When should I climb Kilimanjaro? Here is a chart that will help you in making your decision on when to climb. When considering the best time to climb, remember the key to success lies in the acclimatization schedule you pick. We recommend 8 day climbs on Kilimanjaro. Check out our Top 10 Tips for climbing Kilimanjaro. Check out our upcoming trips.
Kilimanjaro’s is so close to the equator, it is 3 degrees south. This gives the mountain a normally consistent weather pattern with no extreme winter or summer weather, but rather dry and wet seasons. The best time to climb Kilimanjaro tends to be the warmest and driest months in the chart above. Our main concern is safety, as the risks associated with climbing increase significantly when bad weather encroaches or Kilimanjaro gets hit by the tale end of a cyclone out in the Indian ocean.
The effects of rain, mud, snow, ice and cold can add to the risk on the trails. You need to come fully prepared for a wide range of weather conditions. Watch our packing video. To give yourself the best chance of success you need to come with the right training and preparation. Do not underestimate altitude sickness and take extra time for your body to acclimatize to the low levels of oxygen. Above 5,500m/ 18,044ft. you enter the lower realm of the death zone. This is extreme altitude and nothing lives or can survive about this height so having the right acclimatization schedule is vital for success. Subsequently, your chances of a successful summit also increases significantly with nice weather and better acclimatization. Of course, the mountain gets more traffic during more stable weather months.