Day 6: Horombo Camp (up to 19,340 ft./ 5,895m then down to 10,200 ft./ 3,110 m)
You are awoken at midnight, and depart the camp at about 1 am. From your camp to the rim of the crater Gilman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 – 8 hours. Upon your 1 am departure, the temperatures will be between -0 to -10° C, and then from 4 am to 6 am (just before sunrise), you can expect temperatures from -10° to -20° C. The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. You will stop
at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber was described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point (after about 5- 6 hours) at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). After 3 hours of descending to Kibo Hut, there is a pause for rest & food, then another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Hut.