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Kilimanjaro, Travel

Day 6: Barranco Huts (Stage 3)

Thursday, 15 Dec 2011

Distance: 13km
Duration: 8 hours
Altitude reached: 3950m

Chris decided to leave us this morning as he was really feeling unwell. I think he had a slight bout of hypothermia as his lips were kind of bluish. Unfortunately, his Camelbak which he placed next to him during the night leaked and left him freezing all night long in his sleeping bag.

On this day, we actually hiked up the same route we did the previous evening and continued till  the Lava Tower at 4600m. Then we descended again to our camp site which is at 3950m. It is in fact on of the vital acclimatization walk. According to our guide, if we made it up here, chances to get to the summit is high. Yeah!

But it was raining again! It was really nice of our guides to organize a warm lunch for us at about 4500m. We really needed that to warm us up. We had soup, fried chickens and vege empanadas. It was so good!!!

No pictures for today! My camera was clogged up with moist as I left it out of my bag the night before.

We headed up to the Lava Tower after lunch. Afredo started feeling really bad 30 minutes before Lava Tower so we gave him a Diamox. And then he kept going.

I felt completely ok! But again, I was walking like a turtle. I think my breathing technique helped too (regulated with my steps).

The vegetation declined eventually, leaving some sparsely scattered rocks and weird looking plants. And I had to take a pee break! My, it was quite a task to find somewhere discreet!

Before arriving at our camp site, we were greeted by majestic giant tree groundsels, celebrated kilimanjaro lobelias, evil-looking thistles called carduus keniensis and more lobelias. Magical! [singlepic id=208 w=640 h=480 float=] [singlepic id=213 w=640 h=480 float=] [singlepic id=209 w=480 h=640 float=] [singlepic id=210 w=640 h=480 float=]

We arrived at about 5pm. It was pasta night. Essential energy replenishing for our 6-days comrades who would be heading off for their big day the day after.

Oh, the view this night was amazing! Millions of stars shinning above us, and millions of city lights glittering below us.

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