Best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Rongai Route

When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

The best time to climb/trek Mount Kilimanjaro is January–March, and June–October. The former season is generally colder than the latter but is also often quieter.
Most people ask themselves this question about the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and here is our brief information about the best time of the year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.


January through March is a good time to climb Kilimanjaro. The weather is pretty stable and there isn’t much rain. It is however colder during this period. Snowfall at or near the summit is quite likely.


April and May are the rainy season months. It is not a great time to hike Kilimanjaro. Heavy rainfall on the lower reaches of the mountain is common. Cloud cover and poor visibility are also significant during this period.


June through October is the busiest season on the mountain as it coincides with the summer holiday period in Europe and North America. The weather is also very good. Generally dry and warm during the day.


November is a light rainy season. The Rongai makes for a good choice during this month as the North tends to stay dry. December is fast becoming a popular season, despite being very cold on the summit.

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