If you are planning to climb Kilimanjaro one of the key decisions you will need to make is when to go. Deciding the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro comes down to looking at three things. Of course the weather is the most important consideration. Kilimanjaro is near the Equator and has no hot and cold season but it does have two rainy seasons: the long rainy season in April and May and the short rainy season in mid November to December. If you climb in these months there is likely to be some rain every day but often in short sharp downpours. The driest period is June to October when there is almost invariably warm clear weather.
The second factor to take into account is how busy the mountain will be. Inevitably more want to climb in June to October and as a result you can find that the routes are busy. To minimize this problem during these months we generally start our treks everyday and make sure we get started early every day to get ahead of most people.
Finally you should look at the cost of your flights. These vary quite a bit, both during the year and depending on the day of the week. The main summer vacation period in Europe always though tends to be particularly expensive. And of course climbing Kilimanjaro in the full moon is magical any time of year.
JANUARY AND MARCH: Dry and quiet
JUNE TO OCTOBER: Warm and busy
APRIL AND MAY: Wet but quite
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER: Short rain but colder
ALL YEAR ROUND: Full Moon
CLIMATE. 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. January and February are the warmest months, April and May are the wettest months, June and July are the coolest months, and August and September are the driest months. January, February, and September are considered to be the best months to climb Kilimanjaro in terms of weather. Price and How to climb Kilimanjaro
A 5 days/ 4 nights trek up the Marangu Route will cost $950 -$1,100. depending on group size However, if you are not accustomed to altitude we highly recommended you to take a 6 or 7 day trip which start from $1,250, depending on the route and group size. Choose your Route. There are six routes officially sanctioned for climbing Kilimanjaro and two routes used for descent. These are:
Mweka (descent only)
Tipping for Guides and Porters
Tipping for guides and porters is standard. A single climber will have on average 1 guide, 3 porters and a cook. As a group size increases the climbing support team increase at a similar ratio. The ratio is set by the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINIPA) So tour operators are meant to comply with this standard. In general, you should budget $20-$25 a day for chief guides, $15-$20 a day for assistant guides, $15 a day for your cook and $10 a day for each porter. Depending on the size of the group. your total tip budget should be $250-$300.
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