Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation (ft.): 15,430 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 6-8 hours
Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft.): 19,341 ft. to 12,250 ft.
Remoteness: 16 km/10 miles
Climbing Time: 4-5 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 extreme. 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 splendid sunrise you are ever likely to spot coming over Mawenzi Peak. Lastly, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your achievement, we incline to Horombo Hut. Later in the nightfall, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved siesta.