YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Climbing responsibly makes all the difference in this wonderful opportunity to scale the “Roof of Africa.”
At Barking Zebra, we take pride in our team and treat them well. So, join us, and we guarantee you the finest climb on Kilimanjaro.

YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Climbing responsibly makes all the difference in this wonderful opportunity to scale the “Roof of Africa.”
At Barking Zebra, we take pride in our team and treat them well. So, join us, and we guarantee you the finest climb on Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro outfitters porter ascending Mount Kilimanjaro

Not all Kilimanjaro outfitters are the same.

Our Kilimanjaro porters are the lifeline up the mountain. Without the dedicated efforts of our hard-working porters, Mt. Kilimanjaro would just be a pretty picture postcard in the distance. It’s a big job keeping the trek comfortable and well supplied. You may not realize it, but for a group of ten climbers, there are over 50 crew members working in front and behind the scenes to ensure success.

However, there are quite a few budget Kilimanjaro outfitters who don’t share our view of a well-run climb. They cut corners where they can, and it’s usually the porters who suffer – poor gear, worse pay, and terrible working conditions.

Not us. Since our beginnings, Barking Zebra has made it our mission to treat our mountain crews with dignity and raise their living standards. Our crews are well-fed, just like our guests.

Conditions on Kili can be challenging – we make sure our porters are equipped with the proper clothing, gear, and comfortable tents. We guarantee everyone receives their full pay, even if they must descend early due to illness or injury.

Hard to believe, but some companies pocket their guests’ tips, not distributing them to their crews! We’ve adopted a system where all gratuities distributed directly from the climbers to the porters and guides.

We even look beyond the mountain to make sure our dedicated teams have reliable transportation to and from the mountain.

Our Partnership With KPAP

As you may now appreciate, a budget climb can bring a budget mentality to the mountain where cutting corners can lessen your enjoyment if not create potential hazards.

Ill-equipped and unhappy porters are no match for those who are treated well. With this realization, the International Mountain Explorers Connection – an organization devoted to creating responsible tourism in mountainous regions – has recognized outfitters like Barking Zebra, who go the distance in uplifting our crews.
Further, they’ve created a special initiative to specifically provide fair and ethical treatment for porters. It’s called the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, or KPAP. Barking Zebra Tours is a proud partner with these organizations, raising the standards for our porters and mountain crews.

When you choose a Kilimanjaro outfitter who is a member of KPAP, you’re assured you are supporting not only the highest values of our business but receiving the finest care on your climb.

Here are some of our and KPAP’S accomplishments:

A porter database ensuring all individuals are paid based on skill and experience alone, preventing the spread of bribes.
Over the last decade partner companies have met or exceeded all designated KPAP salary increases. Better still – in 2017 all KPAP partner companies voluntarily raised their porters’ salaries.
We and other KPAP partners pay our porters 45% more than non-partners.
However, KPAP companies still only comprise 18% of all Kilimanjaro outfitters. We have a way to go to get the other companies on board. But meanwhile, we are raising the bar for the finest treatment of porters on this majestic summit.
And here is our special news: The folks at KPAP issue a yearly “report card” on how each member company adheres to their guidelines.

Our grade? 100%!

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Kilimanjaro outfitters safety training with portable altitude chamber
WFR Certified Guides

Our guides are certified Wilderness First Responders to ensure your climb is safe and successful.

Kilimanjaro outfitters tents at Barranco camp Mount Kilimanjaro
Expedition Tents

Top of the line expedition equipment ensures your comfort on the mountain.

Kilimanjaro outfitters talented chefs on Mount KIlimanjaro
The Best Food on the Mountain

Our delicious and nutritious meals will provide the fuel to get you to the summit and back.

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