Category: Tips

A group of trekkers ready to embark on the trail

When is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?

March 26, 2014

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)

Trekker on the snowy path to the peak

The Downside of Altitude

March 12, 2014

But there’s one part of a Kilimanjaro hike that many people don’t fully prepare for (maybe because it’s not that much fun to talk about it): the ways that altitude can affect you on the mountain. Specifically, the effects it may have on your digestion.

Amy packing on Kilimanjaro

Packing For Kilimanjaro: Amy’s Top Tips!

December 18, 2013

Thomson Safaris staffer shares expert tips on packing for Kilimanjaro. Amy just returned from her successful Kili trek in November, and she attributes some of her success to a basic (but often ignored) tip: Don’t overpack.

Moon rising over Mt. Kilimanjaro

Tips for Sleeping Soundly on Kilimanjaro

October 23, 2013

On Kilimanjaro—where each day means physical challenges and adjustment to a new altitude, and your nights are spent in a sleeping bag instead of on a feather bed—getting all the sleep you need in order to reach the summit can be difficult. Luckily, the Thomson Safaris team has learned a few tricks on their treks that will help ensure you have more restful nights.

Gear we love for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Tips: THE First Step To The Summit

June 21, 2013

Your hiking boots are the most important gear you’ll have on Kilimanjaro! They are your first step on the journey to Uhuru Peak. More recommendations from Thomson Safaris for footwear on your Kili climb.

Stairs at Porter Square

Kilimanjaro Tips: Unexpected Kilimanjaro Training Ideas

June 20, 2013

Stair climbing intervals are a great way to get your legs and lungs in shape for the climb. Mix things up by alternating legs or skipping steps, and be sure to add on your boots and day pack for full effect.

VIew of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Tips: Flights & More

June 15, 2013

One of the famed Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro reaches a height of 19,341 feet and contains 5 different ecosystems. Call Thomson Safaris to discuss your travel logistics to Tanzania.

Wildebeest on golden grasses

Kilimanjaro Tips: For Dry Days & Golden Landscapes

June 13, 2013

Tanzania has cool, dry weather from June through October, and it’s a great time to climb Kilimanjaro with Thomson Safaris… especially in early June or October when there are fewer climbers.

Cheetah cubs with mother

Kilimanjaro Tips: Snowy Summit & Baby Cheetahs

June 11, 2013

Want to get away from cold winters? Climb Kilimanjaro in December – March when it’s warmer, green and lush. You’ll see the “snows of Kilimanjaro,” and many newborn animals out on our Thomson Safari.

Leg-strengthening moves for a Kilimanjaro climb

Kilimanjaro Tips: How Fit

June 8, 2013

What kind of training do you need to summit Kilimanjaro? You’ll want to develop a good cardiovascular base and focus on Kili-specific strength training like squats, lunges, and calf raises. Try one of Thomson Safaris favorite leg-strengthening and stability moves!

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