how climbing kilimanjaro changed my life

From the Highest Freestanding Mountain to the World’s Toughest Race

Heather on Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 A Plan and a Promise When her parents would bring her hiking and backpacking as a child, Heather loved the travel aspect of it all. But the active components? Not so much. Years later, you could say things have changed. Back in 2016, Heather’s father decided he wanted to…

Zucchini Tempura recipe

Kilimanjaro Food: Zucchini Tempura with Aioli Recipe

Once again summer has flown by and we find ourselves in the middle of September, wondering what happened. But as long as the warm air lingers, we’re going to continue to hold on to summer as best we can. And what better way to use some late summer produce than with a recipe straight from…

thomson tent on mount kilimanjaro

Things That Won’t Change About Your Kilimanjaro Trek

We can’t wait to welcome you back to Tanzania. Although some things have been adjusted (see our new Standard Operating Procedures), there are some things about trekking Kilimanjaro that won’t change…   How Impressed You are with the Porters Carrying 33 pounds is no easy task to begin with – never mind doing it at…

Ten Years After Triumph, Kili Trekkers Join for a Reunion

The group prepares to start the trek at the Umbwe Gate in June 2010   We talk a lot about what happens before and during your Kilimanjaro trek. But what happens after the trek? What happens when your goal is behind you, when you’ve finally showered and taken off your boots? What happens when you’re…

vloggers judith and stephanie on mount kilimanjaro

A Trekker’s Day-By-Day Vlog Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro’s Grand Traverse Route

Thomson guest Judith trekked Mount Kilimanjaro with her friend Stephanie in September, and they’re here to take you with them! No need to get your trekking poles out – in fact, you don’t have to leave the couch. Follow every day of Judith and Stephanie’s trek on the Grand Traverse as they share their thoughts,…

3 More Balance Exercises You Can Do to Prepare for Kili without Leaving Your House

Physical distancing has probably impacted your physical training, but it doesn’t have to. We teamed up with Marcus Shapiro, Head Trainer at Fit For Trips, to help you keep in shape. The exercises below are intended to strengthen the leg and core muscles you’ll use to stay stable on the trail when you’re trekking Mount…

3 Balance Exercises You Can Do to Prepare for Kili without Leaving Your House

Physical distancing has probably impacted your physical training, but it doesn’t have to. We teamed up with Marcus Shapiro, Head Trainer at Fit For Trips, to help you keep in shape. The exercises below are intended to strengthen the leg and core muscles you’ll use to stay stable on the trail when you’re trekking Mount…

The 30-Pound Porter Challenge

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is no easy task – now imagine doing it with 30 pounds of gear on your back. Between carrying the weight, withstanding unpredictable weather patterns, enduring extreme altitude, setting up and breaking down camps along the route and lifting the spirits of trekkers throughout – put it all together and you are…

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Kilimanjaro Food: Falafel Bites Recipe

As a rich source of vitamins, minerals and protein, chickpeas can be a great addition to your diet — especially at 19,000 feet. All of the snacks and meals you’ll enjoy while trekking are nutritionist-designed to re-energize your mind and body after a long day’s climb. We’ve asked Thomson’s kitchen staff what they’ve been cooking…

thomson staffer at summit of kilimanjaro

How Carolyn Conquered Kilimanjaro

As someone who described themselves as a “non-exerciser,” the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro seemed like a faraway dream. But, all of this was about to change when Thomson staffer Carolyn stepped out of her comfort zone and took on one of the world’s Seven Summits. After months of training, working muscles she never knew…

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