When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
For some, selecting the best time to climb Kilimanjaro is predetermined by busy work schedules but the majority of perspective trekkers are undoubtedly wondering when they should plan a trip to climb to Africa’s highest point. If you are goal orientated, consider planning your trip with a Kilimanjaro training program in mind. This region does not experience intense weather conditions in summer or winter due to its proximity to the equator, although, there are dry seasons and wet seasons. It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro all year round but some months are more pleasant than others. Choosing the best time to climb Kilimanjaro depends on what you want experience.
Choosing the best times for you to climb Kilimanjaro
There are two “trekking seasons” that are considered the best times to climb Kilimanjaro, their differences may be regarded as small but they are meaningful.
January to March
This period tends to be slightly warmer and the probability of snow on the trail is less than in September. Weather is not a predictable measure but rainfall is minimal and the skies are clearer. This would be one of the best times for a beginner to climb Kilimanjaro. The stunning landscapes and neighbouring mountains are brilliantly observed at this stage. This season is generally quieter than the other peak season which corresponds with summer holidays in the West and Europe.
August to September
The popularity of this season can work in your favour if you are traveling independently but wish to travel with other hikers. Tranquil walks are still possible as long trails allow you to find vast gaps between trekkers and some routes never have more than two groups trekking at the same position. The colossal size of Kilimanjaro makes it possible for your fellow trekkers, if you wish them to be, fairly invisible. In this season, the clouds tend to suspend around the tree-line as a result of the heavy rains that occur during the wet season. Once you reach the point where you are above this altitude, the skies are an astonishing blue and the probability of rainfall continually decreases as you approach September.
Climbing Kilimanjaro During The Wet Months
There are two wet seasons – the long rainy season commences in mid-March and subsides at the beginning of June and the short one takes place during November.
Most trekkers avoid climbing during the rainy seasons but you may find this time perfectly suits your needs, even the most popular route offer a more tranquil experience. Adrenaline seekers and experienced hikers may regard this as the best time to climb Kilimanjaro due to the prospect of a snow-capped summit. The conditions excel in simulating an authentic alpine experience which adds a supplementary challenge to the adventure.
A Few Tips To Make The Best Out Of Climbing Kilimanjaro During The Wet Season:
- A route situated in the northern region of the mountain is ideal as there is less precipitation.
- The enclosed huts make the Marangu route a great option to consider
- Packing the appropriate Kilimanjaro equipment is vital. You should ensure that you bring a pair of water-resistant boots, pants and a jacket.
- Your backpack and other luggage should be protected with built in covers or plastic bags will do the trick.
- Try to store everything in zip lock bags.
- Aim for itineraries that are less challenging as the difficulty of the route will increase.
The table below represents the estimated temperature, rainfall and traffic of the calendar months.
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The Full Moons Are One Of The Best Times To Climb Kilimanjaro
The magnificent sights of the summit and the glaciers being illuminated by the full moon are unparalleled. Our full moon trips occur once a month and many hikers plan their trips around this incredible occurrence. Regardless of the incredible views, the full moon proves to be one of the best times to climb Kilimanjaro as it will improve visibility throughout your climb. This is particularly beneficial when you ascend towards the summit at night.
The tables below highlight the full moon on the lunar schedule for the 2015/2016 season.
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To make sure that your summit corresponds with the full moon, a seven day climb should begin five days before the date of the full moon. Summiting on the exact full moon date is advantageous but you can still benefit from climbing the day before or after. To ensure that you secure a trek during the full moon, we suggest that you book well in advance. If you seek a less popular climb we recommend avoiding the full moon periods. Many of our clients have a memorable, splendid experience with or without the full moon. If you are looking for more info regarding the actual climb, visit our Kilimanjaro trekking page.