Altitude: 5681 m.a.m.s.l.
A place on mt. Kilimanjaro
that marks the end of the scree filled slopes of Kibo and start of the crater rim.
From here, the path to the summit follows the crater rim going clockwise, though not on ground as scary as this.
Only climbers on the Marangu
and northern circuit routes pass through Gilman's point on summit day — usually the second or third last day of the climb.
The climb to Gilman's point starts from Kibo huts
campsite at midnight and is usually the toughest part of the route.
Some climbers end their journey at Gilman's point, because of fatigue and altitude sickness; However, the trek from Gilman's point to Uhuru peak
(the summit) is much easier.
There is a huge signpost demarcating this point that was put up by the park authorities.
During the day, at dusk or at dawn, Gilman's point offers amazing views of Kibo's crater, Mawenzi, and the saddle between the two peaksWhat to do there
Hiking, trekking, photos, take some time off before continuing on your climb to the summit. But if you don't make it any further, the park authorities do offer a certificate for reaching this point.Best time to visit
The warmer times of the month, usually July to March every year.
Location of Gilmans Point
Gilman's point is located on eastern part of Kibo's crater rim — the highest of mount Kilimanjaro's three peaks.
A pile of rocks at the end of a never ending hill, it is recognizable to ascending climbers as the first place after Kibo huts
that has a solid ground.
It is well within the arctic vegetation zone of the mountain, with no rainfall plants or animals — just rocks and a lot of ice from moisture condensation during the night.How to get there
By hiking from anywhere on mount KilimanjaroAbbreviations
m.a.m.s.l - metres above metric sea level