Kilimanjaro Porters Society
Our porters come from a variety of backgrounds, many would like to gain
experience, learn a foreign language and eventually become a guide. Some have
other seasonal work and take on portering for the sake of the good income. In
the past their working conditions on the mountain could sometimes be quite
tough. Now ZARA porters are all required to join the Kilimanjaro Porter Society
which was created in 2004 by ZARA to help and protect all porters on Mount
Kilimanjaro and other hiking areas in Tanzania. We do our best to ensure that
all staff are treated well whilst employed by ZARA and for their modest
subscription to the society they have access to various benefits that include:
- An equipment and clothing store, language classes, promote environmentally
sustainable tourism, family support, guidelines on how to carry out their work
and to know their rights, healthcare, year-round employment possibilities and
training in providing customer services.
ZARA porter care includes
See also guidesMeet our Porters and Guides
- Ensuring they are dressed appropriately for the trek and have warm clothing and
- Porters, guides and cooks are provided with a set wage which is paid directly
to them from ZARA. Also we advise clients to tip staff appropriately for their
services at the end of the trek.
- Ensuring the porters are adequately fed. They generally do not, of their own
choice, eat food served to clients preferring local foods often based on ugali
- Porter loads are limited to 15 kgs (and no more).
- There are adequate porter client ratios (2 porters per client on the Marangu
Route, 3 on others and 3 or 4 on the Lemosho Route.Our staff will use ZARA tents for their overnight camp. Often they have bigger
tents than those of the clients - mainly as they travel as a group of friends
and enjoy to socialise in the evening together. (Clients are provided with 3
man tents to sleep 2 people).
Our reputation depends on our porters and guides. We hope to have some of the
are. We hope you will enjoy their company on your trip up the mountain. If you
have already climbed the mountain please contribute a comment about your
experience. Just send us an email or leave a comment in the comment book.
See also the Zara tipping policy.Book Now
Porters at getting ready