The summit day is tough and usually takes around 10 to 17 hours. It starts very early in the morning (around midnight), because the guides usually want to reach Uhuru peak at sunrise. After a light snack or breakfast at the camp, you will start your summit. It will be dark, cold and windy. The slope will be steep and the climbing will be difficult at times. The team of Moana Tanzania guides will be with you every step of the way to assist you during your ascent. Short breaks (usually less than ten minutes) will be taken along the way and you will have a quick snack and enough drinking water. This is to make sure the climbers stay energized and hydrated but do not get cold by standing/sitting still. The guides will regularly check to see how everyone is doing and offer a hand to those who may need extra help.
Once you reach the summit, some time is spent celebrating and taking photos, before returning to Kibo hut/Barafu camp. You will be served lunch and after lunch, you will descend to a lower camp. This is usually when climbers become very tired, due to the long hike and the short night to sleep before summit day. This is totally normal and our guides will make sure to keep the spirits up.
What should I wear on summit day?
On the top, the four clothing layers typically consist of: base layer, soft jacket, waterproof jacket, and down jacket. For those who get cold easily, an additional base layer or soft jacket might be a good addition.
On the bottom, the three clothing layers typically consist of: long underwear, hiking pants, and waterproof pants. Some hikers might need a fourth layer, fleece pants, but this is rarely needed. Gaiters are optional (great for reducing the wind).Wear gloves on your hands and a warm hat on your head. If it is extra cold and windy, use a balaclava or neck gaiter over your face.
Temperature during the summit; At the Mount Kilimanjaro summit the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 C). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather patterns. This makes it hard to predict the weather. To see up-to-date weather forecasts of Mt. Kilimanjaro, we advise you to check mountain forecast websites such as https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Kilimanjaro/forecasts/5963.
What are the Trail Conditions? The trails on Mt. Kilimanjaro are well marked and maintained. Technical skills are not required for Mt. Kilimanjaro treks. However, at some places scrambling (climbing on hands and feet) is required, such as on the Barranco Wall, the Western Breach approach and the optional Lava Tower climb. Bad weather conditions can complicate your Mt. Kilimanjaro trek. Climbers should be prepared to trek through all types of weather, such as fog, rain, snow, and all types of ground, whether loose, dusty, muddy, wet, snowy or icy. There are “long drop” public toilets at every campsite, which are wooden structures built around a deep hole dug into the ground. You can use these toilets in a standing or squatting position. There are no commodities in the public toilets. There are no shower facilities on the mountain, but our crew will provide you with warm water for washing.
Mountain Climbing Information