Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.Matthew Karsten
- Day number: 4
- Starting Point: Kibo Hut
- Target Point: Uhuru Peak
- Altitude: 5895m
- ETA: 7 hours
- Veg Zone: Ice cap
We were awakened at 23:00 and were asked to gear up. Please read my post for what to pack and get for a Kili Hike – (Click here). Multiple layers of thermals, headlamps, thermal socks, gloves etc. and a lot of will power and we were all set.
Prepare well about what you need to take and wear while hiking Kilimanjaro – Read more.
With four layers of clothing, a dizzy head and high spirits we began our walk for the final ascent. It was pitch dark except for the headlamp ahead of us – One guide at the front and one at the back, we marched on in the darkness. Our guides continually reminded us to go “Pole, Pole” (slowly slowly). It was quite sandy to begin with, we ascended up a Zig Zag path and later turned rocky with needing to climb some huge boulders. This was the most challenging part of the trek as the height, altitude, sleep deprivation and lack of Oxygen was making it extremely hard.
This continued for the next five to six hours until we reached Gilman Point (5,681 m). A quick rest and a snack and we continued our walk to the Uhuru peak along the craters rim. The going was real hard now and we finally reached Stella point and could see the Uhuru peak at a distance.
We had given in our everything and were burned out by now – this is where your mental strength comes into play. All that you know about – Mind over body. We marched on the snow covered rim slowly – one step at a time. The guides motivated and pushed us and finally we were at the Uhuru Peak at 5895m – the highest point in Africa to take in the morning rays of sunshine.
Total exhilaration and satisfaction – I was completely overwhelmed and it got the best of me. The feeling is not something which I can describe in words – something which I had never ever experienced in my life. This feeling surpasses everything. We were on top of the world’s highest free standing mountain – months of planning, preparation and finally we had done it. A lot of pictures were taken to capture this moment with the iconic board atop Uhuru.
The surrounding mesmerised us – Volcanic crater on one side and the iced glaciers on the other and you feel you are on top of the world, up and above the clouds. The stay at Uhuru is time bound as its not advisable to stay for long at this altitude – so 15-20 mins and then we started making our way back with our heads held high as we knew we had done the hardest bit.
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