When is the best time to climb mount Kilimanjaro
Climbing Kilimanjaro isn’t an easy feat. Thus, knowing the best time to ascend the mountain is the best way to ensure reaching the peak.
So, when is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? The best time to climb the highest-free standing mountain in the world is during Tanzania’s dry season. This means it would be best to scale from December to March or the middle of June to the end of October, which are the driest months in Tanzania.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a mighty challenge, but practically everyone can do it. In addition, if you’re a newbie to trekking, camping, living outdoors or high altitude, you might find the hike up Kilimanjaro quite challenging indeed.
Thus, it’s essential to scale the mountain during the driest months in Tanzania and avoid climbing in April, May and November as these are the rainy seasons in the country.
Does the weather change in Kilimanjaro
Yes, the weather in Kilimanjaro changes everyday. It can vary from hot to cold in just one day, and experiences significant temperature changes from season to season.
Although the best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry seasons, you may still opt to hike the mountain during the rainy and snowy seasons. However, you must be ready for a much more complicated and dangerous climb.
Full moon summit in Kilimanjaro
Perhaps one of the best experiences on your Kilimanjaro climb is seeing the glaciers glittering in the moonlight. This only occurs when you choose to ascend during the full moon. The stunning view of the glittering glaciers amidst clear evening skies is one of the reasons why most climbers choose to coincide their climb during a full moon. Kilimanjaro’s full moon happens every 29 days, giving you 12 opportunities per year to witness the full moon and see the glistening glaciers of the mountain. Thus, you can expect to behold the beautiful celestial spectacle from the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Seasons on mount Kilimanjaro
The traditional seasons for trekking Kilimanjaro are through early December to March and June to October. During these months, you can have panoramic photo opportunities and comfortable trekking conditions.
Climate zones in mount Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro comprises five primary ecological climate zones — the Cultivation (Farmland) Zone, Rainforest Zone, Heather and Moorland Zone, Alpine Desert Zone, and the Arctic Zone
Conclusion: When we recommend to climb Kilimanjaro
We recommend climbing Kilimanjaro in the months of January to February. These months are the driest in Kilimanjaro, offering you the best views and many perfect-pictures opportunities. Furthermore, December to mid-March and mid-June to the end of October are also the best times to visit the mountain. If you would like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and have your own dates in mind, get in touch with our team of Kilimanjaro specialists here at Kili Africa Tours.