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TIPPING - KILIMANJARO

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TIPPING GUIDANCE FOR YOUR KILIMANJARO TREK

In your mountain trekking tariff, you have paid for your guides a day in wages, depending on their experience and level of responsibility. Your porters have received equally received remuneration for their incredible feats in transporting your tents, chairs, tables, cooking equipment, food, water, safety equipment and portaloos, through dangerous and inhospitable terrain. You would also find some poor and cheap mountain operators, some even well-know, often underpay their staff, making them humiliatingly dependent on gifts of equipment and tips from clients. Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca recommend tipping your support staff at approved rates in appreciation of the risks and hardships they have endured to promote your security, convenience and enjoyment of your Kilimanjaro climbing quest, and for the encouragement, knowledge and heart-lifting entertainment they have provided en-route. This is not parsimony on our part, as you would be charged more if they were paid higher wages direct. Tipping maintains the status of Uhuru Trails Mountain Staff in competition with staff of other outfitters. It is a cultural concession which increases the dignity and self-esteem of your support team if they receive a token of your direct personal appreciation of their devoted care. Tips are not dependent on achieving Uhuru Peak, nor even Gilmore Point, but are determined by your opinion of their care, expertise and value in looking after you on your Kilimanjaro trekking trip. Tipping is performed in a kind of ceremonial ritual on return to your Moshi accommodation at the completion of your climb as a gift from the group presented to each individual separately, rather than to the leader, although you may wish to make an extra gift of money or ever welcome superfluous equipment as a personal mark of gratitude for some special victorious enhancement of your Kilimanjaro challenge experience. It is a token of respect to present these monetary gifts in crisp new currency as US dollars.

Tips are collected by an assigned group member and allocated for separate presentation to each support group member when all are assembled for a special farewell gathering. It is most important to your team as a fitting ending to a hazardous shared Tanzanian adventure on Kilimanjaro, and a special mark of their individual worth which they can present to their families as proof of the value placed on their service and the risks they have taken on your behalf. It is also a singular symbol of their ability to provide for their families in a more spectacular manner than through a regular daily wage, allowing them freedom to indulge in small relative luxuries but rather a necessity considered by trekkers, or much-needed pricier equipment whilst they are demonstrably affluent in experience. Contributing to and sharing in this ceremony at the end of your experience in climbing Kilimanjaro in East Africa adds something to your awareness of local customs and attitudes as you share the joyful moment that marks your mutual recognition of what both sides have given and received.

1. The below guideline for your recommended tips would suggest each climb group contributes, and not each trekker:

$150 for your head guide
$100 to each support guide
$70 for your mountain chef-cum-cook
$50 for your portable loo porter
$50 for your personal porter
$50 to each porter-cum-waiter
$40 to each logistical porter

For extra acclimatization days you add to your climb, you can supplement your tips by 20% per each rest day.

2. A climb group of 4 persons on a Lemosho or Machame Route will have 16 to 19 mountain crew staff from Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca:

4 mountain guides including 1 head guide and 3 support guides – (1 climber : 1 guide ratio)
1 mountain chef-cook
1 portable loo porter
4 personal porters (1 climber : 1 porter ratio)
6 to 9 logistical porters depending your equipment load including waiters-cum-porters who will serve you during your meals.

Total: 16 to 19 mountain staff for a group of 4 climbers

Review Below Most Asked Customer Questions For Our Kilimanjaro Treks

Your Kilimanjaro dream climb is entirely your own to design. Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca will work with you to customize exactly the triumphant Tanzanian mountainous quest experience you want. You go with the people you choose. You leave on whatever day you wish. You decide on your preferred route option, pace and the number of days you will take. Read More On Kilimanjaro Customizable Climbs

Private charity climbs on Africa’s highest mountain are the prefect option for family and other parties and especially for celebrated charitable groups climbing Kilimanjaro mountain to raise funds for causes which command their heartfelt support. Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca donates 50% of your climb profits towards a charity of your choice. Read More On Kilimanjaro Charity Climbs

An overnight stop at Crater Camp is an optional extra on any customized Kilimanjaro climb with Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca, usually lasting eight actual mountain days or more on the Shira, Lemosho, Umbwe and Machame routes. Possibly the most bizarre place you will ever see, it is visited by less than 5% of the 40,000 to 50,000 people who annually ascent Kilimanjaro on a distinct highlands voyage in northern Tanzania. Read More On Crater Camp - Kilimanjaro

An escapade safari vacation in Tanzania with AfricanMecca has many possibilities, from the strenuous and challenging climbing adventure on Kilimanjaro to the raw, bloody wilderness of Katavi, heaving with hippo and crocodiles competing frenziedly for places in shrinking mud wallows. The first is both mentally and emotionally demanding. The second involves you as a spectator in primordial violence. Read More On Combining Safari With Climb

A successful Mount Kilimanjaro climbing challenge represents a sizeable personal investment in planning and preparing, working on personal fitness and the actual cost of your Tanzanian adventure tour. It cannot safely be done on the cheap, but neither do you need to pay an exorbitant amount. More than 300 tour outfitters offer climbing tours of Kilimanjaro. Read More On Cost Inclusions

We recommend tipping your support staff at approved rates in appreciation of the risks and hardships they have endured to promote your security, convenience and enjoyment of your Kilimanjaro climbing quest, and for the encouragement, knowledge and heart-lifting entertainment they have provided en-route. Tipping maintains the status of Uhuru Trails Mountain Staff in competition with staff of other outfitters. Read More On Kilimanjaro Climb Tipping

The day begins early on a trek on Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania. Around 0600 hours, your personal porter/waiter will bring you hot water in a bowl for your morning wash before cooked breakfast is served in the mess tent. This is the best time for photos of spectacular views while the weather starts to clear and the skies lighten. Later, it may become cloudy or misty. Read More On A Typical Day On Kilimanjaro

A strong pair of supportive, waterproof hiking boots is essential. They must be well broken in. Don’t risk losing them as delayed luggage on your international flight into Tanzania – wear them on your flight or carry them in your hand luggage. Trekking poles are recommended for slippery mud and loose scree. Gaiters can be hired or brought in. Read More On Kilimanjaro Packing List

Each day you will repack your two bags, taking only what you will need to trek on Kilimanjaro between one camp and the next as well as your water bottles and such things as energy snacks in a small or medium sized backpack. The rest go in the duffle bag for your personal porter, carefully sorted into waterproof plastic bags. Keep your documents, passport and wallet with you at all times. Read More On Day Backpack List

With 40,000 to 50,000 trekkers arriving each year on the ultimate African touring challenge of the mighty Kilimanjaro, pollution is becoming an ever-increasing concern. The environment is fragile, subject to extremes of climate and the lower mountain slopes are home to many of the Chagga people. We ask you to protect the mountain for future generations by respecting its unique geology. Read More On Ecological Footprint

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You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.

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