DAY 6 – HIGH CAMP SUMMIT
: Kosovo camp 4,760m / 15,700 ft
Uhuru Peak 5896m / 19,344 ft
: 1136m / 3726 ft
: 8 – 10 hours
About 7km / 4 mil
Summit day! Awake at 11:00 p.m. and prepare gear for the ascent. We climb wearing headlamps until the predawn light is reflected off the African plains. Following a distinct ridge we approach the crater’s rim, then traverse northwest along the rim to the main summit, Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft). From here we view the Bismarck Towers, rock pinnacles along the rim and the hanging Rebman Glaciers. As the sun rises over Africa, we are privy to a panorama of incredible views. To the north stands the second highest mountain on the continent, Mt. Kenya (5199m / 17,056 ft), with its unique twin summits. The southern exposure reveals the sprawling plains of Tanzania and East Africa and Mowenzi Peak.
DAY 6 – DESCENT
Start: Uhuru Peak 5896m / 19,344 ft
End: Millenium Camp 4000m / 13,000 ft
Mweka Camp 3100m / 10,200 ft
Elev loss: 1869 – 2,796m / 6,133 – 9,170 ft
Time: 6-9 hours
Distance: About 13km / 8 miles
After enjoying the view from the top, we descend to Barafu, pack camp, enjoy a hot lunch and begin our traverse down the Mweka route on the southern side of the mountain to Mellenium or Mweka Camps for our final rest on Kilimanjaro.