Why Choosing the right Mount Kili Porters Makes all the Difference

December 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Not to overstate the obvious, but trekking Kilimanjaro is a trip that takes several months to plan and prepare for. Travelers should expect to:

  • Get required vaccinations
  • Obtain or update travel documentation
  • Select travel packages
  • Pack appropriately
  • Have a climbing route in mind

These are all good steps, but do you know what’s missing from this list? Answer: choosing your Kilimanjaro tour operators.

From 100 to 1: The Importance of the Company you Keep

Tourists who come to Tanzania for the first time are entering an environment they are not familiar with. Many tour groups fail to realize just how many options there are for Kilimanjaro tour operators.

Realistically, there are hundreds of companies and independent climbers who will claim to be licensed operators. The danger is they may not be telling you the full truth. At Zara Tours, we believe in clear and honest communication with tourist groups, staff, and porters. This policy has made our company an industry leader in tourism for over 20 years.

Here’s what you need to know:

Thanks to independent organizations like the Mount Kilimanjaro Porter Society (MKPS), the conditions and welfare of the porters who trek the mountain routes has improved, but not every tour company is reputable or trustworthy.

Some guides are left to complete the climb with no compensation, inadequate personal supplies, and improper clothing. They can trek the mountain for days at a time relying on gifts and tips from climbing groups to make a living. It is not a pretty or safe picture for anyone involved. The best way to safeguard yourself and your guides from harm is to choose a tour company that complies with Guidelines for Proper Porter Treatment.

Fair and Equitable Treatment Every Climb, Every Time

One of the frequently asked questions our company gets from prospective tourists is, “Why do you willingly include banking and payroll proof (of porters) on your corporate website?”

The MKPS was established in 2004 to ensure the fair and reputable treatment of Kilimanjaro tour operators. The goal is to have every porter that works for Zara Tours receive training, all necessary supplies, and a fair wage for the work they do.

In addition, the society gives each porter their own bank account and helps them learn money management skills. By changing the way these skilled, competent, and valuable workers support themselves, we continue to be a reforming element in the Tanzanian tour industry as a whole. The banking information you’ll see on the website is our show of credibility as a tour company.

When it comes to trekking the mountain itself, you’ll want Kilimanjaro tour operators that know the best routes to the summit and can match those routes to the skill of the climber.

There are six routes to choose from. The choice of route depends on:

  • Experience level
  • Weather conditions
  • Size of the group
  • Goal of the climb
  • Safety and price

Whether you’re climbing alone or with a group, Zara Tours’ porters guarantee a memorable, safe, and unique experience.

Kilimanjaro tour operators show you the way up Mt Kilimanjaro

Entry filed under: Climbing Kilimanjaro, Hiking Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro Trips, Mount Kilimanjaro Porter Society (MKPS), ZARA Tanzania Adventures. Tags: , , , .

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