TREK - Day 6 - SUMMIT DAY - Day 6

The wake-up tea will be served at 11:30pm with the departure at midnight. After a hot drink and some biscuits we will start the challenge for the summit. Our initial 6 hour climb begins in the dark with only our headlamps and guides to show us the way through the thick scree and winding pathways of Ratzel and Rebmann Glaciers until we reach Stella Point. Many say this is the most challenging part of the entire climb but you will be rewarded with what is perhaps the most emotional and beautiful sunrise you have seen or ever will see in your life.

After taking some pictures at the sign, and a short rest we will join the last part of the Marangu route to continue 1–2 more hours to reach your ultimate goal – the summit – the highest peak of Africa – Uhuru Peak at 5.985m. Congratulations!! You are now standing on the ‘Roof of Africa’. Our guides will take pictures of you at the world famous Uhuru sign and post it on Facebook for your family and friends at home.

We will descend through sliding scree and winding pathways for about 3 hours back to Barafu Camp. On reaching the camp you will have the chance for a longer break before we start the next descent to Mweka Camp. Trekking poles are very useful in this part of the descent. In the camp you will have a last fantastic view on the summit – finding it hard to believe that only a few hours ago you were stood at the top. And after this long day, you can enjoy your dinner and your last day on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4.600m to 5.732 to 5.895m to 3.100m
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent – 7-8 hours descent
  • Distance: 7 km ascent – 23km descent
  • Climate: Stone screed and ice field – glaciers