matt at kilimanjaro summit

From Summit to Safari (and Everything in Between!)

. “Oh boy,” I said, “he’s really trying it.” It’s one month ago and I’m standing on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and, just as he’d promised, a free-spirited trekker on my trip was unpacking the kite he’d taken all 19,351 feet up the mountain. He carefully unspooled the red, wrinkled nylon and in our collective,…

trekking across the shira plateau

When is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?

We hear it all the time: “when is the absolute best time to climb Kilimanjaro?” Not to be fence-sitters but: whenever? There absolutely is a worst time to attempt your trek; in fact, there are two of them: April/May and mid-November through mid-December. During those times the entire country receives serious rainfall (especially during April, when the heavy rains come)

wilderness first responder certification

100% of Thomson Guides Successfully Renewed Wilderness First Responder Course certification

  We’re pleased to announce that all Thomson guides renewed their Wilderness First Responders (WFR) certification during their recent WFR training course! This course is offered by the internationally recognized Sentinel Outdoor Institute. It’s the highest level of safety training available on Kilimanjaro–and for Thomson head and assistant guides, it’s standard policy. Thomson is one…

6 Reasons Kilimanjaro is the Escape You Need

With the year drawing to a close, we’re looking ahead and know you probably are, too. The potential for much needed adventure, fun memories and new goals awaits! You can even combine the adventure, memories, and goals…with a Kilimanjaro Trek! Here’s why Kilimanjaro is the adventurous escape you need.   Leave behind those same four…

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,…

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