Summiting at the top of the Uhuru peak is a summation of an abiding dream carefully nurtured and planned for. The sense of accomplishment and the transformative feeling that consumes you at the end of a successful ascent is one second to none and ever-lasting. But Kilimanjaro is an expensive undertaking and when the stakes are high, you can’t afford to be lax. The timing of your ascent can be a game changer. And best time is always that enhances your chances of making to the top
Kilimanjaro is too close to the equator to allow for any seasonal variation in the trekking conditions. As such, the whole of Tanzania has only two seasons and by extension Kilimanjaro too- Dry and Wet. It’s not hard to guess that the dry seasons (June-October) are the best and the wet seasons (April-May) are not favorable for trekking
January –February– It’s a period of pleasant weather with warm days and cool nights. The clear skies and negligible chances of rain make the trek amenable for amateurs and seasoned trekkers alike
March-May– The period is characterised by prolonged heavy showers and thunderstorms. There is also snow to contend with. Slippery conditions and poor visibility make it a risky proposition. The trek is expensive and unless you have no window open for climbing and have trekking experience to fall back up then your better advised to skip trekking in this period. Why trek in wet and leave yourself to the mercy of weather gods?
June to October – June is the transition month and the threat of rains is always there besides being a cold time. The weather really opens up from July onwards as the dry season begins. The conditions are excellent with clear skies and very little humidity. July to August is winter in Tanzania and the temperature can drop to freezing points on the Kili. Make sure you have your warm clothes to help you through the freezing nights. September and October are excellent conditions and the peak of the tourist season. The temperature is moderate to go with lack of humidity and threat of rain. But it’s crowded on the trails but there enough room for all. This is the period where Kilimanjaro is primed for trekking are inviting with the arresting natural beauty
November-December is the short rainy season period and short intermittent showers are a possibility. The routes tend to be slippery but nothing intimidating. We leave it to your discretion.