Local man tells of hardships of life as a porter on Kilimanjaro

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Local man tells of hardships of life as a porter on Kilimanjaro

September 15th, 2016|News Bulletins|

Interesting article in the Daily Mail yesterday about the privations and difficulties suffered by porters on Kili. How much of the report is exaggerated is hard to tell. The former porter behind the report, Justin Mtui, has used it to advertise his own company in which he promises to treat his staff better; and this is the Daily Mail after all! Nevertheless, the central themes of the article are undoubtedly true, and we’ve certainly heard similar reports from other porters over the years.

The report can be found at the following address:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3788748/We-paid-1-30-day-carried-35kg-gear-Former-porter-reveals-s-really-like-work-Mount-Kilimanjaro.html

About the Author:

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight. Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.