Full Moon Dates

Summiting on or soon after a full moon is very beautiful and helps illuminate the landscape without using headlamps. However, it is also very bright for sleeping and stars are not as visible.

To summit on a full moon, you will want to start a 6-day trek 4 days before the full moon (3 days before if doing a 5-day trek).

Full Moon

2018 2019 2020 2021
JAN 2**/31 21** 10 28
FEB 19** 9 27
MAR 2/31 21 9** 28
APR 30 19 8** 27
MAY 29 19 7 26
JUN 28 17 5 24
JUL 27*** 17* 5 24
AUG 26 15 3 22
SEP 25 14 2 21
OCT 24 14 2/31 20
NOV 23 12 30 19
DEC 22 12 30 19

NEW MOON (Kili under the stars)

2018 2019 2020 2021
JAN 17 6 25 13
FEB 16 5 23 11
MAR 17 6 24 13
APR 16 5 23 12
MAY 15 5 22 11
JUN 13 3 21 10
JUL 13 2 20 10
AUG 11 1/30 19 8
SEP 9 28 17 7
OCT 9 28 16 6
NOV 7 26 15 5
DEC 7 26 14 4

Notes:

* Partial Lunar Eclipse (July 17, 2019)

** Super Full Moon (January 2, 2018; January 21, 2019; February 19, 2019; March 9, 2020; and April 8, 2020) (full moon at its perigee, or closest point of its orbit to Earth, where it will look bigger than normal)

*** Total Lunar Eclipse (July 27, 2018)

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