Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Tanzania: Temperatures at various elevations

What can we expect on the mountain in terms of +Kilimanjaro weather forecast? We'll start out at about 30C (87F). As we start to ascend, it will get progressively colder roughly 1 degree C for each 500 metres upwards.

The forecast for the 8 days that we'll be up there is somewhere in the range of 10C (50F) on the first day to about -6C (21F but will feel like 10 with the wind-chill) on summit night. Now these temperatures may not seem that cold but we'll be out there for 8 days without benefit of a warming hut or open fire. And on summit night, it'll take us about 5-6 hours to reach Gilman's Point and another 1.5-2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak. So that's almost 8 hours of those temperatures.

Donna (one of our group members) said that her daughter's friend summited last week Friday in near blizzard conditions. We can only hope and pray that we won't have to contend with that, but we are prepared.

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