Expert Packing Tips

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The Barranco Wall

It's a challenging scramble, but highly rewarding!

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Why climb Kilimanjaro?

We've got tons of reasons, here's just 5 of them!

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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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tips to prepare for kilimanjaro
November 19, 2014

The Top 5 Things You Should be Doing to Prepare for Kilimanjaro

Your trek may be right around the corner or months down the line, but it’s never too early to start getting ready. We could give tips on everything from which boots to buy to which songs to download (hey,…

scale and weight for kilimanjaro packing
October 24, 2014

Weighing Your Options: Packing Smart for your Kilimanjaro Trek

Everyone who’s ever been on a long journey knows it’s not just what you pack, but HOW you pack that counts. But on Kilimanjaro, the limiting factor isn’t the space in your duffle: it’s the weight of your…

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October 6, 2014

What You Need to Know About Ebola

An unfortunate side-effect of the 24-hour news cycle is that dramatic or tragic stories get much more coverage than stories of hope and success, and that coverage often lacks context and in-depth analysis.…

kilimanjaro porters on thomson safaris trek
September 24, 2014

The Tribes of Kilimanjaro

History of the Chagga Clans

If you look at Kilimanjaro’s history, one tribe stands out as being intimately tied to the mountain: the Chagga. But the Chagga didn’t live around the foothills of Kili in isolation, and in fact, for…

kilimanjaro summit sign
September 15, 2014

Sign of Success: New Summit Sign on Kilimanjaro

The Kilimanjaro summit sign has long been an inspiration to weary trekkers nearing the top. But over the years, the original sign, constructed from wooden planks, became weathered and worn. In January 2012,…

Kristen with her Kilimanjaro porters
September 10, 2014

The 2% Club: One Trekker’s Story of Pre-Summit Descent

At Thomson, we’re proud to lead 98% of our trekkers all the way to the summit! But what about the 2% who don’t reach Uhuru Peak? Read David’s story of his early descent with his daughter who suffered…

Ali Riley at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
September 8, 2014

Standing on Top of the World: Ali’s Umbwe Route Trek

Thomson staffer Ali Riley recently had the chance to experience one of the most challenging routes up Kilimanjaro: Umbwe. This is the story of her experience.

Kilimanjaro aerial view
September 3, 2014

Head and Shoulders Above (Most of) the Rest

The Topographical Prominence of Kilimanjaro

There are a lot of ways to measure a mountain’s prowess. Overall height is a common yardstick (and hopefully not determined BY a yardstick), as is technical difficulty, but there’s one measure all but the…

mountain hardware sleeping bag
August 20, 2014

Sleep Right! Picking the Right Sleeping Bag for Kilimanjaro

Getting enough sleep on the mountain is an important factor for summit success…but it can be hard. It’s going to be cold on Kili, and buying the wrong bag—or using it incorrectly, and missing out on some…

Alice at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
August 6, 2014

I Stood on the Roof of Africa

A Guest Post by Thomson Trekker Alice Liles

In 2007 I decided I wasn’t getting any younger, the world wasn’t getting any saner, and if I ever planned on seeing Africa, this was the time to do it. I also decided, and to save my life I can’t remember…

Mountains of the Moon
July 30, 2014

Kilimanjaro: Snow-Capped Source of…The Nile?

Ancient knowledge of the world was spotty at best, and often based on many-times-removed hearsay. Historians and geographers often relied on muddled accounts, mythical tales that somehow made their way across…

Chagga tribe
July 23, 2014

Ancient History: What We Know (And Guess) About Kili’s Earliest Inhabitants

We often talk about how the Chagga people have traditionally lived on and around the slopes of Kilimanjaro. But they haven’t always lived there; according to their own oral traditions, their people either…

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