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Proposing on Kili? Here are 5 Things You Should Know

November 13, 2017

You can see Africa unfurl for hundreds of miles below a sea of clouds from Kilimanjaro’s peak. Robert (Vince) Greece wanted a unique backdrop for his proposal, and this was it. His plan was to reach the summit, pop the question and officially begin his life together with his longtime girlfriend Brittany Thomas. Of course,…

Our New Oldest Summiteer: ‘I’ve been back a week, and I’d go again!’

November 3, 2017

John with his son and grandsons at the start of the trek   John Thelen is an 82-year-old Southern California native who likes golfing and relaxing with his family. It just so happens he can also summit Africa’s tallest mountain with no problem. “I didn’t seem to have trouble going up!” John told us when…

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How’d You Get That Shot? Kilimanjaro Photography Behind the Scenes with JedsPics.com

July 12, 2017

Porter beside Crater Camp glaciers – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Photo: JedsPics.com Kilimanjaro’s majesty is almost impossible to describe, but they always say a picture is worth a thousand words; photos of Africa’s highest peak convey the wonder and strange beauty of Kili immediately. Thomson Kilimanjaro trekkers regularly capture breathtaking images during their time on the mountain. The…

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How’d You Get That Shot? Kilimanjaro Photography Behind the Scenes with Elizaveta Popov

June 8, 2017

Walking among the clouds – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Photo: Elizaveta Popov   Kilimanjaro’s majesty is almost impossible to describe, but they always say a picture is worth a thousand words; photos of Africa’s highest peak convey the wonder and strange beauty of Kili immediately. Thomson Kilimanjaro trekkers regularly capture breathtaking images during their time on the mountain.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Trekker Kristen with a group of porters

The 2% Club: One Trekker’s Story of Pre-Summit Descent

September 10, 2014

At Thomson, we’re proud to lead 98% of our trekkers all the way to the summit! But what about the 2% who don’t reach Uhuru Peak? Read David’s story of his early descent with his daughter who suffered from altitude sickness.

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