Responsible Trekking

We promote environmentally and socially responsible enjoyment of the outdoors

Leave No Trace

As climbing Kilimanjaro has gained popularity with celebrities, influencers and the media, the number of tourists on the mountain has steadily increased. Trash and human waste are a growing problem. If not addressed, these realities could turn the mountain from a beautiful wilderness into an unsightly park. Unfortunately, many operators do not to educate their staff about conservation and because of this, they do not feel the need to maintaining a litter free environment.

As members of Leave No Trace, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible enjoyment of the outdoors by minimizing people’s impact on nature, Peak Planet integrates Leave No Trace principles into our training. Our staff understands the importance of keeping our mountain clean so that all visitors can enjoy it for years to come. We often pick up trash that other operators leave behind.

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Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

We are committed to improving the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro and have been a leader in porter welfare since our inception. Porters make the trips happen behind the scenes, so their well-being is a priority. That is why we are a member of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP).

Registered as a Tanzanian non-profit organization, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) has been operating since January 2003. KPAP is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Boulder, Colorado in the United States.

KPAP’s Objectives:

  • Make available appropriate climbing gear for any mountain crew to borrow.
  • Offer educational opportunities to motivate and empower porters as funding allows.
  • Raise public awareness regarding proper working conditions and treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro.
  • Provide clients with the fundamental information necessary to choose a socially responsible climbing company.

Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation

Peak Planet is a partner organization with Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation, a public charity devoted to providing scholarships to deserving candidates currently working in Tanzania. The program assists guides, assistant guides, and porters in improving their education and thus their future job prospects.  Please consider making a donation to help the foundation.

On-Going Training

Peak Planet offers staff a variety of training courses so they can continue to improve. Our company promotes from within when possible rather than hire from the outside. We want to give our staff the opportunity to develop within our organization. A great number of our current guides began their career with us many years ago as porters.

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