Mountain climbing is one of the most thrilling experiences that one can have during his lifetime. If you are looking at Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, here are a few tips on the best times to hike the tallest mountain in Africa.
There are two seasons considered to be the best to visit Mt. Kilimanjaro. These are January to March and June to October. January to March is characterized by warm dry weather. Visibility during this time is at its best and thus it is considered one of the best times to visit Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The latter season is a little bit more wet but just as ideal as the former. During this time there are a lot more people as the season comes during the summer holidays in most western countries. If you choose to visit Mt. Kilimanjaro during this time, you will have some company to enjoy the magnificence of the sights.
In spite of Mt. Kilimanjaro being in close proximity with the equator and the rest of the surrounding regions experiencing fairly stable weather, there are times it is very difficult to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. During the off season periods the mountain has been known to receive peak precipitation making it very wet and muddy. Ice and snow are a common occurrence and only expert hikers are advised to visit Mt. Kilimanjaro during this time.
Most hikers are ardent believers of the safety net called a group. Being in a group allows you to share and in most cases feel secure. If you love the group idea then June to October period is the most ideal for you. Hikers and groups of hikers from North America and Europe flock the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro during this time.
Another ideal time to schedule for group hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro would be during the full moon. The popularity of the moonlit hike is well deserved. Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro summit at this time is a sight to behold. The scenery is magnificent yet visibility and practicality of doing it is as good and easy as summiting during day. Timing of when to start the climb is paramount so that the very last bit of the summit falls on the night of the full moon. For average and good climbers, it is advised to start at least five days before the appearance of the full moon. You can learn more about our Kilimanjaro Tour Packages here.
The new moon period is also gaining popularity though not as much as the full moon period. The most amazing thing about hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro during this time is gazing at the stars when the skies are pitch black. The stars are at their brightest and the contrast is amazing. You will however need good lighting gadgets if you decide to hike during this time.
There is a myriad of things to do if you are planning on hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, you will definitely need to study the general locality climate and the specific weather pattern for the time period you intend to visit. This way you are sure to get the best time to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro. You should start getting ready as soon as possible; you may not know how long the magnificent glaciers will last. The earlier you come, the better!