Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak of Africa with an elevation of 5895 m has five ecological zones such as cultivation, Forest, Heather-Moorland, Alpine Desert, and summit zone. The alpine desert zone climate is not tolerable as the climatic condition remain adverse in form of bitter cold with wind flow.
As proximity to the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro has no winter or spring season. The available seasons can be divided into dry season and wet season. When talking about the best season for a suitable Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the five ecological zones of Kilimanjaro can’t be ignored. All year round, there is freezing cold at night in the alpine and arctic zones.
Though Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking is possible all year round, the weather and climate condition for the less precipitation can’t be avoided.
Each year more than 10,000 experienced and inexperienced hikers attempts for the summit, whereas, the average success rate is 65%. Besides the altitude sickness, unprepared attempts, physical and mental fitness, the lack of knowledge about Kilimanjaro Seasons has a major contribution towards the failure.
As one of the best Kilimanjaro Tour Operators, we have the important information on Kilimanjaro Seasons which will be helpful for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Beginners as well as experienced hikers.
January to March (Dry Season)
You will feel the warmest weather with a clear blue sky in the morning and evening from January to Mid-March. Overall, the weather of Mount Kilimanjaro remains dry and cooler till the mid-march.
In the first two week of January, you may face little rains on Mount Kilimanjaro. February is the most suitable and dry weather for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro than January. But you should be prepared for bitter cold on the sub zero temperatures at the higher altitude.
In March, the temperature remains moderate while the precipitation is high. The nocturnal temperature drops below the freezing point and the rain increases after the mid-march.
The End Of March To Mid-May (Long Rainy Season)
At the end of March, the rain increases and its rain heavily from April month. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro should be avoided as April is the wettest month of Kilimanjaro. You will face intolerable bitter cold in April below the zero degree temperature.
Though May has less rainfall than April, it is very risky to hike on the wet slippery path. Especially for rainy season, you need to choose Rongai Route as this route is the driest and only northern route for Kilimanjaro. You can also choose Lemosho Route and another route with less steep path. As the month progresses, the rainfall becomes lower.
June To August (Dry Season)
You will find least rain on the beginning of June. The path remains wet although there is a least rainfall when the month of June progresses. By the end of June, you will face extreme cold and high winds during night in the alpine and arctic zones.
As a dry and warm month, July is good month for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for beginners as well as experienced trekkers. You should choose the route having the less traffic such as Lemosho route, or Nothern circuit route.
August month is the driest and warmest month for Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking. As the paths remain fully crowded, you can choose less crowded routes such as Mweka, Rongai or Shira routes.
September And October (Dry Season)
The relatively warm and dry weather make September month as an ideal month for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
In October month, the crowd is less than the August and September month. But the weather remains dry and warm. By the end of the October, you may face short rains.
November And December (Rainy Season)
November is a wet month where the ground temperature of higher altitudes drops below the freezing point during the night. You should avoid this month for trekking to Kilimanjaro as it is colder and windier than average.
Avoid Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in December as this is a wet and very cold month. You will feel extreme cold with subzero temperatures and howling winds at night on higher altitude.
We will recommend you to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in between mid-June to mid-October as this time is the longest and driest seasons. However ascending in January and February offers you less crowded routes with a clear and warm weather.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in April, May, and November is a worst idea because of rain. To avoid extreme cold, you should not climb in December Month.
African Spoonbill Tours is a no 1 Kilimanjaro tour operator as well as a trekking guide. To make your trekking most enjoyable and comfortable, we are available every time to provide from free advice to the successful booking for trekking.
With our excellent service and closeness to most of the lodges, hotels of Tanzania, we can make your trekking successful and most enjoyable. For more information visit our Kilimanjaro Faq’s Page @ https://africanspoonbilltours.com/faq-kilimanjaro