School Hut (4,800 meters) through the crater to
Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then onto Millennium Camp (3,950 meters)
Distance: ~6km / 3.5 miles ascent and 10.5km / 6 mile
Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent and then 4-6 hour
Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones
You will be awakened at midnight with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first checkpoint is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi
Peak. From here, you descend into the crater. It is common to feel the effects of the altitude inside of the crater but you will feel a boost in fitness as you ascend up to reach Uhuru Peak. Your stay here will be brief so get as many pictures as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers. You will then head down back around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain. In total, you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated, and keep your blood sugar levels up.