Day 8 Thursday 3 October Summit Day 5,895 metres.
12-15 hrs trekking.
We are at Summit Day and our toughest challenge yet.
We awake just before midnight and after a hot drink and snack we begin our climb. For the next 6 hours we trek the steepest and most demanding part of the route by torch light.
This is a long and grueling trek through scree to reach Stella point (5,730 metres) at the crater rim.
After a short rest we make our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent at 5,895 metres.
The rising morning sunlight gives us spectacular views across the plains below and of Mount Meru in the distance and we feel on top of the world!
After some photos we have a tough decent to Barafu Camp where we stop for a rest and some breakfast before continuing on to Millennium camp at 3 112 metres.
After a long but exhilarating day we can finally rest our tired legs and get a good night’s sleep.