A demonstration of how to care for your GORE-TEX gear

How to Care for your GORE-TEX Gear

January 22, 2014

  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 Kilimanjaro trek as reliable rain gear. These days, much if not most waterproof gear…

Tanzania's lush Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater: The Kilimanjaro That Could Have Been…

January 15, 2014

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 peering from the rim down to the crater floor, which sinks 2,000 feet below, might have a momentary sense of vertigo…but then…

Eliza training in snow

Kilimanjaro Training for a “Normal” Trekker

January 8, 2014

  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 them. We always tell them that since they can’t train for the most difficult element they’ll face on Kili, the altitude,…

Amy packing on Kilimanjaro

Packing For Kilimanjaro: Amy’s Top Tips!

December 18, 2013

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: Don’t overpack.

Kilimanjaro's Lava Tower

Can’t Miss on the Mountain: Lava Tower

December 11, 2013

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 that could be treacherous on icy days).

Trekkers with a Giant Groundsel on the trail

Only on Kilimanjaro: Giant Groundsels

November 6, 2013

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 kilimanjari.

Moon rising over Mt. Kilimanjaro

Tips for Sleeping Soundly on Kilimanjaro

October 23, 2013

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 reach the summit can be difficult. Luckily, the Thomson Safaris team has learned a few tricks on their treks that will help ensure you have more restful nights.

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?

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