Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb

Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb

Did you know that irrespective of your choice of Kilimanjaro Routes, in reality, on summit ‘day’ you actually start your ascent to peak at midnight?  Surprising right?  So, prepare to get up bright and early, help yourself to some tea and biscuits. Switch on your head torch. Then climb away into the dark night over the scree to reach the peak just in time for sunrise. We at Jerry Tanzania Tours call it a “summit attempt”. Because Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb is the most challenging part both mentally and physically of the whole Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro experience.

Deciding to take up on Kilimanjaro Trek is enthralling and promises a rush of adventure. But Summiting Kilimanjaro on a cloudless full moon night is absolutely regal. It’s a promise of once in a lifetime view of the glaciers glittering in the moonlight. We know, absolutely stunning, right? 

Why Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb is Regal?

We can give you 100 equally compelling reasons, but to sum it up there are three most shot after prospects which makes the Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb absolutely regal.

  • Better visibility during the summit attempt
  • Stunning views
  • Awesome views of Kibo from most camps

Our Kilimanjaro Guide will accompany you the whole time. Add to that the night-time trek by the bright light of the full moon illuminating your entire six-hour journey up to Uhuru Peak.

The moonlight reflects on the glaciers making them glitter. Also, the rolling clouds below you become glowy. Even the ground beneath your feet will glisten. Dreamy, isn’t it?

Also, Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing during a full moon offers you magnificent night views of Kibo from most of the overnight camps.

The Real Difference Of Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb

There’s no doubt the difference is magical. However, there is a more practical reason for Climbing Kilimanjaro During A Full Moon. The sheer brightness paired with a clear sky improves visibility throughout your Kilimanjaro trek, especially during your summit attempt.

  • Your visibility will be improved.
  • weather is supposedly calmer
  • Ditch your head torch under the glistening moonlight.
  • Because of its high popularity, it can get a little congested.

What Exactly A Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb Enthralls?

Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro on the glittering moonlight is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you’re planning a Full Moon Kilimanjaro Summit, then you should schedule your trek a few days in advance of the full moon date i.e. if on a 7-Day trek, leave 5 Days before the full moon date.

Though it’s not mandatory to attempt the summit on the exact date of the full moon. Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb has great advantages.

But in case you’re looking for a less crowded climb and more interested in stars and looking for an uncongested Kilimanjaro trekking experience, then you should avoid planning your trek around these dates.

Jerry Tanzania Tours offers several full moon summit group climbs every month during the dry season. These treks tend to fill up fairly quickly. So we advise you to book well in advance.

Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb 2021-22-23 Dates

Here’s the schedule for the 2021-22-23 full moons. If you want to experience a full moon during your Kilimanjaro Climb, then chat with our Climb Kilimanjaro Guide about when to plan your trip. Please note that the dates provided below are in accordance with reputable weather forecasting websites. We recommend you double-check dates on weather websites before planning a trip with tour operators.

2021 Full Moon Dates

28 January 27 February 28 March 27 April
26 May 24 June 24 July 22 August
21 September 20 October 19 November 19 December

2022 Full Moon Dates

17 January 16 February 18 March 16 April
15 May 14 June 13 July 11 August
10 September 9 October 8 November 7 December

2023 Full Moon Dates

5 January 5 February 7 March 5 April
5 May 3 June 3 July 1/30 August
29 September 28 October 27 November 26 December

Kilimanjaro New Moon Dates

Kilimanjaro New Moon Dates Month 2021 2022 2023
January 13th 13th 21st
February 11th 12th 20th
March 13th 2nd 21st
April 12th 1st / 30th 19th
May 11th 30th 19th
June 10th 28th 17th
July 10th 28th 17th
August 8th 27th 16th
September 7th 25th 14th
October 6th 25th 14th
November 5th 23rd 13th
December 4th 23rd 12th

Native Americans’ Kilimanjaro Full Moon Names

Names were created to help different tribes track the seasons. These are list of other full Moon names for each month of the year and their meanings.

Kilimanjaro Full Moon Month Full Moon Name
January Cold Moon It's associated with the cold and the dark of winter.
February Snow Moon It refer an ongoing winter season.
March Storm Moon It tends to feature all storms of all kinds like from snow to the hail to rain.
April Wind Moon It is springtime and helps in dispersal of seeds and budding of flowers.
May Milk Moon There is full display and mother animals nurse their newborn.
June Strawberry Moon The strawberries are normally in seasons.
July Blessing Moon It is a wonderful time of the year and one considers how blessed are you from the hard work of winter period.
August Corn Moon July has come to an end and people start planning for the future.
September Harvest Moon It was due to agrarian societies that carried harvesting activities.
October Hunter Moon According to tradition where hunters hunt animals so as to store meat for winter time.
November Full Frost Moon It indicates that winter is coming.
December Long Nights Moon It is associated with longer nights where one kicks off winter celebrations early and intentions for the next years are set.

How To Plan For Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb?

To get the best out of your Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb, you will need to time your climb right. For instance, if you are trekking on a 7-day route, you’ll be departing 5 days prior to the full moon. Similarly, for a 6 days route, depart 4 days before the new moon.

This is to ensure your successful arrival at the summit during the full moon. You will be observing the full moon throughout your trek. And as your summit day comes closer, you’ll start to notice a distinct glow on the peak.

As you know, the majority of a Kilimanjaro Climb takes place during the day. But the final summit attempt starts before midnight in order to reach the summit at sunrise. A Full moon Kilimanjaro summit attempt makes the evening climb easier. Therefore you might not need to switch on your headlamp at all.

The Weather Effect On Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb

It is very important to take the weather forecast conditions into consideration if you’re planning to Climb Kilimanjaro during a full moon. To put it simply, clear weather equals clear sky which means full exposure to the moon and moonlight. Otherwise, in cloudy weather, the summit attempt will become a bit more dark and difficult in comparison to other nights.

Jerry Tanzania Tours always uses the most trusted weather websites. We assure a fulfilling and memorable Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb.

Is It Ok To Summit A Day After Or Before The Full Moon On The Kilimanjaro Climb?

It is not essential to summit on the exact date of the full moon. You can easily choose a day on either side of the full moon. If you want, summit one day before or the day after the full moon and still enjoy the awesome full moon experience.

Generally, your climb will be arranged around full moon dates. Which will give you a chance to summit one day before or after. This is because it can get a little busy on the full moon date. The effect and experience of the full moon stand the same one day on either side.

If you are planning a Kilimanjaro trek, you should plan around the full moon dates. Full Moon Treks are a great way to explore a different side of Kilimanjaro.

Experience The Best Of Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb With Jerry Tanzania Tours

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro under a clear sky, with glittering moonlight as your torchbearer can be a life-altering experience. Make your Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb an even more memorable experience (if that’s even possible!?) with Jerry Tanzania Tours.

We offer various full moon summit group climbs every month. Browse through our Kilimanjaro climb trip calendar. Don’t just select a date that works for you? Chat to us and find out how we can make your trekking experience extra special.

kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb FAQ’s

We Have Compiled A List Of The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro In General, And About Kilimanjaro Climbing Program, Get The Real Kilimanjaro Guide From Jerry Tanzania Tours.

Full moon climbs are very special as in the night you can have it while hiking, specifically on the summit night. This is though also means the bright during Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It is more likely difficulties to sleep are because of the elevation though. No moon climbs are beautiful as you really get astonishing views of the stars.

The full moon happens when the earth is situated directly between the sun and the moon, causing the moon to be entirely brightened which is completely round and bright. A Kilimanjaro full moon happens about every 29 days. You can have it by proper time calculation for Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb.

It takes almost 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes for our Moon to complete one full orbit around Earth. This is named the sidereal month, and is slow by our Moon's position virtual to distant “fixed” stars. However, it takes our Moon about 29.5 days to full one cycle of phases. Kilimanjaro Trek would be double worthy by watching this sight.

A full Moon occurs approximately every 29.5 days. This is the extent of time it receipts for the Moon to go over one whole lunar phase cycle.

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