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thomson staffer brittany at summit of mount kilimanjaro

Q&A: Thomson Staffer Brittany Talks Kilimanjaro Trekking and Zanzibar Relaxation

  Her muscles ached. The frigid air stung. Huffing and red-faced, Thomson staffer Brittany trekked toward the summit anyway, battling Kilimanjaro’s whistling winds and stirring dust. The oxygen thinned but Brittany remained strong, stronger than she could’ve imagined a few years ago, when she believed she would never be capable of high-altitude climbing. For so…

thomson staffer brittany on kilimanjaro training hike

Kilimanjaro Training: Thomson Staffer Brittany Discusses Her Trekking Preparations

Brittany on a training hike in Vermont.   Thomson staffer Brittany has helped tons of guests prepare to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro. Now, she’s following in their footsteps–literally, she’s climbing Kili soon on Thomson’s Western Approach! We caught up with her for a Q&A about her preparation, training and inspiration for climbing Kili.   Why is…

snows on kibo peak of kilimanjaro

Thomson’s Leave No Trace Ethic on Kilimanjaro

There’s only one Mount Kilimanjaro. One Uhuru Peak. And with over 35,000 trekkers climbing its slopes every year, companies like Thomson bear a huge responsibility to be responsible stewards of the mountain. And every year, Thomson steps into that responsibility with confidence. All Thomson head and assistant guides are trained in the principles of Leave…

pineapple recipe from mount kiliimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Food: Pineapple Romanoff Recipe

  Sweet, juicy and a little bit boozy, this Pineapple Romanoff is an easy and luscious dessert that comes from the Thomson kitchens on Mt. Kilimanjaro. The dish is defined by presentation: pineapple served out of pineapple provides a fun, tropical feeling wherever you’re eating it–whether that’s your living room or at camp, just after…

Why We’re Requiring Vaccination Records

Dear Travelers, When one million vaccine doses arrived in Tanzania in early August, we literally wept tears of joy – and Thomson guides and staff got in line immediately. It’s inspiring to see these front-line workers doing their part for their health, the safety of their communities and the well-being of visitors like you. That’s…

judi wineland rafting during covid pandemic

Traveling during a Pandemic

Thomson Co-founder Judi Wineland (right) on the Salmon River with another traveler As we plan for life after the pandemic, one thing is certain: travel is going to look differently than it used to. But the joy of getting outside will be just as good as ever. Take it from Thomson co-founder Judi Wineland: in…

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…

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…

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…

recipe for falafel balls tanzania

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…

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