May 31, 2013
Proper hydration is crucial to succeeding on Kilimanjaro as it helps climbers better adjust to the elevation. Your crew will provide unlimited purified water on the trip, and you should plan to drink 4-5 liters each day to help with the altitude. Bring along powdered drink mixes with electrolytes, or bouillon cubes to change up the flavor so you can keep drinking!
Our revolutionary PUR water system was first pioneered on MTV’s Summit on the Summit charity climb featuring celebrities trekking to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis. Another organization climbing for clean water, WaterCan, returns for their second trek with us this coming March!
May 29, 2013
How exactly do you safely climb to 19,341 feet? You’ll want to take your time to let your body properly adjust to the elevation; hiking at steady pace and choosing a longer climb will greatly increase your ability to acclimatize.
Trekkers on longer routes, 9 or 10 days, will have enough acclimatization time under their belt to safely stay at higher elevations, which opens up the opportunity to summit during the day. This is our favorite approach to Uhuru Peak, as you’ll have a full night’s sleep, encouraging daylight and fewer climbers on the trail. In fact, you’ll have two chances to stand atop Kilimanjaro; in the afternoon of your ascent, or the following morning before you start heading back down!
May 26, 2013
Why are some summit attempts made during the night? Kilimanjaro trekkers who are on the mountain for 6-8 days have less acclimatization time so they need to stay at a lower campsite before and after reaching the summit.
Donning headlamps and heavy layers, trekkers will start the final summit push just after midnight, reaching Uhuru Peak as the sun rises. Summit photos in hand, they’ll then spend the day trekking down to their last campsite, about 15 hours in all. It’s a challenging and unforgettable experience!
May 24, 2013
Lions, cheetahs and elephants! Oh my!
Want to see some wildlife while you’re in Africa? With an incredible amount of its land set aside for conservation, Tanzania boasts the highest concentrations of wildlife and far fewer tourists. Some of our travelers note they see more animals in one day in Tanzania than an entire week in South Africa! See the Big Five… and many of our other favorites.
May 22, 2013
But what if it rains during my trek?? You can keep your clothes, sleeping bag, socks, and the rest of your gear dry by packing them in garbage/plastic bags inside your duffel. Rain can happen anytime on Kilimanjaro, so with this extra protection is key – and the bags become perfect stuff sacks for dirty clothes. Deal with the laundry when you get home!
Speaking of garbage bags… did you know that Thomson porters have removed over 400 pounds of other companies’ garbage from the mountain in the last year? We abide by Leave No Trace principles and keeping the mountain pristine is one of our top priorities.