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Kilimanjaro - when to go

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1. Posted by urilla (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Just begnning to investigate climbing Kilimanjaro and just wondering what are the best times to do so? I would prefer to avoid crowds as much as possible. What kind of conditions can I expect - snow, rain?



2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Quoting urilla

What kind of conditions can I expect - snow, rain?

Expect snow, rain, sun, hot, cold, wind, no wind. The hike starts low on the mountain, and you'll probably get some warm weather. As you go up, weather changes frequently, so you'll probably encounter all these conditions.

As for when to go, try and book for a full moon period during the mountain’s two dry seasons during January to mid-March and June to October.

ClimbMountKilimanjaro is a good site to start your planning. It has objective information and good links.


3. Posted by alsalis (Full Member 63 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I did it at the end of August which was a pretty good time to do it, but it can be hit and miss people who went a week earlier faced freezing blizzards!

The best way to avoid the crowds is to choose one of the less popular routes and to leave in the middle of the week, as most people start treks at the weekend leaving then will always be busier. I did the Machame (6 day) route and there were about 10 other trekkers for the first 3-4 days until it merged with the umbwe route when a few more joined. Obviously the base camps are chock full of people. We left for the summit at 4am rather than 12am, which meant an easier climb and we saw only a couple people on the way up and by the time we got to the summit there was no one else anywhere to be seen, of course the rest of the day was a bit rushed...

I'd recommend 6 days as well to avoid altitude problems that are more common with 5 day routes, 7 days would be a bit too long I think.