Many people have heard that climbing Mt Kenya on a full moon is the best time to go. This means planning your summit to coincide with a full moon. However as romantic as it may seem to plan your climb this way, there are a range of things to consider. So here is a look at pro's and cons of climb Mt Kenya during a full moon.


Your route to summit is lit by the full moon

The majority of a trekking or climbing on Mt Kenya takes place during daylight hours. It is only for the summit attempt you climb at night, starting out just before midnight. A summit attempt done during a full moon means that the entire route will be well lit and you will hardly need to run on your headlamp

Pre and post summit nights around camp

If you are aiming to summit during a full moon it means that your nights pre and post summit around camp will be lit by a near perfect full moon, giving you amazing moonlit scenes from camp

Incredible universal energy

The Full Moon is supposed to be a powerful time where the universal energy is highest and the best time to renew positive energy. In some religions a full moon is invocative of the higher energies and creates a channel of contact between soul and spirit.

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If the night is overcast, you wont benefit from the full moon

Think about it, just because there is a full moon does not mean the skies will be perfectly clear and cloudless. If you happen to catch an overcast night, then you will not benefit much the from full moon, nor the light it creates, and you will still need the assistance of your headlamp.

Busier routes

If you are planning to summit during a full moon for all the positive reasons above, who is to say others wont as well, meaning that your entire route to summit will be crowded with many others seeking to benefit from the full moon too


If you want to avoid the crowds, plan your summit for a day before or after the full moon. That way you still get the moon, without the crowds of people.

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Sleep in Tents/Huts
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Sleep in Tents/Huts
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Sleep in Tents/Huts
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