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If a challenge is your motivation; then Mt Kilimanjaro is beckoning your tenacity. One of the world’s 7 summits, Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. This massive 5,895 meter peak (19,341 ft) is quite the challenge, but with the right guide it is very conquerable. Our professional guides will lead you to the “Roof of Africa,” and Chacha Tours Africa will take care of all the logistics. Our incredible chef will make sure you have nutritious and delicious food to keep you full of energy on your five to seven day journey to the summit of Uhuru Peak.
Chacha Tours Africa is your passport to the summit. Our Tanzanian porters are extremely hard working, high-spirited and will carry your many belongings up the mountain with ease. Our professional guides are incredibly friendly, energetic and will teach you all about the beautiful people of Tanzania as we slowly hike to the top of this incredible snow-capped mountain.
There is nobody that knows Kilimanjaro better than the owner of Chacha Tours Africa. He is a local Tanzanian man that started climbing Kilimanjaro when he was only 15 years old. His name is Philiman but everybody calls him Chacha. He has successfully guided clients to Kilimanjaro’s summit over 100 times. He loves everything about this beautiful mountain and if you happen to have him as your guide, he will show you why this massive peak is so special. We would love to invite you to join us and you will find out why we are considered the best Kilimanjaro guiding company in Tanzania.
When is the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro?
Many people ask when is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro. January through February are usually great months to summit Kilimanjaro. The trails can be quite busy in early January as many holiday travelers are vacationing in Tanzania. The middle of January through early March tends to be less crowded because the holiday season has ended.
January through early March the rains aren’t as severe and the weather tends to be warmer. The days are usually dry, beautifully clear with only a few clouds and occasional brief showers. Late March can be hit or miss. The chances for rains gradually increase towards the end of March as the monsoon season returns to the Kilimanjaro area.
The rainy season in Kilimanjaro lasts from the end of March through the end of May. June can be hit or miss and it can be dry or it can be rainy. It is impossible to predict the weather, but many people risk the rains and climbing season usually picks up again towards the end of May.
March through May is the warmest time of the year in Tanzania, but April and May are so wet that many operators simply do not offer climbs. June is a slower month compared to July and August and the crowds tend to be smaller. If you are going to attempt climbing Kilimanjaro during the rainy season, it is best to climb via the Marangu route. The hut system is much more comfortable than sleeping in a wet tent.
The rains gradually decrease from June to July, and so do the temperatures on Kilimanjaro. The weather on Kilimanjaro tends to be dry and clear, but the nights can be very cold.
August and even more so September is the peak climbing season on Kilimanjaro. Expect busier trails and more crowded camp sites during these peak months. The weather is usually nice with many clear days. You may find the days to be cloudy especially in the forest/moorland zone, and on the southern routes you may find it to be rainy for the first few days of trekking. After you leave the rain forest the weather tends to be very nice! These nicer conditions last until around the middle of October when the short rains begin.
Starting around the middle of October the weather on Kilimanjaro becomes more unstable and the number of climbers dramatically drops in numbers. November and December are a much wetter time of the year on Kilimanjaro and it is common to have afternoon clouds and the possibility for rains.
As long as you are equipped with a good rain jacket and waterproof pants, these months should not present major problems. Starting around Christmas and the New Year are the second peak climbing season on Kilimanjaro. During December, climbing traffic tends to be high despite the chance of rainfall and thick clouds.
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”