Ethical Mountain Climbing: 

You can be assured, when climbing with us, you can be assured all members of the support team are well cared for. With so many companies offering Kilimanjaro climbs, competition is very tight and companies undercut each other trying to win your business with a lower price. As a result the porters are often badly exploited. As part of our mission to be a community conscious travel option we are driven by our ethics and proud to be a member of a local NGO that certifies all of our climbs as ethical and socially responsible.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, (KPAP) is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, (IMEC). KPAP raises public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters. IMEC created the Partner for Responsible Travel Program to recognize those tour operators committed to fair treatment practices and working conditions of the crew on Kilimanjaro and in Nepal.

KPAP’s focus is improving the working conditions of the porters by:
Free clothing lending program, ensuring proper gear for porters
Education and Empowerment with free English, First Aid, HIV/AIDS Awareness,
Money Management, and Porters Rights classes
Educating the public and advocating for proper porter working conditions

All climbing companies are welcome to participate and acceptance as a Partner for Responsible Travel is based upon the local climbing company meeting extensive and strictly monitored Guidelines for Proper Porter Treatment.
Monitoring activities are continual and include:
Porter Questionnaires and Interviews
Examination of partner company’s salary distribution methods
Review of partner company’s tipping procedure
Audit and reporting by a KPAP porter investigative porter on all partner company climbs
• Providing feedback and suggestions for improvements

By choosing Miestone Safaris, a Partner for Responsible Travel with IMEC/KPAP you can guarantee that you are doing the most to ensure that porters are given the treatment they deserve. While many companies misleadingly claim to be a member you can verify our partnership by visiting the KPAP website.

Experienced Guides and Climbing Teams

All our guides are experienced and have climbed with people of all different fitness and skill levels. They take great care of every client and monitor their health and well being each day. Our cooks are also experienced mountain cooks and whisk up hearty meals every day. No-one goes hungry on the mountain. We can cater to different eating requirements, just let us know beforehand.
 

Fully Equipped and Ready to Climb

We ensure that you are all kitted out to reach the top. Prior to arrival we send you a suggested equipment list which includes the approximate local rental costs. Pre-climb we inspect your kit as part of your briefing to ensure it is suitable. We have all the necessary cooking and eating equipment for on the mountain. For those camping we provide you with your camping gear, including foam mattresses and tents. For hygiene reasons we stopped loaning sleeping bags and strongly suggests guests bring their own, however they can be hired locally if you require. If you know you will not be using any of your gear on your return home you are very welcome to leave these items with your guiding team. As we are sure you can imagine this is a very welcomed gift.

Any Route Any Day

With Milestone Safaris, each client booking is treated on an individual basis therefore offering each individual or group a bespoke experience tailored to your specific needs. Expeditions via any of the government sanctioned routes can commence on any day throughout the year. Below please find a short description of each route.