General information about hiking Kilimanjaro

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When to climb

Mt. Kilimanjaro can be climbed throughout the  year but seasonal variations in climate and traffic need to be considered .

January, February and March have the best weather, being warm and almost devoid of cloud.

April through to mid June is still warm but there may be some rainfall on the lower slopes and bands of cloud may reduce visibility around the forest area.

Late June, July and August can become very cold at night but in return, the sky is usually completely clear above 3,000m. Traffic is high.

September to October are perhaps the best months to plan a climb with steadily increasing temperatures, low rainfall and relatively few people.

November and December are for the more adventurous climbers. Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and there can be heavy snow showers towards the summit but night and early morning bring excellent visibility. November is very quiet, but late December the holiday traffic is very heavy.

 

Who can climb

The National Park Authorities have set the minimum age for trekking to Uhuru Peak as 10 years old. However should any member of your group be under sixteen at the time of the ascent then please discuss this with us before booking.

There is no upper limit to the age of climbers and people in their seventies and eighties regularly make the summit. But don’t let this fool you youngsters into thinking that the climb will be a breeze for you – most of these older people are experienced mountain people and some of the more doddery ones are practically carried up by vast armies of porters!

ESSENTIALS

 Boots, hooded anorak Gore, Poncho to cover and protect daypack, Fleece jacket or windproof jacket, Four seasons duvet jacket, Three warm upper body layers, Two T-shirts, Water/windproof trousers Gore-Tex shell One pair of warm fleece-type trousers, Two pairs of lightweight trousers, One pair of shorts, Two pairs of thermal underwear, Three pairs of underwear, Lighter pair to wear as inner set, Heavier pair for extra warmth, Wide brim hat for shade against the sun, Balaclava or woolly hat, Scarf or bandanna, Waterproof gloves or mittens, Thin under gloves, Good quality sunglasses or goggles with side gusset, broken-in boots, leather recommended, Trainers
Spare laces, Waterproof, breathable gaiters, Thick socks, Thin socks to wear under heavy socks, 6 pairs woolen or synthetic, Four season sleeping bag with optional fleece, Inflatable sleeping mats with repair kit, Towel, kikoi or sarong

 

Other Items recommended

Water bottles: 2 x 1 liter, Water purification tablets, Torch or headlamp, Spare torch batteries/bulb, Candle, Matches Pencil & paper for the trip log, Pocket knife, Camera plus film / batteries, Video camera / batteries, Plastic bags for keeping various things dry. Walking pole, Reading material, Games & cards, favourite snacks, High-energy bars for the final ascent, First aid kit, Toiletries,  Lip balm, Ear plugs, One roll soft toilet paper, Wet wipes, Gel-activated (not oxygen-activated) hand/foot warmers
Spare contact lenses and/or glasses and/or dentures.

NOTE:

Any items of clothing or equipment that you do not possess can be hired in Moshi with the help of your guide.