- Elevation: 4,695 m to 5,895 m to 3,690 m
- Distance: 4 km up, 14 km down
- Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
- Habitat: Alpine desert
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise.
Leave to the peak at 12:00 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 6 AM. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows which take you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak where you will spend some time taking photos but it will depend on how you feel.
After your summit activities are done, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment, and continue on down, re-crossing the saddle to the Horombo Huts.
You will have dinner and spend the night at Horombo camp.