Day: Crater Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka camp
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,345 ft Distance: 5 km | 3 miles Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Arctic
Very early in the morning (around midnight 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim 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, breaks. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft – Distance: 12 km | 7 miles – Hiking Time: 4 hours – Habitat: Rain Forest
- Main destination: Kilimanjaro Mountain
- Accommodation: Camping (mid-range accommodation)
- Meal and drinks: All Meals and drinks (tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and water)