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, Giman’s point at 5,681m/ 18,640ft, Stella Point at 5,685m/ 18,652ft. From Gilman’s 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 down to Barafu camp, eat breakfast and relax a bit before continue descending all the way to the Mweka camp, where you can take a rest, eat dinner and overnight at Mweka camp.
Elevation: 4,800m/15,748ft at School Hut to 5,895m/19,340ft at Uhuru, down to 3,100m/10,170ft at Mweka camp
Walking distance: 6km/3.7 miles up to summit; 12km/7.5 miles down to Mweka cam
Estimate walking time: 6-8 hours up to summit; 4-6 hours down to Mweka camp
Habitat: High alpine to arctic