Your school couldn’t get off the beaten path without them
Mountain porters are an integral part of each World Youth Adventures trekking adventure. Getting young travellers truly off the beaten path means that we use the self sufficiency of camping, a style of trekking that is enabled by mountain porters. On a trek the entire group - travellers, guides and porters alike - are a team who share the same needs for safety in the mountain environment.
Our Porter Welfare Code of Conduct ensures safe working conditions for the mountain porters we employ in Nepal, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Tanzania. View our policies in the destinations below.
In Nepal, the mountain porters we employ receive:
Additionally, we are one of the only trekking companies in Nepal to provide porters with:
In Peru, the mountain porters we employ receive:
Additionally, we are one of the five companies (among almost 200) that pay the highest wages to porters.
We are proudly at the forefront of the process of changing local perceptions of sexual inequality by employing female crew members on Mount Kilimanjaro. We have two highly successful female guides, a female cook and around 40 female porters.
Since 2012, our parent company World Expeditions has sponsored a guide to complete a scholarship course through the Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation each year. The course trains the guides in Tour Operations, Tourism Geography, Wildlife Knowledge and Basic Computer Applications.
We encourage all companies that offer treks with porters to adopt similar policies as we believe that the welfare of the entire trekking crew, from porters to the most senior guide, is the responsibility of the company that sends them on the trek.
World Youth Adventures and World Expeditions supports the International Porter Protection Group and the International Mountain Explorers Connection, international organizations that operate to ensure the health and well-being of porters globally.