Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
Very early in the morning, we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy stone scree towards Stella point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise ever seen. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro.
From the summit we will descend down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
Elevation; 4700m/15350ft to 5895 to 19340ft
Down to 3090m/10150ft
Distance; km/3miles up to 13km/8miles down
Hiking time; 5-7hours up/5-6 hours down
Habitat; Stone scree and ice –capped summit