Full Moon

Climbing Toubkal on a Full Moon

Since most summit bids start from base camp at around 0400 am, with exact start time usually depending on the guide's assessment of the group's pace over the preceding few days, most of the approach to the summit happens in darkness.

Both for reasons of beauty and atmospheric aesthetics, as well as to maximise the available light when ascending, some climbers like to coordinate their summit attempt with the full moon.

Where in the sky will the full moon be?

However, before simply opting for the closest convenient full moon date, it's helpful to be able to visualise in advance of the climb where the moon will be in the sky when approaching the summit from high camp.

In order to do this we recommend using the following tool. You can input your proposed climb dates, see when the moon will be full and then operate a simple slider to show the position and elevation of the moon in the sky as you progress through summit night.

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Summit bids don't have to be in darkness!

Some people don't like climbing in the dark, usually for two reasons: it's colder, and you see less. And in the case of children, there's a third reason: it's often difficult for them to stay awake during darkness.

A daytime summit may also be preferable if climbing on dates when many climbers are expected to be on the summit, usually in around July and August.

Why some like to summit at night on a new moon

Not everyone doing a night time summit bid will find it preferable to climb on a full moon as a new moon is actually far better for viewing stars, so many astronomy enthusiasts will aim to coordinate their summit bid with the time when the weather will be clearest and the night will be darkest.

Those prioritising star viewing are therefore advised to climb when the weather is likely to be driest (June to September), and to summit on a new moon.

Full Moon Dates & Times On Toubkal

Timings for full moon are detailed as Toubkal local time 



Month πŸ‘‡ Moon phase πŸ‘‰ New Moon πŸŒ‘ Full Moon πŸŒ• Elevation & bearing
January 2024 23rd December 2023 at 1318 6th January at 1410 -31Β° @ 013
February 2024 21st January at 0806 5th February at 1341 29Β° @ 083
March 2024 21st February at 0009 7th March at 1940 -43Β° @ 039
April 2024 21st March at 2027 5th April at 1937 -03Β° @ 090
May 2024 19th April at 1916 5th May at 2037 20Β° @ 237
June 2024 19th May at 1856 3rd June at 1844 10Β° @ 236
July 2024 17th June at 1939 3rd July at 1440 14Β° @ 224
August 2024 (Supermoon) 17th July at 2133 1st August at 2133 14Β° @ 228
August 2024 16th August at 1239 30th August at 1637 16Β° @ 236
September 2024 14th September at 1640 29th September at 1258 31Β° @ 246
October 2024 14th October at 2055 28th October at 1124 31Β° @ 262
November 2024 13th November at 1227 27th November at 1216 42Β° @ 275
December 2024 12th December at 1432 26th December at 1533 39Β° @ 282

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The best time to climb Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and North Africa, largely depends on your preferences and the type of experience you're seeking. Here are the main factors to consider for each season:

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You don't need to climb on these dates shown below. We publish them only for those who wish to climb with others they don't already know. The majority of our clients choose their own dates (at no additional cost), though most request us to open up their climbs for others to join - simply so as to have extra company on the trek.

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Since most summit bids start from base camp at around 0400 am, with exact start time usually depending on the guide's assessment of the group's pace over the preceding few days, most of the approach to the summit happens in darkness.

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