Gilman's point, looking at Mawenzi during sunrise.
Gilman's point, view of ridge that leads to summit on snowy morning
Gilman's point at the top, more solid ground as you near it
Gilman's point, less solid ground as you descend further from it on the slopes of Kibo.
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, Rongai 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 peaks
What to do thereHiking, 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 visitThe 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 thereBy hiking from anywhere on mount Kilimanjaro