Climb Kilimanjaro in November, December or January: Guaranteed Departures

Climbing Kilimanjaro in November, December and January is often considered the best time of the year as it is less busy than the summer months, and if you are planning your trip to the ‘Roof of Africa’ this winter, you’ll be pleased to know that there are several fixed departures available for those who want to hike Kilimanjaro as part of a group, along with daily Private Kilimanjaro Climbs for those who are looking for something more personalised.

Climb Kilimanjaro 2019 2020

While you can climb Kilimanjaro at any time of the year, some months are wetter and colder than others.  Most Kilimanjaro companies will tell you that January to March and June to October are the best months of year to scale Africa’s highest mountain, and if you want to avoid the rain, they are probably right, but the off-peak months have their advantages, and so you shouldn’t count them out all-together.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in November

November is the start of the short rainy season in Tanzania, and so you can expect some rain during your expedition.  Temperatures will also start to drop towards the end of the month, and snow is not uncommon, so if you are tied to climbing Kilimanjaro in November, start at the beginning of the month and pack plenty of wet weather gear.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in December

Many people choose to climb Kilimanjaro in December to make the most of their Christmas and New Year holidays, and so it can be a busy time on the mountain, but the atmosphere over the festive period is electric.  The short rains tend to end mid-December, although it is highly likely that you will encounter clouds and drizzle, so pack accordingly.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in January

January is considered one of the best months of the year to climb Kilimanjaro. It is warmer than November and December, you are less likely to encounter rain, and perhaps most importantly of all, it is less crowded than other peak months, but you may experience the odd shower or two so don’t forget your rain gear.

Weather patterns are changing all over the world, and so the above is purely for guidance. It could snow in October and you could have wall-to-wall sunshine in November.  As long as you are well prepared for whatever the weather has to throw at you, there is no reason why you shouldn’t reach Uhuru Peak!

Here are some Kilimanjaro Group Departure dates for your winter 2019/2020 diary:

  • November 2019: 7-Day Machame Route
  • December 2019: 6-Day Marangu Route
  • December 2019: 7-Day Machame Route
  • January 2020: 7-Day Machame Route
  • January 2020: 7-Day Machame Route
  • January 2020: 8-Day Lemosho Route
  • January 2020: 7-Day Machame Route
  • January 2020: 6-Day Marangu Route
  • January 2020: 7-Day Machame Route

As you can see, the 7-Day Machame Route remains the most popular (and most successful) route on the mountain. Book your Kili expedition today!

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