Team Maasai Kilimanjaro Staff

We use a straightforward model for staffing our climbs, with mountain personnel being divided into the following professions:


Currently, our cooks fall into two categories: non-Maasai cooks that work with our sponsor and which have plenty of experience satisfying clients of many nationalities; and our Maasai cooks – some of which have previous experience on work and training placements with hotels and camps (such as Lake Natron Tented Camp run by the Moivaro Group, which is situated close to one of the villages that we come from), and Maasai cooks who until bussing out to join our sponsor, had no previous experience of cooking, and who have acquired their skills by working as apprentices to experienced cooks.

There are many sub-roles of a porter, principal of which are illustrated above:

  • Client luggage porters are responsible for carrying the bags belonging to the clients. These porters are usually amongst the most experienced on the team.
  • Day sack porters: these are porters who undertake to walk closely with the client in the event that they have requested not to carry their own small bag. An additional charge is payable for this facility). A day sack should contain items such as camera, memory cards and batteries, as well as drinking equipment (Camelbak and water bottles), an extra fleece, and rain gear.
  • Summit porters are porters who have the ambition of becoming assistant guides and who assist the summit bid with carrying provisions and supporting climbers who may sometimes become weak from altitude-induced exhaustion, but who have not succumbed to severe AMS and are safe to continue to attempt to reach the summit.
  • Waiters and tent crew have additional duties and responsibilities while in camp. While junior porters are resting after the day’s carrying, waiters and tent crew ensure the smooth running of the camp and that clients are comfortable, looked after, and have everything that they need.

Water porters are the porters that are allocated extra duties by the guide, of fetching water for cooking, drinking and washing, or – in the case of the Rongai Route – of carrying water from the resupply point near 3rd Caves up to School Hut.

The following video features a discussion with a couple of Team Maasai staff, who are talking about Maasai Religion. Olomo is the head of physical training; and Lomelock leads ascents of Oldoinyo Lengai.