Kilimanjaro Climb Itineraries

Marangu Route

Also known as Coca-Cola route. Marangu is the Park Headquarters of Kilimanjaro National Park. Marangu Route begins in the south-east and approaches Uhuru peak via Gilman’s Point. It is possible to climb via the Marangu route for 5 days or 6 days. The Marangu route is the only route on Kilimanjaro that has hut accommodation for the entire climb and uses the same trail for both ascend and descend. Marangu is a good choice for hikers who don’t prefer steeper paths, but it is better to keep in mind that the summit night is always steeper. One of the attractions you can see on the Marangu route is Mahundi crater and zebra rocks.

Machame Route

Also known as the Whisky route,  Machame Route is one of the most popular routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. This route is very scenic, providing hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes. The Machame route is relatively difficult compared to the rest routes except the Umbwe route where both routes’ climbers are able to ascend the Barranco Wall. The Machame route is the best of all routes and good for climbers who are physically fit with climbing experience. Climbers use a different route for descending, the Mweka route, on the south-east side of the mountain. You can climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame route for 6 days or 7 days depending on time, budget, or your fitness. One of the attractions you can see on Machame route is Shira caves.

Lemosho Route

Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro, visitors start hikes  in the rainforest, crosses the spectacular Shira Plateau, and then combines with the Machame route to share its viewpoints around the southern circuit. The route has a longer distance to cover in the rainforest ecosystem than other routes. The climbers via Lemosho route meet with climbers via Machame route at the junction that leads to the Lava tower. For climbers who want to spend many days on the mountain should use the Lemosho route which was designated for 8 days climbing to make it the best route for altitude acclimatization.

Umbwe Route

The Umbwe Route is the most difficult route but short, this route is less travelled by many Kilimanjaro climbers. This route was previously used to pass through Western Breach and Arrow’s Glacier path to the summit, but due to a tragic rock-fall the approach via the Western Breach was closed. One (1) year later It reopened but due to its difficulty and safety risks, it is not well recommended. Instead, the Umbwe Route now joins the Machame Route at Barranco camp and follows the southern circuit to the summit and descends via the Mweka Route.

Rongai Route

Rongai Route starts from the North-East and passes through the Saddle situated between Kibo and Mawenzi Peak to approach the summit via Gilman’s Point. The Rongai route descends via the Marangu Route. The Rongai Route is flatter than the other Kilimanjaro routes, but because of its profile it does not offer trekkers good options to climb high and sleep low. Scenically, Rongai is beautiful because it travels through an unspoiled rainforest and remote wilderness area. However, it is not as scenically varied as Machame and Lemosho. It is possible to climb for 6 days or 7 days.

Mweka Route

Mweka is the shortest route from a road head to the summit, it is a special descending route  for hikers from Machame, Lemosho, and Umbwe route. Not only that but also this route is useful for re-supplying fresh food to Karanga camp or Basecamp. Mweka route has two (2)campsites, the first campsite from the base camp is high camp formerly known as Millennium camp and the last campsite on the way down to the gate is known as Mweka camp. The accommodation on the way up and down is strictly camping with mobile tents carried by porters.

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Kilimanjaro Climb Itineraries

Kilimanjaro Travel Information

Besides the excitement and the beauty of hiking these giant mountains in Tanzania. Every success is accompanied by unexpected challenges, and for climbing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is one of the major threats once it comes to climbers. Since safety is our priority we have prepared a list of common altitude sickness which may happen. We invite you to spend time to learn more.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

It is the negative health effect of high altitude, caused by rapid exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevation. People who climb high mountains might experience the early symptoms of Altitude Sickness. Our guides are well-trained, they are Certified  Wilderness First Responder WFR. If you experience any symptoms mentioned below, please inform your guides as soon as possible.

  • Nausea & dizziness
  • Headache
  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  •  Vomiting
  • Poor sleeping
High Altitude Cerebral Oedema (HACE)

Caused by brain swelling, it is very dangerous and can kill very quickly if not treated as soon as possible. Normally HACE symptoms tend to set in at nighttime. 

Symptoms of HACE 

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe headache
  •  Increase of clumsiness
  • Loss of coordination example ataxia
  • Loss of memory
  • Coma
High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPE)

Caused by fluid collecting in the lungs, it is very dangerous and can kill very quickly if not treated as soon as possible. It happens due to the fast ascending to a higher altitude. If your guide advises you to descend, please do it immediately even if taking medicine because it is the only reliable cure. 

Symptoms of HAPE

  • Trouble breathing even when resting
  • Coughing
  •  Very tight chest
  •  Suffocation/feeling tired
  •  Froth in saliva or spit
  •  Blood in saliva
  •  Confusion, hallucination, and irrational behavior 
Prevention of altitude sickness
  • Ascend slowly (pole-pole)
  • Drink well, 3-4 liters of water per day
  •  Eat well and regularly
  • Sleep well, give yourself time to rest
  • Wear proper warm gears (Make sure you are warm enough) 
  • Avoid wet boots, gloves, & socks

The weather of Kilimanjaro is very unpredictable however it is better to know the common weather of the mountain before you decide to book your tour. The dry season is a good time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro because you will enjoy nature and a good view.  

The dry season is from the beginning of December through the beginning of March, and from late June through the end of October, June to December. 

The peak season is from  August to September and the heavy rainy season is from the end of March to the middle of May

Tanzania is the safest country in Africa, Tanzanians are very friendly. There is no history of dangerous animals on Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro’s trails are always busy, there are hundreds of people climbing all routes every day. Every group is accompanied by guides, the security is also reliable at the campsite, there are armed rangers at every camp to ensure your safety during climbing. Only climbers to Mount Meru will be escorted by the armed rangers due to the presence of the wild animals inside the Mountain. No need to fear about your health, we provide healthy food. Our guides are well-trained and certified in First Aid, we always carry the first aid kit and oxygen cylinders for emergencies. The rescue is also available on the mountain at all camps. In case of any serious emergence, we can arrange for a helicopter rescue

Conservation fees per day (all routes) 

(a) US$70 of or above the age of 16 years

(b) US$20 between the age of 5 and 15 years

Public Campsite Fee per Night
(a) US$50 of or above the age of 16 years

(b) US$10 between the age of 5 and 15 years

Hut Fee  

(a) US$60 per night (of or above the age of 16 years)

(b) US$20 per night (between the age of 5 and 15 years)         

Rescue Fee 

-US$20 per person per trip 

Crew Fee

US$2 per person per trip 

Crater camping fee 

US$100

Mawenzi peak climbing

US$750 (it is technical climbing) 

Paragliding on Kilimanjaro 

(a) Pilot fee US$500

(b) Passenger fee $250

Cycling on Kilimanjaro National Park

 US$50

Video Shooting per group of 2-20 people (This is for recording own art eg music or movies)

(a) Park US$100

(b) TANAPA HQ US$50 

All fees above exclude VAT 18% 

Wearing the right kind of gear for the summit is very important. Try to cover your body with many layers to avoid coldness during the summit. Avoid wearing wet clothes, wear fresh and dry clothes for the summit night especially the inner layers to make sure you are always warm.  Remember to cover your Cell Phone, Camera, spare batteries, and water bottles to avoid freezing. Turn ON your headlight, walk slowly, stay behind your guide all time. Avoid frequent stops because it will make you feel cold and tired. Don’t forget to bring your walking poles, your poles are very important for both ascending and descending. Remember to set the right size before you leave the base camp because might freeze and get stuck. Remember to drink plenty of water at the beginning, your water might freeze as you climb higher. Try to blowback the camelback tube from time to time after drinking to avoid water freezing.

We remind you to bring quality personal climbing gear for your Kilimanjaro climbing. Proper layering is necessary to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable. Before packing, make sure your gear selection depends on the weather of the season you plan to climb; however, the weather on Kilimanjaro is unpredictable. Mid-March, May and early June is the long rainy season, while November to early December is the short rainy season. Make sure your outermost layer must be warm and made of waterproof materials to protect you against rain, wind and snow.

Rain Geers

Poncho, Waterproof Jackets, Waterproof trousers, Rucksack rain cover, Waterproof gaiters

Warm Clothing 

Body covering:

Underwear, Fleece jackets, Down jackets, Fleece trousers, Hiking pants, Shorts, T-shirts, Fleece shirts

Head, neck &  face Covering:

Buff ,Balaclava,Mask,Hat

Hands covering

Fleece gloves, Waterproof mittens

Feet covering: 

Pairs of wool socks, Gaiters, Waterproof hiking boots, Sneakers

Other important Equipment and accessories

Sleeping bag, Sunglass, Sun cream, Sun hat, Headlamp, Trekking Poles, Water bottle, Camel bag, Camera and spare battery, Powerbank, Towel, Backpack for day hiking use, Duffle bag/kit bag for porters to carry your staffs, Snacks for high energy and calorie gain, Passport, Visa

Careful packing

  • Make sure all your gears are warm and lite, don’t pack jeans, avoid cotton as cotton material traps moisture, and also avoid overweight packing.
  • Pack your bags the night before your trek, don’t wait until the morning to avoid rushing.
  • Don’t pack anything that shouldn’t be there, you may leave unwanted staff for the mountain at your hotel or feel free to leave at our office.
  • If necessary to pack your laptop, keep in mind that there is no electricity on the mountain.
  • If possible avoid packing delicate stuff
  • Pack all important documents and everything you think you will need to use on the way before getting to the camp. Example: Camera, Phone, sun cream, hut, passport, sunglasses, poncho, etc.

Health and Hygiene tips

  • Remember to keep your hands clean every time before eating to avoid stomach problems which can cause dehydration
  •  Before using medication like Acetazolamide or Diamox and others,  it is important to take advice from your doctor
  • Be prepared for altitude sickness even if it doesn’t often happen, do a general health check-up before you come to Kilimanjaro.
  • If you feel abnormal, please tell your guides.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol on the mountain
  • Avoid ascending further when you realize the symptoms of altitude sickness

Listen to your guides

We advise listening and follow the instructions from your guides.  All our guides have long-time guiding experience, they are well-trained and licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. Our guides are very friendly and knowledgeable and they will take you to the top safely.

 Trash-in trash-out

Avoid littering  the trail, collect all rubbish in your bag until you reach the camp

Climb slowly (Pole-pole)

Avoid rushing, save your energy for the Summit night. Hike slowly, enjoy your holiday, and the beauty of Kilimanjaro

Prepare for your trek

Remember to prepare for your trek, make sure you apply for your Visa on time, book for your flight after getting your Visa verification. Pack all travel documents and trekking gears. Train your body by doing small physical exercises like running and biking to keep your body fit.

There are no hotels or lodges on the mountain. Climbers to the Marangu route (Kilimanjaro) and Mount Meru sleep in hut accommodation based on shared rooms with double-decker beds. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be served at mess rooms available in every camp in Marangu and Mount Meru. All rooms are installed with a solar system however the power may not be sufficient for charging your cell phones. Both Marangu and Mount Meru have flash toilets except at the base camp. 

Climbers through other routes using tents. Porters are always fast, they get to the camp earlier and set up your tents. Every group has camping managers who make sure all tents are well-pitched. We use new quality mountain tents for sleeping. Every tent shared by two (2) clients, we also carry quality mercy tents, kitchen tents, and crew tents. 

Toilets are available at all camps in the mountains. In case you don’t want to use public toilets, you can request a private toilet from us.   

Travel insurance is very crucial once it comes to travel around the world, for any traveler. Getting travel insurance in Tanzania made easy through third parties companies which are dealing specifically with evacuation in case of any emergency during your tour, we do not sale it but we will be happy to recommend reliable compressive travel insurance that covers things like emergency helicopter rescue, medical evacuations expense it will be assisted protection tour to cover personal injury, repatriation expenses, and any kind of possibility illness will be covered. Having good travel insurance guarantees peace of mind while traveling, safety comes first.

As any other endeavor challenges are part of the journey, you may experience congestion while arriving or you may experience network outage in most of the areas while on safari. Bear in mind that there are challenges which we can control as human beings but in case of natural disasters that we do not wish to happen if we are supposed to stop your tour, immediate actions are necessary to save a life.

This comes not actually from the company side but has something to do with yourself, you may wish to support locals by buying souvenirs or you may arrange some extra tours around the city or tipping to your team. Is the best way to acknowledge others as one of the best practices in life. Feel comfortable to discuss with your tour planner anytime

Tanzania is situated directly south of the Equator and covers 938,000 sq. km with an estimated population of 40 million people. The country is densely populated in the northern, eastern and coastal areas while the southern part is not densely populated.

Climate. Tanzania climate is tropical and there are two rain seasons the longer being March through May and the shorter between October and November. The dry season lasts from July through October with clear sky and sunshine the whole day. The weather is suitable for beach vacations. The coastal area is normally hot and humid.

Visa: Coming to Tanzania has been made easy for visitors. It is easy to obtain a Tanzanian visa and there are three ways to obtain it: You can get a visa from a Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission from your country or upon arrival at the port of entry or you can apply online via Tanzania Immigration site, that is, the airport or at the border port. The above procedure applies to North American and European citizens. For more details about visas please contact the nearest Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission in your area.

Tanzania’s International Airports: Tanzania has two international airports, one outside the commercial capital Dar es Salaam (airport code: DAR) and the other near Arusha (and Mount Kilimanjaro) called Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code: JRO). Charter flights and some international operators fly directly to Zanzibar Island (airport code: ZNZ)

Getting to Tanzania: If you’re planning to visit Northern Tanzania, the best airport to arrive at is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). KLM has daily flights from Amsterdam. Ethiopian and Kenya Airways / Precision Air also fly into KIA.

If you’re planning to visit Zanzibar, southern and western Tanzania, it is ideal to fly to the capital city of Dar es Salaam. European carriers that fly into Dar es Salaam include British Airways, KLM and Swissair(which share codes with Delta). There are long-distance bus services between Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.

Attractions: The country has a lot to offer educationally, historically, for leisure and adventures. These adventures are safaris (game) driving in the National Parks like Serengeti, Manyara, and Tarangire to see wildlife, historical sites such as museums, landscapes, mountains, beaches, lakes, rivers, and culture.

Social life: The country has more than 120 tribes. Each tribe has its own vernacular. Although there are many languages “Swahili” was adopted as the national language in 1961 right after independence. The language has spread and is being used in the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Central Africa. English is the second official language of the nation. You will find that Tanzanians are very welcoming and friendly.

Political system: Tanzania is perhaps the leading country on the continent of Africa for its political stability, peace, and tranquility. The political system is multi-party and the government is democratic. Political and religious conflicts are resolved through dialogue. In short, religious and tribal conflicts are very rare in this country because every citizen is free to worship as he/she pleases provided that one does not violate the law of the land

Currency: The national currency of Tanzania is the “shilling” (Tshs). Exchange rates vary and are subject to change anytime. Credit cards such as Euro-card, American Express, Master Card, Access, and Visa are accepted by most tourists’ hotels, carving shops, bureau de change, and banks. Also, Traveler’s Cheques in sterling pounds and US dollars are acceptable.

Religions: Because of its historical diversity Tanzania is a land of various religions. Nevertheless, the major religions are Christianity, Islam, Hindu, and African Traditional Religions. On the east coast – Dar es salaam, Bagamoyo, Zanzibar, and Tanga – the dominant religions are Islam and Hindu. This is due to the advent of Arabs and Eastern Indians which led to the spread of the two religions. The mainland is dominantly Christian and this is since European colonists, like Arabs, spread the Christian religion to the indigenous people.

Infrastructure & Accessibility: Major roads are paved and accessible throughout the year. Side roads and those around and within the National Parks are muddy and rough. For this reason, a 4WD car is required for safaris. Four-wheel cars include Toyota Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, and Toyota Hiace 4WD. These are the cars commonly used. The railway is also used in the eastern, southern, central, and western parts of the country.

Time: The time zone is GMT + 3 and the electricity is 220 – 240 V AC, 50 Hz.

Expect to drink pure water from the mountain during your trek, we will refill your water bottles every day at all camps. The water is very clean and treated. You will get hot water for washing up every day in the morning and evening. 

We carry enough food to eat every day on the mountain. The food we carry is for our clients and everyone on our team. Our cooks are very professional, they will make sure that you get quality and delicious food on time. Enjoy three meals per day, feel at home away from home.  

After the confirmation of the booking, we will send you the menu to be aware of your meal from the first day to the last day of the trek, we are always open for discussion about what you want to be included in the menu. For any suggestions about the food during your trek, don’t hesitate to discuss it with your guides and cooks. 

After the end of your tour, your supporting team expects to be paid the tips. YES, it is very appreciated! When and how do you pay your tips?

1: You can pay tips after the last meal on the mountain
– You may pay it personally in separate envelopes given by us before the beginning of the tour
-You may hand over the envelopes to the head guide who will then help you to distribute them to everyone.

2: You can pay tips at the hotel after the end of your trek
In case you don’t want to carry money on the mountain, you may leave it at the hotel/bank then you pay your supporting team at the hotel soon after descending

3: You can pay for your package together with tips
For those who wish to receive the invoice for the whole package (include tips), It is possible to don’t hesitate to tell us.

The following is the tipping amount in USD per person per day.
$20 per guide, per day.
$15 per cook, per day.
$10 per porter per day.

NB: The tipping cost will be shared by the whole group, as the company we appreciate you’re generosity. Bear in mind that the shared guidelines do not restrict any clients to contribute more.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are determined to ensure that you experience the luxury of genuinely memorable travel. On every trip, we aim to create a ‘charmed space’ within which you can relax, absorb fresh insights, be stimulated and charmed by new encounters – and have fun.
Whether traveling alone or with friends, Blessing Safaris guests often mention how particularly agreeable they find their traveling companions. Our groups are deliberately small, comprising 2 to 7 guests, especially for safari.
Our team carefully researched and focused on trips that attract people with the same interest and naturally get on well with each other through their shared interests.
Once you confirm your booking on a tour you will be sent further practical information – packing tips, detailed itineraries, including advice on health, passport and visa requirements, and minimum and maximum numbers of guests on tours.
Help us to help you by organizing even better tours, and save money. If you contact us in advance you will save a big deal in terms of price as you have the best time for negotiation and customization of the tour with a safari planner and save more
Yes, it is possible, but you might not enjoy nature and view, so carefully pack proper gear for rain because it can rain the whole day and night
The Umbwe route is the most difficult, it is steep but short.Umbwe Route is the most difficult route on Mount Kilimanjaro. This route is recommended for climbers with great climbing experience. The route joins the Machame route at Barranco camp on the second day. Visitors to this route will spend the first night at Umbwe Cave camp. This route takes a minimum of six days. The Umbwe route is least used and least crowded compared to the other routes on Kilimanjaro.
Rongai and Marangu routes are the easiest routes up Kilimanjaro. Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca-Cola Route”. The Marangu is the Headquarters of the park and the easiest route on the mountain. It is the only route which offers hut accommodation, suitable for people who don’t like to camp. The route takes a minimum of five days however six days is recommended
Yes, there are flush toilets in Kilimanjaro but only available in the Marangu route except at the base camp.
No, it is not recommended to smoke and drink alcohol, also avoid depressant drugs on Kilimanjaro.
No, Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic peaks such as Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The name itself “Kilimanjaro” is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean the Mountain of Light, the Mountain of Greatness or the Mountain of Caravans. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole
Our guides will immediately provide first aid depending on the patient’s situation. You can proceed with the trek or descend to the low altitude depending on the nature of the sickness. In case of serious issues, our staff will take you out of the mountain by using wheel stretchers, or sometimes we can arrange for the emergency helicopter evacuation service.
You are supposed to carry your daypack to put on your staff for the day. It can be a camera, snacks, gloves, a hat, sunscreen, etc. Other staff will be carried by the porters not more than 20kg per porter.
Yes, you will have a signal at almost every camp but not everywhere. You may experience some poor connections in other areas, though the network coverage has been improving greatly. But to be true, don’t expect the signal to be strong as it comes back home. A quick option is to find a local operator’s SIM card for internet service since there is no wi-fi on the mountain. You can arrange in advance with Blessing Safaris if your need for internet service is so important.
No, laundry service is not available on Mount Kilimanjaro, however, you will get a laundry service when you go back to your hotel. We advise you to pack enough clothes for changing, you may need assistance for packing, please don’t hesitate to contact Blessing Safaris for more information.
Yes, but it is advised after reaching the top. It is better to save your energy for a successful summit. On the mountain peaks, air density is low. The air gets thinner as you rise. So take it slow, as you will need breath to catch. If you don’t want to be exhausted, then going slow while having sex is foremost. This is more applicable at the top of the mountain if you are preferring for nature-sex.

Although more than 200 languages and dialects are spoken throughout Africa, this presents no problem as English is spoken throughout East and Southern Africa. Apart from English, all our professional guides are multilingual so we get you covered

Marangu is known as the Coca-Cola route because it is the easiest route, it is also known as the “tourists route” because it is very popular.The Marangu is the Headquarters of the park and the easiest route on the mountain. It is the only route which offers hut accommodation, suitable for people who don’t like to camp. The route takes a minimum of five days however six days is recommended
Is the set of big volcanic rocks found on the Marangu route! Those rocks have stripes patterns that look like those of Zebras. Is one of the best attractions to visit after reaching Horombo camp. Predominantly a lava cliff, were formed when mineral rich rain water flowed down on the rocks, turning them partially white or black in some places hence zebra rocks alike
Why not? We offer private tours whether you’re alone or with family and friends celebrating a special anniversary or planning a reunion of family and friends you can discuss with us. We can create a special itinerary away from traffic, travel in style with the itinerary specifically shaped to your requirements.
Although more than 2000 languages and dialects are spoken throughout Africa, this presents no problem as English is spoken throughout East and Southern Africa. Apart from English, all our professional guides are multilingual so we get you covered

Mount Kilimanjaro located between 2°50′-3°10’S and 37°00′-37°40’E in Tanzania. Tanzania is an East African country situated South of the Equator, It is well known for its vast wilderness areas like Serengeti. The country got independent since1961 it was known as Tanganyika before. In 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined together as a sovereign state and formed Tanzania.

Depending on the route, you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro from 5 to 8 days.

  • Marangu route takes 5 to 6 days
  • Umbwe route takes 6 days
  • Rongai route takes 6 days
  • Machame route takes 6 to 7 days
  • Lemosho route takes 7 to 8 days

Depending on the route, you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro from 5 to 8 days.

It is recommended to take the long days on any route you decide to use for better acclimatization. The faster you climb to a high altitude, the more likely you will get acute mountain sickness so take your time and enjoy nature.

Due to its popularity, many people have climbed and many still plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro every year. Standing to the highest point in Africa is the real adventure! It is one of the trips you will never forget in your life. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year.

  • It is advised to spend more days on Kilimanjaro for a high probability of summit success since you will get enough time for acclimatization. The following are the success rate figures according to Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • The summits success rate for all climbers through all routes 45% The summits success rate for all climbers through all 5 days routes 27%
  • The summits success rate for all climbers through all 6 days routes 44%
  • The summits success rate for all climbers through all 7 days routes 64%
  • The summits success rate for all climbers through all 8 day routes 85%

The distance differs from one camp to another, it also depends on the route and your pace. Expect to walk less or more than 5 hours per day. Your guide will set you a comfortable pace so that you enjoy your holiday.

The weather on Mount Kilimanjaro is unpredictable, sometimes cold, sometimes hot, sometimes rain, sometimes wind, sometimes snow, etc. It is advised to be well equipped and to be ready for any kind of weather at any time. The weather also depends on zones, sometimes the temperature is up to 27 Fahrenheit at the base of the mountain but decreases as you go high to the different zones. At Uhuru peak, the temperature goes down to -20F

It depends on your current situation at Uhuru Peak, however, it is not recommended to spend a long time at Uhuru peak due to a very high altitude and too much cold. 10 minutes or less is enough to take some photos and descend quickly as soon as possible. It is better to follow advice from your guide