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Tanzania Travelers / Climbing Adventure  / Tipping Porters and Guide Kilimanjaro Guideline

Tipping Porters and Guide Kilimanjaro Guideline

Tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience.

You will be given an envelope at on Hotel after your trek for your tip money.

Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether your guides and porters were professional and had your best interests in mind.

If your guides and porters have not met your expectations, please inform immediately, and don’t feel obligated to give a tip. If they press you for a tip during your trek, inform us as this is against our company policy.

Do not pay tips on the mountain nor should you pay for any extra services while you are on the mountain other than for the purpose of refreshments. It is also worth bearing in mind that items of clothing and footwear, for children or adults, used or new, are also highly valued and can be given as well as money tips.

After Climb we will gather both your guides and porters at Hotel for drinks and/or dinner (on you) as a thank you in addition to their tip.

You can use US dollars, Euros, TZ Shillings or a combination of these.

The following are daily rates the group as a whole is recommended to tip per staff member:

Guide 15 $ a day
Assistant guide 10 $ a day
Cook 10 $ a day
Porter 7 $ a day

For all Kilimanjaro routes except Marangu you will have:

1 climber: 1 guide, 3 porters, 1 cook
2 climbers: 1 guide, 6 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook
3 climbers: 1 guide, 9 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook
4 climbers: 1 guide, 12 porters, 2 extra assistance guide, 1 cook, 1 waiter

For Marangu you will have:

1 guide and 1 cook for each 8 climbers, 1 extra assistant guide per each
3 climbers, 2 porters per climber

Note: Each client should expect to tip between US$ 200 – US$ 300

* If you have booked your climb through an agent that gave you different information, please tip according to the agent’s information.

* Tip is given directly to each crew at the hotel after trek. To avoid confusion, on the first day of your climb, please confirm with your guide the correct total number of staff that you or your group have. Don’t pay tips to any other persons.

* When you do the tipping at your crew, please make sure all you have all the team to allow total transparency.

If anything is not clear ask feel free to ask us.

To help you understand better, here is how the tips are divided among the crew..

Below is the average tips expected in the Kilimanjaro:
For 5 Day Climb:

Solo trekker: USD 280 – USD 350
Group of 2 : USD 238 – USD 300 per person
Group of 3 : USD 198 – USD 250 per person
Group of 4 : USD 179 – USD 225 per person
Group of 5 : USD 182 – USD 230 per person
For 6 Day Climb:

Solo trekker: USD 336 – USD 420
Group of 2 : USD 285 – USD 360 per person
Group of 3 : USD 238 – USD 300 per person
Group of 4 : USD 215 – USD 270 per person
Group of 5 : USD 218 – USD 276 per person
For 7 Day Climb:

Solo trekker: USD 392 – USD 490
Group of 2 : USD 333 – USD 420 per person
Group of 3 : USD 278 – USD 350 per person
Group of 4 : USD 250 – USD 315 per person
Group of 5 : USD 255 – USD 322 per person
For 8 Day Climb:

Solo trekker: USD 448 – USD 560
Group of 2 : USD 380 – USD 480 per person
Group of 3 : USD 317 – USD 400 per person
Group of 4 : USD 286 – USD 360 per person
Group of 5 : USD 291 – USD 368 per person

For 5 Day Climb:

Guide : USD 100 – USD 125
Cook : USD 60 – USD 75
Porter : USD 40 – USD 50
For 6 Day Climb:

Guide : USD 120 – USD 150
Cook : USD 72 – USD 90
Porter : USD 48 – USD 60
For 7 Day Climb:

Guide : USD 140 – USD 175
Cook : USD 84 – USD 105
Porter : USD 56 – USD 70
For 8 Day Climb:

Guide : USD 160 – USD 200
Cook : USD 96 – USD 120
Porter : USD 64 – USD 80

Number of staff varies according to group size:
1 trekker : 1 Guide, 1 Cook, 3 Porters
2 trekkers : 2 Guides, 1 Cook, 6 Porters
3 trekkers : 2 Guides, 1 Cook, 9 Porters
4 trekkers : 2 guides, 1 cook and 12 porters
5 trekkers : 3 guides, 1 cook and 15 porters
6 trekkers : 3 guides, 2 cook and 18 porters
7 trekkers : 3 guides, 2 cook and 21 porters
8 trekkers : 4 guides, 2 cook and 24 porters
9 trekkers : 4 guides, 2 cook and 27 porters
10 trekkers : 4 guides, 2 cook and 30 porters

Tipping guideline for Safari…..

Driver-Guide: For the driver-guide each vehicle accompanies one driver on safari. We recommend you to tip your driver-guide on the last day of your safari. Its approximately US$ 20 to US$ 30 per group per day.

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