Day 7

OUTWARD BOUND CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft./ 5,895 m) ~

HOROMBO CAMP (10,200 ft./ 3,110 m)

You are awoken at midnight, and depart the camp at about 1am. From your camp to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m)) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. The following descent to Mweka Camp is about 5 – 6 hours. Total trekking time is 12 – 14 hours. Upon your 1am departure, the temperatures will be between -0 to -10° C, and then from 4am to 6am (just before sunrise), you can expect temperatures from -10° to -20° C.

The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point.  You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in his journals.  Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point (after about 5 - 6 hours) at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season).  After 3 hours of descending to Kibo hut, there is a pause for rest & food, then another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Camp.