Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society

This is where we teach uphold the rights of Porters and give them access to skills transform
themselves, others, and the communities around them.

Trekking Begins With Us

Mount Kilimanjaro Porters society is a Non-Governmental organization registered under the

Non-Governmental Organizations Act No.24 of 2002 of the United Republic of Tanzania with Certificate No. 13296.

Porters are the backbone of the trekking world as they aid the clients to clear their bucket lists by summiting the mountain. The society is affiliated with the Partner tour operators who do Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru trekking undertakings.

Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society partners with only operators who pay and treat their porters fairly creating a sense of community and hope for the porters. In the quest to advance Sustainable Tourism Development in Tanzania, operators partnered with Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS) since its establishment in 2005 to keep it going. The partnership gives exclusivity to MKPS porters as the officially contracted porters for all Partner tour operators’ clients during Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs. This ensures employment for the MKPS porters.

Porters Society At a Glance
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We aim at inspiring and ensuring that tourists safely achieve their trekking dreams, experience more, have fun, and become ambassadors in their respective journeys of life.

The MKPS Team

Improving the living and working conditions of the porters.


The organization’s vision is to promote the welfare and rights of porters climbing Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro and to ensure fair payment and work conditions.


Walking through heights for leisure and accomplishment of adventure goals.

Support Services

Helping clients cope with trekking challenges including rescue initiatives

Mountain Cleanup

Volunteer initiatives to facilitate sustainable trekking and protect nature

The Mount Kilimanjaro porters’ society abides to the rules and regulations set forth as follows

The society provides proper wages to its porters as per minimum wages set by the Labour Institutions Wage Order of 2013 GN 196 of the United Republic of Tanzania. Porters are paid more than the set standard wages.

It provides three meals a day to the working

It provides proper climbing gear (clothing )to its porters including but not limited to technical clothing that is a prerequisite when trekking in high altitude conditions which includes water and wind resistant jackets, pants, gloves, base layers, socks, hats, sunglasses and proper

The society also provides proper shelter as porters are given access to tents or provided with sleeping quarters, sleeping bags and

In collaboration with Partner tour operators , a proper tipping policy is being observed as there are tipping guidelines and sheets filled by the This ensures that full transparency is observed and the tip is being shared to the group as suggested by the visitor.

Loads are restricted to reasonable weight limits, which are measured in Partners hotels and con- firmed by the Kilimanjaro National park authority when they reach the respective gate/entry As per rule 12 of the Mountains National Parks Regulations of 2003 which limits the luggage to the weight between 15 to 20KG

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