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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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…

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…

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…

Eliza trains for Kilimanjaro
January 8, 2014

Kilimanjaro Training for a “Normal” Trekker

Eliza's New Year's Fitness Resolutions

Guests planning to trek Kili often ask us what they should do to train. No matter what your fitness level, Kilimanjaro offers specific challenges, and we strongly recommend people train specifically to meet…

December 18, 2013

Packing For Kilimanjaro: Amy’s Top Tips!

Thomson Safaris staffer shares expert tips on packing for Kilimanjaro. Amy just returned from her successful Kili trek in November, and she attributes some of her success to a basic (but often ignored) tip:…

Lava Tower on Mount Kilimanjaro
December 11, 2013

Can’t Miss on the Mountain: Lava Tower

One particular formation on Kilimanjaro has been fascinating and awing climbers for decades, now: Lava Tower. The tower is around 300 feet tall, and previously, climbers were able to hike up it (a scramble…

Kilimanjaro guide James Upanga
December 4, 2013

Climbing His Way Up Kilimanjaro – Guide James Upanga

We sat down for a chat with James to learn about his life as a Thomson Safaris guide on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

November 13, 2013

Power Songs on our Kilimanjaro Training Playlists

Everyone has a different tune that helps her push through those moments when it feels like she’s hit a wall. If you’re still searching for some playlist inspiration for your training and/or trek, Thomson Safaris staffers relied on the musical stylings of…

Thomson trekkers hike near Giant Groundsels on Kilimanjaro
November 6, 2013

Only on Kilimanjaro: Giant Groundsels

Kilimanjaro is especially remarkable as an incubator for isolated, mutated, or rare species found almost nowhere else. One of the most striking of those species is the giant groundsel varietal Dendrosenecio…

October 23, 2013

Tips for Sleeping Soundly on Kilimanjaro

On Kilimanjaro—where each day means physical challenges and adjustment to a new altitude, and your nights are spent in a sleeping bag instead of on a feather bed—getting all the sleep you need in order to…

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October 16, 2013

What Goes Into a Kilimanjaro Trek?

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…

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