Climbing Calendar – The Best Times to Climb the Worlds Biggest Mountains

A mountaineering calendar of the world’s most popular mountains and the great times of the year at which to climb them.

Dates taken from a range of Expedition websites. 

JANUARY

Mountain Notes
Aconcagua Expeditions generally start in December and climb throughout January
Kilimanjaro A dry season with clear skies
Puncak Mandala Part of the ‘Second Seven summits’ – Oceania
Tyree Part of the ‘Second Seven summits’ – Antarctica
Vinson Antarctica’s highest point can be climbed with a 3 week expedition

 

FEBRUARY

Mountain Notes
Antisana Ecuador’s fourth high­est peak
Carstensz Pyramid Oceania’s tallest peak is on the equator and can be climbed all year round but January / February may avoid the worst of the weather
Mount Cameroon The skies open up to the expansive scenery in February
Mount Kenya Can be climbed all year round but in February it avoids the main rainy season

 

MARCH

Mountain Notes
Iztaccihuatl Dormant volcano in Mexico
Ojos Del Salado The highest active Volcano on the planet

 

APRIL

Mountain Notes
Annapurna Ascents on the dangerous Annapurna often begin in April
Baruntse A remote but rewarding climb
Dhaulagiri The 7th highest mountain in the World
Everest Teams arrive at Base Camp during April ready for a May climb
Lobuche East Excellent views of the Khumbu region and Everest
Makalu 5th highest mountain in the World

 

MAY

Mountain Notes
Annapurna Dangerous 8,000m peak
Everest First summits are usually by the 10th with the main wave around the 20th
Kangchenjunga Climbs generally begin in late April with summit attempts during May
Lhotse Attached to Everest by the south col, Lhotse is the 4th tallest mountain in the World.
Shishapangma The world’s 14th highest peak and an ideal climb as a first 8,000er

 

JUNE

Mountain Notes
Denali Alaska is cold all year round but June is popular for Denali due to the slightly warmer climate
Gunnbjorn Greenlands highest point
Rainier Early season before it gets too busy

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JULY

Mountain Notes
Broad Peak The World’s 12th tallest mountain is one of the easier 8000m summits to reach
Eiger Iconic Mountain in Switzerland
Elbrus The stable weather conditions in July make this the best time to climb Europe’s highest point
Gasherbrum I/II 8000m peaks in the Karakorum range
K2 Most summits occur in July on this savage mountain after a month-long acclimatisation period
Matterhorn Dry season in the Alps
Mont Blanc The European Alps is great to climb at this time of Year
Nanga Parbat The western anchor of the Himalayas

 

AUGUST

Mountain Notes
Illimani Highest peak in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real
Kilimanjaro Part of the ‘Seven Summits’ – Africa
Olympus The highest Mountain in Greece

 

SEPTEMBER

Mountain Notes
Cho Oyu The 6th tallest mountain in the World
Everest Autumn season on the Worlds tallest peak is in full swing during September
Himlung A remote 7,000m peak on the Tibetan border
Manaslu Post-Monsoon means September is a great time to climb the Worlds 8th highest peak

 

OCTOBER

Mountain Notes
Ama Dablam This technical climb is best made in October when the mountain is quieter
Cholatse Gives great views of Everest and the rest of the Khumbu region
Island Peak A superb progression peak for Himalayan climbing
Mera Peak Often classed as a high trekking peak

 

NOVEMBER

Mountain Notes
Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo Triple header in Ecuador
Cook The highest point in New Zealand
Lobuche East Excellent views of the Khumbu region and Everest

 

DECEMBER

Mountain Notes
Aconcagua Favourable weather makes December a great time to climb this ‘Seven Summit’
Kosciuszko Can be warm but lack of snow makes it easier to climb Australia’s highest point around December
Vinson The Summer season in Antarctica means that days are 24 hours long!