Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
Distance: 6km ascent and 21 km descent
Hiking time: 8 hours to uhuru and 6 hours to horombo
Habitat: Stone scree / ice-cap summit
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to hans meyer cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude.
Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, uhuru peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to barafu begins. The hike down to kibo hut takes about 3 hours.
At kibo hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to horombo hut (3720m). You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.