Climbing Kilimajaro: New Shira Camp, Lava Tower and Baranco Camp

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Day 3: New Shira Camp to Baranco camp

Elevation: 3840 to 4876 (Lava Tower) to 3860
Trip time: 6 hours

Long road from New Shira camp to Baranco camp – the longest day in the climb starts


Good start of the day


It started to get cloudier at about 9am


You can determine age by looking into number of leaves – almost like trees.



Did I say that it was a long day?

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It was foggy until we get to Lava tower

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Shira and Machame route join together at this point


Ежики в тумане


Me and Lava Tower in the background – the highest point of today’s hike. Elevation is more than 4800 meters, 400 meters higher than Mt. Rainier.


I pointed where we need to go


I am hiding under a rock to eat food and drink some water. It was wet snowing all the time we were near Lava Rock.


Then it started pouring – really good test for my rainshell :)

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Going down from Lava Tower to Baranco camp



No need for sun screen :)

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Eva lost her guide (or guide lost her) and we “saved” her by going to Baranco camp together.


As we go down, climate changes and we see more vegetation

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Чучело отгонять ворон


Baranco camp

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Sunrise at Baranco camp IMG_0806 IMG_0823

Drying my sleeping bag in the morning sun

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Day 5: Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation: 3860 to 4200
Trip time: 4 hours

Breaking through Baranco Wall

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It was the most technically difficult part in a climb.

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Kiss rock – path is so narrow that you literally kiss rock trying not to fall

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Climbing after playing XBOX the whole night :)


My bag is on the right and the porter who carried my bag is on the left

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Flying rock


This wall at Karanga valley looks like it was man-made.

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Perfect Day


Night at Karanga Camp with lights of Moshi in the valley below us

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Morning at Karanga camp. Today is a big day – 4 hour trek to Barafu camp, short sleep and then all night we climb all the way to the summit

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Mount Meru

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In all camps there are toilets for porters and for tourists. Both are nasty.