Day 6 / Summit day (Base camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka Camp)Distance: 17.5 kms, Elevation: 4700m to 5895m to 3000m, Vegetation zone: Arctic glacier, alpine desertI woke up at midnight and put lots of layers on me (4 on top, 4 on bottom, 2 pairs of socks) and got ready for summit push. My teammates had left at 11pm already. Mama had returned back to the camp as she was not feeling well. Anders also came back a while later as he realized that idea of going up at night was absurd and he wanted to sleep.I started summit push with my guide Living at 1am from the camp. Assistant guide Thomas who had returned to camp with Anders was also with me. These guys didn't allow me to even carry my backpack and took it on their back. It was dark and we could see headlamps glowing of groups ahead of us on the mountain. We were going strong and overtook so many groups on the way up. After walking for couple of hours every time looking up felt like staring at an infinite climb with headlights at far distance. At 5.30am horizon started to become visible at our back, it was the light before sunrise. By now we had caught up with my teammate Ann and her guide who had left base camp 2 hours prior to me. It was good to see her making progress on the climb as we neared the crater. At 6am we reached the Stella point which is the entry point of Kibo crater and marks the end of gruelling climb. I thoroughly enjoyed the most beautiful sunrise of my life from Stella point with some chocolates.
As you rounded the rim to the southern face, you will see the massive Rebmann glacier that rests on the SE side of the summit dome. Make your way west around the crater rim and up the gradual slope in very thin air to Uhuru Peak at 19,340 feet (5875m) – the summit of Kilimanjaro and of the entire continent of Africa. If you are fortunate, the clouds will melt away and you will see spectacular views of the crater and the panorama toward the south. The south-facing glaciers were stunning walls of ice visible in the final several hundred feet to the summit.