When is the best time of the year to summit Kilimanjaro


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Climbing Kilimanjaro is an everlasting life-changing experience and you have to do it to understand this statement. It simply cannot be explained! Now find out when is the best time of the year to summit Kilimanjaro with ideal weather plus uncrowded routes. You can make it happen…

Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t all about the summit, but getting there! It is the journey of conquering both physical and mental challenges and offering climbers a new way of seeing things. If you’re reading this, it is most likely because it is one of your ultimate bucket-list climbs.

And because this is likely a once in a lifetime experience it is vital that your experience at the minimum meets expectations. Find out how to avoid the crowds but with an ideal Kili season!

So where do you begin with your planning? And what is your motivation for deciding on when to go?

  1. Is it climate?  Continue reading to find out when is the best time of the year to summit Kilimanjaro, and why!
  2. The crowded routes versus uncrowded routes;
  3. Scheduling according to your priorities.


The above criteria are all important factors to consider when deciding, and the truth is, is that the best time to climb varies. 

Therefore along with a “Kili” local, Andrew, we will help you solve when the ideal season is according to practical experience.

Prior, experience has indicated the seasons that will afford you the best possible experience to climb Kili are as follows:

  • January-March, and
  • June-October

   Below is a complete breakdown to find the ideal “Kili” season



These are without a doubt the wettest months! Thus a huge drawback as forest trails disposes of muddy and slippery trails, plus ice en route to the summit. Obviously this results in it taking longer to the summit.


Here the months are dry, the temperature is moderate during the day-time (average 26-28 degrees Celsius / 78-82 degrees F) but extreme cold at night-time.


Kilimanjaro’s peak climbing season is September since the weather is at its finest. The days are clear and warmer than June/July. But based on this ideal “Kili” climate it is the busiest time and when you can expect to see the most crowds. 


This period is acceptable for climbers as it is a light rain season (it does not rain every day and if it does only a few hours a day). The advantage of climbing during this period is that the nights are warm, and the skies are mostly clear.


This is the season that usually signifies the best trekking experience! Although January of late (2018 & 2020) has exhibited unexpected rains. However climbers still managed to successfully climb despite the rain.

This leaves us with February to mid-March being the ultimate time to climb Kilimanjaro. At this time more often than not you can avoid the Kilimanjaro crowds, and score with an ideal “Kili” climate.

The crowds are fewer than September, and the skies are clear accompanied by warm temperatures!

But as the weather goes it is unpredictable!

    About the routes

  • Alternative trails are available, in addition to private expeditions which will ensure you avoid the Kilimanjaro crowds in addition to being an eco-conscious option.
  • The busiest route incorporates Baranco camp.
  • Different trails vary in difficulty level.
  • A guide is compulsory on all the routes.

    Tips for a memorable trip via people who have climbed:

  • Take time to look up at the stars. Look up rather than down, you may be surprised and see a shooting star or two.
  • Take lots of photos.
  • Spend more time at the top of the mountain!

And remember gratitude and appreciation

    Recommended hiking gear:

  • Mountain boots with studs, 
  • Crampons, 
  • Wool-trekking socks, 
  • Mud gaiters, 
  • Warm trousers, rain trousers, shirt/T-shirts, warm jacket, hat
  • Raincoat/ponchos, 
  • Balaclava, 
  • Head torch, 
  • Warm leather gloves/waterproof, 
  • Duffel and backpack bag, 
  • Sleeping bag, 
  • Camel bottle/water bottle, 
  • Snacks/chocolates/cashew nuts. 

Important: If your boots are new, wear them in with exercise prior to your trip.

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    Tracy Burrows is the founder of the Out There Global platform featuring both cost effective and luxury best cultural vacation ideas & experiences from around the world. From Jan 2014 – Dec 2016 she managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). She was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and a contributing writer at Sawubona Magazine (South African Airways inflight magazine), and Africa Geographic. Prior to her career she obtained a tourism research, and marketing degree, and also graduated from a 2 year ‘Management in Development Program’ in San Diego California. She also acquired a qualification in journalism and media and since it’s been all about culture, adventure and multi media! Her nourishment comes from all those who have impacted her, including: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey, and we hope you enjoy finding an immersive experience and the culture & adventure in the destination! Aside from Out There Global Magazine, Tracy has also run a Public Relations, and SEO business since 2010 for small business.


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