Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

6-days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame route Solo Hike in Tanzania
July 14 to July 21, 2014

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-3; Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Another 13kms journey to Barafu hut, estimated walking time of 7hours.After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall, you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut. The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1,345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 1900hrs and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP (3,940m) TO BARRANCO WALL (4,200m) TO KARANGA CAMP (4,000m) TO BARAFU CAMP (4,600m) Alpine desert trail (7-8hrs)
0800H    Camp breakfast
0845H    ETD Barranco Camp (3,940m)
1030H
1030H    ETA Barranco Wall (4,200m)
1230H    Pack Lunch eat along Karanga Camp (4,000m)
1400H    ETD Karanga Camp
1730H    ETA Barafu Camp (4,600m) (registration)
1900H    Camp dinner and sleep

SUMMARY: 8 hours 45 minutes hiking on 13km distance at 660m altitude gain

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Barranco Wall)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Barranco Wall)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Barranco Wall)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Barranco Wall)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Barranco Wall)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Barranco Wall)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (to Karanga Camp)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Karanga Camp lunch)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (alpine desert trail)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (alpine desert trail)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (alpine desert trail)

Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Day-4; Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (camp tent)

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