DAY 12 - Kilimanjaro Summit Day 5,895 m - 6-7 hours / 12km
By twilight we have a short but steep ascent to Uhuru Peak (1 hour) the highest point on Kilimanjaro - and the African Continent, at 5895m. As we are camped so close to the summit, we can time our ascent to coincide perfectly with the sunrise. The morning sunlight provides spectacular views across the plains below and to Mount Meru in the distance; it will be an unforgettable morning! After soaking in the achievement, we then have a tough descent down to Barafu camp where we stop for brunch before continuing down to Mweka Camp. As we descend you’ll feel the heat of the day building up, owing to the strong Sun and also the lower altitude. Today sees the largest contrast of all; you’ll wake in the high Arctic zone, in the Crater itself, and descend all the way down to the Mountain Rainforest of Mweka Camp at 3100m - a day to remember!