Gustave Dore Inferno

Will Your Trek Lead You Up Kili…or Down to the Underworld?

June 4, 2014

As far back as you can go, cultures around the world have traditionally believed in some sort of life after death. Often, there are two possible ends, and where you wind up is determined by your actions on Earth. The Greeks imagined the souls of their heroes enduring forever in the paradisiacal Elysian Fields, while…

Chickpea fritters with vegetables

Kilimanjaro in the Kitchen: Chickpea Fritters

May 21, 2014

Chickpea fritters are one of our trekkers’ favorite dishes Photo: Thomson Safaris staffer, Amy Czarnecki There’s one very obvious “high-point” of any Kilimanjaro trek (here’s a hint, it starts with a “U” and ends with “huru Peak”), but many of our guests rave about another experience on the mountain: the food! We got in touch with…

Porters singing a welcome song to trekkers

The Jambo Song on Kilimanjaro

May 14, 2014

The Jambo Song is sung by your guides and porters after a successful trek, it’s an exuberant, joyful song, accompanied by clapping and the voices of the entire crew. But if you knew what it meant, you might realize it’s not ALL sunshine and smiles…

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…

Information on layering for a Kilimanjaro trek

How to Layer for Kilimanjaro

April 30, 2014

All performance apparel is not the same – each layer has a specific function. Find out when and how to use your layers to keep you comfortable on Kili. Our staff weighs in with specific brand recommendations, too!

Local organic peppers

A Green Trek (in More Ways than One!)

April 23, 2014

We know our trekkers are passionate about the environment; without healthy wild spaces, they wouldn’t be able to enjoy one of their favorite activities (at least not as much)! Keeping the environment healthy, here and in Tanzania, is something we see as both a passion and a responsibility. In honor of Earth Month, we wanted…

Bunch of green bananas

Kilimanjaro in the Kitchen: Green Banana Stew Recipe

April 16, 2014

For years, the Chagga have called Kilimanjaro home, and one of their staple crops has always been bananas. In this hearty stew, they play a starring role; give it a try in your own kitchen—it will be like a taste of the mountain’s history at home!

Patients in Elisa’s Live Well walking program

Climbing Kilimanjaro Without Ever Leaving Home

April 9, 2014

We like to tell all our trekkers that with enough determination, and the will to push themselves harder than they ever thought possible, almost anyone can achieve the goal of summiting Kili. But even we were impressed with the resolve of one recent group of trekkers. They won’t be traveling to Tanzania any time soon,…

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)

Thomson trekkers near Reusch Crater

Can’t Miss on Kilimanjaro: Reusch Crater

March 19, 2014

Many trekkers know of Kilimanjaro’s fiery past; the three peaks—Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo—were once all active volcanoes. Over thousands upon thousands of years, they erupted continually, building the mountain ever-higher, until one by one they went extinct: first Shira sputtered out, then Mawenzi. Kibo, ever the overachiever of the bunch, decided to keep its options more open; the tallest of Kili’s peaks is considered dormant, but not dead.

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