Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Remoteness: 5 km/3 miles
Climbing Time: 7-8 hours
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft. to 10,065 ft.
Remoteness: 12 km/7 miles
Mountaineering Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Very early in the a.m. (around night-time), we start our push to the summit. This is the most emotionally and bodily challenging portion of the hike. The wind and cold at this advancement and time of day can be thrilling. We climb in the night for some hours while taking regular, but short, pauses. Nearby Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be pleased with the most wonderful sunrise you are ever probably spot approaching over Mawenzi Top. Lastly, we arrive at Uhuru Ultimate- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the high-level meeting, we now make our ancestry continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, discontinuing at Barafu for lunch. The track is very stony and can be quite stiff on the knees; hiking poles are supportive. Mweka Camp is located in the high forest and fog or rain can be anticipated in the late p.m. Later in the nightfall, we enjoy our last feast on the mountain and a well-deserved siesta.