Both ourselves and our local partner are passionate about environmental sustainability. Our local partner has been working on Kilimanjaro since 1998 and is a licenced and registered tour operator and a proud member of The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO). We both feel strongly that Kilimanjaro must be looked after for future climbers, and as such, our local operator is active in ensuring that all waste generated during the climb is taken off the mountain and over the years their mountain crew have also collected other people’s rubbish and brought it down to the national park exit gate so that it can be disposed of properly. Our local operator is also a partner of ‘Leave no Trace’, whose philosophy is about making good decisions to protect the world around you, so that it is there to enjoy by future generations. Walking tours are one of the most environmentally friendly forms of travel, as one relies on muscle power as opposed to mechanical. Therefore, while you are pounding your way up the mountain, you can rest easy that you are doing so with a tiny carbon footprint!
Our local partner has always been at the forefront of treating mountain porters and guides fairly. They offer a variety of free training including first aid, English language, guiding skills and rescue management, so that each of their mountain crew can reach their full potential. A good percentage of their current guides and cooks started in the company as a porter and have worked their way up. Our partner sees no barriers to people beyond education and training, they actively encourage women to work on Kilimanjaro and they have female porters, guides and cooks. To make all mountain crew strive for excellence they have 5 levels of pay and an additional annual bonus for all guides and cooks that uphold their principles of fair and professional behaviour. Our porters are paid one of the best rates on Kilimanjaro and given a variety of food during the climb. A well fed porter is a strong one!