Prepare for the Worst
Like most mountains of the world, the weather on mountains are subject to extreme weather conditions. This extreme conditions – like snow, ice, wind, hail – can happen in the warmest, best times of year. Some weather analysts say that, due to global warming, extreme weather conditions happen more frequently now in places like Kilimanjaro, since it’s on the equator and subject to minor changes in the environment.
Traditionally February is the best time of year for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro – that said, I have seen snow storms that last for days. I have seen 10 days of rain in the middle of August, another dry month for climbing the mountain..
What does all this mean? Be over preprepared. Expect the worst – always. And if rains or snows on the mountain, at least you come both physcially and mentally prepared.