Climb Kilimanjaro travel dates

Best time to climb up Kilimanjaro.

Your adventure climb up Kilimanjaro can start on any day of the week, all year round!

The best time to climb however will be during January until mid-March and from mid-June to end October due to the weather conditions traditionally being more stable during that time.

Weather conditions on Kilimanjaro, like all other high altitude mountains, are unpredictable to say the least and can change rapidly, hence – go prepared!

Another consideration when planning your Kilimanjaro climb is to have your summit attempt fall during a full moon cycle.

All Kilimanjaro summit attempts generally start around midnight and having a full moon during your ascent to Uhuru Peak will help illuminate your path and also the glaciers as you walk past them – quite surreal!

Having your summit bid coincide with a full moon, while beautiful, of course does not mean that the mountain cannot be summited at new moon or any other time.

For your convenience we have listed the full moon dates for the near future and also the indicative itinerary starting dates based on a standard 6 day route up Kilimanjaro.

As mentioned above, note that your Kilimanjaro adventure is not restricted to the below dates and can start on any day of the week, depending on your preference and on availability.

Kilimanjaro travel dates

Full moon on 26 Aug 2018– Travel to Moshi on the 22 Aug 2018 & start your hike on the 23 Aug 2018

Full moon on 25 Sep 2018– Travel to Moshi on the 21 Sep 2018 & start your hike on the 22 Sep 2018

Full moon on 24 Oct 2018– Travel to Moshi on the 20 Oct 2018 & start your hike on the 21 Oct 2018

Full moon on 23 Nov 2018– Travel to Moshi on the 19 Nov 2018 & start your hike on the 20 Nov 2018

Full moon on 22 Dec 2018– Travel to Moshi on the 18 Dec 2018 & start your hike on the 19 Dec 2018

Full moon on 21 Jan 2019 (a lunar eclipse) – Travel to Moshi on the 17 Jan 2019 & start your hike on the 18 Jan 2019

Full moon on 19 Feb 2019 – Travel to Moshi on the 15 Feb 2019 & start your hike on the 16 Feb 2019

Full moon on 21 Mar 2019 – Travel to Moshi on the 17 Mar 2019 & start your hike on the 18 Mar 2019

Full moon on 19 Apr 2019 – Travel to Moshi on the 15 Apr 2019 & start your hike on the 16 Apr 2019

Full moon on 18 May 2019– Travel to Moshi on the 14 May 2019 & start your hike on the 15 May 2019

Full moon on 17 Jun 2019– Travel to Moshi on the 13 Jun 2019 & start your hike on the 14 Jun 2019

Looking for a comprehensive guide on how to climb Kilimanjaro?

Look no further than our Kilimanjaro online guide.

Climb Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa

Dream World Adventures specializes in putting together tailor made Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa. Our Kilimanjaro packages include all you need in order to undertake this African adventure – from flights departing from South Africa, to accommodation before and after your climb and all park fees, logistical mountain teams and meals on the mountain.

For more information on our Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa please following this link.

Climb Kilimanjaro packages starting from Tanzania

Dream World Adventures can also provide tailor made Kilimanjaro packages that will have you start your adventure from either Moshi in Tanzania, or from Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.
The package prices will be quoted in US$ for clients not travelling from South Africa.

For more information on our Kilimanjaro tour packages from Tanzania please following the link.

The Marangu route on Kilimanjaro

The Marangu route was the route first used by Hans Meyer in 1891 to reach the top of Africa – Uhuru peak on Kilimanjaro. Many climbers these days opt for this route as it is the most comfortable route up Kilimanjaro, compared to all the other tented routes.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;
Marangu route on Kilimanjaro

The Machame route on Kilimanjaro

The Machame route we have found is definitely of the most opted for routes to consider for your adventure up Kilimanjaro. While it is not the longest route to reach the summit, the old adage for better acclimatization of “climb-high, sleep-low” comes to mind when using this tented route, with climbs to ridges and descents to valleys marking the approach days to Barafu Camp, base camp for summit, which will definitely aid hikers in their quest to reach the summit.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;
Machame route on Kilimanjaro

The Lemosho route on Kilimanjaro

The Lemosho route is known as one of the most scenic routes on Kilimanjaro. The first couple days on this route are beautifully wild and usually have lower traffic on the way up to the Shira Plateau, where it merges with other routes to the summit via Barafu Camp.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;
Lemosho route on Kilimanjaro

The Rongai route on Kilimanjaro

The Rongai route will have you start your hike on the northern side of Kilimanjaro, close the border between Tanzania and Kenya. The drive to the starting point of your hike, the Naru Moru Village, is a lengthy one, and winds through coffee plantations and rural villages.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;
Rongai route on Kilimanjaro

The Umbwe route on Kilimanjaro

The Umbwe route, especially for the first couple of days before meeting up with the other routes at Barranco Camp, entails a steep ascent through lush forest and deep gorges. It is a challenging, but scenic route option and from Barranco camp follows the same path as the Machame and Lemosho routes to the summit via Barafu.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;
Umbwe route on Kilimanjaro

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