Guides and Porters

Guides and porters are compulsory for all routes when you climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The importance of having competent, high quality guides cannot be overstated when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We have the best local guides, all of whom are fluent in English and have received extensive training in first aid, mountain rescue, flora and fauna, and history.

Why You Need Our Guides?

Our Kilimanjaro guides are very experienced and professionals who intimately know the mountain. You can expect the following from our Kilimanjaro guides:

Qualified and Competence Guides: Guides are required for all routes on Kilimanjaro. All our treks up the mountain are lead by highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the Kilimanjaro National Parks Board.

Experienced Guides: Our guides are well prepared to handle any situation one can encounter on the mountain. Each of our guides has been selected over the years, based on experience, safety record and through feedback from previous clients. With this training and experience, they are completely acclimatized to high altitude and are adapted to mountain life. Climbing Kilimanjaro has become second nature to them. Our guides are tough as nails and can teach you everything you need to know about high altitude trekking

High Safety: Your safety is the highest priority for us. Our clients put their lives in our hands and trust us to keep them safe, which means they have the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions. They receive annual training in emergency first aid and can prevent, recognize and treat altitude-related illnesses.

Professionalism: With our professional guide you have the assurance of climbing Kilimanjaro. Therefore it is the importance that your expectations are met or exceeded. We take pride in the hard work of our staff and we strive to maintain and grow our reputation of excellence. Our guides uphold a high level of professionalism while still keeping the experience fun for the clients

Mountain Knowledge: Our guides are knowledgeable about general mountain facts. They can tell you about the climate zones, the altitudes of and distances to campsites, and information about the geology, flora and fauna. These types of facts increase the enjoyment during the trek by giving clients an idea of what they are seeing and feeling.

You are asking yourself why you need the best guide!  In terms of many important factors contributing to a successful summit attempt, here are major ones:
▪ A guide will be your advisor.
▪ A guide will lead you to the summit.
▪ A guide will bring down safely again.

It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.

Other Important Information

Porters and Cook: The porters do not only transport your gear and the supplies up and down the mountain. Arriving at every campsite long before you, they will have already erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening they will also boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner of a quality that has surprised many previous clients.

Weight Limits for Porters: Remember that there is a weight limit of 15 kg per climber, on the gear of each climber to be portered. A soft duffel bag (barrel type) is preferred a rucksack is not necessary as they prefer to porter the loads balanced on their heads and shoulders.

Support Staff Ratios: The average ratio of our support staff to climbers is 2 to 3 porters per climber and two guides for a maximum of 4 climbers. This excellent staff to client’s ratio, bolstered by our superior support equipment, will ensure your safety and enjoyment on the mountain.

In general for all Kilimanjaro routes except Marangu you will have:
▪ 1 Climber: 1 chief guide, 1 cook and 3 porters.
▪ 2 Climbers: 1 chief guide, 1 assistant guide, 1 cook and 6 porters.
▪ 3 Climbers: 1 chief guide, 1 assistant guide, 1 cook and 9 porters.
▪ 4 Climbers: 1 chief guide, 1 assistant guide, 1 cook and 12 porters.

For Marangu you will have:
▪ 1 climber: 1 chief guide, 1 cook 3porters.
▪ 2 climbers: 1 chief guide 1 assistance guide 1 cook 6 porters.
▪ After three climbers 2 porters for 1 climber.