How Cold Does It Get On Mount Kilimanjaro? : Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and the world’s largest free-standing mountain, is located in northern Tanzania near the well-known Tanzanian parks of Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an once-in-a-lifetime experience since it is truly magnificent to be on top of Africa, and the walk there takes anything from 6 to 9 days. Many people travel to Africa to see Mount Kilimanjaro, especially those who like adventure and want to challenge their physical stamina. Due to the significant elevation gain, you may encounter all types of weather on a Kilimanjaro hike, from hot to cold, wet to dry, sunny to rainy. Being prepared will allow you to handle any challenges the mountain may present.
As one climbs, they pass across five different ecological zones. Each area becomes colder. Expect it to be hot and humid at the start of the climb in the rainforest. You’ll probably feel comfortable walking in just a t-shirt, shorts, or hiking pants. It’ll probably be in the 70s or 80s in Fahrenheit, unless it is raining. However, it quickly becomes frigid. It will be frigid even on the first night of your ascent. Once the sun sets, you’ll need a fleece jacket and knit hat to stay warm.
You will typically be good with just one or two layers on top the following few days as you move between campsites, such as a base layer, a soft shell jacket, and trekking pants. It is not cold as long as you are moving or outside in the sun. Actually, it’s rather cozy. It will be cold, though, if you pause for a long time, if clouds roll in, or if it’s windy. When you take a break or when the weather warrants it, you should put on a windbreaker or fleece jacket.
As you camp higher, the temperature will drop. Most people enjoy spending time in camp while dressed in a down jacket and fleece-lined pants. It is typically colder than 32 °F at night when temperatures fall below freezing. Ice crystals on your tent’s interior can be there when you awaken.
To prevent cold air from entering the tent, some people make the mistake of attempting to cover the ventilation that was designed into the tent. However, this results in a buildup of moisture inside the tent. In fact, this makes you feel colder! Do not tamper with the vents—they are there for a reason.
The summit night can be extremely cold, especially if there is wind. It might very possibly be below zero or even colder. However, temperatures of 20F to 30F are more typical. What to wear will be suggested by your guide. Most people appear to fare well with three layers on the bottom—tights, fleece trousers, and rain pants—and four layers on top—a base layer, a soft shell, an insulated jacket, and a hard shell. Wear warm gloves and a cap.
It quickly becomes warm once the sun rises. As you ascend, the temperature may be below zero before rising to 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the morning sunlight. Therefore, keep in mind to undress and take off perhaps two layers on top and one layer on the bottom before the descent; otherwise, you will perspire a lot. Don’t forget to stay hydrated the entire time.
Conclusion: Despite the fact that Mount Kilimanjaro is chilly, I want to assure you that you shouldn’t be concerned about the cold when organizing your safari excursion. You will be fine as long as you pack appropriate clothing. Don’t be discouraged from climbing because of an unjustified dread of the cold. Please do not hesitate to contact Focus East Africa Tours for more information about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and other safari tours in Tanzania. We are here to help you with anything related to your east Africa safari and to ensure that you have an unforgettable safari experience.