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.”

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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.