One of the most difficult things about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is choosing the right company to climb with, and if you are looking to climb ‘responsibly’ and support the country you are visiting, you need to do some research.
There are literally hundreds of different Kilimanjaro Climbing companies out there, but not all of them support the Tanzanian economy, the local people, and the porters and mountain crew who make our lives so much easier, so read between the lines and make sure you are asking the right questions when booking your trip.
Booking a Flight inclusive Kilimanjaro Climb with an ATOL bonded UK Tour Operator is one of the safest ways to book, and providing the company you choose works together with a registered Tanzanian climbing company, your Kilimanjaro Climb will be both fully insured and fully supportive of the local economy.
But be aware, many UK and USA Tour Operators simply sub-contract your climb out to the ‘cheapest’ Tanzanian operator, and cheap usually means poor food and accommodation, under-qualified mountain guides, poorly paid porters with insufficient clothing and the minimum amount of food, and an overall ‘cheap’ experience.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a once in a lifetime experience, but if you do not reach Uhuru Peak, it will be a very disappointing experience indeed. So spend those extra $200 – $300 Dollars, climb with a KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) and IMEC (International Mountain Explorers Connection) registered company, who care about the mountain, care about the people they employ, and care about getting you safely to Uhuru Peak, and give something back to Tanzania.
There is no such thing as a ‘cheap’ Kilimanjaro climb, so if an offer looks too good to be true, and several hundred dollars cheaper than the ‘average’, someone is losing out, and it is most likely to be the porters who work tirelessly to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.
Responsibility is not an option, it’s a choice, and I for one, choose Tanzania!