Who Can Climb Mount Kilimanjaro? 5 Trekkers Share What it Was Really Like

May 8, 2017

“Can I climb Kili?” is a question many of our guests ask themselves throughout the planning stages of their trek. A mountain that stretches 19,341 feet high, Kilimanjaro is a serious feat that requires physical strength, mental endurance, and a lot of determination. You too might be wondering if you’re up to the challenge. The…

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How Do We Stop Kilimanjaro’s Glaciers from Melting?

April 6, 2017

It’s hard to believe that there’s snow so close to the equator in Tanzania, but when you consider that Mount Kilimanjaro stretches 19,341 feet in the air, it becomes more comprehensible. Not only is there snow, there are fields of ice and infamous glaciers that attract tourists from every part of the world. Unfortunately, the…

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When Should You Climb Kili?

March 10, 2017

We want to make sure our trekkers are lined up for summit success, and a big part of that means climbing in optimal weather conditions. So, when should you climb Kili? Though there’s not one “best month” to climb Kili, there are general guidelines we encourage our guests to follow: June – October: Cooler and…

You Can Do It! Part Two: Thomson Staffers Share More Tips for Climbing Kilimanjaro

January 20, 2017

Thomson Safaris staffers at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.   You asked, and we delivered! The first round of staffers’ unconventional tips for climbing Kili received so much praise that we decided to give you more – and fortunately, our Kili consultants have a seemingly endless supply of helpful trekking advice. Here’s what our staff…

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Kilimanjaro Food: Banana and Beef Coconut Stew Recipe

December 5, 2016

What’s the food like on Kili? It’s a common question we’re used to answering – and for good reason. When climbing at a high altitude, it’s possible to experience a loss of appetite. It’s important to have food that’s as nutritious as it is tasty, and Thomson’s Kili kitchen staff has mastered that quite well.…

You Can Do It! Our Favorite Unconventional Tips for Climbing Kilimanjaro

November 14, 2016

Thomson Safaris staffers at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.   You’ve always wanted to climb Kili, but you’re not sure if you’ll be able to summit. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, and as such, trekkers need to prepare accordingly. Fortunately, many Thomson staffers have climbed…

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…

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