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How High Did You Just Climb? Visualizing 19,341 Feet

August 9, 2018

  If you’re trying to explain just how high Kilimanjaro is to someone, here are a few quick comparisons.   Taller than the 16 Tallest Buildings in the US Combined Have you ever visited One World Trade Center or the Empire State Building or The Ledge at Willis Tower? The panoramas from these buildings are…

Olympic track and field athlete Nick Symmonds

Olympian Nick Symmonds Summits Kilimanjaro

July 12, 2018

Erik van Leeuwen, via Wikimedia Commons   Nick Symmonds isn’t your typical mountaineer. A two-time Olympian and seven-time NCAA champion, Symmonds is a world-class athlete who just loves climbing. He became one of three runners in US history to break the 1:43 barrier in the 800-meter race and broke the 4-minute barrier on the mile…

Climbing Kilimanjaro with Dad

Special Moments Between Fathers and Children on Kilimanjaro

June 15, 2018

A test of strength and grit followed by an accomplishment you’ll never forget – could there be a better bonding activity between a father and his son or daughter? We’ve happily facilitated countless treks that have turned into special moments between fathers and their children. For Father’s Day, we’re highlighting just a few with quotes…

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The Elephant Graveyard of Kilimanjaro

June 15, 2018

Only ice and volcanic rock are found in Kilimanjaro’s Ashpit.   Somewhere past the snowline of Kilimanjaro, deep inside a mysterious, hidden crater, a massive elephant graveyard lays tucked away amid the snowdrifts. Countless tons of elephant remains and ivory stretch across the crater floor, if you believe the legends of Kilimanjaro’s Chagga people. When…

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Kilimanjaro’s Endangered Glaciers

May 14, 2018

Living or not, glaciers are being called an endangered species by members of the scientific community. Why? Because around the world fields of ice are retreating – many at unprecedented rates. Here are the facts about Kilimanjaro’s glacier loss Kilimanjaro’s glaciers are shrinking in surface area and becoming thinner. Glacier surface area shrank by 1…

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The Skyrunners: Kilimanjaro’s Record-breaking Racers

April 6, 2018

  A 33-mile round-trip run up 15,177 feet, through jungle, beyond glaciers and past clouds to the highest point in Africa – then back down again. It takes the average trekker seven days. Kilian Jornet and Karl Egloff did it in around seven hours and set records for fastest ascent and descent on Kilimanjaro. Here’s…

Welcome to Kilimanjaro’s Rainforest

March 20, 2018

  Below the arctic peak of Kilimanjaro, a misty jungle covers the mountain slopes. Moss-covered trees, seas of ferns and elusive monkeys abound in one of the Seven Summits’ only rainforests. This is where every Kilimanjaro trek begins. Lemosho, Umbwe, Machame, Marangu, Rongai – your first step is always into a sprawling jungle filled with…

Porters Rescued Their Boots and Their Treks

February 20, 2018

You’re never more than an inch from success and failure on Kilimanjaro; we’re talking about footwear of course. That inch of rubber and leather between your feet and the mountain is critical for the trek. Luckily, your trip doesn’t have to fall to pieces if your hiking boots do. Two of our most popular stories…

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How’d You Get That Shot? Kilimanjaro Photography Behind the Scenes with David Kotz

January 31, 2018

Karanga camp, elevation 13,249′ – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Photo: David Kotz 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…

Kilimanjaro Porters – The Thomson Difference

January 30, 2018

  Thomson sets “the premier standard for ethical treatment of Kilimanjaro porters,” according to the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). What does that mean? Let’s talk about the specifics: pay, equipment and accountability.   Some of the Highest Wages for Guides and Porters on Kili   Paying guides and porters well is incredibly important to…