There are two distinct climbing seasons
A wet season and a dry season
It is possible to climb MT Kilimanjaro Or MT MEru all year round but your experience and chance of summiting will be influenced by the time of year you choose. Weather is unpredictable so these times will vary from year to year.
Your chance of a successful summit increases in the dry season when the weather conditions are better, staying dry makes for a more comfortable and enjoyable trek.
JULY - October
You are most likely to experience clear skies in the mornings and evenings, and the possibility of some clouds and brief showers during the day. Most people choose July, August and September to climb, so expect crowds and cold temperatures.
January - FEbRUARY
January and February are also busy on the mountain, the weather is relatively warm and visibility is good.
The wet season is not for the faint hearted but the quiet and solitude is alluring.
MID MARCH - MAY
The long rains run from March to May with March and April among the wettest months to climb. Trail conditions are muddy, wet and slippery.
The short rains are in November when there is a high incidence of snowfall on the summit. Rains are often in the late afternoon meaning the bulk of trekking can often be done before the rains come each day.
The shoulder season months are December, March and June, these months mark the transition between the wet and dry seasons.
The short rainy season can extend into the earlier part of December. December can be crowded due to the holiday season and has the highest chance of snowfall at the summit.
June is considered a transitional month and the start of the climbing season.
Most popular/more crowded
Low chance of rain / Stay dry
Less popular/less crowded
High chance of rain
Less visibility / lower chance of views