It is that time of the year again, and if you intend to climb Africa’s highest mountain this autumn or winter, now is the perfect time to book your Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition!
While you can climb Kilimanjaro at any time of the year, it’s pretty cold during the months of June, July and August, but once you get into September, the sun begins to shine, there is less chance of rain, the routes to Uhuru Peak are usually snow-free, and your path to the Roof of Africa will be much more enjoyable.
We climbed Kilimanjaro at the end of September, and enjoyed glorious sunshine every day. The nights are cold, but when you consider the altitude in which you are camping, that is to be expected, and providing you have warm clothes, a good quality sleeping bag, and a comfy inflatable mattress (take your own – you will thank me!), you’ll be fine.
September is considered one of the best months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro due to its moderate climate and good climbing conditions, but group tours tend to be rather crowded at this time of the year, so if you are looking for a more personal service, take a private tour instead.
If you think that a Private Kilimanjaro Climb is over your budget – think again! I recently found a private Kilimanjaro tour that was considerably cheaper than all the group tours departing during the same week (I’m talking £300 cheaper!), and with your own personal crew of porters, cooks and mountain guides to take care of your every need, your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak are considerably higher.
Private Kilimanjaro climbs can start on any day you choose, so you do not have to fit in with anyone else’s plans, and as they are available for single climbers, couples, families and charity groups, everyone can enjoy the ‘luxury’ of a private Kilimanjaro climb!
October and November are great months for climbing Kilimanjaro too, but by December, the Christmas and New Year crowds start to arrive – and that’s a completely new story!