Climbing Kilimanjaro in January

snow caps on mount kilimanjaro

Extreme weather conditions are a likelihood at all times of year, especially at higher altitudes, where subzero nocturnal temperatures are often exacerbated by wind. But January is usually a good month to climb Kilimanjaro in climatic terms. It is quite dry and relatively cool, which reduces the impact of humidity on the lower slope and improves the likelihood of extensive snow on the peaks. There is a slight risk of late rains extending into the first week or two of January, and this fortnight is also an extension of the secondary peak season associated with Christmas and New Year, so it can be relatively busy. The second half of January is quieter.


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day 1

Moshi, arrival
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  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
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  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 2

Find your feet to Machame Camp
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  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 3

A nice day to New Shira Camp
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  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)

day 4

Up to Lava Tower and down to Barranco Camp
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day 5

Over the great Barranco wall to Karanga Valley
  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)
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day 6

To Barafu for a few hours rest
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  • Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain (EA 9 days)


day 8

Celebrations
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day 9

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