Leaving Banks for Snow Banks: Record-Holder Vanessa O’Brien Discusses Her Mountaineering Experience

September 26, 2016

Watch Vanessa O’Brien’s compilation video of the Explorers Grand Slam, where she climbs the Seven Summits and the North and South Poles. Extreme mountaineer and Thomson Advisory Board member Vanessa O’Brien has a seemingly endless list of accomplishments. She’s summited the Seven Summits (which includes Kilimanjaro and Everest), and she’s the first woman to set a speed…


Kilimanjaro Training: How One Non-Trekker is Preparing to Climb

August 24, 2016

  How does a non-climber prepare for the mountain trek of a lifetime? Erin, the next Thomson staffer scheduled to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, is a bit of a trekking novice. “I haven’t hiked or camped since I was in girl scouts!” she laughed. After being motivated by the many Thomson guests who have summited the…


7 Most Memorable Moments from Kristina’s Tanzania Adventure

July 8, 2016

Kristina always lights up a room everywhere she goes, but when she returned from her Tanzania safari and Mount Kilimanjaro trek recently, that light was blinding. Three weeks in the serene central Serengeti and otherworldly terrain of Mount Kilimanjaro will have that effect on you. During her stay, Kristina wanted to experience as much as…

Shilagh on the trail

Lessons from the top: Shilagh’s journey to Uhuru Peak

May 11, 2016

The Start of a Dream Twenty years ago, I met a group of women who were planning to hike Kilimanjaro. They invited me to train with them; I could barely keep up. I loved their energy, and they were so enthusiastic about their adventure, that I put Kilimanjaro on my bucket list, too. They sent me…

meals on mount kilimanjaro with thomson safaris

Keeping Meals Fresh on Kilimanjaro

March 2, 2016

The fact that Thomson provides fresh meals throughout your entire Kilimanjaro trek, including fresh produce daily, comes as a surprise to many climbers. Few other companies make the effort to provide fresh, healthful food. Once you realize all the behind the scenes work that goes into Thomson’s mountain gourmet food, though, you understand why it’s…

Dr. Joel Batzofin with guides and porters

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro One Step at a Time

November 4, 2015

Joel with Thomson guides and porters after a successful Kilimanjaro trek This week we are delighted to speak to Dr. Joel Batzofin, a respected Manhattan fertility expert who summited Kilimanjaro in 2014 with his wife and daughter. He recently wrote a book about his experience on the mountain – One Step at a Time: A climb up…

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.

A picturesque view of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Awe Inspiring! The Seven Best Views on Kilimanjaro

August 6, 2015

  Whether you’ve been dreaming of climbing Kilimanjaro for years, or have just recently decided to make the trek, we are excited to help you summit Uhuru Peak! The Kilimanjaro climb is a challenging, life changing, and wisdom imparting experience that will provide a lifetime of incredible memories. Need inspiration to get you started? Here…