Best time to climb Kilimanjaro

The best time to summit is at sunrise. If you get the chance to sleep at the rim of the crater for dawn, you can actually see the curvature of the earth.
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is between July and September, pleasantly warm in the day with low rainfall. Trails are more crowded (less so in September) but itís migratory season for wildlife, so great for adding on a safari afterwards. However Kilimanjaro can be climbed all year-round - even the short rainy seasons (March through to May, and November and December) donít inhibit trekking, and brief showers can be refreshing on the trail. January to early March is another popular time. It still gets chilly in the mornings and evenings (Uhuru Peakís nighttime temps are between -7 to -29įC), but thatís the case whatever time of year you go.

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. Although you may get a few showers during the day. June, July and August are the ďwinterĒ months in Tanzania. Although itís 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 around full 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 doesnít 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 shorter rainy 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.

Kilimanjaro Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
14
24
47
FEB
14
25
42
MAR
15
25
119
APR
15
23
327
MAY
14
22
174
JUN
12
22
41
JUL
10
22
31
AUG
11
22
21
SEP
12
24
20
OCT
14
24
41
NOV
15
23
88
DEC
14
23
63

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Andrew Appleyard, from our supplier Exodus:
ďI think that one of the best times for trekking Kilimanjaro is late September, as the crowds have gone home so the routes are quieter. The Serengeti is still in Great Migration season too, and so packed with wildlife but not so many people.Ē
Written by Bryony Cottam
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