Kilimanjaro climate zones

They say a Kilimanjaro climb is like traveling from the equator to the North Pole.

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That’s because Kilimanjaro is so massive it contains five distinct climate zones. You’ll pass through each of them on your way to the summit:

KILIMANJARO CLIMATE ZONE 1

RAINFOREST

ELEVATION: 6,000′ – 9,200′

DESCRIPTION: Warm, humid, and lush year-round, this section of the mountain is home to rare species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth! 

DAY TEMPS: 70s – 90s F

NIGHT TEMPS: 40s – 60s F

KILIMANJARO CLIMATE ZONE 2

HEATH

ELEVATION: 9,200′ – 11,000′

DESCRIPTION: Sparser and drier than the forest, the heath includes bearded lichen hanging from the trees.

DAY TEMPS: 50s – 70s F

NIGHT TEMPS: 30s – 50s F

KILIMANJARO CLIMATE ZONE 3

MOORLAND

ELEVATION: 11,000′ – 13,200′

DESCRIPTION: The moorland is home to unique vegetation, such as the alien-looking giant groundsels that tower overhead.

DAY TEMPS: 50s – 70s F

NIGHT TEMPS: 30s – 50s F

KILIMANJARO CLIMATE ZONE 4

ALPINE DESERT

ELEVATION: 13,200′ – 16,000′

DESCRIPTION: Cold and dry, the alpine desert’s windswept, rocky landscapes have often been compared to the surface of the moon.

DAY TEMPS: 30s – 40s F

NIGHT TEMPS: 10s – 30s F

KILIMANJARO CLIMATE ZONE 5

ARCTIC

ELEVATION: 16,000’+

DESCRIPTION: Near the summit Kilimanjaro transforms into a frozen world of glittering ice and snow. You’ll feel like an Arctic explorer on your last steps to Uhuru Peak!

DAY TEMPS: 10s – 30s F

NIGHT TEMPS: -10s – 20s F

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