Information on layering for a Kilimanjaro trek

How to Layer for Kilimanjaro

April 30, 2014

All performance apparel is not the same – each layer has a specific function. Find out when and how to use your layers to keep you comfortable on Kili. Our staff weighs in with specific brand recommendations, too!

Local organic peppers

A Green Trek (in More Ways than One!)

April 23, 2014

We know our trekkers are passionate about the environment; without healthy wild spaces, they wouldn’t be able to enjoy one of their favorite activities (at least not as much)! Keeping the environment healthy, here and in Tanzania, is something we see as both a passion and a responsibility. In honor of Earth Month, we wanted…

Bunch of green bananas

Kilimanjaro in the Kitchen: Green Banana Stew Recipe

April 16, 2014

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 taste of the mountain’s history at home!

Patients in Elisa’s Live Well walking program

Climbing Kilimanjaro Without Ever Leaving Home

April 9, 2014

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 impressed with the resolve of one recent group of trekkers. They won’t be traveling to Tanzania any time soon,…

A group of trekkers ready to embark on the trail

When is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?

March 26, 2014

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: April/May and mid-November through mid-December. During those times the entire country receives serious rainfall (especially during April, when the heavy rains come)

Thomson trekkers near Reusch Crater

Can’t Miss on Kilimanjaro: Reusch Crater

March 19, 2014

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 mountain ever-higher, until one by one they went extinct: first Shira sputtered out, then Mawenzi. Kibo, ever the overachiever of the bunch, decided to keep its options more open; the tallest of Kili’s peaks is considered dormant, but not dead.

Trekker on the snowy path to the peak

The Downside of Altitude

March 12, 2014

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. Specifically, the effects it may have on your digestion.

Kilimanjaro Lager billboard outside of Arusha

Icy Cold…Refreshment? Kilimanjaro Lager

February 26, 2014

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, Kilimanjaro is basically the Budweiser of Tanzania. A similarly light, fizzy lager (best served ice-cold), “Kili” is a favorite at just about every bar around the country.

Trekker Michael using trekking poles

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

February 12, 2014

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 item they scoffed at…until they started their trek, and realized how happy they were to have.

Helichrysum newii’s white flowers on the route

Everlasting Flowers on Kilimanjaro

February 5, 2014

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 patches of the hardiest lichens near the top.

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