"The world’s tallest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro towers an incredible 5km (3 miles) above the dusty plains below. It is one of East Africa’s most iconic and breathtaking sights, and for those not content merely to admire it from below, the five- to seven-day round hike to the craggy glacial peak - no specialist equipment required - is regarded by many to be a highlight of their time in Tanzania. ”

- Philip Briggs

Mount Kilimanjaro

Africa’s loftiest mountain, 5,895-metre high Kilimanjaro is an extinct volcano whose distinctively-shaped caldera supports a cover of permanent equatorial snow and glaciers. The snow-capped peak is visible from many lodge gardens in the vicinity of Arusha and Moshi towns, and is usually seen to best effect at dusk or dawn, when the clouds lift to reveal its magnificent glistening peak.

For hikers, Kilimanjaro is renowned as the highest mountain, anywhere in the world, that can be climbed without specialised equipment by any reasonably fit person. The most popular and least arduous ascent follows the Marangu Route, which is serviced by proper overnight huts, but the longer, more gradual and Machame and Shira Routes are more scenic and much less busy.

It’s a tough hike, whichever route you tackle, and it gets cold at higher altitudes. But it is also magnificently scenic, passing first through lush montane forest, then across alpine moorlands studded with giant lobelias and groundsels en route to the snowy Roof of Africa.

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DRY SEASON

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

DRY SEASON

Warm temperatures, medium precipitation levels, and generally clear skies make this an ideal period to trek Kilimanjaro. The downside of this is that the trail will be busy with many others attempting to summit.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

DRY TO WET SEASON TRANSITION

Generally, March marks the beginning of the wettest time of the year. Skies are mainly overcast at this time. So although the temperatures are generally warm, this is not a time of year we would recommend, especially towards the end of the month when the rains come into full flow.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

This period is the wettest time of the year. Skies are mainly overcast at this time. So although the temperatures are generally warm, this is not a time of year we would recommend.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

This period is the wettest time of the year. Skies are mainly overcast at this time. So although the temperatures are generally warm, this is not a time of year we would recommend.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

DRY SEASON

Weather conditions at this time of the year are more predictable – usually with clear skies and low precipitation levels – making this an ideal time for climbing. Travellers should however bear in mind that temperatures towards the summit will be very cold.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

DRY SEASON

Weather conditions at this time of the year are more predictable – usually with clear skies and low precipitation levels – making this an ideal time for climbing. Travellers should however bear in mind that temperatures towards the summit will be very cold.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

DRY SEASON

Weather conditions at this time of the year are more predictable – usually with clear skies and low precipitation levels – making this an ideal time for climbing. Travellers should however bear in mind that temperatures towards the summit will be very cold.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

DRY SEASON

Temperatures rise steadily as November approaches, making this an ideal time to climb. Keep in mind that visitor numbers to the mountain will be rather high at this time.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

DRY SEASON

Temperatures rise steadily as November approaches, making this an ideal time to climb. Keep in mind that visitor numbers to the mountain will be rather high at this time.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT RAINS'

Given the unpredictable weather conditions and potential of heavy precipitation, this is not a season in which we could recommend for visiting Kilimanjaro. The temperatures and low crowd numbers are, however, in your favour should you wish to attempt a summit.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT RAINS'

Early December is not a period we would generally recommend due to the adverse weather conditions, however these usually stabilise towards the end of the month. At the same time, crowd numbers are in your favour should you wish a summit attempt, making this is a mixed month.

Its proximity to the equator means that Kilimanjaro has very consistent temperatures throughout the year, but with distinct wet and dry seasons. There are two wet seasons in Tanzania: the first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the second – the milder ‘short rains’ – takes place between November and December.

The best time to attempt a Kilimanjaro assent is during the warmer and drier months of the year. Our priority is your safety, and it is important to time your trek with the best weather.

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