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What made Lisa Garruzzo’s Kili Trek so Transformative?

Lisa and her husband Joe at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro Life-changing treks can have a powerful effect on our everyday lives. Thomson trekker Lisa Garruzzo of Go. Own It ®discovered this for herself when she set out to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in late 2021; she found that the journey to Uhuru Peak became an immutable…

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Kilimanjaro Food: Pineapple Romanoff Recipe

  Sweet, juicy and a little bit boozy, this Pineapple Romanoff is an easy and luscious dessert that comes from the Thomson kitchens on Mt. Kilimanjaro. The dish is defined by presentation: pineapple served out of pineapple provides a fun, tropical feeling wherever you’re eating it–whether that’s your living room or at camp, just after…

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Food Blogger Elda Martinez Reviews Her Meals on Kili

When it came to food on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Elda Martinez had high expectations. She runs the food blog Elda Eats and trekked Mt. Kilimanjaro on Thomson’s Western Approach in July. We caught up with her to talk all things food on Kili–variety, calories, drinks and more. The following interview has been edited for concision and…

Why We’re Requiring Vaccination Records

Dear Travelers, When one million vaccine doses arrived in Tanzania in early August, we literally wept tears of joy – and Thomson guides and staff got in line immediately. It’s inspiring to see these front-line workers doing their part for their health, the safety of their communities and the well-being of visitors like you. That’s…

organ recipient at the summit of mount kilimanjaro

Organ Recipient Overcomes All to Climb Kili

After a life-saving liver transplant in 2017, Peter Matthews set a lofty recovery goal: trek Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. It took years of training and fortitude, but he finally set out to achieve this in 2021, when his trek to Kili’s Uhuru Peak began. Here is Peter’s incredible story of recovery, growth…

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Why the Aerobic Step Belongs in Your Training Program

Fundamental, humble and powerful: the aerobic step is an essential and oft overlooked tool when you’re training for Kilimanjaro. It helps you build your endurance muscles in preparation for the thousands and thousands of steps you’ll take in your quest for Uhuru Peak. Our partners at Fit For Trips help us explain why this move…

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How One Trekker Kicked Off Retirement on Kili

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was a lifelong goal for Marine veteran and Las Vegas police officer Andy Williams – and what better way to celebrate his retirement than by reaching that lofty peak? After 26 years in his career, Andy took the first step towards Uhuru Peak in February 2021. For him, it was an emotional,…

scot farber with make a wish flag on kilimanjaro

How Scot Farber Climbed Kili for Make-A-Wish and Shattered His Fundraising Goal

  Scot Farber had never climbed a mountain. He had never hiked. Living in the flatlands of North Texas, he didn’t have opportunities for either. But for nearly 20 years, he dreamed of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He decided to make his dreams a reality recently, when he went to Tanzania for a week-long hike to…

6 Reasons Kilimanjaro is the Escape You Need

With the year drawing to a close, we’re looking ahead and know you probably are, too. The potential for much needed adventure, fun memories and new goals awaits! You can even combine the adventure, memories, and goals…with a Kilimanjaro Trek! Here’s why Kilimanjaro is the adventurous escape you need.   Leave behind those same four…

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Traveling during a Pandemic

Thomson Co-founder Judi Wineland (right) on the Salmon River with another traveler As we plan for life after the pandemic, one thing is certain: travel is going to look differently than it used to. But the joy of getting outside will be just as good as ever. Take it from Thomson co-founder Judi Wineland: in…

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