Your guide will wake you up between 11pm to 12am for a short preparation for the summit hike, you will be given some hot drinks and some light snacks, you will put few more layers of clothes, hiking boots and head torch and start a hike to the summit, you will be accompanied with the head guide and few Porters. This is the steepest and the toughest part of the trek, most of the climbers feel the altitude sickness at its peak at this stage, with symptoms such as Headache, nausea, Vomiting, dizziness etc there are some points before the summit which people usually use as resting point such as Williams point (a big rock) marks the 5,000m/16,400ft, The Hans Meyer Cave which lies at 5,150m/16,900ft, Gimans point at 5,681m/ 18,640ft, Stella Point at 5,685m/ 18,652ft. From Gilmans point you will reach the glaciers landscape of mount Kilimanjaro. Along the way you will be to watch breathtaking views of the unique glaciers of the mountain and all the area below the mountain.
The last point of the hike, the summit, Uhuru point (meaning freedom point) at 5,895m/19,340ft. You can spend some time in the summit, enjoying the feeling of being on the top of Africa, take some pictures, and then start descending all the way down to Kibo huts, get some rest and lunch, and keep on descending to Horombo huts for resting, dinner and overnight.
Elevation: 4,700m/15,420ft at Kibo huts to 5,895m/19,340ft at Uhuru peak to 3,700m/12,140ft at Horombo huts
Walking distance: ascending from Kibo to Uhuru 5.5 km/3.4miles; descending from summit to Horombo 15 km/9.3 miles
Estimate walking time: 6-8 hours up; 5-6 hours down.
Habitat: Alpine desert and glaciers.
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