Fri, Feb 6
5th–Mweka Camp (B, L, D)
Satellite Track My Journey
Day 5: Barafu camp (4550 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka (3100 m). Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka
It is as if all the tiredness disappeared once you reached the peak. Feel proud, think of loved ones, print memories of a lifetime in your head and on your memory card. Descent route leads back to Barafu camp, where you have a rest, before continuing all the way to Mweka Camp. Your lungs will welcome every breath of air, rich in oxygen, and you will start to realize what achievements you have been through – a c c o m p l i s h ed.
Barafu Hut on Descent
As you know, there is minimal wifi on the mountain, so this post is posted on the proposed date of the climb (as well as subsequent posts). I will have an update below for when we return with added tidbits.
Images above are from Google Images
**Update to go below**
Woke up this morning at 8am. I slept horribly and B had a headache. It got better as we got things ready and headed from Barranco camp to tackle the Barranco Wall. This has been the best part of the trail so far! It was steep but had a nice combo of climbing as well!! We passed thru the semi-desert area and steep descent into Karanga Valley before having lunch at Karanga camp. After lunch we headed up the slow steep ascent that seemed neverending towards Barafu Hut where we stay the night. Most of the other companies start heading up to Uhuru peak (aka summit) at midnight. We get up at 7a and hit the road by 8:30am to hit Uhuru peak (Uhuru means freedom in Swahili). It’s supposed to be a 6 hour ascent to the top. Hopefully after we summit, we will head down to the crater rim for lunch and then head further to the crater floor to setup camp. I pray neither of us get sick. Tomorrow will be bittersweet.