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Mount Kilimanjaro

Trekking mount kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of year, though weather patterns are notoriously erratic and difficult to predict. During November and March/April, it’s more likely that paths through the forest will be slippery, and that routes up to the summit, especially the Western Breach, will be covered by snow. That said, you can also have a streak of beautiful, sunny days during these times, and should come prepared for rain and bitter cold at any time of year. Overall, the best time for climbing the mountain is in the dry season, from late June to October, and from late December to February or early March, just after the short rains and before the long rains.

Don’t underestimate the weather on Kilimanjaro. Conditions on the mountain are frequently very cold and wet, and you’ll need a full range of waterproof cold-weather clothing and gear, including a good-quality sleeping bag. It’s also worth carrying some additional sturdy water bottles. No matter what the time of year, waterproof everything, especially your sleeping bag, as things rarely dry on the mountain. It’s often possible to rent sleeping bags and gear from trekking operators, or – for the Marangu Route – from the Kilimanjaro Guides Cooperative Society stand just inside Marangu Gate. However, especially at the budget level, quality and availability can’t be counted on, and it’s best to bring your own.

Apart from a small shop at Marangu Gate selling a limited range of chocolate bars and tinned items, there are no shops inside the park. You can buy beer and sodas at high prices at huts on the Marangu Route.