The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Knowing the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is an important consideration before the attempt. It does not only affects your successful hike but also your overall experience. To your benefit, we have created a list of things for you to consider so as to make a good decision on what time you should hike Africa’s highest mountain.

Factors you should consider when choosing when to hike Mount Kilimanjaro (best time to climb mount Kilimanjaro)

Weather is the ultimate factor, the Kilimanjaro being near the equator faces only dry or wet(rainy) seasons with dry season favoured as it makes the hike less challenging and on the other hand having more success chances. However, the rainy season is less favourable as you will slog through very deep mud in the first days, at a higher altitude and you will have to fight your way through ice, snow, fog with moisture in your clothes, and the gears. In fact, you will not only be facing a challenge to the summit but risking your health through the process.

Tip: bad weather on the Kilimanjaro will ruin your overall experience, in the same way as your photos, and will also make the hike twice as hard.

See the table below to know more about the month by month temperature, precipitation, cloudiness, and crowds.



month by month, weather (temperature, precipitation, cloudiness, crowds)

Number of people on the mountain, many hike enthusiasts are on the mountain in favourable weather, but if you prefer a hike with fewer visitors you should opt for the low season and carefully choose a route

Budget, on the peak season there are many group hikes and of course, this will slightly reduce the cost of the trek.

The views, if you prefer to have a certain experience like summiting on a full moon, a snowy summit, stunning sunrise, and sunset views, therefore dates are to be considered as it will influence these aspects.

  • summiting on a full moon is possible within each month, however, some months are less cloudy so you get an even better experience, as a result, peak dry season (August) is the best time for a clear full moon. we also have estimated full moon dates worth to consider
  • A snowy summit, in some months the Kilimanjaro can have less snow meanwhile other months can be very snowy. For instance, you can favour a snowy summit (peak wet season) or a summit without snow. In fact, this will be down to the dates & your decision on when you should hike Kilimanjaro.
  • Sunset and sunrise views, during the dry season, there it is less cloudy and you will have an even better view of the sunrise and sunset.

Month by month weather on the Kilimanjaro, the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Below, is a month-to-month breakdown of the weather and other things you should consider before deciding when to hike Mount Kilimanjaro.

Late March – mid-June.

The rainy/wet season is usually from April to May, however, late March and early June are what we consider as a grey area. In fact, it can rainy or dry with weather changes. Normally, rainy seasons can start earlier in late March and end in mid-June

Late June – August

It is expected to be past the rainy season, yet, the weather on Kilimanjaro will be dry and a bit colder, therefore, June is quiet but the number of hikers will increase as the year progresses.

August – October

August and September are the peak season for hikers on the Kilimanjaro. During this time, the weather is good with many clear days and it is a bit colder. So, these conditions are good and will last until mid-October before the buildup for the short rains begins.


The number of hikers starts dropping in late October to November. Thus, the weather is more unpredictable as short rains may have started or looming, this short shower rains. However, it will last for short spans in the day but, as long as you are equipped you will withstand the occasional rain showers which wouldn’t present any major problem to you.


short rains will last up to December. And with a few situations, they will be prolonged to early January. In the same way, the temperatures will have dropped and the shower rains will make it more challenging. Therefore, You should be equipped.


The four to six weeks around Christmas and New Year are the second peak climbing season on Kilimanjaro. There will be many trekkers despite the high chances of rainfall and thick clouds in the lower regions.


Mid-January to mid-March is a good time to hike the Kilimanjaro. The weather is reasonable, not too cold, not too wet, and there aren’t as many climbers. The days are mainly dry, beautifully clear with few clouds and occasional brief showers. This period is the warmest with clear skies from morning to evening.

Tips you should consider if your preferred time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro does not fit your travel period

Finally, You may find that your travel period is at a less perfect time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to fit your preferred considerations being weather, number of hikers, views, budget while this happens you should not stress out here are tips you should consider

–              Consider the Rongai route, this route is on the northern side of the mountain. It is much drier than other Kilimanjaro routes

–              If you prefer fewer crowds you should consider Rongai, Shira, and lemosho routes which are less crowd

10 Reasons Why You Should Hike Mt Kilimanjaro

Why do 40,000 people a year seek to hike the world’s highest freestanding mountain and highest in Africa?. The mountain is so popular, now well known as “Everyman’s Everest”.

Below, are the top ten reasons why you should hike Mt Kilimanjaro, from the most practical to the most profound:

1. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest point and one of the seven summits. It needs no technical skills or climbing equipment to conquer the summits. In other words, a beginner without any experience on big mountains can safely and successfully make it to the top.

Note: Technically, the easiest to climb of the world’s Seven Summits is Kilimanjaro.

2. A week’s walk from the equator to the north poleKilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain on the equator. Climbing Kilimanjaro is like hiking from the equator to the North Pole in a week. It provides dramatic changes in vegetation and animal life day by day. Making it one of the world’s greatest wonders

3. A world on its own. Did you know? while the entire United States enjoys 7 climatic zones, Mount Kilimanjaro enjoys 5?. The Mountain guarantees an experience that is out of this world, scenic changes in vegetation and climate creates that feeling of “traversing through different worlds within just a few hours.”

Kilimanjaro’s 5 climatic zones.

Cultivation: Farmlands, small villages, coffee and fruit plantations.

Rain forest: Most wildlife is be found here.

Heather-Moorland: Shrubs and unique flora are everywhere.

Alpine Desert: Unique landscapes featuring volcanic rocks in varied shapes and sizes, and also extreme temperatures.

Glacier Summit: An arctic zone.

4. Kilimanjaro is a pristine getaway to connect with nature. Staying a minimum of four nights of camping and walking through different vegetation is refreshing and will make you reconnect with nature especially when coming from major cities.

5. The mountain that inspires. Whether you want to inspire yourself or others towards a cause hiking Kilimanjaro can be it, Kilimanjaro belongs to Tanzania, the first nation in East Africa to win independence from colonial powers (it was then called Tanganyika). Before independence in 1959, soon-to-be President Julius Nyerere said: “We, the people of Tanganyika, would like to light a candle and put it on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro which would shine beyond our borders giving hope where there was despair, love where there were hate and dignity where before there was only humiliation.” Today, the summit is called Uhuru Peak–Uhuru is the Swahili word for “Freedom.”.

Fact: President Nyerere went on to inspire freedom & liberate east & southern African countries

6. A hot spot for studying climate change, global warming is one of the most debated topics with many arguing for & against it, from prominent global leaders to young activists all with great conviction to their arguments. The Kilimanjaro shrinking glaciers have been used for so long as evidence to support arguments for global warming therefore it is one of the best places for you to clear your doubts and take a stand.

7. Hiking Kilimanjaro is not very difficult but also not an easy task with many hikers claiming it is one of the most challenging tasks they have done both at a physical and mental level. Climb Kilimanjaro, stand on the roof of Africa and see the world in a different way. A mountain top is a place for vision, inspiration, and a new beginning. As the famous song by Juluka goes: “I’m sittin’ on top of Kilimanjaro, I can see a new tomorrow. I’m sittin’ on top of Kilimanjaro. I cast away all my sorrows.

Tip: Kilimanjaro is a worthy accomplishment to brag about.

8. Kilimanjaro, Picturesque & Stunning. the scenery from the trail start to the summit is amazing, from its green vegetation, the kissing rock to the summit. You will be rewarded with great scenes, views of sunrise, sunsets, the summit and if planned well great view of the full moon

Other reasons why you should consider hiking the Kilimanjaro

9. Africa’s best safaris, as you will already be in Tanzania a safari to Serengeti & Ngorongoro crater is a worthy extension one not to miss considering these wildlife destinations are arguably the best in the world. However, they are just the tip of the iceberg with over 26 national parks in Tanzania

Tip: Tanzania is home to half of the world’s lions.

10. Beach extensions, Tanzania has a large coast but the archipelago islands of Zanzibar are the most known for clean, crystal waters and stunning beaches.