Day 5: Kibo Hut (4700m)- Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Horombo Hut
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru 6 hours to descend to Horombo distance: 6km’s, ascent-21 km
descent, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit, the trial to the summit lies directly behind
Kibo Hut, to the west. It is normal to start this day’s climb at 2am or earlier. (You can view the
sunrise over mawenzi from the top of Kibo, the loose stone scree is frozen-making it easier to
climb, and you can get back in good time). The first part is an uneven trail which leads to the
Hans Meyer Cave, a good rest point.
After that, the trail makes more regular switchbacks most of the way to the top, with a last
scramble over rocks to Johannes Notch and Gilman’s Point. From there, the trail continues along
the rim past Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. As you descend the scree from the rim back to Kibo Hut,
it is tempting to run fast, but this can result in clouds of irritating dusts and even unpleasant falls.
The return to Horombo Hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent