Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Hiking time: 6-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning, we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, break. At gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over mawenzi peak.

Finally, 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 accomplishment, we descend to horombo hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.