Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) - Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) – Descend to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)
Trekking Distance: ~4.5 km /3 miles ascent + 11km / 7-mile descent
Trekking time: 6 – 8 hours (Summit) + 5 – 8 hours (Mweka)
Elevation gain: 1,295 m/ 4,240 ft
Elevation Loss: 2,795 m/9,170 ft
• Awake before midnight and prepare for the highlight of your tour – it’s Summit day. Have some tea and biscuits before heading out into the dark. Make sure you’ve got all the essentials – warm clothes, headlamp, water and snacks.
• Depart at midnight sharp. The trek up Kibo is steep, but the trick is to keep your moment going. The guide will be by your side to guide every step of the way.
• With only your headlamps and the experience guide to show you the way, it will take about 6 – 8 hours to reach the crater rim called Stella Point. By the time you reach, dawn will be approaching as well.
• About 60% climbers decide to stop their climb at Stella point, but with a bit of mental and physical strength you can make the last stretch to the summit. From Stella Point, there’s another 156 m of altitude to Uhuru Peak – the roof of Africa.
• Take a break at Stella Point, enjoying the view and reflecting on what you have achieved. This is sure to give you a burst of energy to make that final climb to the summit. After all, it is an easier gradual climb from Stella to Uhuru. However, if you experience any mountain sickness, we must descend immediately.
• After summiting the mountain, return to Stella Point for a break and photo session.
• Then, begin the demanding 11 km descent to Mweka Camp. Your joints will take up most of the challenge. It is recommended to use trekking poles and even gaiters to avoid glacial scree getting into your boots.
• Stop for breakfast at Barafu camp and continue down the Mweka route. In 3 – 5 hours, you will reach Mweka Camp in the upper rainforest zone. Enjoy the increased oxygen and moisture levels in the air.
• Get some well-deserved sleep to celebrate your achievement.