The weather on Kilimanjaro varies throughout the year, and also with the altitude as you ascend and descend the mountain. You will be warm when you start, but it is cold at the summit.
So, essentially, you can expect all sorts of weather, but it is best if you can avoid the rain. Tanzania’s two dry seasons last from December to the start of March, and then from late June until the end of October. Rain brings with it the possibilities of snow and ice on the higher slopes and it can also be muddy. For safety and the best chances of reaching the summit, you should certainly choose a dry season climb.
You will find the warmest months are between January and mid-March, with clear skies in the morning and night and maybe some cloudy conditions in between.
The period between March and mid-June is called the ‘Long Rains’ and this is not a good time to be tackling Kilimanjaro, in our opinion. It will not be busy, but as well as having to put up with the cold and wet, you will also miss out on some spectacular views, due to poor visibility caused by cloud cover. The so-called ‘Short Rains’ run from around the start of November until the beginning of December. This period is characterized by afternoon rains, but morning and evening skies are generally clear. November is not a month we would recommend for a Kilimanjaro climb.
Between the Long and Short Rains (from the middle of June to the end of October), the temperature cools but conditions are dry.
Tanzania avoids the temperature and climate extremes of other countries, but rain can fall in the dry seasons as well. Even Easy Travel cannot control the weather!