Distance: ~ 4.5 km ascent and 11 km descent
Time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours descent to Mweka Camp
Zone: Glacial Zone, High Alpine & Low Alpine Zones
You will be woken just before midnight for a quick snack and hot tea. After the snack, you will start the ascent to Uhuru Peak by torchlight and through heavy scree. The ascent is physically and mentally challenging considering the fact that it is being done at night, by torchlight and through heavy scree.
In order to overcome the mental and physical challenges stayed focused and maintain your momentum, by taking one step at a time. It will take about 5-7 hours to reach Stella Point(5739m) on the crater rim.
From Stella Point, the trek follows a flat snow-covered trail until it reaches Uhuru Peak(5895m). Once at Uhuru Peak, savor the moment because you made it to the roof of Africa. At Uhuru Peak, you will also enjoy amazing views of lands far below the mountain as the morning sun rises gently in the horizon.
Take as many photos as you can but do not spend too much time at Uhuru Peak; the cold, lack of enough oxygen and fatigue can make it hard to start moving again.
From the summit, you will descend to Barafu Camp where you will enjoy a warm meal and some break. From Barafu Camp you will descend further to Mweka Camp(3100m). During the descent, you should use trekking poles because the steep descent can be very grueling to your joints.
Dinner and overnight accommodation at Mweka Camp(3100m).