- Total distance: 6.25km
- Hiking Time (approx.) 6 hours
Start: Kibo Huts (4715m) To Horombo Huts (7720m)
- Total distance: 9km
- Hiking Time (approx.): 3-4 hours
Depending on how you have fared with the altitude in the days before, you will be woken at 11 pm-12 am to start your ascent up to Uhuru Peak. Have some tea and biscuits to warm you up before starting on the hardest part of your trek.
You will make your way up to Gillman’s point by flashlight, zig-zagging your way along the soft ground. This is definitely one of the steeper and more challenging ascents, but there is no such thing as going too slowly – make sure to take your time.
Upon reaching Gillman’s Point you will stop for a well-deserved rest. You will have earned your certificate here, but don’t let that stop you from going on up to Uhuru peak – the hard work is over. Now you can enjoy the magnificent views of glaciers to the left, and Reusch’s crater to the right. Most trekkers will make it to the peak after approx. 6 hours, in time, to watch what will be one of (if not the) favorite sunrise(s) of your life.
Heading back down to Kibo will be surprisingly quick, some like to use their walking poles to ‘ski’ down the soft scree! Have some warm food here, rest up, before continuing your descent down to Horombo Huts.