Professional Chefs & Nutrition
You’ll need all your energy to reach Uhuru peak, which is why we’ve gone the extra mile to make sure you have delicious, nutritious food every step of the way:
Chefs with hygienic food preparation training:
Tanzania doesn’t necessarily have the same standards of food hygiene as the western world, which is why we give our chefs extensive training in food hygiene and safety.
An Italian chef in Arusha intensively trains all our mountain chefs on how to clean their hands, the utensils, and the food, how to keep food at safe temperatures, and about the seriousness of food allergies (which essentially don’t exist in Tanzania), so everything they prepare on the mountain is as safe as it is delicious!
Unlimited safe drinking water:
Believe it or not, many climbing outfits actually ration the amount of water their trekkers can drink daily (often with disastrous effects on summit success). Thanks to our top-of-the-line PUR water treatment system, which first treats the water to eliminate any micro-organisms then filters it, we’re able to provide as much safe water as you can drink, all the way up the mountain.
Eating at altitude requires a special diet, with a balance of complex carbohydrates, protein, and fat designed to give you the right amount (and kind) of energy. Our meals have been designed with a nutritionist to ensure you get just that, 3 times a day!
Fresh food all the way up the mountain:
Most other companies only provide fresh foods and produce on the first day or two of a trek. At Thomson, we use special cooling chests and resupply during your trek, so you’ll have fresh, appealing food from start to summit!
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free:
These and other special dietary need and allergies can be accommodated with advance notice, and will be strictly adhered to on the mountain.
Most of the produce you’ll eat on the mountain comes from Thomson’s organic gardens in Arusha. The delicious fresh-baked bread you’ll eat comes from ovens we fuel with recycled motor oil from safari. And we always adhere to Leave No Trace ethics, removing any waste we create on Kili.