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The Best Time to Visit Mount Kilimanjaro for Hiking Tours

If you are thinking about trekking the highest mountain ranges in Africa or have you have already booked your safari to Kilimanjaro? The most common thing will be what’s the best time to visit and the other terms and conditions for the hike.

It’s possible that you can trek the Kilimanjaro any time throughout the year but some months are covered  in cold weather and rains and snow especially the top and yet some are dry and a lot more favorable.

Its best advised to hike the Kilimanjaro is between the months of December to February and Mid June to September. Ideally these are the dry months but even then, sometimes it can and gets a bit messy.

It is however believed that a day of rain may not be as bad as rain that comes in a season and rains on a daily. But even the months that are considered to be cold or wet may not necessarily be so ad they can even go weeks without any rain.

The wet months are March to Mid June and October to November.

The dry months are also the most crowded; the mountain can be filed with tourist and for people that have intent to explore extensively, you may need to reconsider.

Climbing Kilimanjaro Mountains during Full Moon

The Kilimanjaro Ranges are so beautiful during the full moon. The moon lights up the glaciers on the summit and his gives beautiful views. The full moon period gives the hikers good visibility on your trek and during your descending.

One doesn’t rally need to reach the peak on the exact day of the full moon, some people may wish to reach the Uhuru peak when the moon has reached its fullest.

If you have the intent of seeing the Kilimanjaro when the moon is at its fullest, you will need to start your seven day hike, five days before the full moon day and if it’s an eight day hike, you can also start the hike six days earlier. Of course you will need to book in advance as there only a limited number of people allowed reaching the summit during this time.

The full moon period is very popular timing and for trekkers that are looking for quiet hiking and alone time, you must avoid the full moon trek as it has a lot of people.

How to Prepare your Kilimanjaro Hike

Like any other mountain, hiking the Kilimanjaro ranges is a common thing on traveler’s lists and this mountain is even more special as it is the tallest in Africa. There about 30,000 people that hikes this mountain every year. This number doesn’t mean that the hike is an easy thing, you will need to have prepared yourself fit to hike this mountain.

Here are some of the things you can consider to prepare yourself for this hiking adventure.

  • Fitness Training

You will need to test your strength and see how far you can go. The emphasis is on the legs and how your heart and the cardio system can hold up. Your joints and muscles will be tested.

  • Altitude Sickness

The altitude sickness is the most common factor that affects most hikers of the Kilimanjaro. Therefore, you may have the fitness but then suffer altitude sickness. This inability to adapt to high altitude is known as the attitude sickness. This sickness can increase your chance of getting a cold or flu. You will be required to with draw until you feel better as this can affect your health and even cause death.

  • Hiking Gear

You will need to prepare camping equipment and food supplies that will be carried by your allocated helpers. Make sure you have quality gear that will be able to with stand all the terrible conditions in the wild. Pay a lot of emphasis on clothes and foot wear.


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