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As part of our commitment to responsible tourism and in appreciation for the beauty and inspiration Tanzania has given us, Pristine Trails works with a variety of charitable organizations to give back. Throughout the years, our initiative has evolved into one where we select charities that we think really make a difference. These charities are intended to help a wide variety of causes, from wildlife, human rights and education to the environment and conservation.

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP)}
Success on the mountain is owed to the hard work of the porters or ‘The heroes of Kilimanjaro’. They carry supplies such as tents, food and your extra gear. Many of the porters are underpaid and mistreated by being forced to carry loads above the maximum load (20kgs/44lbs), poorly dressed and equipped, are not provided with adequate shelter, poorly fed and paid below the required wage. As members of this Association we treat our porters ethically ensuring that they work in comfortable environments as required by the association.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project helps to imrpove working conditions of the porters by:

  • Lending donated clothing to porters at no charge for their climbs on Kilimanjaro. Since 2005, over 15,000 porters have received proper mountain climbing gear through KPAP's clothing lending program
  • Providing free classes for the mountain crew. 9,450 mountain crew have participated with KPAP's classes in English, HIV/AIDS Awareness and Money Management. In addition, 52 porters and guides have been trained as first aid instructions in order to conduct first aid certification for crew members.
  • Education the public on porter working conditions and providing guidelines for proper porter treatment
  • Gathering information on company practices through the collection of porter surveys
  • Monitoring partner for responsible travel company performance to ensure adherence to proper porter treatment guidelines through porter interviews, questionnaires, and other feedback reports.



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