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When To Climb Kilimanjaro: Top 3 Things To Consider

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    There’s an old saying that goes: “Once you reach the top of the mountain, keep climbing.” It’s a great quote, but when you finally reach the 19,340-foot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, there’s something about the top of this mountain that feels different. It feels big. Bucket-list big. You’ve just reached the highest point in Africa; there’s literally nowhere else to go!

    Famously coined “The Roof of Africa,” there are certain times of the year when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is more favorable than others. That said, every season brings its advantages, and with the mountain open year-round for trekking, it’s important to have all the information you need to make it the most memorable experience possible.

    When Should I Climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

    Here are Three Important Things to Consider

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    1. High Season = Dry Season:

    The two high seasons for climbing Kilimanjaro are January through March and June through October. You can’t beat these months for weather and visibility, though you’ll have to share the trail with others. But sharing is caring, right? Plus this mountain is a behemoth; no matter the season there’s plenty to go around. If you come in the wet season, you will have fewer encounters with other hikers along the route. Kilimanjaro Weather is a unique term as the mountain creates its own water cycle! That means good and bad weather is no guarantee, but rain can be expected to differ month by month.

    2. Choose Experience:

    Each year an estimated 25,000-30,000 people climb Kilimanjaro, so make sure your guides are prepared to handle any age, any experience, and any weather. Mount Kilimanjaro is a nontechnical trek so, with proper acclimatization, plenty of water, quality gear and guides, the summit is within reach, regardless of the season.

    So When Is Best?

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    Okay, so now that we’ve covered these three important aspects of climbing Kilimanjaro, let’s take a look at a monthly breakdown of the seasons:

    January – March:

    Peak Season, Less Rain, Warmer Weather

    • January is the driest month of year (The rain forest will still be lush!) for climbing and one of the busiest months. February is also one of the warmest months of the year to be in Tanzania!
    • A great time of year to consider Kilimanjaro for those less experienced.
    • Warm and clear, the crowds are moderate

    March – May:

    More Rain, Fewer People, Cooler Weather

    • Low season for Kilimanjaro, due to this period being the rainy season. These are some of the wettest months and less popular times in terms of weather.
    • Muddier trails and lower visibility.
    • You’ll have the trails more to yourself.
    • It will be during the coldest months in all the trekking seasons, but every month guarantees exposure to cold temperatures along your trekking experience.

    June – October:

    Light Rain, More People, Cooler Weather

    • This is the most popular climbing season for Kilimanjaro treks and therefore the busiest time due to Summer Holidays.
    • Students and families are on summer break, and many choose this time.
    • By June the rainy season has subsided, bringing dry days and cool nights with thin cloud cover to see every piece of Tanzania’s beautiful landscapes.

    October – December: More Rain, Fewer People, Warmest Time

    • A short rainy season typically arrives in November.
    • Choose these months and you’ll find fewer people.
    • December can see more visitors due to the holidays.

    The Bottom Line

    When considering when to climb to the Roof of Africa, each season has its advantages; you never know what you’ll get, regardless if you choose the Machame Route or another. Choose a month that best suits your schedule and goals, then hakuna matata. No worries. Because Kilimanjaro will leave you breathless (literally) and forever inspired. There’s simply no experience quite like it. So keep climbing.

    Getting You There?

    Award winning Tanzania Trekking Tour Operators, Easy Travel pride themselves on their 30+ years of experience providing amazing encounters climbing Africa’s Highest Peak. Easy Travel can organize your dream Kilimanjaro trek, starting today.

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