Today is different, tough but exhilarating. And ‘summit day’ is certainly a long one, somewhere between 11 and 16 hours. Our starting time is early, too, very early, as the objective is to try and get to Uhuru Point to coincide with sunrise. As a result, you will go to sleep even earlier the night before, usually straight after your evening meal. A big breakfast is not advisable on summit day, as it makes your summit ascent more difficult. Instead, when you are woken at midnight, you will have a snack of hot tea and biscuits. Then, you begin the climb in darkness, slowly as usual but testing your physical endurance and mental resilience to the full. At this altitude, it is cold and the wind can be strong.
But you are never alone and our expert mountain team will guide and encourage you, ensuring that you take the appropriate breaks with drinks and snacks to keep you properly hydrated and your energy levels high. Your health will be constantly monitored, and occasionally it may be that the effects of altitude sickness require someone to turn back before the summit. In that case, they will be escorted by one of our expert guides, while the rest of the trekking party continues with the rest of the mountain team. (Our teams are fully prepared for this, so the climb is unaffected)