Best Time to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro
Although it’s technically possible to trek Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro year-round, there are certain months that are characterized by colder weather, more rain, and potentially lots of snow on the summit. We generally advise that the Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro is during the warmest and driest times of the year, from December to mid-March and mid-June to the end of October. However, although these are considered to be the best time to climb the mountain in terms of weather, they are also the busiest months.
January and February is two of the Best Months To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro and therefore also the most popular. They are the warmest months, so you can expect clear, sunny skies in the mornings and evenings, however, clouds may appear in the afternoons and you may experience some rain. June sees the transition from the rainy season to the dry season, so this month tends to be much drier than March, April, and May. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures and the skies are typically still cloudy, which means that you won’t necessarily have such impressive views.
During a full moon, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is particularly beautiful. The glaciers are lit up by the bright moon and the views are absolutely stunning. Another advantage of trekking at this time is that the moonlight will improve your visibility throughout your trek, most importantly during your final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Although it’s not necessary to reach the summit on the exact full moon date to take advantage of the moonlight, many people wish to reach Uhuru Peak when the moon is at its fullest.
If you do wish to summit on a full moon, a seven-day climb should start five days before the full moon date and an eight-day climb should start six days prior to the full moon date. Book well in advance, as only a limited number of people are allowed on the mountain at any time and these dates are very popular.
If you’re looking for a quieter trek and a sky full of bright stars we recommend that you avoid the full moon period altogether.
Recommended Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Packages
The Best View Comes After the Hardest Climb
Testimonies From Our Happy Clients
Boker provide very professional guide and super friendly crew. Without their support I will never make this trip happen.
January 21, 2022
First time booking a trip through Boker Adventures and it will not be the last. I traveled to Dar Es Salam from the US and took a trip to... read more
September 16, 2021
Me, my beloved wife Jessica and our son James decide climb Mt Kilimanjaro via Lemosho route and 4 days safari with Boker Adventures Company this month August and manage to... read more
August 19, 2021