Weather & Full Moon
Why is the Full Moon Climb so popular?
Firstly you’ll be accompanied and guided in your night-time trek by the bright light of the full moon. It illuminates your six-hour journey up to Uhuru Peak, making the glaciers glitter and the rolling clouds below you glow. The moonlight also makes the earth beneath your feet glisten. Sounds like a dream, right?
Secondly, a practical reason for climbing during a full moon is that its brightness (when paired with a clear sky) improves visibility throughout your Kilimanjaro trek, especially during your summit attempt.
Thirdly, climbing Kilimanjaro during a full moon offers you magnificent night views of Kibo from most of the overnight camps. So to summarize, a full moon offers:
- stunning views
- improved visibility during summit attempt
- views of Kibo from most camps
A full moon therefore makes what’s already a very special trip just that little bit more special. The full moon is widely considered one of the best times in the month to climb Kilimanjaro. As to which month is the best month to climb? Read more about the best time to climb Kilimanjaro.
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At the summit Uhuru peak , the night time temperatures range to different degrees . Due to the great height of Mountain Kilimanjaro, the mountain creates it’s own weather, hence it is extremely variables and hard to predict.