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Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro

It is possible to Climb Kilimanjaro all-year-round. However, certain months are characterised by colder weather, more rain and potentially loads of snow on the summit. The Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro is during the warmest and driest times of the year, which is from December to March and June to October.

Unlike the Himalayas, Kilimanjaro is never “closed”. You can start Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro year-round, but you need to be prepared.

Kilimanjaro, Month By Month?
  • January, February and the first half of March are the warmest months, with wonderful clear skies mornings and evenings, making these very Popular Times To Climb Kilimanjaro. Although you may get a few showers during the day.
  • June, July and August are the “winter” months in Tanzania.Although it’s still warm during the day, nights are cold. But then Kili can be chilly year-round anyway.
  • August and September are peak season on Kili, so if you want to avoid busy trails you might want to consider another time of year. It is, however, also migratory season for wildlife if you want to add a safari into the already magical mix. September is a little quieter and also warmer than August.
  • Climbs aroundfull moons are very popular for obvious reasons.
  • There is a rainy season in April and May, which generally means one pretty heavy rainstorm every day on Kili. However, even that is not guaranteed and it doesn’t last for hours with most of the rain hitting the coast. So although some people want to avoid this, others embrace it, as rain equates with more solitary slopes.
  • There is another shorterrainy season from November to December, although the showers are short, and quite refreshing too. 
  • October is usually a great time for climbing,getting in just before the rains do, but when many of the crowds have gone home.
Climbing Kilimanjaro in January, February and March

Travellers should be aware that the months of January to March will be cooler, and there might be a light shower here or there.

  • The months of January to March are the Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro As A Beginner, hikers or trekkers.
  • The skies will be blue and brilliant.
  • The temperature will be slightly higher.
  • Rainfall will be less.
  • It is possible there will be less snow compared to later in the year.

For the most part, travellers will encounter fewer hikers on the trail which could make for a more enjoyable Kilimanjaro Climb depending on your travel preferences. 

Climbing Kilimanjaro From June to October
  • The months from June through October are definitely busier, but with the sheer size of Mount Kilimanjaro, it is unlikely that you will feel crowded during your Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • September will be the busiest month.
  • Some Kilimanjaro Routes have limits on the number of groups on the trails per day to help effectively manage and protect the environment.
  • Keep in mind that the trails are long, which will allow you to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet – even if you're travelling with a group. 
Climbing Kilimanjaro During The Wet Season

There are two wet seasons:

  • A long season that covers the months of March to June
  • A second burst that occurs in November

If you are an experienced climber, you might even enjoy the challenge while making the most of lower prices and fewer visitors on the trails.

At the top of the summit, there will be snow, which will appeal to advanced hikers or those who prefer these conditions. 

Climbing Kilimanjaro During The Full Moon

Mount Kilimanjaro is spectacular, but if you want to raise your experience, you might consider planning your hike with this heavenly event as you make the final ascent to the summit and witness the magnificent Kilimanjaro Glaciers illuminated by the full moon.

The Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb might be a monthly occurrence, but it will take careful planning to make sure you reach the summit when the moon is at its brightest.

For example, a 7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb should start five days before the date of the full moon in order for you to time it with your Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Finally The Addition Of The Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro can be climbed year-round, but for your safety and comfort, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro avoids the long and short rains (April-May and November). So we recommend the Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro are the drier months. Kilele Climb can accommodate you if your schedule only allows you to trek in the shoulder-seasons.

Read our in-depth guide to Kilimanjaro Weather or follow the Kilimanjaro Weather Forecast.

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