We really encourage our climbers to budget money for tipping and recommend a minimum of $250 to $300 per climber
While we realize that tipping may not be a common practice in all countries and cultures, it does play an important part in the financial compensation for a Kilimanjaro climb.
The Kilimanjaro tipping ceremony is an important and fun custom that happens at the end of every Kilimanjaro climb. Amidst song and dance, climbers give their mountain crew tips and these are an important source of supplementary income. Your mountain crew is the team that accompanies you throughout your Kilimanjaro climb; it consists of a lead guide, assistant guides, a cook, and porters. Every single porter and guide is an essential part of the team. They all work hard to ensure your Kilimanjaro climb is enjoyable and, above all else, safe.
The tips are a key way of acknowledging and thanking your crew for all of their hard work in helping you to safely summit the mountain. We recommend bringing US$250-300 per climber or more if your finances allow or you relied on the crew more than most climbers. If possible, please bring the money in US dollars cash.
The money is handed to the lead guide at the last dinner on the mountain and distributed amongst the crew at the final lunch in Moshi. We recommend to do this ahead of the final lunch so that the lead guide can work on the tip division depending on who he’s seen working hard or hasn’t. At the end of the lunch, and in your presence, he will get the crew to sign a tipping form that will be handed to KPAP to assure that the money was distributed fairly. To read more about KPAP tipping guidance click here. link Porter Treatment and Tipping Guidelines | KPAP (kiliporters.org)
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Kilimanjaro Dreamers is a local safari tour operator based in Arusha, Tanzania. My wife and I went on our first Safari in July 2019, they are super-dependable and trustworthy. It feels really good to be putting money directly into the hands of local companies and not have fat margins skimmed off by middlemen. For me, this is really important.
It's our dream to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and submit on the top of Africa 5895m uhuru peak. We took 7 Days Machame route and it was the best route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro though most of us were never serious trekkers but yes, we had a common thing: Love for nature and trained for 3 months prior to this trip. It's the adventure of a lifetime. Kilimanjaro Dreamers really put their attention to details I can recommend them highly enough!
Thank you once again all at Kilimanjaro Expedition for the unforgettable days! Thomas Jonas for all info, fast responding and arranging. A save feeling to be picked up en brought back at the airport. Thomas, I’ve learned a lot about the country, Kilimanjaro, vegetation and the culture. You’re a great guide and person! Hillary, it was pleasure in the parcs driving around with you and to spot a diversity of beautiful animals so near.
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