Mount Kilimanjaro (/ˌkɪlɪmənˈɑːr/)[4] is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain above sea level in the world: 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level and about 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) above its plateau base. It is the highest volcano in Africa and the Eastern Hemisphere.

Kilimanjaro is the fourth most topographically prominent peak on Earth. It is part of Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major hiking and climbing destination. Because of its shrinking glaciers and ice fields, which are projected to disappear between 2025 and 2035, it has been the subject of many scientific studies.

The main seasons are traditionally December to March and June to October with temperatures in Moshi averaging 22 degrees C and summit temperatures around – 7 degrees C. The rains are in April, May and November but nowadays climate change has changed this pattern so sometimes the rains come earlier or later. During the rains we run our Rongai climbs as the northern side of the mountain is more sheltered.

A full moon climb of Kilimanjaro, or indeed a new moon climb, is often a popular time to climb. Summit night can be spent walking under the light of a full silvery moon so that you don’t even need a headtorch; or, since Kilimanjaro is situated on the equator, under a full sky of both north and south constellations. In fact from high up on the peak you can see the North Star and the Southern Cross in the same sky. If you want to avoid the busier nights on a full moon then we recommend that you offset your summit night. There can be no doubt that on certain nights the summit route can be very busy with a lot of people leaving camp at the same time and initially creating a bottleneck. These groups spread out fairly quickly though.


Month 2022 New Moon 2022 Full Moon 2023 New Moon 2023 Full Moon
Jan 2 17 21 6
Feb 1 16 20 5
March 2 18 21 7
April 1 & 30th 16 19 5
May 30 16 19 5
June 29 14 17 3
July 28 13 17 3
Aug 27 12 16 1 & 30
Sept 26 10 14 29
Oct 25 9 14 28
Nov 24 8 13 27
Dec 23 7 12 26

Other notable dates:
Valentines Day Summit: Arrive Tanzania on the 7th Feb
New Years Eve / Day Summit: Arrive Tanzania on the 25th Dec