So the day is finally here, Team Alpine will be heading to the summit today.
They will be woken at 23:30 Tuesday night with tea and biscuits. They will start their trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers through heavy scree up to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732 metres) they will stop for a short rest and hopefully be in time to witness the magnificent sunrise (weather permitting). They will only be an hour away from the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895 metres), the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, they will descend down to the Mweka Hut (3100 meters) camp site, via Barafu for lunch. This is where their trekking poles will come in handy as the descent will involve lots of loose scree. Later in the evening, they will enjoy their last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
GOOD LUCK TEAM!!!
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Elevation: 4600 metres to 5895 metres to 3100 metres
Distance: 7 kilometre ascent 23 kilometre descent
Time 6 - 8 hours ascent, 7- 8 hours descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit