Private Climbs Kilimanjaro: It’s All About the Porters, Cooks & Guides!


Kilimanjaro is one of the only members of the Seven Summits that everyone can climb, and so it is no surprise that some 50,000 visitors flock to Tanzania each year in a bid to conquer Africa’s highest snow-capped peak.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is by no means a cheap holiday, and after considering the costs involved such as National Park Fees, Mountain Crew wages, and the food and supplies needed to support such an expedition, many travellers try to cut corners by hiring a guide locally, and carrying their equipment themselves – but few realise the logistics involved in such a climb, and those that opt for the DIY option rarely reach the welcoming sign of Uhuru Peak.

Kilimanjaro mountain guides, cooks and porters are the life and soul of the mountain, and trying to save money by cutting them out of your trip is wrong on so many levels. They carry all your equipment, they prepare all your food, they put up your tents at the end of a long day, and they do it all with a smile upon their faces – they are the people of Tanzania, and they should benefit from your visit to their country.

Life is all about making choices, and if you want to climb Kilimanjaro successfully with a team of support crew who will sing and dance with you all the way to the summit, book a private Kilimanjaro expedition with a KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) registered company. Only then will you witness these beautiful smiling faces, all day, every day…. 

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