The ascent to the summit begins at 1 a.m. so you will wake up at midnight; have your tea and some snacks and then gather your gear, strap on your headlamp and start your ascent into darkness in freezing temperatures with your guide showing you the way. The first challenge will be negotiating the scree laden steep trail to reach the crater rim (5700mts) and finally the Stella Point(5740m) and witness the delightful sunrise over Mawenzi. But that’s not the summit and after another short hike of another 90minutes, you will reach the summit at Uhuru peak. The trail to the Uhuru is laden with snow and scree along the crater’s rim. At the summit at Uhuru(5895m) awaits the most magnificent sunrise over the east. Pull out your camera to capture the breathtaking vistas that open up to you and also capture photos with your team to mark a personal milestone
After basking for a few moments at the summit you will start your descent to your overnight camp for a brief period of rest and recuperation and have a late breakfast. After that you will start a long descent at your guide’s behest which will be taxing; so use your trekking poles to support your joints. Your camping for the night will be at Mweka hut which is situated in upper echelons of the rainforest. So expect some rain in the late afternoon which is also your ETA( estimated time of arrival). Once at the camp you will have your dinner and last sleep on the mountain.