Day 8 : (4-5 hours walking)
While hiking at a steady pace to ensure proper adjustment to the high altitudes, we’ll arrive at The Saddle – which is a large valley that rests between Mount Kibo and Mount Mawenzi. After lunch, we’ll continue ascending until we arrive at the School Hut camp / Kibo Hut – located at 13,800 ft. altitude. We’ll turn in early for the night to rest and recuperate before the final arduous day of hiking that is to follow.
Day 9 : (11-15 hours walking)
Our ascent to the peak will begin at 1 am in order to reach the Crater rim by sunrise. Using torches to light our way, we’ll begin the steep, steady hike across loose volcanic gravel up to Gilman’s Point – located at 18,700 ft. altitude. After enjoying the spectacular panoramic sunrise views for a short rest interval, we’ll continue along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – located at 19,345 ft. altitude. We will be standing on the peak of the highest freestanding mountain in the world!
The ensuing descent is a welcomed reprieve, and after we enjoy lunch at Barafu camp we’ll continue descending to arrive at the Mweka Hut where we’ll rest for the night at 14,800 ft. altitude.
Day 10 : (4-6 hours walking)
This easy downhill trek will take us through lush rainforest terrain inhabited with beautiful vegetation and botanical growth. The trail leads us down to Mweka’s National Park’s gate at 5,400 ft. altitude where we will board a vehicle that will take us to the lodge to relax and unwind!