Expert Packing Tips

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The Downside of Altitude

Tips to ease your tummy troubles on Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Why climb Kilimanjaro?

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

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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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August 25, 2015

How to Train for Kilimanjaro – Sam Shares Her Tips

Meet Thomson staffer Sam, she’s headed to Kilimanjaro later this year, and is sharing the training tips that will increase her chance of summiting the Roof of Africa. She’s also letting us in on what…

August 6, 2015

Awe Inspiring! The Seven Best Views on Kilimanjaro

Whether you’ve been dreaming of climbing Kilimanjaro for years, or have just recently decided to make the trek, we are excited to help you summit Uhuru Peak! The Kilimanjaro climb is a challenging, life…

February 11, 2015

Keep Your Fingers from Freezing: The Right Gloves and Mittens for Kilimanjaro

A Kilimanjaro climb takes you through fully five distinct climate zones; it only stands to reason that you’ll need multiple glove/mitten options on your trek. We recommend three pairs for any high-altitude…

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…

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.

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…

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 of its warmth potential—can be the difference between getting a full night’s rest and getting frustrated by a night full of shivering. Make sure you’re considering all of the following important factors

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