October 8, 2015
Mt Kilimanjaro trekking
Written By Admin
Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
Mount Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa
Mt. Kilimanjaro is situated inside the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, permanently covered with snow.
It is one of the continent’s most magnificent sights. Mt. Kilimanjaro is an extinct volcano with 3 major peaks: Kibo peak (5,895m), Shira peak (3,962m) and Mawenzi peak (5,149m). Kilimanjaro can be climbed (hiked) throughout the year with our experienced guides. Put on your walking shoes and have this intense and fantastic experience!
This truly unique adventure allows guests to hike to the “Roof of Africa” and experience its awe-inspiring beauty while enjoying a bewildering sense of achievement. Ascending Kilimanjaro is best enjoyed over a seven-day period to acclimatize to the mountain’s 19 340 foot (5 895 metre) gradient and fully appreciate the many breathtaking habitats along its winding trails.
Best Time to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s proximity to the equator, this region does not experience the extremes of winter and summer weather, but rather dry and wet seasons. Therefore, the best time to climb Kilimanjaro tends to be the warmest and driest months (see Kilimanjaro weather). The primary issue is safety, as the risks associated with climbing increase significantly when the weather is foul. The effects of rain, mud, snow, ice and cold can be very strenuous on the body.
Correspondingly, your chances of a successful summit also increase significantly with nice weather. Of course, the mountain gets more traffic during these periods as well. It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro year round. January, February, and September are considered to be the best months in terms of weather, and correspondingly are the busiest months. From January through mid-March are the warmest months, with clear skies in the mornings and evenings. During the day, clouds may appear along with brief showers. From the end of March to early June is the long rainy season. Visibility may be low due to heavy clouds, but the crowds are gone. June, July, and August are good months, but it is colder. Following September and October, the short rainy season lasts from November through the beginning of December, where afternoon rains are common, but skies are clear in mornings and evenings.
Temperature on Mount Kilimanjaro
The answer is that the temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro range from hot to bitter cold. The journey from the gate to the peak is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days. This is because the routes to the Uhuru peak cross different ecological zones. Mount Kilimanjaro has five major ecological zones, each approximately 3,280 feet (1,000 m) in altitude. Each zone is subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life as the altitude increases.
Due to its proximity to the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro does not experience wide temperature changes from season to season. Instead, the temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro are determined more so by the altitude and time of day. At the beginning of the climb, at the base of the mountain, the average temperature is around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 27 degrees Celsius). From there, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between 0 and -15 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 to -26 degrees Celsius). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. Therefore, regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.
Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Routes
The Western routes are thought to be the most scenic and most of our treks ascend via the Lemosho (8 days) and Machame (7 days) trails. The Lemosho, Rongai and Umbwe Routes are the least crowded while Machame (Whiskey Route) and Marangu (Coca-Cola Route) are the most popular. Lemosho, Machame and Umbwe descend via the Mweka Trail while Rongai and Marangu descend via the Marangu Trail. Longer climbs have the highest success rates and we recommend taking a minimum of 6 – 7 days to climb Kilimanjaro.
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