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The Downside of Altitude

Tips to ease your tummy troubles on Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Climbing his way up Kili

Read our interview with Kilimanjaro guide, James

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Little flowers that could

Kili's everlasting flowers aren't as delicate as they look!

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How to care for Gore-Tex

Tips to keep your outerwear weatherproof, and like-new as long as possible!

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green bananas
April 16, 2014

Kilimanjaro in the Kitchen: Green Banana Stew Recipe

For years, the Chagga have called Kilimanjaro home, and one of their staple crops has always been bananas. In this hearty stew, they play a starring role; give it a try in your own kitchen—it will be like a…

Live Well Walking Program
April 9, 2014

Climbing Kilimanjaro Without Ever Leaving Home

A Heartwarming Journey for Cancer Patients

We like to tell all our trekkers that with enough determination, and the will to push themselves harder than they ever thought possible, almost anyone can achieve the goal of summiting Kili. But even we were…

Chagga legend of Wakonyingo
April 2, 2014

Fairies on Kilimanjaro: Myths of the Wakonyingo

It may sound like something out of a Grimm brothers fairy tale, but these sprites don’t hail from the Black Forest: they’re the Wakonyingo (also called the Wadarimba), and according to legends of the…

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March 26, 2014

When is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?

We hear it all the time: “when is the absolute best time to climb Kilimanjaro?” Not to be fence-sitters but: whenever? There absolutely is a worst time to attempt your trek; in fact, there are two of them:…

reusch crater kilimanjaro
March 19, 2014

Can’t Miss on Kilimanjaro: Reusch Crater

Many trekkers know of Kilimanjaro’s fiery past; the three peaks—Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo—were once all active volcanoes. Over thousands upon thousands of years, they erupted continually, building the…

High altitude hiking tips
March 12, 2014

The Downside of Altitude

Tips to deal with tummy troubles on Kilimanjaro

But there’s one part of a Kilimanjaro hike that many people don’t fully prepare for (maybe because it’s not that much fun to talk about it): the ways that altitude can affect you on the mountain.…

duct tape
March 5, 2014

Life (on the Mountain) Hacks

Tips for making Kili easier and more fun

No matter how you slice it, a trek up Kilimanjaro isn’t exactly a luxurious experience. You’ll be sleeping in tents, braving the cold, and pushing yourself past the point you likely thought possible…and…

Kilimanjaro Lager billboard
February 26, 2014

Icy Cold…Refreshment? Kilimanjaro Lager

Tanzania's Favorite Beer

Perhaps unsurprisingly , Africa’s most famous mountain has long-since been merchandised, and one of the most beloved products to bear its name is Kilimanjaro Premium Lager. The country’s best-selling beer,…

Kaiser Wilhelm
February 19, 2014

Why is Kilimanjaro in Tanzania?

A tall tale about the tallest peak in Africa

There’s an apocryphal tale about how the border between Kenya and Tanzania was drawn, charming in the same way Downton Abbey is (read: isn’t it SILLY how privileged the aristocracy were!). According to…

trekking poles
February 12, 2014

Gear Tips: I Can’t Believe How Glad I Was to Have…

Items We Didn’t Know We’d Love on Kili

There are a few suggested items that might seem a little strange on the first look-through. Will you really need all those hand-warmers? How many layers will you really WEAR? We asked Thomson staffers which…

Everlasting flowers on Kilimanjaro
February 5, 2014

Everlasting Flowers on Kilimanjaro

The Little Flower That Could

A climb up Kilimanjaro isn’t just a physical challenge, it’s a botany lesson; as you travel through the various climate zones, the flora changes dramatically, from fields of coffee in the foothills to tiny…

antique-kilimanjaro-map
January 29, 2014

Kilimanjaro’s Unsung Hero: Johannes Rebmann

Hans Meyer is a name most Kili trekkers recognize; the first man to officially summit Kilimanjaro, in 1889, he long ago secured his place in the history books. It’s rare to talk about trekking Kilimanjaro in…

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