“If all goes to plan, I shall have a treasured selfie atop the Roof of Africa,” said the Kilimanjaro enthusiast. So what’s the plan? The best of plans can fail through bad timing, so how about deciding the best time to climb?

Kilimanjaro is near the equator and typically with only two seasons- wet and dry. Though it can be climbed around the year, the dry months of July to October and December to February are the best.

January –March:

The period is characterised by warm weather and clear skies with minimum precipitation. Gets a tad busy, but provides a good trekking experience nonetheless

June- August:

Winter time! Days are warm but once the sun goes down, the mercury also plummets and it gets cold. Skip June, as visibility is poor, but come July, it’s clear skies, dry air, and great visibility. Best time to climb

August- October:

The main tourist season is characterised by increased traffic on the mountain. And why not, clear skies, great visibility dry air, and the nip in the air make it ideal for climbing.

Tanzania has two rainy seasons

March to June- The long rainy season is characterised by heavy showers and blizzards

November to December- The short rainy season characterised by short showers

Amateurs without backpacking experience should avoid the wet season. It's wet, muddy, slippery, cold and bloody difficult.

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