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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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…

Gore-tex gear care tutorial
January 22, 2014

How to Care for your GORE-TEX Gear

Video tutorial by Arc'teryx

With temperatures ranging from the 90s F near the base to as low as -10°F at the summit, and weather that can change from bright sun to a chilly downpour in minutes, there are few items as important on your…

Ngorongoro Crater clouds
January 15, 2014

Ngorongoro Crater: The Kilimanjaro That Could Have Been…

Ngorongoro once rose much, much higher than the 7500 foot rim. Photo: Andy Biggs Today, the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim rises just 7,500 feet above sea level; visitors might experience chilly nights, and anyone…

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