Category: Guides/Porters

meals on mount kilimanjaro with thomson safaris

Keeping Meals Fresh on Kilimanjaro

March 2, 2016

The fact that Thomson provides fresh meals throughout your entire Kilimanjaro trek, including fresh produce daily, comes as a surprise to many climbers. Few other companies make the effort to provide fresh, healthful food. Once you realize all the behind the scenes work that goes into Thomson’s mountain gourmet food, though, you understand why it’s…

Porters and their respective tribes

The Tribes of Kilimanjaro

September 24, 2014

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 several centuries, they weren’t a unified tribe at all. Much like their neighbors (and longtime adversaries) the Maasai, the Chagga…

Trekker Kristen with a group of porters

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

September 10, 2014

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 from altitude sickness.

Porters carrying gear up the mountain

What Goes Into a Kilimanjaro Trek?

October 16, 2013

Porters carry not only trekkers’ luggage, they carry the sleeping, dining, and toilet tents; the chairs trekkers rest on in camp; the gear needed to cook up meals, and the food that goes into them. So how much does all that extra stuff come out to?

Guide Penda and Thomson staffer Katie on the route

Guiding Trekkers Up Kilimanjaro: A Lauwo Family Tradition

August 21, 2013

In 1889, Tanzanian, Yohana Kinyala Lauwo led Hans Meyer to fame as the first person to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Lauwo’s grandson follows in his footsteps and is now a head Kilimanjaro guide for Thomson Safaris!

Orange and black porter uniforms

Outfitting Our Kilimanjaro Porters

April 11, 2012

This past season, Thomson Safaris became the first—and only company—on the Kilimanjaro to outfit our porters with professional all-weather uniforms. We tested quite a few prototype fabrics and uniforms until we finally found the right all-weather blend to provide protection from rain, wind and cold, while still maintaining comfort.

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