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Choosing The Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro

Conquer Kilimanjaro Wisely: Choosing The Best Time To Climb

Planning your Kilimanjaro climb is an exciting step! But with several ascent routes and diverse weather patterns, pinpointing the ideal timeframe can feel overwhelming. Worry not! This guide delves into the pros and cons of each climbing season, empowering you to choose the perfect time for your Kilimanjaro conquest.

The Seasons of Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro boasts two distinct wet and dry seasons:

Dry Season (June to September & December to February):

Expect clear skies, minimal rainfall, and comfortable temperatures (although nights can get chilly). This is the peak season, so expect larger crowds and potentially higher prices.

Wet Season (March to May & October to November):

Brace for more frequent rain and cloud cover, with lush greenery and potentially muddy trails. The crowds are significantly smaller, and you might score better deals.

Choosing Your Ideal Season:


  • Dry Season: Ideal for those who prioritize predictable weather and clear views. However, prepare for potential altitude sickness due to the rapid ascent in thinner air.

  • Wet Season: Offers a more moderate ascent pace due to lower altitude sickness risk. But be prepared for slippery trails, limited visibility, and the possibility of campsite closures due to heavy rain.


  • Dry Season: Expect to share the trails with many fellow climbers, especially on popular routes like Machame. This can impact the overall tranquility of your experience.

  • Wet Season: Enjoy a more solitary adventure with significantly fewer hikers on the mountain.

Personal Preferences:

  • Adventure seekers: The wet season's challenges might add an exciting element to your climb.

  • Photographers: The dry season's clear skies offer stunning vistas, while the wet season boasts lush landscapes.

  • Budget travelers: The wet season often sees lower prices for permits and guiding services.

A Breakdown by Season

Ideal for dry weather and clear views, but expect crowds and potentially higher costs.

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