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Do I Need Oxygen to Climb Kilimanjaro?

July 2, 2017

  It’s a question we’re asked all the time—which makes sense given Kilimanjaro’s epic proportions! On Everest climbs, bringing supplemental oxygen is a matter of course, and some companies tell trekkers they’ll provide it on Kili as an extra “boost” meant to reduce the more unpleasant symptoms of altitude.   Still, the short answer is…

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How Much Does It Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?

June 14, 2017

  If you’re seriously considering a Kilimanjaro trek, you’re probably aware there are a wide variety of trekking outfitters, at a wide range of price points.   Why so much variation? After all, aren’t you all climbing the same mountain?   It all comes down to two main factors: quality and ethics.   On the…

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How Long Does It Take to Climb Kilimanjaro?

May 30, 2017

  Reaching the top of one of the seven summits is a major achievement…but how long will it take you to do it? It’s a more complicated question than most travelers think. Travelers hoping to simply get a taste of Kilimanjaro can arrange for short 1-3 day climbs that stop well below summit elevation. But…

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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…

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…

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Sign of Success: New Summit Sign on Kilimanjaro

September 15, 2014

The Kilimanjaro summit sign has long been an inspiration to weary trekkers nearing the top. But over the years, the original sign, constructed from wooden planks, became weathered and worn. In January 2012, the wooden sign was finally retired, replaced with a shiny new green sign…

Arial view of Kilimanjaro's summit

Head and Shoulders Above (Most of) the Rest

September 3, 2014

There are a lot of ways to measure a mountain’s prowess. Overall height is a common yardstick (and hopefully not determined BY a yardstick), as is technical difficulty, but there’s one measure all but the most mountain-obsessed may not have heard of: topographic prominence. Topographic prominence is the height between the summit and the lowest contour line circling the mountain in question and no other higher mountain.

Top 5 Reason to Climb Kili

Top Five Reasons to Climb Kilimanjaro

July 2, 2014

An early Everest climber, George Mallory, long ago laid claim to the most obvious (and snarkiest) reason to climb a high mountain: “because it’s there.” But why climb Kilimanjaro? For one thing, it’s one of the Seven Summits.

Barranco wall on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Can’t Miss on the Mountain: The Barranco Wall

June 25, 2014

Though it’s a demanding portion of the trek, most trekkers are thrilled that they get to experience the Barranco Wall; even without the physical exertion, the view from the top is stunning enough to get anyone’s heart racing!

Porters singing a welcome song to trekkers

The Jambo Song on Kilimanjaro

May 14, 2014

The Jambo Song is sung by your guides and porters after a successful trek, it’s an exuberant, joyful song, accompanied by clapping and the voices of the entire crew. But if you knew what it meant, you might realize it’s not ALL sunshine and smiles…

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