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Can be walked all year in good weather, it is recommended to visit it early in the morning since it is maybe the only time you will not meet a large number of tourists heading to the place
April-September - all trails for hiking are closed during winter - but cross country ski trails are open of course
Dry season, best months July and August with mild climate. Anyway, rain can always occur in the eastern part of Madagascar. September and October are also dry but it gets hot at daytime. Although the region around Andringita is one of the best-developed tourist regions of Madagascar it gets seldom crowded in the National Park. On the longer hikes you sometimes never meet another visitor.
Due to its different zones from humid tropical areas to high elevations (Pic Boby is 2658m/8720 feet high), you can expect temperatures from 25°C/77°F down to -8°C/17°C with an average of around 21°C/70°F. The weather in the higher elevations can change quickly and you need to be prepared for precipitation. January/February is the wettest month with a precipitation on the east part of around 4000mm/year. July and August are relatively mild and dry. The chinook wind during the dry season is typic for the area around Adringita. Although the daytime temperature around the camp at Peak Boby could be pleasant 20°C/68°F in the sun you need to be prepared for low temperatures (-12°C/10°F) during the night.
Average Monthly Temperature and Rainfall for MDG at location (-22.17,46.88) from 1991-2015
Southern Summer (Nov-April) / However, weather during this time is often unpredictable.
Sword Lake is a popular destination for hikers as well as backpackers because it's an easy trip and only a 2.5 miles hike from the County Line Trailhead.
The best time to visit if you plan to go swimming is summer (late June/July/August) and early fall (September). However, expect a crowded area in summer, even more on weekends. Weather details: Monthly Weather - Sonora (nearby)
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
A great time with pleasant weather and less people is September after Labor Day, when the tourist season has died down a little. But still, try to avoid weekends if possible. You can also continue 0.3 miles farther to Lost Lake if Sword Lake is too crowded.