There are different opinions regarding tipping amounts and methods for distributing tips to your mountain crew.  Tipping is a part of the compensation for the crew that supports your climb which may be difficult to understand especially by those climbers from countries where tipping is not the norm.

We are of the opinion that a fair compensation for a porter’s work done properly is a minimum of 20,000Tsh/day.  You can tip more if the porter’s work exceeds your expectations. 

In order to determine the appropriate tip amount it is necessary to know the wage/day paid by the climbing company as well as the number of porters assisting the climb.  As a minimum wage has not been formally instituted, local climbing companies can pay anywhere from 5,000Tsh/day to $18/day as the highest amount on record. 

Once you know the daily wage amount being paid to the porters you can calculate the tip amount to compensate 20,000Tsh/day.  For example, if a climbing company pays:

  • 5,000Tsh/day you would tip 15,000Tsh/day for every porter.
  • 8,000Tsh/day you would tip 12,000Tsh/day for every porter.
  • 10,000Tsh/day you would tip 10,000Tsh/day for every porter.
  • 15,000Tsh/day you would tip 5,000Tsh/day for every porter.

Tour companies should suggest tipping amount guidelines before the climb and provide a tipping procedure at the end of the climb in which each crew member receives the full amount of tip intended for them.

Climbers should know the number of crew that will be assisting them from information obtained at the Climber Briefing.  This way the amount of tips can be prepared beforehand.

We encourage you to meet your crew at your 1st campsite to make sure you have the number that was promised.  You can write a list with your crew member’s names and refer to this list at the end of the climb when you give their tips.

It is ideal to have a tipping ceremony with the climbers and crew at the last meal on the mountain or at the descent gate.  Tips can be placed in individual envelopes and the climbers hand them directly to each crew member.

We highly recommend tipping each crew member directly to ensure that the full amount of tip is received.


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