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.
Here are Three Important Things to Consider:
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.
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.
3. Safety First: Let’s be real—Kilimanjaro is no walk in the park (but that’s why you’re considering it, right?) Above all else comes your personal safety, so be sure and align the decision of when with your skills and realistic goals. To see how long it takes to climb, view more.
So When Is Best?
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: Less Rain, More People, Warmer Weather
- January is the driest time of year for climbing.
- 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.
- Muddier trails and lower visibility.
- You’ll have the trails more to yourself.
June – October: Less Rain, More People, Cooler Weather
- This is the most popular season for Kilimanjaro treks.
- 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.
October – December: More Rain, Fewer People, Warmer Weather
- 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. 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.
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