognition.
Below are some approximate figures on how much to tip your staff on a full eight day climb, provided that their service was satisfactory. These figures are the total tips given by the group, not per client.
8 Day Route (per 12 person group) 1 Lead Guide, $150 - $170 5 Assistant Guides, each $90 - $100 2 Cooks, each $90 - $100 1 Waiter/Porter, $45 - $55 1 Toilet Porter, $45 - $55 34 Porters, each $45 - $55 44 Total Staff, $2,400 - $2,850