October is the first month of the wet season and it runs from October to November. October being the first month, chances are high the rains may be less or even none and therefore, you can still have a normal hike.
Hiking during this time is usually not recommended since the trails are muddy and wet.
Sometimes it can also be less enjoyable depending on the person but it can be a great adventure for some other people.
It will although limit you on certain things like you may avoid a certain trail when it’s impassable and may miss out on photo opportunities.
The wet season if one can find a way out, is the best time for people that don’t want the crowds and want quiet and peace and tranquility while in the wild.
It’s always advised that you work with a local tour operator to help you determine the best time to travel since they are always on the grown and follow the weather developments.
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 hike 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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