Did you know’s on the World’s highest free-standing mountain:
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, Africa, close to the border of Kenya, and is typically recognised as being the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain is located at a latitude of -3.065653, and longitude of 37.352013, and stands at a height of 5,895m. It is a large dormant volcano positioned in Kilimanjaro National Park, and attracts around 35,000 tourists annually, whose aim is to climb this landmark. Kilimanjaro region has a population of over 1,641,000 people, in which typically speak Swahili as their native language.
The Tanzanian population relies heavily on tourism and agriculture as their main employment and source of income. Job roles such as farming, porters, tour guides, head guides, chief guides, and cooks, all rely on tourism into the region to provide a source of income, which is then distributed amongst their families and into the community to protect livelihoods.
Everything you need to know and must know about Kilimanjaro:
To help protect Mt. Kilimanjaro there are a number of rules and regulations that must be adhered to when entering Tanzania and Kilimanjaro National Park. One of the main rules when climbing Kilimanjaro is climbers must have a trained guide with them and must follow one of the designated routes as stated by the National Park guidelines. Government guidelines and tour guides also inform tourists of environmental rules and regulations such as, soft/single-use plastics, alcohol and cigarettes not being permitted on the mountain.
Another rule tourists must follow includes not leaving any trace of litter behind on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro National Park highlights the phrase, ‘Garbage in, garbage out’. Tourists are not to remove anything that belongs to the mountain such as natural resources as a ‘souvenir’, as this damages the landscape overtime.
Tanzania introduced a regulation in 2019 to ban plastic bags entering Tanzania, with exception to the ziplock toiletry bags which tourists may possess from their flight, however must stay with the person and not be discarded of within the destination. Desks are situated at Tanzanian airports, to deposit any plastic bags to later be disposed of.
World’s Highest OCR provides a cultural handshake between the business and Tanzania as a destination. We have a number of core values which we stand by, to support the local community and host environment during each event. Throughout our Kilimanjaro event, in September 2021, we will be pursuing the following actions to ensure our core values and sustainability efforts are practiced:
1.We will be conducting the biggest crater cleanup in the history of the Kilimanjaro National Park, as well as a cleanup of any litter on the mountain on the ascent and descent.
2. We are employing just over 400 locals for the Kilimanjaro event crew including, porters, guides, cooks, waiters, summit porters, assisstant guides, head guides, chief guides. These people are responsible for their families and livelihoods, therefore the economic gain from this event will greatly benefit hundreds of locals financially, as a result of this economic ripple effect.
3. This event will enable education and health benefits for children in terms of finance allowing them to go to school, and providing families with healthcare if needed. The 400 locals employed will receive the highest level of food and healthcare available to them.
4. Our clients will be tipping locals for their help during the event, and we will be holding a ceremony at end which will provide money for the local crew presented by the chief guide. This money will be fairly distributed amongst the locals employed, whilst individuals who worked well during the event will be fast-tracked into guiding roles which is a seven year fast-track, a great opportunity for local porters.
5. Food will all be locally sourced from local farmers, allowing them the increased ability to sell their produce. Distribution of economic value will contribute greatly to the local economy as a result of agriculture being the second highest employer in Tanzania.
6. The footprint of our obstacles will not damage the environment at all. When placed in the crater our equipment will leave zero trace, due to a good distribution weight spread across all bases.
7. During the event we will not be going anywhere near the glaciers within crater, therefore not effecting the erosion of ice or having any negative impact.
Overall, the sustainable approaches World’s Highest OCR’s Kilimanjaro event will provide years and years of positive impact locally, environmentally and economically!
Author: World’s Highest OCR Team and Beth Ward