Kilimanjaro is the trip of a lifetime and to make the most of it you should choose the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro.
The main trekking seasons on Kilimanjaro correspond with the mountain’s two dry seasons namely January to mid-March and June to October.
Of course you can trek up Kilimanjaro in the rainy season but not only is there a much higher chance of trekking in the rain, the summits of Kibo and Mawenzi are likely to be wreathed in thick cloud too.
As to the relative merits of the two trekking seasons, the differences are small though significant. The January to March season tends to be colder and there is a much greater chance of snow on the path at this time. The days, however, are often clearer, with only the occasional brief shower. It is usually an exceptionally beautiful time to climb and is often a little quieter than the other peak season of June to October, which coincides with the main academic holidays in Europe and the West.
In this latter season the clouds tend to hang around the tree-line following the heavy rains of March to May. Once above this altitude, however, the skies are blue and brilliant and the chance of precipitation minimal (though still present).
Arusha, on the inland plateau is always warm, alternating between 20 and 26 degrees in the cooler months of June to August and reaching a very warm 30 degrees from January to March.
During your climb on Kilimanjaro you will pass through a range of climatic zones and extremes of temperature. You start in the low to mid 20′s and can be sure that on summit day the temperature will be well below freezing and can fall to -20 in bad weather.
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