You are awoken at midnight, and depart the camp at about 1am. From your camp you venture to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point – 18,750ft5712m) and on to Uhuru Peak. Upon your 1am departure, the temperatures will be between 0 to -10°C, and then from 4am to 6am (just before sunrise), you can
expect temperatures from -10°to -20°C.
The slope is steep, with consistent ascent and descent over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point.
You will stop at Hans Meyer Cave on the way; the famous place Kilimanjaro’s first Western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point (approx. 5-6 hours) at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). After 3 hours of descending to Kibo hut, there is a pause for rest & food, then another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Hut.
Horombo Camp (15,585ft/4750m)
Walking duration – 14-16hours