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Should You Climb on New Years?

Many people like to plan trips up Kilimanjaro during the holidays, normally around Christmas and New Years. I have to say, last year we took a group to the top of Kilimanjaro, arriving on the first sunrise of New Years 2006. Although it was a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, climbing the mountain on the last night was like walking through the mall a few days before Christmas.

It was busy – really busy. I am estimating a few hundred people summitted on New Years. And, it was pretty difficult to get the quintessential picture next to the sing post at the “Roof of Africa.”

If you don’t mind some crowds on the mountain (and only in a few key areas), then climbing around New Years is great. But if you want solititude and typical mountain experience avoid New Years all together.

By Peter Baxter | Permalink | 2 comments | June 28th, 2006
Tags: Kilimanjaro, Mountain Warnings on Kili, New Years, Opinion, Summit
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By paul james | June 29th, 2006

Does anyone know if you can just hire a porter + bring your own tent and food?

By Donovan | June 29th, 2006

You are required to climb with a company going up the mountain.


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