Traditionally the weather on Kilimanjaro is pretty predictable. Kilimanjaro has dry seasons and rainy seasons and some months have more sun, some months have to more cloud cover and other months are colder than others higher on the mountain. Out of the 35+ times I have climbed Kilimanjaro they have been in a range of months. I have even climbed in rainy season. I would not advise climbing in rainy seasons unless you have no other time in your schedule that allows you to climb the mountain. After helping over 2,500 people on the summit of Kilimanjaro, Ian Taylor Trekking have helped train and prepare people for their climb with 95% success on the Lemosho Route with Kilimanjaro’s Number one Guide.
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What are the best months for climbing Kilimanjaro
Let’s look at climbing Kilimanjaro month by month. If you are bored of reading just pick the phone and CALL US. We would love to talk through this with you.
January: Climbing after the 10th January is best, warmer, less rain, less cloud but more people on the mountain. This is one of the best months for climbing Kilimanjaro and I highly recommend picking January as your month to climb the mountain. Remember bad weather can hit at any time and storms can roll in off from the Indian ocean.
February: By far one of the best months to climb Kilimanjaro. You can climb right up until the end of the month. February is one of the warmest months. February on Kilimanjaro is warmer with less cloud and better weather conditions than most other months. With warm weather, comes dusty dry camps and trails and being prepared for this dry dust is important. If the winds picks up you will have cloths full of dust and possibly a lung full too. I recommend bring a regular buff that you can wear during the day in warmer conditions. We have had groups caught in the tail end of a cyclone in February and high wind on the summit night so be prepared.
March: If you are thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro in March think again. It can rain and snow every day on the mountain. It can rain all day or it can rain from 3pm to 6pm even longer each day on the trail. Cloud covers Kilimanjaro in March and the mountain might not even be seen from the valley the whole month. Climbing Kilimanjaro in March will definitely be more challenging with slippy rocks, wet clothing that is hard to dry out if the sun does not come out. Mountain views will be limited and snow higher up above Barafu, high camp 4,650m/ 15,255 feet is a real possibility. There will be less people on the mountain.
April: Climb Kilimanjaro in April, if you are willing to brave wet conditions on the mountain. Climbing Kilimanjaro In April can give you some amazing views if the clouds clear. With rain on the cards each and every day, not only to you risk thunder and lightning but you risk getting wet and not drying out for the whole trip. April is right in the middle of rainy season of Kilimanjaro (March through May) and even though it can rain on any given day of the year on Kilimanjaro, April might test your limits of comfort. April will have less people climbing the mountain, but poor views, wet rock and not very interesting scenery on and off the mountain.
May: Over the past few years May has been a little dryer than normal, but traditionally over the years May is one of the wetter months for climbing Kilimanjaro. We have had a mixed bag climbing Kilimanjaro in May and over the past number of years have decided against sending groups to climb Kilimanjaro in May. If you don’t mind the rain and want less people around on your climb this could be a month for you.
June: Rainy season can drift over into early June from time to time. June can be a litter colder higher on the mountain above 5,000m/16,400 feet. If you are considering climbing Kilimanjaro in June you will traditionally have dryer conditions, more people but not as much as other months like February, August and September. It can be freezing or below freezing from your second night on the mountain, depending on what route you climb up Kilimanjaro. We recommend the Lemosho route over 8 days. READ MORE. If you are considering climbing in June you should have great views of the mountain and get to see some amazing sunrises and sunset. Shira camp 2, Baranco camp and Karanga camp can have stunning sunsets. I really like climbing Kilimanjaro in June, you will have less people can July and start of August.
July: You will find more people climbing Kilimanjaro in July for a wide range of reasons. Schools are off and people climb during the period as it suits their vacation plans. July is a great month to climb Kilimanjaro. Yes you will find more people on the mountain, but weather can be colder higher up but great mountain views, less rain in the rain forest and all around good mountain climbing conditions.
August: One of my favorite months to climb Kilimanjaro. We really only climb on the Lemosho route over 8 days so there will be less people at the start of the trail and once you meet up with the Machame route on day 3, their day 2 you will encounter more people. READ MORE ABOUT THE BEST ROUTE FOR CLIMBING KILIMANJARO. This western side of Kilimanjaro has less people as they are trying to spend less days and try and quick dash up Kilimanjaro. READ MORE. August can be dry and dusty on the trails so if the wind picks up you would need to use a light buff to keep dust from your face. Love this month to climb Kilimanjaro, great weather and usually less cloud impeding mountain views. August is traditionally one of the warmer months on the mountain. It can be a litter colder on the western side of the mountain, but not enough to spot you experiencing the Shira plateau and Volcano.
September: Another of my personal favorite months to climb Kilimanjaro, great weather warmer higher up above 5,000m/17,000feet. There can be less or more people on the mountain in September but pick more days on your acclimatization program (8 days) and you will let others race ahead and probably not make it to the summit. The summit success rate is really low for climbing Kilimanjaro. 42% of people make it to the summit each year. No, I’m not joking, the main reason for this is poor acclimation schedules. READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC. September is one of the busier times to climb Kilimanjaro, but great weather, dryer conditions and excellent mountain views make this a great month to climb.
October: October is also a good month to climb Kilimanjaro. It is warmer higher up. October can have more cloud cover towards the end of the month, keeping the sun off you, but impeding mountain views. It is more likely to have clear sky’s in the morning, the clouds can roll in early in the day and views of the mountain can be none existent. The early part of October is a better time to climb. Traditionally October is one of the better months to climb Kilimanjaro and weather is usually quite stable.
November: Climbing Kilimanjaro in November can be challenging with more rain. November can be a mini rainy season and we do avoid climbing Kilimanjaro in November. Less stable weather patterns can hit the mountain in November and you can experience rain every day for a short period of the day. Poorer mountain views, less visibility and more snow higher up which can be a positive and negative. Pictures higher up if it is clear and snowy will rival any mountain scene. In saying all this snow can happen in any month higher on the mountain above 5,000m/ 16,400 feet.
December: There is potential for climbing Kilimanjaro in December. More and more people are climbing Kilimanjaro at the beginning of December and over the Christmas period into early January. We do have 3 climbs each December to suit Christmas vacations climbing Kilimanjaro. We also think this is a good period of weather on the mountain. It can vary from year to year and less stable than the good old reliable months which we have listed.
The best months for climbing Kilimanjaro with Ian Taylor Trekking
What are the 7 best months to climb Kilimanjaro? In my opinion January, February, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to climb Kilimanjaro.
What are the 4 best months to climb Kilimanjaro? In my opinion February, July August and September are the 4 best months for climbing Kilimanjaro.
What are the 3 best months to climb Kilimanjaro? In my opinion February, July and August are the 3 best months for making the ascent of Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro is a massive undertaking
There are other things you need to consider outside of weather when you thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro. Two of the most important things you need to think about are coming physically prepared for the climb and making sure you have enough time and days on the mountain to give yourself a realistic chance at making the summit.
The more time the better on Kilimanjaro
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