30 Dec WEATHER ON KILIMANJARO
Kilimanjaro has several different climate zones, and they play an important role in the success of your climb. When to climb Kilimanjaro is an important decision you should make and we are here to help you be more prepared before you make it.
Mount Kilimanjaro is near the equator, and the concept of summers and winters do not apply here. In the tropics, there are only dry and rainy periods or simply “Dry Seasons” and “Wet Seasons”. Climbing Kilimanjaro during a wet season makes the climb twice as hard due to the mud, fog and drizzle you encounter on your trek and not to forget the ice and snow at the top. But there are a number of things you should consider, the temperature, the view, and of course the number of people on the mountain. Let’s see what Kilimanjaro weather looks like over the year:
The four to six weeks around Christmas and New Year are the second busiest climbing seasons on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the holiday period, the traffic is extremely high. This period around Christmas and New Year often experiences rainfall and thick clouds in the lower region.
January – March:
The Weather during mid-January to mid-March is reasonable, not too cold, not too wet. Considered as a good time to climb, Kilimanjaro remains mostly dry, beautifully clear with few clouds and occasional showers. As we approach the March end, the chances of rain gradually increase as you approach the long rainy season.
April – June
The main rainy season at Kilimanjaro lasts from the end of March throughout mid-June. It is the warmest time in Tanzania, but due to the heavy rainfall, climbs during this period are very rare.
June – August:
The end of June marks the end of the main rainy season, and the weather on Kilimanjaro becomes dry and clear as the year progresses. The traffic on Kilimanjaro starts increasing once the rainy season ends. Although the weather becomes clear, the nights during this period are bitter cold.
August – October
August and September are the peak climbing seasons on Mount Kilimanjaro as the temperature rises and the weather becomes nice with more clear days. The conditions remain almost the same till about mid-October when the short rainy season begins. You may however experience short spells of rain on the first few days of your trek.
The weather on Kilimanjaro starts to become unpredictable by mid-October. As in all tropical regions of the world, the wetter times on Kilimanjaro are accompanied by afternoon clouds and occasional thunderstorms. Kilimanjaro witnesses very few climbers during this period, but If you are equipped to withstand the occasional shower, this should not present any major problem.
November is the small rainy season and the rains last till mid–December. Just like the main rainy season, trekking during this season too is dangerous and difficult. It is not considered the best time to climb Kilimanjaro.
If you decide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro at a less than perfect time, consider taking the Rongai Route as the northern side of the mountain is much drier than the other routes. The day and night temperatures can be very different as the temperature during a sunny day may go above 30 degrees, while the temperature at night can go below zero easily.