Best season to do the Kilimanjaro Trek

Best season to do the Kilimanjaro Trek

Category Travel Tips Trekking Tips

By Usha Hariprasad


Mount Kilimanjaro is close to the equator. Here, there is no such thing as summer and winter. It mostly varies between dry and rainy seasons. During rainy season, it’s mostly muddy and at a higher altitude, there’s snow and ice. It’s also less crowded in this weather. In dry season, however, the skies are clear and the weather is warm, but it’s fairly crowded.


Mid January to mid March is a good time to climb Kilimanjaro. The weather is reasonable with fewer climbers. It is not too cold, not too dry. The days are mostly dry and clear. Afternoons are cloudy with occasional brief showers. The night is a chilly with a clear sky.

Average temperature: 25 C

Average rainfall: 2 inch


End March to May is the main rainy season. No climb happens in this time.

Average temperature: 22 C

Average rainfall: 10 inch


The rain gradually decreases and so does the temperature on the mountain. The days are dry and nights are nippy.

Average temperature: 12 C

Average rainfall: 1 inch


This is the main climbing season on Kilimanjaro. The days are dry, clear and warm. Nights are not too cold. It may rain rarely, but this is mostly in the rain forest area.

Average temperature: 21 C

Average rainfall: 0.7 inch


The weather becomes unstable during this time. It is mostly cloudy with occasional thunderstorms. The temperature is low at night.

Average temperature: 17 C

Average rainfall: 3 inch


Usha Hariprasad

About the author

Usha Hariprasad is a freelance writer and has worked with Citizen Matters, Alternative and Indus Ladies writing about travel and green living. She worked in the IT field for 5 years before deciding to follow her passion for writing. She is now part of the content and tech team at Indihahikes.