KILIMANJARO CLIMB FULL MOON DATES 2017 - 2019


Many people have heard that climbing Kilimanjaro 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 Kilimanjaro during a full moon.

Benefits

Your route to summit is lit by the full moon

The majority of a trekking or climbing on Kilimanjaro 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


Suggestions

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.

2017 Full Moon 2018 Full Moon 2019 Full Moon
January 12 2, 31 21
February 11 - 19
March 12 2, 31 21
April 11 30 19
May 10 29 18
June 9 28 17
July 9 27 16
August 7 26 15
September 6 25 14
October 5 24 13
November 4 23 12
December 3 22 12
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Overview of other routes
7 - 8 days trekking
3 hour drive to Park Gate
Scenic, quiet, longer approach
Good for acclimatisation
Starts in forest and joins Machame and Shira routes
Summit via Barafu Hut and Stella Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Mweka Route
Lemosho Route
6 - 7 days trekking
3 hour drive to Park Gate
Scenic and quiet
Good for acclimatisation
Starts in forest and joins Lemosho and Machame routes
Summit via Barafu Hut and Stella Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Mweka Route
Shira Route
6 - 7 days trekking
4 hour drive to Park Gate
Very quiet
Need to add a day for acclimatisation
Starts near Kenyan Border
Route joins Marangu Route
Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Marangu Route
Rongai Route
5 - 6 days trekking
30 minutes drive to Marangu Gate
Busy route
Less scenic - same ascent and descent
Need to add a day for acclimatisation
Route joins Northern Circuit and Rongai Route
Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
Sleep in Huts
Descend via Marangu Route
Marangu Route
8-9 days trekking
4 Hour drive to Shira Gate
Very Quiet
Less scenic but longer approach
Start higher but route is good for acclimatisation
Route joins Rongai and Marangu Routes
Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Marangu Route
Northern Circuit Route
5-7 days trekking
40 Minute drive to Umbwe Gate
Very Quiet
Very steep and fast approach
Poor chances for acclimatisation
Route joins Shira, Lemosho and Machame Routes
Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
Sleep in Tents
Descend via Mweka Route
Umbwe Route
Kilimanjaro Short Treks
These treks are designed for people with less time available or who do not want to go for summit. They range from 1 to 4 days on the mountain
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Mt Meru
Mt Meru is a great pre-acclimatisation trek before Kilimanjaro or a stand alone trek. These treks are 3-4 days
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There are several options to add on a safari tour in either Tanzania or Kenya after your Kilimanjaro trek. The shortest safari is 3 days up to around 9 or longer if you prefer.
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