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Watch the sunrise at Gilman’s Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro

You get such a sense of achievement when you arrive to watch the sun rise and the sky change colour above the clouds…

By John Chitanda
Kilimanjaro Mountain Guide

On your quest to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, enjoy a magical moment watching the sunrise from Gilman’s Peak. This is a highlight of the eight-day Rongai route, which is one of the easiest and most scenic treks up Kilimanjaro. After days of hiking through montane rainforest, moorland and alpine desert, you’ll wake the evening before summit day at 11.30pm for tea and biscuits before beginning your slow shuffle towards the peak.

Due to the freezing temperature, altitude and steep path, you’ll move very slowly – poli poli – through the darkness. After a brief rest stop at Hans Meyer Cave, the rocky path zigzags up to Gilman’s Point, which sits at 5,756 metres above sea level on the crater rim. It’s the most challenging part of the trek but you get such a sense of achievement when you arrive to watch the sun rise and the sky change colour above the clouds.

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Alfred & John Chitanda

John Chitanda is an experienced mountain guide who has been leading treks on Mount Kilimanjaro since 2002. He is proud to have summited the mountain over 500 times and feels lucky to work in such a beautiful environment. John enjoys meeting trekkers from all over the world and helping them achieve their dream of summiting Africa's highest peak.
John Chitanda, Mount Kilimanjaro hiking guide

Alfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.

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