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Kilimanjaro Training : Dos, Don’ts, Misconceptions

July 31, 2017

  How do I train to summit Kilimanjaro? That’s a question we’re all-too familiar with. Some newer adventurers look at the 19,341-foot peak with doubt, and to be sure, Kili is a formidable challenge. However, summiting may be easier than you think with the correct tactics and moderate but consistent preparation. Moderate is the key…

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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.…

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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…

Thomson staffer and trekker Sam

How to Train for Kilimanjaro – Sam Shares Her Tips

August 25, 2015

Meet Thomson staffer Sam, she’s headed to Kilimanjaro later this year, and is sharing the training tips that will increase her chance of summiting the Roof of Africa. She’s also letting us in on what motivates her to travel, and keeps her going when training is hard. We hope you are as inspired as we are.

Thomson camp under the stars

The Top 5 Things You Should be Doing to Prepare for Kilimanjaro

November 19, 2014

Your trek may be right around the corner or months down the line, but it’s never too early to start getting ready. We could give tips on everything from which boots to buy to which songs to download (hey, it matters!), but no matter what, we’d tell all our guests to make sure they’ve done the…

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Weighing Your Options: Packing Smart for your Kilimanjaro Trek

October 24, 2014

Everyone who’s ever been on a long journey knows it’s not just what you pack, but HOW you pack that counts. But on Kilimanjaro, the limiting factor isn’t the space in your duffle: it’s the weight of your items. Porters on Kilimanjaro are only allowed to carry 33 pounds each up the mountain, a limit Thomson strictly adheres to for their health and safety.

A variety of sleeping bags

Sleep Right! Picking the Right Sleeping Bag for Kilimanjaro

August 20, 2014

Getting enough sleep on the mountain is an important factor for summit success…but it can be hard. It’s going to be cold on Kili, and buying the wrong bag—or using it incorrectly, and missing out on some of its warmth potential—can be the difference between getting a full night’s rest and getting frustrated by a night full of shivering. Make sure you’re considering all of the following important factors

Thomson trekkers using headlamps

Night Owl or Early Bird: Nighttime vs. Daytime Summits on Kilimanjaro

June 18, 2014

Both daytime and nighttime summiteers will start at Barafu camp, but their experiences will unfold a bit differently… Depending on the route you take up the mountain, your summit bid may be a 10-15 hour night bid, or you may have the opportunity to summit during the day. Shorter routes, like Umbwe, include nighttime summits with immediate descents, since limited acclimatization time on these treks makes it uncomfortable for climbers to stay at the summit elevations for long.

Crater camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Warm Up! How Not To Be Chilly on Kili

May 7, 2014

We warn all our trekkers that no matter what time of year they climb Kilimanjaro, they can expect it to feel like winter at the summit. Facing some chilly weather is a fact of life on the mountain, but there are a few things you can do to stay toasty during your climb…

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