Some climbers prefer to summit during a full moon.
Summiting Kilimanjaro on a cloudless full moon night is without
a doubt an unforgettable experience. The glaciers glittering in
the moonlight are absolutely stunning. For obvious reasons the
moonlight will also make the final night climb on your summit
night easier and most of the time it will be unnecessary to even
switch on your head lamp. Planning your summit attempt to coincide
with the full moon dates can enhance your whole trek up the mountain
and offer you some magnificent night views of Kibo from most of
the overnight camps.
To summit during a full moon, a 7-day climb should start 5 days
prior to the full moon date. It is not necessary to summit on
the exact full moon date to take advantage of moonlight. Reaching
the summit on the day before or day after is just as good.
For those who favor a less crowded climb, avoid the full moon
completely as these dates attract many climbers. Another method
of escaping crowds is to choose an "off" day of departure.
Most climbers will begin their climbs on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.