Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro

Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro

Best time to climb Kilimanjaro view of Kibo

Mt. Kilimanjaro is so large that it actually creates its own weather.

Because of this fact, it is difficult to forecast the weather on the mountain. Due to Kilimanjaro’s proximity to the equator, this region experiences a wet and dry season instead of summer and winter. Kilimanjaro can be climbed all year round; however, we don’t recommend climbing during the wet months – April, May, and November.

Keep these facts in mind when you are determining the date of your climb:

  • No matter which month you climb, expect rain, snow, plan for warm sunny days, and cold rainy days.
  • Kilimanjaro has six eco-systems; you will experience different temperatures throughout the climb.
  • The foothills of Kilimanjaro are humid, and temperature can range from 70-90°F.
  • At the summit, expect cold arctic weather. The temperatures can range from 10°-40°F during the day and -15°-20°F at night.
  • Avoid climbing during April, May, and late November. The heavy rains make the trails muddy and difficult to negotiate.
  • You can experience dry weather during the rainy season and heavy rain during the dry season.

If you’d like to add a safari after your climb, consider the following:

  • No matter what months you travel, you’ll see a plethora of animals.
  • December to March. The weather is hot, although there is a chance of short rain in the afternoon. Parks are green with lush vegetation and less crowded with tourists. In January and February you’ll see a lot of animals giving birth.
  • From April to mid-May, and the first half of November heavy rains make travel to many areas impossible.
  • June to October – dry season. Wildlife congregates at the remaining water sources. The parks are crowded as these are popular months to travel; it’s necessary to reserve accommodation well in advance.

Climbing Kilimanjaro
The 3 Best Routes

These are our tried and true routes – featuring the best acclimatization for higher elevations.
We aim for your success and these 3 are our go-to climbs for reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Trekkers ascend the Machame route while climbing Kilimanjaro

Machame Route

7 Days

Great acclimatization as you "walk high, sleep low." Our favorite route for a seven day climb.
Stunning scenery.
Day or night summit bid available.

Trekkers celebrate reaching the summit after climbing Kilimanjaro

Lemosho Route

8 Days

Our most popular Kilimanjaro route.
Breathtaking scenery on the trail.
Excellent acclimatization.
Quiet trails for the first half of the climb.

Climbers descend the summit after climbing Kilimanjaro

Northern Circuit

9 Days

Views from nearly all sides of Kilimanjaro.
Least-traveled route on Kilimanjaro.
Spectacular views into Kenya (only possible on this route).

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