How Much to Tip? Tipping on Kilimanjaro

Tips are a big part of the culture in Tanzania and unlike some countries where tipping might be optional they are an expectation in Tanzania. Tips for each climber range between $200 and $300 depending on the route and are an extra cost that should be factored into your budget.

These amounts might seem large tip but keep in mind your tip is going to be divided among the entire climbing team that supports you on the mountain. Our climbing teams are quite large. For instance, a ten person group climbing Kilimanjaro will be supported by a team of 40 consisting of 4 head guides, 3 assistant guides, 3 cooks and 30 porters. The number of staff on the climb is something that is regulated by the Tanzanian National Park Service so every group going up will essentially have the same ratio of staff to climbers. Here is a simple table showing the number of staff vs. climbers on the 5 Day Marangu Climb.

Number of Staff on 5 Day Marangu Route

Number of Staff on 5 Day Marangu Route

We pay our support crew competitive salaries and you should keep in mind that a tip is something extra on top of this. We recommend the following minimum tips.

Suggested Tips For Each Climber by Route

Machame $250
Marangu $200
Lemosho $300
Rongai $300
Northern Circuit $350
Crater Camp Climbs (Any Route) $400

Larger tips are always appreciated for a job well done. For your reference, the above breaks down approximately to the following amounts: Guide $20 per/day, Assistant Guide $12 per/day, Cook $12/per/day and Porters $6 per/day

How should I give tips on Kilimanjaro?
We recommend that you give the tip to Jackson our operations manager at the hotel once the climb is over. In order to maintain transparency, its good to announce the amount of the tip to the entire staff on the mountain at the end of the climb and thank them for their work. A safe box is available at the hotel and it’s not necessary to bring cash to the mountain.

Why does TrekkingHero handle tips this way?
If you do some quick research on Tripadvisor you will note that many climbers have a bad experience with the tipping process. This happens as most tour operators in Tanzania just resell services and have little incentive to provide customers a good experience or ensure the ground team is taken care. TrekkingHero pays its staff fair wages and we employee our guides on a permanent basis. Everyone on our team knows that providing climbers with the best experience is the best way to build our company in the long-term. Our tipping recommendations were developed with the support of the entire team.