This is the day, the day you have been building up too. The long cold summit night will challenge you more than any day to date. From 4,650m/ 15,256ft. you will have to journey to the summit at 5,895m/ 19,341ft and drop all the way down to 3,100m/ 10,170ft. Check out our top 10 tips for climbing Kilimanjaro.
This day is a minimum of 14 hours. 7/8 hours from high camp to the summit. 3/4 hours back to high camp. Then another 3 hours down hill back to Mweka camp. You need to come prepared. You need to train, have the right gear and prepare for this exciting and challenging climb to the top of Africa and achieve Kilimanjaro’s summit.
As you will see in this footage, it is cold, challenging and hard work. Walking up hill at extreme altitude for 8 hours can take it’s toll. You need to walk super slowly especially high on the mountain. The last two hours up to Stella point are hard and you need to mentally focus on each step, get your breathing right and dig deep. You have been walking for 4/5 hours and this is usually where people start questioning their ability to reach the summit.
The next 2 hours you will be down to a crawling pace. You have to keep moving. We have very little time to stop as it is cold we keep moving slowly.Once you reach Stella point the sun will be coming up and you will start to warm up a little. Most of the hard work is done. From Stella point you have an easier graded walk to the summit. This takes 45 minutes to 1 hour and you made it. All the hard work is forgotten and you can enjoy the summit for about 20 minutes.
As you are in the lower realm of the dead zone above 5,500m/ 18,000ft. We have to get back down below this height as quickly as possible. Once all summit pictures have been taken we need to move back down to Barafu (high camp) camp and relax, re-hydrate and rest up before hiking to our final destination of Mweka camp.
Kilimanjaro day 7 Lemosho route is the hardest day of the climb and possibly your life. It is long, cold, hard and you need to be in great physical conditioning to be able to complete this climb. We are happy to help you in your training process. You will have access to Ian 5 days a week in preparation for your Kilimanjaro climb.