4th Summit's fair wages policy

While it’s not a pleasant subject to reflect on we feel that it is nonetheless important to highlight. While the situation has indeed improved in recent years, it’s a sad fact that many porters who climb Mount Kilimanjaro for a living are paid a pittance for the backbreaking work that they do and the crucial role they play in getting climbers to the summit and back in relative comfort. To save every last penny, many companies still hire too few porters and often the cheapest ones available (invariably those least equipped for the exposure faced on the mountain) meaning that porters must carry loads in excess of 30kg each. This is dangerous and totally irresponsible.

So what are we doing about it?

By working directly with our own guides on the ground and not going through a middle-man as many companies do, we can both pay Thomas, Julian and our porters more while charging our clients less. We climb with a 4:1 porter to climber ratio so you will never see our team overloaded. We strongly believe that fair wages should not just be a perk of the Western World and are doing all we can to stop the abuse of these men that will bend over backwards to make your climb successful and memorable. We are members of KPAP, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project that fights daily for these guys, as well as lending clothing and equipment to them free of charge. We are also working with U.K. based suppliers to help provide the necessary clothing that these guys need but can’t afford.

By climbing with us you are already making a difference. If you want to find out more or want to know what else you can do to help out, please get in touch.

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