Though this route is one of the hardest but it is the most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. It interestingly follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, and then traverses below to the Southern Icefields so as to reach the Barafu Route following to the summit.
It requires an early start to be made for the summit so as to reach Stella Point on the Crater Rim at dawn. Uhuru Peak still lies a further 40 minutes along the rim. Accommodation on the mountain is available in tents which the porters will gladly pitch for you. However, you will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles to make yourself comfortable.
This is a very steep, tough and slightly exposed route which can be enjoyed by a fit individual who is used to walking in mountain areas. An extra day can be added to your journey so as to explore or relax along the way. This break can be best taken at the Barranco Hut destination.