Thomson staffer and trekker Sam

How to Train for Kilimanjaro – Sam Shares Her Tips

August 25, 2015

Meet Thomson staffer Sam, she’s headed to Kilimanjaro later this year, and is sharing the training tips that will increase her chance of summiting the Roof of Africa. She’s also letting us in on what motivates her to travel, and keeps her going when training is hard. We hope you are as inspired as we are.

Thomson camp under the stars

The Top 5 Things You Should be Doing to Prepare for Kilimanjaro

November 19, 2014

Your trek may be right around the corner or months down the line, but it’s never too early to start getting ready. We could give tips on everything from which boots to buy to which songs to download (hey, it matters!), but no matter what, we’d tell all our guests to make sure they’ve done the…

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,…

The scenic Grand Traverse route

The Heights of Kilimanjaro: Altitude Facts

July 24, 2013

You can, and should, train for your climb, but you can’t “train” for altitude. We’ve found that people do exceptionally well with 9-10 days on Kilimanjaro, resulting in Thomson Safaris 98% summit success rate.

Stairs at Porter Square

Kilimanjaro Tips: Unexpected Kilimanjaro Training Ideas

June 20, 2013

Stair climbing intervals are a great way to get your legs and lungs in shape for the climb. Mix things up by alternating legs or skipping steps, and be sure to add on your boots and day pack for full effect.

Leg-strengthening moves for a Kilimanjaro climb

Kilimanjaro Tips: How Fit

June 8, 2013

What kind of training do you need to summit Kilimanjaro? You’ll want to develop a good cardiovascular base and focus on Kili-specific strength training like squats, lunges, and calf raises. Try one of Thomson Safaris favorite leg-strengthening and stability moves!

Trailhead of a training hike

Climb Kilimanjaro with Rachel! Post 3: Training on the Trail

July 26, 2012

During my hike last weekend, I practiced the rest step, a technique hikers use conserve energy. Watch the video below to learn how this is effective on long hikes requiring muscle endurance, like Kilimanjaro. My trek with Thomson Safaris is approaching quickly!

Leg-strengthening moves for a Kilimanjaro climb

Climb Kilimanjaro with Rachel! Post 2: Training in the Gym

July 10, 2012

Instead of doing this on a Stairmaster, I prefer 8-10 minute sets on a single flight of stairs because it not only forces me to focus and puts me into the zone but it also gives me the opportunity to train for the descent… don’t forget, you have to walk down several thousand feet from the summit! Follow Rachel’s journey as she trains for her Kilimanjaro climb with Thomson Safaris via the Western Approach Route in August.

Rachel on the trail

Climb Kilimanjaro with Rachel!

June 19, 2012

This August, the newest member of the Thomson Safaris’ Kilimanjaro team, Rachel, is going to make her first attempt to summit Kilimanjaro. Follow her progress as she blogs about training for her trek and prepares for her trip to Tanzania.

Megan on the race route

Impressive Finish at the Kilimanjaro Marathon

June 1, 2011

Marathoner and Thomson Safaris Kilimanjaro trekker, Megan, ran a fantastic race in Moshi’s Kilimanjaro Marathon in February. Placing 24th, she was the first non-African woman to finish.

SEARCH BLOG BY TOPIC