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Kilimanjaro being the highest free-standing mountain has more to offer than just climbing it. A lot of people have been able to get job opportunities to support their daily lives. This involves guides, cookers and porters.

Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) has set regulations on how to tip where it’s customary and expected of everyone to do so.


First of all, it’s very important to know the importance of tipping. Guides and porters provide a lot of guidance upon climbing for the hikers. So it is only obvious if climbers show gratitude by giving them a little something. This especially to the porters since they carry 15- 20 kg of the climber’s luggage up a mountain. Imagine the challenge!

Hikers are to keep in mind that they should only provide tips after descending the mountain and completing all processes. This is because climbers give according to satisfaction level of the service. So if fulfilled, they provide more and if not satisfied it’s not expected of hikers to pay.

Tips usually vary according to the number of days spent on the mountain, group size and the chosen route. However there are basic prices set.

The table below shows the standard pricing


Support Crew Main guide Assistant guide Porter Cooker
Price per person US$ 20-25 per day US$ 15-20 per day US$ 10 per day US$ 15 per day


However it is to note that tipping is provided per group and not per person.

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