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Do I Need Oxygen to Climb Kilimanjaro?

July 2, 2017

  It’s a question we’re asked all the time—which makes sense given Kilimanjaro’s epic proportions! On Everest climbs, bringing supplemental oxygen is a matter of course, and some companies tell trekkers they’ll provide it on Kili as an extra “boost” meant to reduce the more unpleasant symptoms of altitude.   Still, the short answer is…

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How Much Does It Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?

June 14, 2017

  If you’re seriously considering a Kilimanjaro trek, you’re probably aware there are a wide variety of trekking outfitters, at a wide range of price points.   Why so much variation? After all, aren’t you all climbing the same mountain?   It all comes down to two main factors: quality and ethics.   On the…

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How’d You Get That Shot? Kilimanjaro Photography Behind the Scenes with Elizaveta Popov

June 8, 2017

Walking among the clouds – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Photo: Elizaveta Popov   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.…

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How Long Does It Take to Climb Kilimanjaro?

May 30, 2017

  Reaching the top of one of the seven summits is a major achievement…but how long will it take you to do it? It’s a more complicated question than most travelers think. Travelers hoping to simply get a taste of Kilimanjaro can arrange for short 1-3 day climbs that stop well below summit elevation. But…

Who Can Climb Mount Kilimanjaro? 5 Trekkers Share What it Was Really Like

May 8, 2017

“Can I climb Kili?” is a question many of our guests ask themselves throughout the planning stages of their trek. A mountain that stretches 19,341 feet high, Kilimanjaro is a serious feat that requires physical strength, mental endurance, and a lot of determination. You too might be wondering if you’re up to the challenge. The…

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How Do We Stop Kilimanjaro’s Glaciers from Melting?

April 6, 2017

It’s hard to believe that there’s snow so close to the equator in Tanzania, but when you consider that Mount Kilimanjaro stretches 19,341 feet in the air, it becomes more comprehensible. Not only is there snow, there are fields of ice and infamous glaciers that attract tourists from every part of the world. Unfortunately, the…

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When Should You Climb Kili?

March 10, 2017

We want to make sure our trekkers are lined up for summit success, and a big part of that means climbing in optimal weather conditions. So, when should you climb Kili? Though there’s not one “best month” to climb Kili, there are general guidelines we encourage our guests to follow: June – October: Cooler and…

You Can Do It! Part Two: Thomson Staffers Share More Tips for Climbing Kilimanjaro

January 20, 2017

Thomson Safaris staffers at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.   You asked, and we delivered! The first round of staffers’ unconventional tips for climbing Kili received so much praise that we decided to give you more – and fortunately, our Kili consultants have a seemingly endless supply of helpful trekking advice. Here’s what our staff…

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Kilimanjaro Food: Banana and Beef Coconut Stew Recipe

December 5, 2016

What’s the food like on Kili? It’s a common question we’re used to answering – and for good reason. When climbing at a high altitude, it’s possible to experience a loss of appetite. It’s important to have food that’s as nutritious as it is tasty, and Thomson’s Kili kitchen staff has mastered that quite well.…