School Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,600 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles
Mountaineering Time: 6-8 hours
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft. to 10,065
Remoteness: 12 km/7 miles
Climbing Time: 4-6 hours
Very early in the a.m. (around night time), we start our push to the summit. This is the most cerebrally and bodily challenging portion of the walk. The wind and cold at this advancement and time of day can be thrilling. We ascend in the darkness for some hours while taking regular, but short, pauses. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft.), you will be pleased with the most superb sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Lastly, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, we now make our ancestry continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp place, ending at Barafu for lunch. The track is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; hiking poles are supportive. Mweka Camp is located in the higher forest and mist or rain can be anticipated in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved siesta.