Gilmans Point


    Altitude: 5681 m.a.m.s.l.

    Gilman's point is a place on mt. Kilimanjaro that marks the end of the scree slopes of the Kibo volcanic cone and the start of the crater rim that and the path to the summit. Only climbers on the Marangu, Rongai and northern circuit routes pass through Gilman's point on summit day (usually 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. Due to this 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.

    Location of Gilmans Point

    Gilman's point is located on eastern part of the crater rim of Kibo volcanic cone, one of the three peaks of mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania. 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, rocks (not on the path) and a lot of ice from moisture condensation during the night.

    Abbreviationsm.a.m.s.l - metres above metric sea level
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