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Weighing Your Options: Packing Smart for your Kilimanjaro Trek

October 24, 2014

Everyone who’s ever been on a long journey knows it’s not just what you pack, but HOW you pack that counts. But on Kilimanjaro, the limiting factor isn’t the space in your duffle: it’s the weight of your items. Porters on Kilimanjaro are only allowed to carry 33 pounds each up the mountain, a limit Thomson strictly adheres to for their health and safety.

Crater camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Warm Up! How Not To Be Chilly on Kili

May 7, 2014

We warn all our trekkers that no matter what time of year they climb Kilimanjaro, they can expect it to feel like winter at the summit. Facing some chilly weather is a fact of life on the mountain, but there are a few things you can do to stay toasty during your climb…

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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