Rain forest zone (800 – 3000 m / 2620 – 9840 ft)
Low alpine zone (3000 – 4200 m / 9840 – 13780 ft)
You are now above the clouds and vegetation has become rare. The sun burns during the day and there are no more clouds to protect you. So don’t forget to put lots of sunscreen. Temperatures drop well below 0 overnight.
Glacial zone (5000 – 5895 m / 16400 – 19340 ft)
THE BEST KILIMANJARO CLIMBING SEASON
January – March
The first dry season on most of the mountain, January to (mid-)March are great months to climb Kili. It might rain a little bit on the lower slopes but rain is rare above 3000 m / 9840 ft and the skies are likely to be perfectly clear. Temperatures at the top are the lowest of the year, and chances of snow in the upper areas are high.
June – October
During this time rain and snow are rare, making it a good time for your Mount Kilimanjaro hike. It’s the busiest season and less ideal for those who want quiet time, bit this also means chances of finding open groups to join are much higher, which can drastically lower the price of your climb.
April, May and November, December
These months are usually the wettest and generally less ideal for trekking. However, climbing on a northern route in April or May, or on a southern route in November and December is usually fine, due to the origin of the winds that cause the rain. December corresponds to school holidays in most countries, making this a very busy month as well.
Don’t forget to bring good rain gear and the right clothes to handle the very low temperatures at the summit.