Day 7: Ascent to Uhuru peak then Descent to Horombo Hut.
We start the ascent very early in the morning (about midnight). The hardest part of the walk both physically and mentally is this section. At this altitude and time of , the wind and cold can be very strong. We climb in the dark for several hours, stopping frequently but only briefly. You will be rewarded with the most breathtaking sunrise you are ever likely to witness approaching Mawenzi Peak at Gilman’s Point (18,600 feet). Finally, we reach Uhuru Peak, which is both Mount Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s highest point.
We descend to Horombo Hut after pausing for a short while to admire your success and the African plains. We have our final meal on the mountain later in the evening before a well-earned rest.
Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
- Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
- Distance: 6 km
- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
- Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
- Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
- Distance: 16 km
- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
- Habitat: Heath