THE KINGS OF KILIMANJARO

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THE KINGS OF KILIMANJARO

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Kilimanjaro

THE BEST TIME TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO

WHEN SHOULD I CLIMB KILIMANJARO?

You can climb Kilimanjaro year-round on regardless of weather conditions. However, to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey, proper preparation is key. Equip yourself with suitable gear for various weather conditions and go with a company that leads their own Kilimanjaro climbs and employs expert guides with an emphasis on safety. Stay informed about weather forecasts to make informed decisions.  There are some great weather sources online.  Remember, mountain weather can be unpredictable, so adaptibility is essential. Approach the climb with respect for the mountain and its challenges, but also with excitement for your unforgettable experience ahead.

JANUARY TO MARCH

Now, if you’re eyeing January through early March to hike  Kilimanjaro, you’re in for a treat! Picture this: mostly dry days, clear skies, and fantastic visibility. Sure, there might be a sprinkle here and there, and once you hit over 14,000 feet, you might even catch some snowfall, perfect for those Instagram-worthy shots!

This time of year, it’s often not as populated on the slopes compared to the busy season of June to September. So, you get the best of both worlds – fewer crowds and pretty good weather.  It’s a dream come true for hikers who want to avoid a lot of other folks while enjoying dry conditions, with the possibility of snow on the summit for great pics!  

MARCH TO MAY

If you’re considering a Kilimanjaro climb in March, April, or May, here’s the lowdown. Early March can be delightful, but as the month rolls on, you might find yourself dodging rain and trudging over some muddy paths. Late March and late May could bring a stroke of luck with dry spells, but it’s not guaranteed.

Now, April to early May? Not your ideal hiking window. Those are the long rains, and while most folks going on a Kilimanjaro climb prefer dry weather, this does appeal to those who are good with rainy days, and very few other climbers. The good thing is you have all of the mountain to enjoy your Kilimanjaro climb – all to yourself.

But  if your schedule pins you down to late March or late May, prepare yourself for wet conditions and a bit of fog.   But again, no crowds.  It’s all part of the adventure.  It’s definitely a plus if you’ve got some trekking experience under your belt and aren’t afraid of weather challenges.  Remember this – there’s no bad weather on Kilimanjaro – just bad gear. This period is tailor-made for seasoned hikers who prefer solitude over crowds and are up for a bit of weather roulette. When choosing a route, remember that there is less rainfall on the northern side of Kilimanjaro, which means the route you choose could determine how much weather you get.

JUNE TO SEPTEMBER

These months boast the finest weather, in this, the  prime season to climb Kilimanjaro – and it can get pretty busy up there with lots of climbers on the popular routes. July and August tend to be the busiest times to climb Kilimanjaro, so if you prefer fewer climbers around,  consider a less popular route, like the slightly longer Lemosho  or the Spiral Routes,  aiming for June or September. Early October could also work if you don’t mind a few showers.

From June to September  you might encounter the occasional shower, especially in the rainforest up to about 10,500 ft., but overall, it’s mostly dry during this period.

This time frame is perfect for climbers who prioritize optimal weather conditions for their adventure, even if it means rubbing shoulders with fellow trekkers. As we said,  crowds are mainly concentrated on the more popular and less expensive Marangu and Machame routes.

OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER

In November, you might catch a bit of the short rains, typically lasting 3-4 weeks. But don’t let that rain on your parade! Unlike the heavy downpours of April and May, these showers are usually brief and tend to roll in during the late afternoon. Plus, the mountain tends to be wonderfully serene during this time – talk about a peaceful trekking experience!

DECEMBER

Even though the brief rainy season,  beginning in November and sometimes stretching into December, brings its fair share of showers, it’s still a favorite time for your Mount Kilimanjaro climb! Adventurers embrace the challenge and find the experience exhilarating, making this period a top pick to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

A BRIEF SUMMARY

As Kilimanjaro sits  210 miles (338 km)  from the equator, it doesn’t have the four seasons you may be used to in more temperate zones around the world. It fluctuates between two rainy seasons and two dry seasons during the year.  You have clear skies in January-March, ideal for trekking. April-May brings long rains, which create more challenging hiking conditions, but it is nature’s way. June-September is  peak climbing season, where you’ll see lively trails with a lot more hikers. October-December offers tranquility; short rains are  in November, perfect for solitude and a nature connection.  

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