Day 6: Climb Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We head northwest and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. When you get to Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!
From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
•Elevation: 4,700m/15,350ft to 5,895m/19,340ft
•Down to 3,090m/10,150ft
•Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
•Climbing Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
•Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and then drive to Moshi.
After breakfast, we continue descending down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
Our vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka Gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). This brings us to the end of our 7 day Machame route climb.
•Elevation: 3,090m/10,150ft to 1,680m