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Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro

Mark Whitman

Wondering when is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

It is possible to trek Kilimanjaro all-year-round. However, certain months are characterised by colder weather, more rain and potentially more snow on the summit. Deciding when to climb Kilimanjaro is an important decision that will impact your experience and even your chances of summit success.

In this article we provide a brief outline on the two trekking seasons that are considered the best time of year to reach this bucket-list summit!

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 Kilimanjaro Trekking Months

When Is The Best Time Of Year To Climb Kilimanjaro?

There are two distinct trekking seasons which constitute the best time to climb Kilimanjaro. They are January-March and June-October.


Choosing dates outside of the wet season on Kilimanjaro gives yourself the best chance of a dry hike.

January-March is generally colder than June-October and there is a higher probability of encountering snow on the summit. For some this might be seen as a negative but can actually add to the experience.

Another benefit of a January-March trek is that the slopes are often quieter at this time of the year. If you prefer less trekkers, this could be the best time to climb Kilimanjaro.

Note: When I say 'quieter' it doesn't mean that you will be the only group on the trail. The mountain is relatively busy year round, particularly on Machame and Lemosho routes which are the most popular.

The June-October trekking season coincides with the summer holidays in Europe and N. America and hence certain routes are often quite busy.

When Is NOT The Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro?

hiking with waterproof backpack cover

No matter what time of year you trek, you need to be prepared with a waterproof jacket, rain pants and a cover for your daypack.

March, April and November are the wettest months on Kilimanjaro, and not ideal of trekking.

If you are confined to a trekking date in April or May, I suggest you consider the Rongai route, which departs from the Northern end of Kilimanjaro and is generally drier than the southern route options during these months.

Snow fall and cold temperatures are common during December-May.

The chart below shows average snowfall in cm on the summit of Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Annual Snowfall

Winds and Kilimanjaro Weather

Kilimanjaro’s weather is heavily influenced by the interaction of trade winds with the structure of the mountain.

The South-east trade winds travelling over the Indian Ocean carry loads of moisture. When they hit Kilimanjaro, around March, then are forced upwards where they condense, form clouds and precipitation. This means March through to May is the wettest season on Kilimanjaro. The southern slopes are particular susceptible to rain during this time in the year.

Anti-trade winds from the North-east carry very little moisture but blow strongly. The strength of these winds which last from April through to October keep the South-east trade winds below them, hence these months are usually dry and cloud cover and precipitation is generally restricted to the lower slopes.

The North-east monsoon arrives in November and brings some light rains to the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Altitude and Climate Zones

Another factor that is important to consider is the variation in weather conditions as you ascend Kilimanjaro.

There are four distinct climatic zones on Kilimanjaro.

rainforest kilimanjaro

The rainforest zone of Kilimanjaro is the lower parts of the mountain covered in tall, green jungle-like vegetation.

  • The rainforest zone (~800m-3,000m) is warm and humid. Rain is common in the zone, particularly during the wet season and temperatures average around 12-15 degrees Celsius at 2,870m.
Kilimanjaro senecio trees barranco

Hiking through the scenic canyon just before reaching Barranco Camp. This altitude falls in the low alpine zone.

  • The second zone is often called the low alpine area (~3,000m-4,200m) and is a semi-arid zone where average temperatures range between 5-10 degrees Celsius at 3,630m.
  • The high alpine zone (4,200m-5,000) is desert-like. Here temperatures average around the freezing point at 4,970m, and
  • At the summit in the glacial zone (above 5,000m) temperatures average around -6 degrees Celsius.
kilimanjaro high alpine zone

The high alpine zone of the mountain is barren and rocky. During my last climb in February, we were blasted by insane winds at the top two camps and summit.

Although the summit temperature doesn’t sound too cold, wind chill is a major factor. You are almost guaranteed relatively high winds.

Moreover, the effects of cold temperatures at high altitude are more pronounced as your body expends more effort trying to get your skin and vital organs well-oxygenated in an oxygen depleted environment.

This results in vasoconstriction near the extremities (like your hands, feet and nose) and means that you will feel the cold a lot more at high altitude. In other words -6 degrees Celsius can feel like -20!

The chart below shows average monthly temperatures at four points across the climate zones.

Kilimanjaro Annual Temperatures

Average Kilimanjaro temperatures (Celsius) as measured at certain altitudes within the 4 climatic zones

See here for detailed information on Kilimanjaro weather.


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  1. Hi guys

    Im trying to decide weather to climb February or March, would you say Feb would be better as there may be less snow and rain?

    The route I was thinking was the Machame ?

    thanks so much

    1. Hi Jayne, You are less likely to encounter rain on the lower slopes in February as opposed to March. However, there could be more snow on the summit in February. Good thing is the Machame route is quieter in these months, than during the peak season June-September.

  2. Hello,
    We are thinking about climbing the last week of May. We are concerned about the amount of rain/cold temperatures. Do many people choose to climb during this time or is the potential for rain a major drawback?

    1. Hi Jay, most people elect to miss the April / May rainy season as it came be very hit and miss. I would say if you can push your dates a few weeks forward to June, that would give you a better chance of better weather. All the best!

  3. Hi,

    We are climbing kilimanjaro from dec 11 to dec 18, expecting to summit on dec 17. The weather forecasts seem to suggest that there will be lots of snow on the summit. In your experience is it advisable for us to bring our crampons or are they just going to be superfluous weight?

    Thank you.

  4. I’m climbing Kili in beginning in march 2017 via Marangu route. We are sliping in huts.What sleeping bag is recommended?

  5. Hi team,

    We are climbing Kilimanjaro from 14th January 2017. Planned summit day on 19th January 2017.

    What is weather conditions during these times? Please guide.


    Sudhir Khot

  6. Hi,
    After reading all posts, I am planning to climb Kili in June or July 2017. As per your previous answers it would be a busy season with the best weather. My questions to you are: What are other downfalls of busy season and which track would you recommend in the month of June/July ? For price wise is it climb in Sept-Oct much better than June-July (Since we will have a big group) ? I am in the beginning phase of planning so I can modify my plans.Thanks in advance.

    1. The main downside of the peak season is that there are more people on the mountain. The busiest routes are the Marangu and the Machame. I would recommend looking at the Lemosho and the Rongai routes – the former joins the Machame on day 3/4 but have a relatively remote start. The cost of the climb should not vary from June / July to Sept / Oct.
      All the best!!

  7. Hi I recieved a trip to kilimanjaro for my bday (lucky guy) but it is the beginning of may is this peak time or bad weather ?

    1. Hi Eddie, May is the rainy season. You might be okay but expect rain on the lower slopes and lots of cloud cover. Good news is that the mountain is a lot quieter.

  8. Hello,
    We are hoping to avoid the crowded months, so we are considering climbing in either early October or in early February. Which routes would you recommend for October, and which would you recommend for February?
    Thank you for the advice!

    1. Hi Meg, The Southern routes via the Machame and Lemosho are great for both October and March. All the best!

  9. Hi my name Hamed Al Bar I live in Saudi Arabia , I would like to climb Kili mountain within this two months April , May , I need your help

  10. Hi,
    I am looking to complete the Lemosho Route but having a hard time deciding when to go.
    I would love to be able to experience snow on the summit.
    I can be pretty flexible when I go so I would love to experience this route at its best!

    1. Hi Michelle, snow on the summit is no guarantee but the most likely period to have snow under foot is from December through to March. Lemosho route is great, hope you have a ball!

  11. We’re planning a year long trip through 3 continents (Africa, SE Asia, and South America), and Kilimanjaro is on our top bucket list.

    It looks like Sept/Oct seems to have the very best weather – would you agree with this? When you say its crowded – how crowded to you mean? Difficult to hike because there are so many people, or bearable? We can be very very flexible.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Maggie, Sep/Oct us a great time to climb Kilimanjaro. Crowded is probably the wrong word, it is just busier at this time of year, particularly August and September, than other parts of the year. All the best for your trip – sounds awesome!

  12. I am At the beginning stages of planning my climb. What month out of the whole year do you recommend I make my climb?

    1. August through to October is generally a great time to climb Kilimanjaro. All the best!

    1. Do it! You don’t need to be an experienced hiker to climb Kilimanjaro. You do need to be fit and determined though. Best months are June-October and January-March. All the best!

  13. Considering trekking Kili mid-December.

    I expect snow and colder temperatures but what is visibility like? Is it still an OK time to trek if you’re OK with snow and colder temps?

    I trekked Everest Base Camp in December and it was fantastic (although cold).


    1. Hi James, yeah, climbing Kilimanjaro in December is absolutely fine. You may experience snow and slightly colder conditions, but visibility is usually fine. All the best!

      1. Exactly the answer I am looking for because I am planning to celebrate Christmas at Kilimanjaro next year

    1. Hi Ramin, that’s a difficult question to answer as there are so many variables, but generally October is a good month to trek Kilimanjaro.

  14. My husband and I are trying to decide between Lemosho and Rongai for our mid-March climb. We’re flexible with level of difficulty and would probably prioritize scenery and solitude. Which would you choose? Thank you!

    1. That’s a touch one Kimberly. Both offer great scenery and solitude. Admittedly the Lemosho gets busy once it joins with the Machame. Personally I prefer the Lemosho as it has a great acclimitisation profile (8 day version) and a better summit ascent approach. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Eve, all the Southern Circuit routes are good in July / August. I recommend the 7 day Machame or 8 day Lemosho. Cheers!

  15. We are planning to climb in the last week of Dec? How would be the weather? would there be lot of snow? Do we need crampons?

    1. Hi Rituparna, December tends to be a little colder at night and during the early mornings. Temperatures during the day can be quite warm and temperate low down the mountain. But as you get above the cloud cover it can also be relatively fresh during the day. There is a higher probability of snow at or near the summit in December, but generally crampons are not required. It may be worthwhile taking yak-traks, but as I said generally these won’t be required. All the best!

  16. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your site and all the info that you provide 🙂

    I’m the early stages of starting to plan our family trip to TANZANIA and consecutive Kilimanjaro climb, and from what I could read, mid September seems to be a great option in terms of weather forecast to do the climb, but in your opinion what would be the best time to combine a few days before the climb doing a photo/video safari and after the climb to go for few extra days in Zanzibar. Early June after the main rainy season ends or in the mid September…

    Besides that my other question is:
    Do you know anyone that climbed Kilimanjaro with a DOG?
    My Border Collie travels everywhere with us and is used to do a lot of hikings (to like this one) and a lot other activities (Rappel, Slide, Paragliding, Canyoning, snorkling, etc, etc…)

    1. Hi Pedro, Glad you are finding the site useful! Mid September is a great time for all the activities you want to do – i.e. Safari, Climb Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. This period is also just after the Summer holidays in Europe so the mountain trails are a little quieter. In terms of taking a dog with you, I haven’t heard of anyone doing this, but I suspect it has been done and is possible. My suggestion would be to contact Kilimanjaro National Park http://www.tanzaniaparks.go.tz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31&Itemid=106 to see if they have any specific regulations / advice on taking a dog. All the best!

  17. Hi,

    Due to timing constraints, I will be planning my trip to Kilimanjaro in April. I understand this is the rainy season. Given that, is there a route that is best suited for an April Trek?


    1. H Steven, The Rongai route, approaching from the North is probably your best bet. In tends to have less rain during April and May, then the standard Southern circuit routes. All the best!

  18. Hey There,

    I’m climbing Kilimanjaro with a group in the very beginning of June. We are all in our Mid-20’s to Early 30’s, but little to no experience of climbing, especially something of this size. Any recommendation on which route to take with scenic views but beginner to intermediate level of difficulty? Thank you!


    1. Hi Tom, without a doubt I would go for the 8 day Lemosho or 7 day Machame. Both have great route profiles for acclimatisation and are very scenic. The Lemosho is a little quieter for the first 3 days on the trail. Hope this helps and all the best!

  19. I am a 70 year old male who likes to climb Kili.
    Because of my age i like a private tour to the top.
    What is the best time of the year and what are the costs?

    1. Hi Robert, Great to hear that you are thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro. The best time is between mid June and mid October. Costs range depending on the route you take, type of tour operator and whether you do it as a private climb vs. joining an open group. A private trek as a solo is a lot more expensive than a group tour. I recommend using our tour operator recommendation service to get a quote: https://www.machupicchutrek.net/go/

  20. Reading the narrative, it states that January – March is generally colder than June – October but looking at the chart of average monthly temperatures, it appears that the average temps in the rainforest and low alpine zones are higher in Jan. – March (12-14c in rainforest; 8-10c in low alpine) than it is in May – August (7 -10c in rainforest; 5 -7c in low alpine). Am I reading that correctly? Not that it’s a huge difference but I’m confused as it’s supposed to be COLDER Jan – March. Thank you.

    1. Hi Candace, That is correct, the difference is not significant, but there tends to be more moisture / humidity in Jan-Mar, hence slightly warmer temperatures. However, as you get higher up the mountain, the average temperatures in Jan-Mar are colder than Jun-Oct. Hope this helps!

  21. Hi Mark!

    Due my schedule constraints, I can only climb either before April 1st or after.
    Your website indicated that April isn’t a good season. Would last week of March be the same too?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Shane, it’s difficult to predict the exact beginning of the rainy season (April-May), so late March could be fine, but then again you could experience some rain. You may want to consider the Rongai route from the North as this side of Kilimanjaro tends to be drier over the rainy season.

  22. I’m a 45 yr old lady who only walks dogs for exercise and have been ‘treated’ to a trek up Killy in September by my not so better half, will I need to hit the gym hard to get fit enough in time?

  23. Leaving Atlanta, GA. What country is better to fly into in order to be close to Kilimanjaro..don’t like cold weather ..what’s the BEST MONTH..thank you

    1. HI Susanne, there is not a significant difference. Generally this period is good for hiking Kilimanjaro. Of course weather is incredibly variable on a big mountain like Kilimanjaro so you may get lucky with an amazing weak or you may get more inclement weather.

  24. Hi Mark, Unfortunately I cant climb in the peak trekking season, so only have Feb, March or May to climb. If I was to climb in Feb when there is less snow, what would be the best route to take? Would this be the same for early March?

    1. Hi Peter, I would recommend the Lemosho or Machame route for both February and March. I would avoid May as this is the raining season. Please note: you are more likely to encounter snow at and near the summit in January and February. Cheers!

  25. Hello, my daughter and I wish to climb the Lemoshu Route up Kili in late Dec 2018. After reading comments, would it be better to push the date out into January for more mild temperatures? Thank you.

    1. Hi Lee, you can expect very similar weather in late Dec and into January, so I don’t think it is worthwhile moving your date. Generally these months are a little colder high up on the mountain and there will likely be snow cover on the upper reaches and at the summit. Weather is however so variable on the mountain that it is impossible to predict with some certainty the conditions until a week or so before your travel date.

  26. Hello, I am in the early stages of planning and was originally looking to climb in early November, which is the earliest I can climb with my work schedule. Is it completely out of the question to go on a guided climb at that time? Thanks for your feedback

    1. Hi Ron, not at all. Although November can see some rain, it is still possible to hike Kilimanjaro at this time of the year. You may want to look at the northern approach via the Rongai Route. All the best!

  27. Hello,
    I am planning on trekking Mt. Kili in September. It seems like Lemosho trail goes thru Barrnaco area. Given Barranco wallreally scares me, what are the best routes for me? Thanks so much for any input. Ewa.

    1. Hi Ewa, all the southern Circuit routes need to go over Barranco. It looks a lot scary than it actually is. In reality it is just a scramble and there are no serious exposures. If you definitely don’t want to do the Barranco wall then you could do the Rongai route, Northern Circuit or the Marangu route. Hope this helps.

  28. MW, First thing, thank you so much for hosting this site. My question may seem dumb to others but where I have hiked and where I come from we carry our own gear always or we don’t go. It has nothing to do with money. In fact I don’t even mind paying the Porter and of course the guide for their time in going. I just feel Better if I carry my own gear. Please advise
    Thx, L

    1. Hi Lorenzo, totally understand your point, I’m one for carrying my own gear too. Unfortunately, Kilimanjaro is almost always operated as a portered trek. You could check with a tour operator if they would allow you to carry all of your own gear. I suspect many will allow you to do this. All the best!

  29. Great information. I was thinking of starting the climb on Dec. 29 because the timing is convenient but I see there is quite a bit of snowfall in December and January. Is the trekking much harder with the snow on the ground and does the snow make summiting less likely? A lot less likely? I’m wondering how much more risky it is to do this in early January, as I would very much want to summit.

    1. Hi Mike, yes, it can snow quite a bit in December / January, but this doesn’t make the summit push significantly more challenging as the last push for the summit is a slow slog, snow or no snow. Of course a massive dump of snow is potentially dangerous and can thwart a summit attempt, but it is not very common to get a major snow dump. Many people summit during these months and the snow can make the experience particularly beautiful. Hope this helps!

  30. hi, we are planning to climb in february but concerned of snow conditions on the summit trail, how often are the chances of cancellation of the summit hike if there is lot of snow and do we need crampons. also we
    recently did the everest base camp and kalapathar last month and inca trail last year and we are planning for lemosho route , do you suggest 7 day or 8 day . thanks

    1. Hi Anurupa, cancellation due to snow is not very common. As a precaution I would bring yak tracks (not full crampons). It’s unlikely that you will need them but better safe than sorry. In terms of the 7 or 8 day Lemosho, I prefer the latter as it breaks the final push to the summit into two days – between Karanga – Barafu and the summit. Hope this helps!

  31. Hi!

    We are planning to climb the Kilimanjaro in October. In the past, we walked the Inca Trail, Rinjani in Indonesia and some other similar hikes. What route do you recommend, taking into accout weather and our “experience”?

    Great website, thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Maud, my two favourite and recommend routes are the 7 day Machame or 8 day Lemosho. Both are super scenic and offer good acclimatisation.

  32. I would like to take a 10-day hike up Lemosho with my 32-year old son and 31-year old daughter. Can anyone recommend the best time of year for this hike? I’d like to avoid heavy crowds, so I’m thinking September, but I would welcome any advice/comments/suggestions. Thank you!

    1. Hi Amory, the first few days on the Lemosho are relatively quiet, but the trail gets busier after it joins the southern circuit routes, like the Machame. Sepetember is still relatively busy, but does get quieter towards the end of the month and into October. Alternatively January-March are quieter months as well.

  33. Hi Mark,
    I’m planing to climb Kilimanjaro through Marangu route on December 21-28, 2018.
    How the snow is going to be on the summit at this time?
    I’m 55 and in good shape but do you have special advices for my age?
    Thx bro.

    1. Hi Yasser, It is quite likely that there will be snow on and near the summit in December. Personally I think this makes the experience more authentic and fun. My best advice is to go slow, drink lots of water, try eat healthily and take one step at a time on summit night! Enjoy

  34. Hi,
    I’m looking at a trip next year in March most likely, but have not heard any info on the Umbwe track which is the trail I am looking at doing. I have seen some descriptions relating to it being the best if you can handle the steep ascent but nothing else. Is this the case?

    1. Hi Jason, the Umbwe is not a very popular route as it provides limited possibilities to properly acclimatise. The route is very direct and is often used in conjunction with the Western Breach for speed ascents. It is not particularly steep, but the rapid ascent profile means that the risk of altitude sickness is higher. If you have more time I would recommend a route like the 7 day Machame or 8 day Lemosho that meanders more and gives hikers more time to acclimatise.

  35. Hi Mark,
    Looking to trek Rongai route and also want good beach weather. Is there a difference between October or November months?

  36. Hi Mark,

    Thank you very much for the introduction! We are wondering whether we should climb it from Dec 14-20, or Jan 01-07. Based on your graph it seems Jan would be better in terms of weather than Dec. Is that always the case? Thanks!

    1. Hi David, on average, December sees more snow. But weather can vary quite dramatically from week to week and year to year. I would choose the most convenient week for yourselves as the variation of weather a few weeks apart is really difficult to predict. All the best!

  37. Hi Team!

    A bunch of us are planning to climb in June / July / August. How soon do you think we need to start reserving our spots? Are there permit requirements and if yes, how are these issued (daily numbers or yearly). Do tour groups take care of these permit requirements for us when we reserve spots with them?


    1. Hi Shreya, yes, Kilimanjaro national park requires permits. These are arranged by your tour company as part of the total climb cost. There aren’t restrictions on the number of permits but it is worth booking early to ensure you have enough time to plan your trip and do some training!

  38. Hello,
    I’d like an advice on the best time to climb to the summit.
    I live in Nigeria and I can handle a bit of cold (nothing less than 5 degrees at most).
    What’s your advice?

    1. Hi Wura, the temperatures near the summit of Kilimanjaro frequently get as low as -10 degrees Celsius and can feel even colder if the wind is strong. The best time to hike is June-October. December, January and February are the coldest months. April and May are the rainy. Hope this helps!

  39. I plan on climbing the second week of February of 2019. I’m going with mMountain Madness and experienced and very highly recommended organization. My question:

    Although a seasoned endurance athlete I do get cold extremities even in warmer climates. And I don’t carry a lot of body fat.

    What can I do to maximize warmth and keep my self from getting cold on this hike? Thank you

    1. Hi Peter, in terms of your extremities I recommend taking 1 x pair of medium to heavy thermal socks from Smartwool or Icebreaker. These you will use on summit night. For your hands I recommend using a combination of inner merino wool gloves with warm outer gloves. Some people use insole foot and hand warmers too – check out Hothands. You will also want to take a warm beanie and a polar fleece Buff. Hope this helps!

  40. I am a first time climber and first time solo traveller and would love to join another group to climb Kilimanjaro in 2019. Please add me on Facebook… KevinJackKeogh

  41. I would like to climb mid June, will it still be freezing near the top, or will it be a range of temperatures going up? t-shirt weather to start?

  42. Hi I am thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro in August this year – which would be the best route to take? I also want to tag on 2 weeks of safari with my two daughters – do you have recommendations at all?

  43. Hi Mark,

    Got a group of 5 friends and Family planning to climb in August 2020 – Ages around 40 to 50 with 4/5 not being athletic but resolved to putting in some effort to get in shape by then! (Round is a shape too, right ? LOL) I know it is peak season but question is, what route would you recommend for a non-athletic group to maximize chances to summit ?

    Thanks a lot!

  44. I’m a lady in my late 50’s. I am going to manage to climb Kili? I’m concerned about the “wall” and I’ve heard some spots are very steep in the Machame route. I have read so much conflicting info. I am not an athlete but I’m not sedentary either. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Kathy, many people in their late 50s have climbed Kilimanjaro so I’m confident you can do it too. The Barranco wall on the Southern Circuit (this is the route the Machame is on) can seem a little scary, but it doesn’t have any serious exposures and if you take your time and use all four limbs, you should be just fine. Here is an article which provides more detail: https://www.climbkilimanjaroguide.com/barranco-wall-mt-kilimanjaro/. To give you inspiration check out: https://www.climbkilimanjaroguide.com/can-anyone-climb-mount-kilimanjaro/

    1. This is right on the shoulder month of the wet season, so you may experience rain. If you can move your dates forward a few weeks you will likely experience a little better weather.

  45. Hi Everyone
    We are planning to climb Kili in June – July . In our team there is a 14 yr old girl (turning 15 in July) , a 18 yr old girl and a 66 yr old man. We were wondering if its still a good idea to climb it when we have only just decided to and havent started training yet.
    Regards Jess

    1. The best month is a difficult one to answer, but the best season is June through to October. January through to March is the second best season in terms of weather.

  46. Hi Guys,

    I’ve done Killi twice, both times were during February via Machame, unfortunately next year I only have June or August available. I noticed In the article above it says that it’s is warmer In June/July/August, I’m just wondering why that is since it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere at that time? And also would like to know if we do the Lemosho route whether we need any additional equipment compared to Machame?

    Thanks for the great article!

    1. Hi Brad,

      Tanzania has pretty stable ground temperatures all year round as it is so close to the equator, but it is on average cooler during the Winter months (June-August). This however inverts slightly as you increase in altitude. Meaning that as you get higher the temperatures in the Summer months (November-March) are actually cooler at the summit, hence there is more snow during this period. This has to do with the trade winds, and higher convective forces during the Summer.

      In terms of the Lemosho vs Machame, there is no additional equipment requirements.

      All the best,


  47. It seems that once it is September that there would not be as many people who have summer break. In that case is it better to climb as early in September as possible?

    1. Hi Elaine, yes, the trails do start to get quieter in September. But many trekkers are backpackers etc who aren’t restricted to the Summer break holidays. This means that September can still be busy. The shoulder month of October is quieter.

  48. Hi I’m getting conflicting information from different sites hopefully you can clear it up for me. I’m planning on going on the Lemosho Route I’m flexible as to when I go. I can go anytime, I’d like to go when there are no crowds, less chance of rain and snow. I was thinking February or September. Out of all the months in the year which one would you suggest?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Jose, February is a quieter time of year, but there is a higher chance of rain and snow than September. Personally I would choose late September / early October for a good shot a stable weather and relatively quiet slopes. All the best!

    1. Phillippa, the minimum age for Kilimanjaro is 10 years old. If the kids are younger you will need to get a special permit.

  49. Hello! Thank you for the great information in this article. I know you mention that June is a good month to travel in, but I just wanted your advice on choosing the first week of June for the Machame route. There is a tour going up at that time but I wanted to see if this is advisable so close to the end of May? Finally, I was curious if the same weather conditions apply to arranging a safari nearby (for example, in late May)? Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi Esther, early June is usually fine on Kilimanjaro, however, weather is very unpredictable on the mountain and can change rapidly at altitude. I recommend preparing for four seasons, and it’s possible you will encounter rain on the first few days. A safari at the end of May should also be fine weather wise. All the best!

  50. Hi, I’m happy to trek in the colder months and was wondering about temperatures on the mountain in regards to sleeping arrangements as I was looking at purchasing a sleeping bag specifically for this trip. Should I look at a comfort rating around -10? Do people sleep near the summit?

    1. Hi Wendy, yes, you will want to get a 4 season sleeping bag with a comfort rating of at least -10. Temperatures at night drop below zero from about day 2. Some people sleep in Kilimanjaro’s crater, which is near the top, but most trekkers sleep at base camp – Barafu camp (4,600m) or Kibo Hut (4,700m) – the night before the summit push. All the best!

  51. Hi Mark,

    Myself and my partner were due to climb Kilimanjaro Jan 2021 (Lemosho) however this doesn’t look likely with Covid and its put a huge dent in our training/ fundraising.

    If you could only climb Lemosho in one month of the year, which month would you pick?

    We are unsure if we should postpone for a whole 12+ months or if other months towards the end of the year are actually preferred.

    Thanks again April

    1. Hi April, the best time to hike the Lemosho is June-October. But January through March are also fine months. Avoid April / May and November.

  52. We are thinking of hiking my Kilimanjaro in mid October. We have had our Covid vaccines. Are vaccinated travelers required to quarantine and/or wear masks during the trek?

    1. Hi Carmen, currently there are no quarantine requirements unless you test positive on arrival. You need to show a negative PCR test certificate on arrival and will also be charged $25 for a rapid test at immigration. No masks are required on the mountain, although some tour operators are encouraging mask-wearing and social distancing in the camps. Here’s the latest on the Coronavirus: https://www.climbkilimanjaroguide.com/coronavirus/

  53. Eager to trek Killinanjero..only worry is altitude sicknes..which route is the best with good accimitisation..I did Everest base camp..but during that trek the last day i had serious headache but haven't taken diamox..

    1. Hi Satisha, I recommend the 7-day Machame or 8-day Lemosho. Unfortunately, Kilimanjaro is a little more challenging than EBC with regard to altitude sickness as the ascent is much faster. The good news is the descent is also much faster than EBC.

  54. 68 years young and fairly fit . Diabetes type 2 .
    I want to climb in October.
    How many months of preparation that one needs ?

  55. I am exploring logistics and travel details for a possible Kilimanjaro trek in September 2023. Please provide your assessment of what one should expect weather-wise near the end of Summer. Also, does the trekking traffic tend to diminish much by the start of September? Which of the several routes to the summit would you recommend at this time of year for brilliant scenery and abundant wildlife? I am not particularly intimidated by cold weather, and have good quality gear and clothing of my own.

  56. Mark, I climbed in 2014 and now my nephew and niece who are big hikers want to do the trek with me. I will be 69 in Nov, but am extremely fit and healthy. (boot camp for lifting and cardio from 06-07 five days a week; an hour of riding my horse at trot/canter 5 or 6 days a week; and a walk with my dog 2.5 miles every day). Spent 36 years in the Army so I understand tough environments. Was looking at the 9 day northern circuit since I know I am not 20 anymore. Dag gum….We are looking at Jan/Feb and wondered your thoughts and who we might connect with for safari as a reward for the "walk."

  57. Hello,
    We are planning to hike Rongai routes between June and Aug of next year. A few questions. 1. Is this one of the better routes to take as this is a busy time? 2. Is this hike any tougher than the other ones? 3. Does it really make any difference from overall cost if we chose this route over the others?


    1. H Vivek, here the answers to your questions:

      1. The Rongai is a good route, it is less busy than the southern circuit routes. I would opt for the 7-day option as the 6-day Rongai doesn’t provide much acclimatisation opportunities. If you are considering an alternative route, then the 7 day Lemosho is also a great option.

      2. I wouldn’t say it’s difficulty is any more or less challenging than the other routes.

      3. The cost difference between equivalent routes like the 7 day Machame or Lemosho should be very small.

  58. We have a climb planned for Xmas time for our family ages 54, 22, 19 & 18. I very concerned about the rain/snow/wind. Can you advise as to whether u would suggest climbing at this time. We do not want it to be an uncomfortable experience

    1. Hi Lynne, December is fine to climb. There tends to be more snow around this time and it can be a little colder/windier than the peak season, but quite a few people climb late December for a Christmas or NY summit.

  59. Hi Mark
    Is late Dec / early Jan a reasonable time to plan the climb? I do not see anyone asking about late December and I’m wondering if it is not the best time to plan this trip?

    1. Hi Lynne, December is fine to climb. There tends to be more snow around this time and it can be a little colder than the peak season, but quite a few people climb late December for a Christmas or NY summit.

  60. Hi Mark. I’m choosing between January or February for the lemosho route, which would be a better month for less rain and better visibility?

  61. Given changes in global weather patterns, is it inadvisable to do a climb in early November? We live in a cold climate, so temps are not concerning, but rain could make things uncomfortable. Any thoughts?

    1. You should be fine in early November. If you’re concerned about rain, the northern approach via the Rongai route generally receives less rain.

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