Day 06: Barafu Camp (4,700m) to Summit (5895m) (Midnight start), descent to Mweka Camp
Walking Time: 14 - 16 hours Distance: 19km Altitude Gain: 1195m Altitude Loss:
You will be awoken at 11:00 pm to ensure that you have a light snack and a hot beverage
before you embark on your 5km trek to the summit. Sixteen hours are needed to complete the
trek, it goes without saying, and this is the most difficult day on the route.
The temperatures will dip to lows of up to -10C. The trail along the stunning valley on the
edge of scree fields will gradually increase. Stella's Point (5,672m) is the first milestone
and you will pass the glowing Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Illuminating rays of orange, red
and purple begin to burst from the sky as you reach the southern rim of Kibo (Marks an hour
until the summit).
Upon reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895m) you will attain an intangible reward, the heaven touching
apex of the mountain drenched in a shroud of clouds and splotches of gleaming snow impale
the lush floor. Across the horizon, you will see the glaciers protruding like a row of
thorns. Swaddled around them are necklaces of powdery snow, frosty ice fields, and Mawenzi
We will begin descending towards the Barafu Camp where we will have a short break before
proceeding to the Mweka Camp (3,100m). The 9km trails feature stunning views of the
magnificent Kilimanjaro plains. The incline traverses down a rocky scree path through barren
moorland and then you will enter the magnificent forest (4-5 hour hike). An enticing meal
will be served at the campsite and you will be able to cuddle in your sleeping bag.
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