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When is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?

Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed all year round. Generally, the main tourist seasons are from July to October, then from December to February. These months coincide with the dry season in Tanzania. Many people visit in December.

There are two wet periods the long rainy season and the short rainy season. The long rainy season begins in March and ends in May. The short rainy season is during the month of November. Note that weather is unpredictable so these time periods will vary from year to year. Sometimes the rains come early, come late, are mild, or are torrential.

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The shoulder seasons, marking the transition from wet to dry season and vice versa, can be the best times to visit, though climbers are taking a gamble. Because most people avoid the rains, its the only time climbers can experience both low crowds on the mountain and good weather.

The table below summarizes the weather, temperature, crowds and description for the corresponding months.

  • January and February are great times to climb Kilimanjaro. The weather is relatively warm and visibility is good. However, it is a busy time on the mountain.
  • March to May is the long rainy season. There are very few people on the mountain but the trail conditions can be very muddy, wet and snowy.
  • June is a transitional period that is characterized by low visibility and cold temperatures. It is considered the start of the climbing season.
  • July to October is the busiest period on the mountain. It is dry but the temperatures are relatively cold. Visibility is great.
  • November is the short rainy season. Precipitation is moderate compared to the long rainy season. Few visitors climb Kilimanjaro during the month.
  • December is a crowded time due to the holiday season. But the short rainy season often runs into this month.

When Should I Climb Kilimanjaro?

For most people, it is July, August and September. The next tier of good months consists of October, January and February. These six months, plus December, are considered to be Kilimanjaros high season. The shoulder season months are December, March and June. Lastly, the rains come in April, May and November. These three months are considered to be Kilimanjaros low season, and many operators offer discounts during this time.

Climbing during the High Season. The greatest advantage of climbing at this time is that you can stay dry the entire time. Sure, you can always get rained on throughout the year, especially in the rain forest andmoorlands, but typically the precipitation is low and infrequent. By staying dry, you stay comfortable and the overall trek will be more enjoyable. Removing the stress of being wet and cold also increases you chance of proper acclimatization. In the dry season, the views are better, with clear and sunny skies. The disadvantage is that the trails have many climbers, which can take away from the feeling of being on a big, remote mountain. However, some visitors look foward to socializing with other groups at camp. Not surprisingly, most people choose to climb during the dry season because the likelihood of nice weather trumps any misgivings they may have about encountering others on the mountain.

Climbing during the Low Season. The prospect of having the mountain to yourself is what draws people to climb during the low season. The mountain is very empty and it is possible to be the only party at a campsite. This quiet and solititude is what many people seek when going outdoors. Secondly, although it does rain quite a lot during the low season, most of the time the rains arrive in the afternoon. With Kilimanjaros trekking schedule, most of the hiking can be done in the mornings, which means that the time spent on trail while it rains can be minimalized. One thing people forget is that precipitation creates snow, which is not a bad thing. Kilimanjaro is best displayed during the rainy season. The most beautiful sights of the mountain often are enjoyed in the mornings after it snows.

No matter when you climb, you have the chance to see the night sky over the rift valley. Watch this awesome video with fireballs, shooting stars and lights above Mount Kilimanjaro!


Ultimate Kilimanjaro is the #1 guide service on Kilimanjaro, leading private climbs and group climbs all year round. Choose from seven routes and six trip lengths. With nearly a decade of experience, Ultimate Kilimanjaro has a proven expertise on Mount Kilimanjaro, leading over 150 climbs per year, with more than 1,000 adventurers climbing with us annually. Literally thousands of climbers have stood on the top of Kilimanjaro with us. Our clients have included celebrities, film makers, senators, ambassadors, authors and journalists. Our expert guides are among the most talented and respected professionals in the industry.

For more information on when is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro, visit Ultimate Kilimanjaro.

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Kilimanjaro Headgear

There are fivemandatoryheadgear accessories that you need to take on your Kilimanjaro climb.

Below we have provided detailed descriptions on each as well as set out some specific brand recommendations.

A headlamp is the best torch for night hiking as you can have your hands free at all times. You will use your headlamp on summit night (yes, you summit over night, starting usually around midnight).

The key things to look for in agood hiking headlampare:

  • Light / brightness quality:The higher the brightness the better. Of course this comes at a costs to battery life. Ideally you want a max beam distance of greater than 70 meters and a light output of greater than 100 lumens
  • Battery life:The longer the better. This often means the headlamp needs to hold more batteries, which in turn makes it heavier. We recommend a minimum high mode run time of 30 hours
  • Weight: As you are carrying this device on your head, the lighter the better. No more than 230 grams

Here are our recommendations:

When it comes to sunglasses and Mount Kilimanjaro, there are two considerations you need to take into account. First is the UV intensity, which at just under 6,000m is very high. This can be very damaging to your eyes if you dont havegood sunglasses.

The second factor is the snow cover, which acts to reflect and intensify visible light. Again too much visible light is damaging to your eyes (imagine staring into the sun to get a sense of high altitude trekking without sunglasses).

The undisputed leader in high altitude sunglasses are Julbo.

All Julbo lenses offer 100% protection from UVA, B and C rays, and there category three and four rating lenses block up to 90% of visible light, making them perfect for Kilimanjaro. Category three and below are fine for driving or wearing around the town.

Julbos most versatile lens is the Camel which gets darker and lighter depending on the light intensity i.e. it ranges from Category 2 to 4. Its a transition lens that comes in many different models, we recommend two models for Kilimanjaro trekking excursions:

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Kilimanjaro - Climb Kili with the Experts | Team Kilimanjaro

Should You Climb with Team Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro Summit RidgeOur climbers are generally busy and discerning people who we suspect appreciate our getting straight to the point. So, we'll do so.

Readers with no previous personal experience of the Tanzanian tourism industry will be aware that there are many Kilimanjaro operators all purporting to offer pretty much the same thing: guided ascents of Kilimanjaro.

Statistically speaking, you've probably arrived at our site because you've heard from a friend or colleague that has climbed with us that based on their observations on the mountain we are likely the best Kilimanjaro operator in Tanzania, but really, you're keen to determine this for yourself.

And if your friend climbed with us a while ago, you're probably wanting to know whether we're the kind of company that sits on our laurels, or that strives every day to be better than we were yesterday.

Either way, we hope it's safe to assume that what you really want to know - since we by no means offer the cheapest climbs on Kilimanjaro, is: what's Team Kilimanjaro's competitive advantage? What are our areas of excellence and superiority? Or, put frankly, what is TK's unique selling proposition?

What Makes Team Kilimanjaro Unique?

In a nutshell, while everyone's got to earn a living one way or another, we are almost certainly totally unique in the sense that the owners would probably still run TK even if it didn't earn them a penny. TK was started because John Rees-Evans, the founder, was passionate about being in the mountains and sharing his love of high altitude adventure with as many others as possible.

Team Kilimanjaro is not really run as a pragmatic business. It's run in such a way that everyone, regardless of experience or ability, can have an absolutely amazing time on the mountain. Whether you're a hard-core seasoned adventurer and want to carry everything yourself and want the absolute minimum support possible, or whether you want to sleep in a double bed and have your own en-suite bathroom, quite literally, nothing is too much trouble for Team Kilimanjaro. In fact we relish any challenge! That's why we have five distinct support options that range from one extreme to the other, with most trekkers opting for our incredibly successful "Advantage Series" climbs.

And that's why we've often been the company of choice for getting quadriplegics and amputees to the summit, organising speed records, and consulting to the national parks on accident prevention and new route creation.

And we believe that any research you undertake will consistently bear witness to the accuracy of this claim.

See for yourself what TK's past clients say about us

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Rebecca At Team Kilimanjaro Equipment StoresIs Team Kilimanjaro the best Kilimanjaro tour operator? We aspire to be, are privileged often to be told by clients that have climbed with us that they are confident that we are, and we're deemed to be the obvious choice for, and are regularly approached by extraordinarily high-achievers to assist in setting world and national records on Kilimanjaro. But while we are continually striving to be the very best we can be and to imbue all our staff at every level with a sense of personal expectation that is concordant with this ambition; nonetheless, it still feels rather ill-bred to ourselves state categorically that TK definitely runs the best Kilimanjaro tours! ??.

Mount Kilimanjaro

While Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the worlds largest topographical features, none of the six routes requires any technical skills or specialist equipment to climb, (though for Western Breach climbers we recommend that some supplementary equipment be considered).

And although the height gained from the different start points to Kilis peak at 5,895m is around 15% greater than from Mount Everests southern Base Camp to its summit, the ascent of Kilimanjaro does not require the use of slow and arduous Himalayan-style siege tactics, or of supplemental oxygen.

It is therefore a perfectly manageable - and hugely fulfilling - challenge within the context of just a week or twos holidays - provided the trekker has found enough time to do some fitness and endurance training at home beforehand.

For those as yet entirely unacquainted with the mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro is a volcano situated quite close to where Africas three main tectonic plates meet. For perhaps distantly historical reasons, there remains a widespread misconception that Kili is either in Kenya or at least straddles the Kenyan-Tanzanian border.

This is not true, however, as the mountain sits entirely within Tanzania and is managed by the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA), through the local administration of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA). There is therefore no sense in which an expedition can legally be launched from within Kenya, and all attempts must be registered at either Londorossi (Shira and Lemosho Routes), Machame (Machame and Umbwe Routes), or Marangu Gates (Marangu and Rongai Routes), in Northern Tanzania.

Read more facts about Mount Kilimanjaro

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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Unlike mountainous regions in most of the developed countries of the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro cannot be accessed solo, or without paying fees and subscribing to local regulations.

We are sympathetic to the objections of some climbers against the stringent constraints of timings, movement and method, that are imposed by these regulations, but it should nonetheless be understood that the National Parks of Tanzania are resources that are costly to preserve intact, and that the entrance fees that they accrue are a very valuable source of revenue to a grateful country that suffers a GDP per capita of approximately just 1.3% of that of the UK, and that in order safely to manage the sought-after high volumes of climbers that attempt the mountain every year (between 20,000 and 35,000), the authorities deem it necessary to exert a very careful degree of control over factors such as camp locations and direction of travel.

How Hard is it to Climb Kilimanjaro?

While we are often told by those who have climbed with us - including professional athletes - that they underestimated how difficult it would be to climb Kilimanjaro and that it turned out to be one of the hardest things they had ever done in their lives, in spite of this, almost anyone who is willing to train two or three times a week for three months, and who is strongly self-motivated and does not give up easily when faced with hardship and mental and physical discomfort, would be expected to reach the summit, Uhuru Peak.

That said, we encourage readers to explore this website in some detail, as there are nonetheless some inevitable - but largely mitigable - risks to the health and safety of trekkers on the mountain that everyone should be aware of.

Risks of this nature include the onset of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and its possible development to life-threatening conditions such as pulmonary or cerebral oedema (HAPE and HACE), if not identified and treated at the earliest stages - a process that largely requires the climbers own cooperation and communication - as well as non-lethal threats that can compromise an otherwise successful tour, such as failure to anticipate the extent to which low oxygen environments inhibit circulation.

Read about how we keep you safe on Kilimanjaro

Such considerations may mean that in spite of the fact that a climber has previously experienced comfort while wearing ski gloves at minus 15 degrees Centigrade when skiing at 2,000 metres, at 5,000 metres they will nonetheless risk frostbite at only minus 10 unless they wear generously filled down mittens, or similar.

These issues are not obvious or extrapolatable from non-altitude related pursuits and since we have encountered many disappointed climbers on Kilimanjaro who evidently did not consult their organiser in very great depth, we would emphasise the extent to which early and detailed communication with your chosen expedition coordinator is in your best interests, if wanting to summit comfortably and safely.

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