When there is a full moon while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro there is a big difference between a Kilimanjaro full moon climb and any other ordinary climb. Since summit attempt on the final climb to the summit, it is usually done from midnight and is usually very dark. Without headlamps/torches, it is almost impossible to see where you are heading. When there is moonlight, it is easier to see and it offers stunning views of the mountain as you make your way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The main aim of embarking on your final push to the summit at midnight is so that you make it to the summit and peak of Kilimanjaro at sunrise. Most climbers attest that this might be the most challenging segment of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, both mentally and physically.

Full Moon Dates Kilimanjaro for  2022 Tours

On a clear full moon night, summiting Kilimanjaro is an amazing event. The glaciers gleaming in the night are breathtaking. The moonlight will, of course, make the last night climb on your summit night simpler, and you won’t even need to turn on your headlights much of the time. In fact, timing your summit attempt to coincide with the full moon dates listed below will improve your whole climb up the mountain, providing some spectacular night views of Kibo from the majority of the overnight camps.

From 2021 to 2022, the full moon dates on Kilimanjaro are listed here. We cannot, however, guarantee the veracity of any of the information provided here. While every effort has been taken to ensure the authenticity of this lunar calendar, users should use it at their own risk and confirm it with their own contacts before going.

When is the next full moon?

• Next full moon: Check the full moon dates below.

2022 Kilimanjaro Full Moon Calendar

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JANUARY

January 18 02:51 am

Full Wolf Moon

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New Moon

Jan 2.  09:35 pm
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First Quarter

Jan 9. 09:13 pm
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Full Moon

Jan 18 02:51 am
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Jan 25  04:42 pm
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FEBRUARY

February 16 07:59 pm

Full Snow Moon

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New Moon

Feb 1    08:49 am
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First Quarter

Feb 8 04:51 pm
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Full Moon

Feb 16 07:59 pm
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Feb 24 01:34 am
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MARCH

March 18 10:20 am

Full Worm Moon

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New Moon

Mar 2. 08:38 pm
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First Quarter

Mar 10. 01:46 pm
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Full Moon

Mar 18. 10:20 am
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Mar 25 08:39 am
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APRIL

April 16 09:57 pm

Full Pink Moon

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New Moon

Apr 1  09:27 am
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First Quarter

Apr 9.  09:48 am
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Full Moon

Apr 16  09:57 pm
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Apr 23. 02:58 pm
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New Moon

Apr 30. 11:30 pm
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MAY

May 16 07:15 am

Full Flower Moon

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First Quarter

May 9  03:22 am
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Full Moon

May 16. 07:15 am
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

May 22 09:44 pm
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New Moon

May 30. 02:32 pm
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JUNE

June 14 02:52 pm

Full Strawberry Moon

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First Quarter

Jun 7. 05:49 pm
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Full Moon

Jun 14. 02:52 pm
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Jun 21 06:11 am
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New Moon

Jun 29  05:53 am
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JULY

July 13 09:38 pm

Full Buck Moon

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First Quarter

Jul 7  05:14 am
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Full Moon

Jul 13 09:38 pm
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Jul 20. 05:19 pm
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New Moon

Jul 28  08:55 pm
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AUGUST

August 12 04:36 am

Full Sturgeon Moon

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First Quarter

Aug 5. 02:07 pm
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Full Moon

Aug 12 04:36 am
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Aug 19  07:36 am
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New Moon

Aug 27  11:16 am
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SEPTEMBER

September 10 12:58 pm

Full Corn Moon

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First Quarter

Sep 3  09:08 pm
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Full Moon

Sep 10 12:58 pm
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Sep 18  12:52 am
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New Moon

Sep 26  12:54 am
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OCTOBER

October 9 11:54 pm

Full Hunter’s Moon

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First Quarter

Oct 3.  03:15 am
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Full Moon

Oct 9  11:54 pm
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Oct 17  08:16 pm
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New Moon

Oct 25  01:48 pm
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NOVEMBER

November 8 02:02 pm

Full Beaver Moon

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First Quarter

Nov 1  09:38 am
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Full Moon

Nov 8  02:02 pm
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Nov 16  04:29 pm
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New Moon

Nov 24  01:57 am
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First Quarter

Nov 30. 05:38 pm
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DECEMBER

December 8 07:09 am

Full Cold Moon

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Full Moon

Dec 8. 07:09 am
Last Quarter Moon

Last Quarter

Dec 16  11:59 am
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New Moon

Dec 23. 01:17 pm
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First Quarter

Dec 30  04:22 am

Full Moon Dates To Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro (2022-2023)

The dates shown here are the best estimations based on reliable meteorological conditions. If you want to see the full moon while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, call our adventure professionals to help you create the perfect weekend. On all full moon dates, it can get a little crowded, but a day earlier or later won’t change the effect or your experience.

Also, other dates can be found on different Kilimanjaro websites, but the information on all of them is not genuine. The dates shown below are for the actual full moon. When you book your trip with us, we’ll schedule your summit on Kilimanjaro around these dates.

Trip Starting Date 2022 Full Moon Trip Starting Date 2023 Full Moon
Jan 12th 17th Jan 1st 6th
Feb 11th 16th Jan 31st Feb 5th
Mar 13th 18th Mar 2nd 7th
Apr 11th 16th Mar 31st Apr 5th
May 10th 15th Apr 30th May 5th
Jun 9th 14th May 29th Jun 3rd
Jul 8th 13th Jun 28th Jul 3rd
Aug 6th 11th Jul 27th/Aug 25th Aug 1st/30th
Sep 5th 10th Sep 24th 29th
Oct 4th 9th Oct 23rd 28th
Nov 3rd 8th Nov 22nd 27th
Dec 2nd 7th Dec 21st 26th

Why is the Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb so popular?

To begin with, the strong light of the full moon will accompany and assist you on your nighttime trip. It illuminates the glaciers and the rolling clouds below you on your six-hour trip up to Uhuru Peak. The soil beneath your feet gleams in the moonlight. Doesn’t that sound like a fantasy?

Second, ascending during a full moon increases visibility throughout your Kilimanjaro journey, especially during your summit attempt, because its brightness (when combined with a clear sky) improves visibility.

Finally, hiking Kilimanjaro with a full moon provides spectacular night views of Kibo from the majority of the overnight camps. To summarize, a full moon provides the following benefits:

  1. Amazingly beautiful views
  2. improved visibility during the summit attempt, usually done in total darkness
  3. views of Kibo from most camps on Mount Kilimanjaro

As a result, a full moon elevates an already exceptional journey to even greater heights. The full moon is usually regarded as one of the finest times to climb Kilimanjaro during the month. When it comes to climbing, which month is the best?

Find out when is the ideal time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

What exactly is a full moon?

The lunar phase is when the Moon can be viewed fully from Earth is known as a full moon. This happens when the Earth lies squarely between the Sun and the Moon (or, more precisely, when the Sun and Moon’s ecliptic longitudes vary by 180°). As a result of all of this scientific jargon, the Moon looks perfectly round and wonderfully bright in the night sky once a month. The full moon comes every 29 days, giving you 12 chances to see it in a year. This spectacular celestial spectacle is only seen from the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro once a month.

What the full moon on Kilimanjaro looks like

If you happen to be traveling to Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro during a full moon, you’re in for a treat! When you climb Mount Kilimanjaro under the moon you should take advantage of the natural light it provides.

Hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro by the light of the moon is a unique experience, it does not matter which route you will choose but the experience becomes even better when you choose the more scenic routes like the Lemosho route.

You just see things differently and it’s a quieter, more serene environment on the trails.

Glittering glaciers

One of the key geographic features of Mount Kilimanjaro (and part of what makes it so unique) is its crowns of ice glaciers. Despite the mountain’s close proximity to the Equator, its glaciers have existed for more than 11,000 years, and they used to be more than 100 m (300 feet) deep and extended for 2 km (1.2 miles) from the mountaintop. Due to the effects of global warming and long-term climatic cycles, however, the ice has been thinning from the top down at a very alarming rate. Some scientists estimate that Kilimanjaro’s ice cap will be completely gone by 2050. So if you’re thinking about undertaking this epic climb, do yourself a favour and do it sooner rather than later. The glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro are definitely not something you want to miss!

Full moon dates

The dates for the 2020 full moons are shown below. If you want to see a full moon while climbing Kilimanjaro, talk to us about when you should schedule your trip. Please keep in mind that the dates shown below are best guesses based on reliable weather forecasting sources. Various Kilimanjaro operators’ websites may have different dates. As a result, don’t take this information at face value. We suggest double-checking dates on weather websites like this one.

Kilimanjaro Stars on full moon
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kilimanjaro Glaciers under the full moon

Why choose to Kilimanjaro on full moon dates

The brilliant moonlight will give a stunning view of Kilimanjaro and its surroundings on a full moon night. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro at a full moon will add to the whole feeling of being on top of Africa.
One advantage of hiking under a full moon is that it illuminates your way even in complete darkness. On regular days, trekkers are required to use a headlamp, but on summit night, they are required to do so. However, on a clear night with a full moon, one may get away without needing to use a headlamp. However, we strongly advise you to bring a headlamp because the weather in the Kilimanjaro region is unpredictable. Nonetheless, take your time while deciding the items you’ll need for your packing list.

Most people want to climb Kilimanjaro under a full moon since the night hike to the top is considerably simpler and gratifying. This undoubtedly distinguishes and enhances your journey. Because the stunning glaciers of Kilimanjaro shine up during the full moon, you will be able to see the lovely landscapes of Tanzania.

What is a full moon?

So, what exactly is a full moon? It is a lunar phase when the moon can be viewed totally from the earth, according to a layperson. When the earth is directly between the sun and the moon, this happens. This phenomenon happens every 29 days, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the stunning celestial spectacle from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The following elements contribute to the popularity of the Kilimanjaro Full Moon Climb:

1. Magnificent Views

During the night summit to Uhuru Peak, the dazzling light of the full moon will accompany and guide you. Your 6-hour ascent will be illuminated by the moonlight, with breathtaking vistas of the dazzling glaciers and rolling clouds below you.

The soil beneath your feet will be glistening with the moon’s beautiful light.

While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with the full moon, visibility is better at night.

2. A better view of the top during the summit

When the moon’s brightness is combined with a clear sky, visibility will increase during the summit attempt. During the last leap, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to utilize your headlamp to guide you.

3. Kibo’s breathtaking views

Your campsites will provide you with spectacular views of Mt. Kibo. Kibo is the youngest and tallest of Kilimanjaro’s three separate volcanic cones.

Disadvantages of Climbing Kilimanjaro during a Full Moon

Climbing Kilimanjaro during full moon evenings is particularly popular since it provides climbers with a once-in-a-lifetime experience as well as breathtaking vistas of the surrounding area. On full moon evenings, though, it becomes too busy. We recommend avoiding dates near the full moon if you want a less crowded excursion.

Many people plan their trips around the full moon because of the intensity of the beauty of the Kilimanjaro trek. And there will undoubtedly be a large throng, particularly on the major Kilimanjaro routes. Another drawback of climbing Kilimanjaro during a full moon is that the moon’s brightness obscures the stars.

On a full moon night, a dedicated stargazer would be disappointed not to see a single star in the sky. It is preferable for them to walk on the new moon night, when the entire Kilimanjaro is blanketed in a blanket of the lovely starry sky.

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