Choosing a trekking company
Contact organisations which offer ethical trekking agreements to which trekking companies can sign up. For
instance, Tourism Concern in the UK, IMEC in USA and Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project inTanzania. There are other organisations that can be consulted, such as Porter Progress in Nepal.
Most importantly, ask the travel company ( before you book!) what their porters policy is (see below for questions to ask).
Finally, if you see porter mistreatment, complain loud and long on the spot and once home again.
Questions to ask trekking
1. Does the company you
are thinking of trekking with follow IPPG's five guidelines on porter
2. What is their policy
on equipment and health care for porters?
3. What do they do to
ensure the trekking staff is properly trained to look after porters'
4. What is their policy
on training and monitoring porter care by its ground operator in
5. Do they ask about treatment
of porters in their post trek questionnaire to clients?
More on how to treat
your porters on the