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Recommended Tipping on the Climb

It costs each trekker about $25 to $40/day to tip the entire climbing crew (Leading guide, assistant guide(s), porters and a cook), so, for say, a 6 days trek, it would cost you about $200 to $250 for tipping, and tipping is done at the end of trip.

The recommended tip from a group (not for each climber) are as follows:

  • Leading guide: $15 to $18/day
  • Assistant guide: $12 to $14/day (for each assistant guide)
  • Porters: $6 to $8/day (for each porter)
  • Cook: $9 to $11/day

Typical number* of crews is as follows:

  • 1 climber: 1, 3 Porters, 1 Cook
  • 2 climbers: 1 Guide, 1 Assistant Guide, 6 Porters, 1 Cook
  • 3 climbers: 1 Guide, 1 Assistant Guide, 9 Porters, 1 Cook
  • 4 climbers: 2 Guides, 1 extra assistant Guide, 10 Porters, 1 Cook
  • 5 climbers: 2 Guides, 1 extra assistant Guide, 13 Porters, 1 Cook
  • 6 climbers: 2 Guides, 1 extra assistant Guides, 16 Porters, 1 Cook

The above crew numbers are based on all routes except Marangu route. On marangu route we stay in huts, which means less number of porters as there are no tents needs to be carried on that route; so, its average of 2 porters per climber on Marangu route Vs 3 porters per climber on other routes.

The above are just recommended tipping amounts and can be tipped more or less depending on how satisfied you were by services provided by your climbing crew.

Office staff will meet with your group at the end of the climb to get feedback on how the trek went, and we always appreciate any suggestion that may improve our services. Also, if there were any problem on your climb, we ask you to mention that to the office staff and in addition to the booking agent that has handled your booking as our goal is to employee and keep the best and making sure our climbers have great memories to bring them back and recommend us to others.

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