The Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the most authentic adventures that can still be experienced on African soil. The highest summit of the continent is one of the hardest high mountain routes in the world although the absence of technical difficulties, beyond those imposed by the altitude and hardness of the pending, make it the most accessible of the great peaks of the planet.
Each year, thousands of travellers plan their trip to the Kilimanjaro. Here you have everything you need to plan the trip and start putting date to the dream of ascending to Kilimanjaro.
What is the best time to go?
The geographical position of Kilimanjaro in the equatorial zone causes, in the low areas, few temperature variations throughout the year and the existence of dry season and wet season.
There are two rainy seasons a year. The first begins in mid- March and lasts until the first weeks of June with significant rainfall peaks in April and May. There is a second wet season between the months of November and the beginning of December but the rainfall levels are much lower than in the previous months.
This division in two of the rainy season also has its correspondence with the dry months. The first dry season extends between the second half of December and the beginning of March, while the second covers the period between July and October. Of course, these are the coldest months.
Another aspect to take into account is the influx of climbers. The biggest avalanches occur around the Christmas and New Year holidays where, sometimes, real agglomerations occur.
How should you prepare?
One of the attractions of the Kilimanjaro ascent is that does not require technical knowledge in mountaineering to reach the summit. But this does not mean that it is simple.
The main mountainous needle of Africa is the fourth most demanding mountain in the world, from the point of view of its unevenness, only surpassed by Everest, Aconcagua and Mount McKinley. The slope from the base approaches 5,000 meters and requires a great physical and mental preparation; for that reason, the ascent is divided in four or five days to raise an average of 1,000 meters each day.
The first difficulty is the adaptation to the altitude to avoid that the ‘altitude sickness’ frustrates the objective. Many agencies offer the possibility of adding some acclimatization day to the route. This supposes a considerable increase in the final price, but they increase of remarkable way the probabilities of success at the time of facing the summit.