This Is The Best Way to Support Responsible Kilimanjaro Trekking

Easy Travel Helping To Support Kilimanjaro Porters

Some say it takes a entire village to raise a child. We totally agree. We also agree this is true when climbing a mountain. It often takes a monumental human effort to reach a summit.

For Mount Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania, this is absolutely the case—hiking to its 19,341-foot peak sometimes requires great support. Safely summiting the world’s largest freestanding mountain and highest point in Africa takes a heroic effort on behalf of you and your guides, but mostly, the porters.

All The Staff Helping To Make Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro Possible

Porters: The True Heartbeat of Kilimanjaro

At Easy Travel we take great pride in our knowledgeable mountain guides. They all are re quired to have years of experience and thorough safety training. Simply put: they’re the best.

In addition to these guides, the true bread-and-butter of any successful Kilimanjaro trek comes with its porters. Porters are the real muscle behind any successful Kili trek; they are the mountain’s human spirit.

Food Preparation Whilst Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro

Each year, thousands of porters work tirelessly to shuttle gear, luggage, tents, food, and water up and down this massif. Without them, reaching the summit would be near impossible.

Porters are the ones who carry your gear, set up tents, and prepare hot water for coffee, and who help you in the case of emergencies. Porters wake up before dawn to start packing up, leapfrogging ahead so that you will have the best campsite possible. They are also the last to bed, washing dishes and fetching water. Porters are heroes, the men and women behind-the-scenes who make Kilimanjaro expeditions such a life-changing experience.

What’s the Best Way to Respect Porters? KPAP.

Because we believe these porters are critical players in the success of reaching Kilimanjaro’s summit, Easy Travel is one of the strongest advocates for their welfare, and we are one of only a few KPAP-certified operators in Tanzania.

KPAP stands for the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project. The nonprofit was founded in 2003, in Boulder, Colorado, and their main aims are to:

  • Raise public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Mount Kilimanjaro,
  • Assist climbing companies with procedures to ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters,
  • Lend free gear to porters and other mountain crew, and
  • Offer educational classes to empower and motivate porters and mountain crew.

When you choose a KPAP-certified trekking operator, you ensure that all porters:

  1. Have proper equipment,
  2. Get enough food on the mountain,
  3. Carry no more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds)
  4. Get paid on time, in amounts that meet National Park requirements
  5. Provided ample tent space to sleep
  6. Not treated badly by guides and cook
  7. Receive proper medical treatment if injured on the mountain

With KPAP-certified treks, there are always monitors for compliance, to ensure the KPAP standards are being practiced on the mountain. One porter, for example, will be designated to report to KPAP about the conditions. For Easy Travel, to retain our certification we must consistently score high on their rating system. Here’s more about the comprehensive requirements to become a partner with KPAP. 

Our Motto? Happy Porters, Happy Clients.

For us, it’s simple: treat people with the dignity they deserve, and they reciprocate that back. When you choose Easy Travel for your Kilimanjaro experience, our KPAP-certification guarantees a level of respect for each porter.

For over 30 years, we’ve been a locally owned and operated Tanzanian business. That means our entire staff and customer support are local. These people are our family, the reason we thrive, the reason why we’re awarded each year for our tours. KPAP-certified Kilimanjaro treks are a necessary safeguard among many we take to go the extra mile for our clients and staff.

Washing Hands Before Dinner - Help Donate To KPAP

KPAP Needs your Help! Act by August 9, 2018.

As a nonprofit, KPAP relies entirely on donations, grants, and gifts from people like you. Currently, they are asking for your help. KPAP is running a fundraising campaign to continue doing this exceptional work. If you support ethical standards and workers rights, and can afford to donate (even $1 would be of help!), please do. The campaign closes before midnight, August 9th.

Bottom Line?

Mount Kilimanjaro will undoubtedly give you an experience of a lifetime, a memory you will forever take with you. Giving back to this mountain, and to these strong porters, will help ensure their continued welfare for years to come. Check out Easy Travel’s Kilimanjaro packages and contact us today.

Getting You There?

Award winning Tanzania Trekking Tour Operators, Easy Travel pride themselves on their 30+ years of experience providing amazing encounters climbing Africa’s Highest Peak. Easy Travel can organize your dream Kilimanjaro trek, starting today. Check out our Award Winning Tours Here!

Easy Travel Enters TripAdvisor’s Exclusive Hall of Fame

Easy Travel Earn TripAdvisor Hall Of Fame

Breaking News! Easy Travel is proud to announce that we have been awarded TripAdvisor’s 2018 Certificate of Excellence, for the fifth year in a row. This adds us to their Hall of Fame, an elite group of outfitters who have received this certificate five consecutive years in a row. Whoop!

Gifts From Easy Travel To Clients Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro

Honestly, we consider this one of our highest honors. Why? Because TripAdvisor awards are a direct reflection of our customers’ experience. These certificates aren’t just bought; we don’t apply for them. They come directly from TripAdvisor, from the reviews and ratings of our clients, and are the result of our impassioned staff that works tirelessly to craft life-changing experiences, just for you.

Selfie With The Porters Before Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

What Exactly is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence? Hall of Fame?

With over 350+ million reviews, TripAdvisor is the world’s most powerful customer review platform. Here, people rate and comment on their personal experiences at restaurants, hotels, outfitters, and more. There’s no better way to gauge the quality and consistency of a business than by reviewing their TripAdvisor ratings.

Consistency gets to the heart of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. These awards are given to the top 10% of all listings, those outfitters that receive consistently exceptional reviews over time. Think of it as a way for TripAdvisor to sift through the riffraff and authenticate companies whose reliable performance passes the test of time. Easy Travel has received this illustrious honor for the past five years, which puts them in an even smaller category of companies: TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame.

What Did Easy Travel Do to Deserve all this Praise?

In truth, we’ve been creating world-class experiences for much longer than five years. For over three decades (!!!) Easy Travel has been a top-rated tour operator in Tanzania. What does that look like on the ground? That looks like fully-customized safari vehicles driven by trusted and experienced guides. That means supporting responsible tourism, hiring only KPAP-certified porters for every Kilimanjaro trek. That means an empowered support staff, 50% of which are female, fully committed to tailoring your trip.

Such excellence reflects the quality and care put into every aspect of Easy Travel’s tours and customer support. Family-owned and locally operated, Easy Travel offers every client the experience of a lifetime, an exquisitely crafted trip you will never forget.

The Amazing Porters That Help Make Your Mount Kilimanjaro Tours Possible

Bottom Line? Thank You.

For as much passion as we put into our safari, trekking, and beach packages, YOU are the true reason we keep doing what we do. YOU are the reason we keep receiving these certificates of excellence. Year after year, positive customer ratings flood in to confirm a sense of trust we establish with our clients.

Asante Sana. Thank you, our clients who join us in Tanzania for life-changing, exceptional journeys. Thank you, our staff who work long hours to ensure that every single detail is taken care of. And thank you, our suppliers and partners who we work alongside to guarantee that our gear meets the highest marks of quality and safety, and whose accommodations remain consistently world-class and reliable.

Easy Travel is customer-loved. Easy Travel is consistent. We are about changing lives, about inviting you into our beautiful home country and hearing it ROAR. It’s about connecting your lives to ours and offering life-changing moments that constitute a life fully lived. And for the fifth year in a row, our clients have voted us as Tanzania’s best and most reliable tour operator.

Getting You There?

To learn more about Easy Travel’s top-rated Tanzanian tours and their high bar of excellence, start by reviewing Safari packages, Mount Kilimanjaro Treks, or Spice Island getaways. Get started here.