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International Mountain Explorers Connection

International Mountain Explorers Connection

Through its Porter Assistance Project, IMEC is focusing its efforts on improving the working condition for porters on Kilimanjaro and in Nepal.

The Mountain Company is committed to supporting proper treatment for our crew on Mount Kilimanjaro. As an approved Partner for Responsible Travel with the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), our climbs are regularly monitored by IMEC’s local initiative, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), to ensure that we are abiding by the guidelines established for fair porter treatment.

In 2003 KPAP was established to improve the working conditions of the porters by equipping, educating and empowering them. In addition KPAP works to educate the public and tour companies about fair porter treatment. The Tanzanian NGO was registered seven years ago and is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado.

KPAP is dedicated to:

- Lending donated clothing to porters climbing Kilimanjaro at no charge

- Providing complimentary classes to porters on topics that include English, First Aid, HIV/AIDS Awareness, Money Management and Porter Rights

- Working with climbing companies to monitor compliance to fair treatment practices

- Educating the public on porter working conditions and fair porter treatment

There are many ways to help make a difference in the lives of Kilimanjaro porters:

- Ensure you climb with a responsible company that enforces recommended porter guidelines

- KPAP monitors company practices, for a list of Current Partner Companies

- Tipping each crew member directly is the best way to ensure that the full amount of tip is received. If tipping recommendations are not offered, a basic tip amount for each crew member from the group (not per individual climber):

Porter: $5 per day

Cook: $7 per day

Assistant Guide: $8 per day

Guide: $10-15 per day

- Complete a post-climb survey on the KPAP website

- Make a financial contribution to KPAP

- Donate climbing gear to the KPAP office in Moshi

If you plan to give any of your clothing to the crew do so via lottery during the tipping ceremony ensuring a fair distribution of all donated items to the entire crew