Full-moon climbs

It’s increasingly popular to plan your climb of Kilimanjaro so that you climb to the summit around the time of  the full moon. Climbing on a cloudless evening, with the moonlight to guide you up final slopes to the crater rim, is a wonderful way to complete your ascent of Africa’s highest summit.

The chart below outlines the dates of the full moon to help you schedule your climb to ensure that you summit on the right date. The recommended start date for your climb will depend on your choice of route.

It is worth noting that the moonlight is very strong on the few days leading up to and following the full moon, so it’s not necessary to summit exactly on the night of the full moon.

Full Moon climb dates
2018 2019 2020 2021
JAN 2, 31 21 10 28
FEB 19 9 27
MAR 1, 31 21 9 28
APR 29 19 8 27
MAY 29 19 7 26
JUN 27 17 5 24
JUL 27 17 5 24
AUG 26 15 3 22
SEP 24 14 2 21
OCT 24 14 2, 31 20
NOV 23 12 30 19
DEC 22 12 30 19