When to Climb Kilimanjaro ?

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro should be an enjoyable and possibly even a life changing experience, Kilimanjaro Tours want to help ensure that this is the case and that you get the most from your climb.

Three main factors should be taken into consideration when you book your trip:
1.  The weather at the time of year in Tanzania.
2.  How busy the mountain, or chosen route up Kilimanjaro, will be at that time of year.
3.  When does the full moon occur, as the Mount Kilimanjaro summit ascent is normally carried out overnight and a full moon is beneficial to enjoy the brilliant night sky views.

Kilimanjaro’s main trekking seasons fall in line with the mountain’s dry seasons, which occur between January and March, and June and October. There are pros and cons to both seasons.

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January to March

This period tends to be colder than the later period and snow may lay on the path at this time of year. The trails are normally quieter as a result during this period.

June to October
Most European and Western educational holidays occur during these dates, so whilst the climate is somewhat warmer, the trails are often much busier. Cloud cover is much lower during the early part of this period following the heavy rains that fall between March and May. However, once you climb above the cloud cover, the skies are blue and bright.
The most popular Kilimanjaro climbing months are therefore: January, February, July, August and September.

Numbers of Climbers
June to October is normally the busier time of year, due to holiday periods in Europe and the West. However, the number of trails and their length mean that solitude can be found if required. If you wish company whilst you trek up Kilimanjaro, then this is the ideal time to do it.

Temperatures
With Tanzania being only three degrees south of the Equator, it is the altitude which affects the temperature as the trek progresses. Day-time temperatures on the lower parts of Mount Kilimanjaro are often pleasantly warm, even hot, although a brief rain shower in the afternoon is always possible. As soon as the sun goes down the air temperature becomes cold, and as the trek progresses, on the higher parts of Mount Kilimanjaro the temperatures often drop to below freezing. Warm clothes and a warm sleeping bag are essential.

Kilimanjaro Tours will be happy to advise you on the best route and time of year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to ideally meet your requirements.


Kilimanjaro ToursIf you would like more information, or have any questions, please contact info@kilimanjarotours.co.uk or call Kilimanjaro Tours on 0800 081 9014