Distance: ~ 4.5 km ascent and 11 km descent
Time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours Mweka Gate
Zone: Glacial, High Alpine & Low Alpine
Around midnight you will be awoken to a cup of hot tea a light snack after which you will start ascending to Stella Point(5739m) which is in the crater rim. The trek to Stella Point is through heavy scree; to increase your chances of making it, you will have to maintain a consistent pace as you push towards the crater rim.
After a brief rest at Stella Point, you will begin ascending through a snow-covered trail until reaching Uhuru Peak (5895m) 1 to 2 hours later. At Uhuru Peak, you will be standing on the “Roof of Africa”. From the summit, you will enjoy stunning views of distant lands below the mountain as the morning sun shines upon them. Take as many pictures as you can, savor the moment and the start the descent.
The amount of time you will spend at the summit is limited; if you stay there long the cold, fatigue and insufficient oxygen levels can make it difficult to start moving again.
From the summit start the descent to Mweka Camp through Stella Point and Barafu Camp. Once at Barafu Camp, you will take a short enjoy a warm meal and break; thereafter descend further to Mweka Camp(3,100m).
Dinner and overnight accommodation at Mweka Camp (3100m).