Kilimanjaro Trail Condition
The main weather conditions that can cause concerns while climbing Kilimanjaro relate to cold temperature and precipitation. Though the average temperatures on the lowlands of Tanzania are relatively warm and stable throughout the year, the temperature on Kilimanjaro varies widely depending primarily on the altitude. It is recommended to climb Kilimanjaro during the dry seasons – which are mid June through end of October and beginning of December through mid March. But even during the “dry” seasons, climbers may still experience heavy rains. The mountain’s weather is unpredictable and climbers should be ready for wet and cold conditions no matter when they come.
There are distinct climatic zones on different altitudes with changing vegetation. We will pass through five major ecological zones on the way to the summit. As we gain altitude, the temperatures drop as does precipitation levels and vegetation. While the temperatures in the rainforest are generally very mild, averaging 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperatures during the night ascent to the summit are frequently below zero. Therefore, climbers need to have the appropriate extreme cold weather gear to endure harsh winter weather for many hours.
That being said, most of the hiking can be done wearing just one or two layers on top (baselayer plus soft shell jacket) and hiking pants. After arriving at camp, typically people will be comfortable putting on a warm, insulating layer such as a fleece or down jacket and a knit hat.