Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?
For many climbers this question is almost irrelevant as they will have to fit their climb into whatever dates they can clear from their busy work or family schedules, though for perhaps the majority, this is probably the first question prospective climbers should ask themselves.
Before discussing the respective merits of climbing at different times of year, it may be interesting to consider a summary of our climbers’ patterns of timings over the last three complete years, 2007-
The combined average numbers of our Kilimanjaro climber by month looks like this:
A graph showing what percentage of our climbers climbed in each month over three consecutive years is perhaps easier to peruse in a bar chart:
Climbing Kilimanjaro during Wet Months
Generally speaking –
For a few climbers however, there is an added attraction to climbing during rainy months because:
- There are virtually no crowds on any routes. So even a busy and heavily commercialised route like Machame can be almost empty and one can pretty much have the trail to oneself.
- For some, the idea of climbing Kilimanjaro when the summit is most likely to be snowcapped can feel like a more authentic alpine experience and adds an additional element of challenge to the adventure.
Climbing Kilimanjaro during Busy Months
For most climbers however, the idea of minimising the likelihood of being often rained on and having the best prospects of good views and photo opportunities, are some of the deciding factors when deciding when to climb. Because Team Kilimanjaro is aware of these trends we have long sought methods to ensure that our climbers are not exposed to high volume crowding and that they should enjoy as authentic a wilderness experience as possible, despite climbing at a very busy time.
As well as trying to incorporate some of the best pro-
The Best Month to Climb Kilimanjaro
With respect to some of the peculiar benefits of climbing during rainy months –
Wanting to Meet Others while Climbing Kilimanjaro
While the above paragraphs perhaps implicitly refer to crowds on the mountain as being a negative factor, this is simply so because a clear majority of our climbers seem to want to avoid crowds and have as customised and exclusive an experience as possible. We do also have climbers, though, that may join a climb solo or in pairs who want to meet others and who enjoy the prospect of having access to as many strangers as possible. Where this is a preference we recommend that climbers should request to climb the Machame Route with us. Climbers requesting Machame should understand that although Team Kilimanjaro’s 7 day Machame Route is entirely unique to us, it is only the configuration of the timings for movements on this route that are unique and not the trail itself. We depart from the norm simply because –