What is the weather on Mount Kilimanjaro? : Compared to other mountains around the world, Mount Kilimanjaro is a unique mountain offering the most rewarding mountain climbing experience.
The weather on Mount Kilimanjaro is so unpredictable, it can offer you everything from extreme cold to very hot weather. Mount Kilimanjaro has different climatic zones, you will experience the difference from ascending point to descending point.
The thick rain forest, the moorland, the Alpine desert and the artic zone, this is a unique experience to be found in a few places on earth. Whether you are on a seven- or eight-days trip, experience the different climatic zone is like traveling across the world in such a short space of time.
Mount Kilimanjaro has five zones to consider and as you climb, you will notice the changes in the vegetation, the falling temperature and the decrease in precipitation.
The climatic zones for Kilimanjaro are the key influencers for weather changes for Kilimanjaro, vegetation cover, temperature and precipitation. There is a slight change in temperature according to the season. So, depending on which month you choose for your visit will determine the climbing experience.
Tip – Tanzania has two seasons which are dry and wet seasons, most climbers for Kilimanjaro prefer the dry season which is from June to October and December throughout February. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro during the wet season is not recommended.
If you are concerned about the weather pattern for Mount Kilimanjaro, here are more details on the weather month by month.
How is Mount Kilimanjaro’s weather in January and February?
January and February are the best months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, these fall under the dry season of the year. You can experience plenty of sun with fewer clouds, the weather during the morning is amazing and can be so cold as well as during the night.
The pros about these months are less rainfall or no rainfall at all, the trails are dry and provides the best chance for you to walk lightly with shorts and sneakers.
These months are recommended for climbing Kilimanjaro, but sometime could be busy months.
What is the weather like for Kilimanjaro in March, April, and May?
March marks the beginning of heavy rainfall in Tanzania, if you expect to climb Kilimanjaro during this time expect a muddy and slippery trail up to the mountain. The sky is very cloudy with more snow and ice at the higher altitude of Kilimanjaro.
April and May are the continuation of these long rain, this rain normally lasts until the beginning of June, these months are very wet where the sky turns very cloudy, very low cold and muddy trails.
This time of the year is not recommended for climbing Kilimanjaro, it is very risky for you as well as our team. The success rate during this time is not good for all routes. Rain can be so heavy, snow falls and pause. It is even challenging to camp during your climbing.
How is the weather on Mount Kilimanjaro in July & June
These months mark the beginning of peak climbing and safari in Tazania. During these months travelers visiting Tanzania for a climbing and safari adventure experience the coolest months of the year. The sky is clear and sunny and the climbing trails are suitable for everyone.
These months provide the best weather conditions for climbing this beautiful summit of Africa, we recommend climbing Machame or Marangu routes.
How is the weather on Mount Kilimanjaro for August, September, and October
These are the best climbing months for Kilimanjaro, during these months temperature rises which marks the driest season of the year in Tanzania. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro during this time of the year will reward you with the best view of the mountain, open skies and beautiful dry trails up to the summit.
Any of the months is rated as the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Whether you choose to climb Mount Kilimanjaro through Lemosho or Rongai Routes, you will make the most of it on this experience.
What is the weather like in Kilimanjaro during November and December?
November is a short rainy season in Tanzania, this rain can last up to the beginning of December. The rain is not heavy compared to that of April or May, during this month climbers might experience a week of rain or more. Also, you will experience cloudy skies and muddy trails up to some altitude.
By the mid of December, the rain has stopped and the high season for climbers has resumed.
This is the best time for holiday climbers for Christmas or new year?
Mount Kilimanjaro is the best adventure to add on your bucket list for your Tanzania, reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – the tallest Mountain on the Africa continent is a life time success you wont dare miss.