Altitude: 5739 m.a.m.s.l.
A point on the crater rim of mount Kilimanjaro
that marks the end of the scree filled slopes of Kibo, while using the ascent route from Barafu hut
. For climbers from Barafu hut, this would be the first point after the campsite where there is solid, non sloping ground that is also free of loose gravel.
There is a huge sign post onsite, courtesy of the park authorities (TANAPA), that marks its location to approaching people, some of whom choose to end their climb here due to fatigue or altitude sickness; However, the climb to the summit from Stella point is fairly easy, compared to that from Barafu hut.
For those who end at Stella point, the park authorities do offer recognition certificates for reaching this point, Gilman's point or Uhuru peak.
Stella point is also where the trails from Gilman's point
(ascent route from Kibo huts
), Uhuru peak
and Barafu hut meet and most people attempting to summit the mountain would go through Stella point. The only route that does not go through it is the perilous Western breach, a route that requires special permission.