How to Climb Kilimanjaro Responsibly: #3 Leave No Trace | Fair Voyage

How to Climb Kilimanjaro Responsibly: #3 Leave No Trace

Are you about to book your Kilimanjaro climb and wonder what you should look out for in your tour operator? Or are you already about to embark on this once-in-a-liftime adventure, and wonder what you could do to climb Kilimanjaro responsibly?

There are a few things to watch out for. Keeping the environment clean, meaning to Leave No Trace, is one of them. In this article, we’ll explain Leave No Trace in the context of Mount Kilimanjaro, and what you can do to make a difference.

Why It Matters

Waste is always a problem related to tourism. To protect the Kilimanjaro National Park and its pristine state, it is imperative to leave no waste behind.

Luckily, you won’t find much plastic or other man-made waste spoiling the scenery as the Kilimanjaro stakeholders are making good efforts to keep the environment clean. However, with increasing popularity and notoriously bad or lacking toilet facilities, human waste has become an issue, especially along the most popular routes and campsites.

How We Care

All tour operators that we promote for Kilimanjaro climbs are committed to the Leave No Trace principles. We also aim to create more transparency and share best practice examples with you.

How You Can Make a Difference

We believe that the travel community has the power to change the world through our collection actions. Each and every one of us can choose to travel consciously and make a difference.

When it comes to Kilimanjaro and it’s environment, the biggest difference you can make is the way you go to the bathroom, meaning how and when you use mother nature. Here are a few examples what you can do – and avoid to do – to leave no trace:

Please do:
  • Only walk on the designated hiking paths
  • Leave no waste behind / dispose your waste only into designated bins at camp
  • Use toilets whenever available, especially for solids
  • Pay special attention to “mother nature” toilet etiquettes
  • Report to us any issues you observe
  • Share this article to spread the word
Please don’t:
  • Leave any waste behind, including toilet paper
  • Use the wild for ablutions (especially solids) when toilets are nearby

We hope that this article has given you some food for thought about keeping our environment clean and how to Leave No Trace on Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave your comments below or contact us.

To climb Kilimanjaro responsibly, you may also want to read about Fair Porter Treatment and Safety.

About the author

Alex is our Founder, Strategist and Business Developer. She is also our Kilimanjaro expert and personally in charge of all our Kilimanjaro content and offers.

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