3 Balance Exercises You Can Do to Prepare for Kili without Leaving Your House

April 6, 2020

Physical distancing has probably impacted your physical training, but it doesn’t have to. We teamed up with Marcus Shapiro, Head Trainer at Fit For Trips, to help you keep in shape. The exercises below are intended to strengthen the leg and core muscles you’ll use to stay stable on the trail when you’re trekking Mount…

The 30-Pound Porter Challenge

February 24, 2020

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…

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Kilimanjaro Food: Falafel Bites Recipe

February 10, 2020

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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How Carolyn Conquered Kilimanjaro

January 28, 2020

As someone who described themselves as a “non-exerciser,” the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro seemed like a faraway dream. But, all of this was about to change when Thomson staffer Carolyn stepped out of her comfort zone and took on one of the world’s Seven Summits. After months of training, working muscles she never knew…

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Staff Picks: The Most Useful Items on Your Packing List

November 20, 2019

When packing for Kilimanjaro, you may find yourself thinking, “where do I even start?” Well, don’t worry! We’ve got your back (actually, we’ve got your ‘back-pack’ covered). Fresh off of Mount Kilimanjaro themselves, Thomson staffers Carolyn and Heather have some pro-packing tips to share with you. Because this is an experience like no other, it…

3 Months of Training, 2 Treks and a Safari

October 11, 2019

Heather and Carolyn are getting ready for their 19,341-foot trek up Mount Kilimanjaro   Meet Carolyn and Heather, the Thomson staffers hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in October. With a “just do it” mindset from one and a “I’ll prove you wrong” attitude from the other, the pair may be motivated in different ways, but have come…

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Why We Serve the Best Food on Kilimanjaro

September 12, 2019

Dining tent at Forest Camp For many trekkers, the food menu on the way up Kilimanjaro is an afterthought – you have a mountain to climb after all! There’s gear, guides, tents, routes and more to consider. How important are breakfast, lunch and dinner in the grand scheme of things? Believe it or not, they’re…

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Why are WFR Guides Important on Kilimanjaro?

July 15, 2019

Your guides are your most important assets on Kilimanjaro. That’s why we go the distance to make sure every guide, not just your head guide, is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR). Because we’ve seen just about everything on Kilimanjaro; unexpected snowstorms, twisted ankles, altitude sickness – the right guides spot the warning signs beforehand…

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7 of the Best Things on Kilimanjaro’s Most Luxurious Trek

June 24, 2019

One of our Grand Traverse trekkers wrote a message to us recently. It was titled “Best Selling Points for the Thomson Grand Traverse.” “Having a cot off the ground is HUGE!” “Not having to wake up and hike to summit in the middle of the night!” “Choice of whether or not to sleep at Crater…

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What is Kilimanjaro? Volcanoes, Peaks, Formations and More

May 24, 2019

Did you know Kilimanjaro is made up of three different volcanoes? Or that it’s the tallest freestanding mountain on Earth? You might dream of the summit, but don’t be surprised if the Barranco Wall becomes your favorite part of the mountain. Kilimanjaro is full of surprises large and small – multiple peaks that will be…