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Kilimanjaro Full Moon Dates – See Kilimanjaro At Its Most Beautiful! 

Climbing Kilimanjaro is an incredible experience. The sunsets, the views and the wild and ever changing landscape make it one of the best treks on earth.

What many people don’t know is that on the final day of ascent, you actually trek through the night to reach the summit near dawn. A great option then is to make sure you trek when there is a full moon that night. This makes the trek just that little bit more special as the magnificent glaciers light up under the full moon to create a simply stunning landscape!

There is also a practical reason in trekking under a full moon – it illuminates your path. Normally you would be forced to wear a head torch on summit night, however, under a full moon on a clear night you could get away without using a head torch (we still recommend you bring a head torch just in case conditions aren’t perfect).

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The only negative side of trekking under a full moon is that the stars are obscured by the brightness. If you’re a passionate star gazer then you would be best to trek under a new moon when the whole of Kilimanjaro lies under a blanket of beautiful stars.

In order to summit on a full moon date, you’ll need to time your climb right. This means that if you are trekking a 7 day route you should depart 5 day prior to the full moon and if you are trekking a 6 day route you should depart 4 days before the full moon.

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Remember though, full moon dates are by far the most popular climbs and if you would prefer a less crowded trek, then avoiding the full moon is probably wisest.

Below we have provided a complete list of the Kilimanjaro full moon dates and new moon dates for 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Please note, these dates are best estimates. Please do not rely on this data as gospel. We recommend you double-check dates on other weather websites.

Kilimanjaro Full Moon Dates (2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023)

Month

2021

2022

2023

January

28th

17th

6th

February

27th

16th

5th

March

28th

18th

7th

April

27th

16th

5th

May

26th

15th

5th

June

24th

14th

3rd

July

24th

13th

3rd

August

22nd

11th

1st / 30th

September

21st

10th

29th

October

20th

9th

28th

November

19th

8th

27th

December

19th

7th

26th

Kilimanjaro New Moon Dates

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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

Remember, weather will affect your climb also and the rainy season clouds will often obscure the full moon from view. Choosing the right time of year to trek is very important. Please see our best time to trek page and visit Mountain Forecast to get an accurate weather forecast for Kilimanjaro.

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If you have any further questions or queries about Kilimanjaro full moon dates, please just leave a comment below and we’ll get back you as soon as possible.

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Mark Whitman

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Hi, I'm Mark! Welcome to Climb Kilimanjaro Guide - the Web's No.1 Trekking Guide to Mount Kilimanjaro. This site is your one stop shop for everything Kilimanjaro. To date over 2 million people have visited ClimbKilimanjaroGuide.com, many of which have gone on to summit Kili! I hope you find all the answers you are looking for, but if you have any questions don't hesitate to drop a comment below! Happy Trekking!

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  1. I am looking at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and wanted to start the climb on a specific date which is 23rd September 2017. I have been to 4 companies and 2 run the trek on this date and 2 don’t. I asked one of the operators why there isn’t a trek on this date and they have said that it isn’t a good moon so they don’t run treks due to Health and Safety issues. Would there be a safety issue trekking if there isn’t a full moon?

    1. Hi Caroline, there is no health and safety risk of a summit push that doesn’t coincide with a full moon. There will be 100s of summits everyday in September as its the busy season. Hope this helps!

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