Barafu Camp at the
bottom from Stella Point
We started the way
We found one Very
View of the path down from Barafu
Leaving Barafu Camp
saying: Well done!!
down, The 5th Day
reaching Stella point, I said good-bye to kilimanjaro. We decided we
cannot sty any longer; too cold, too exhausted.
started the descent and it was much easier and much more fun. You go
down a route 50 mt to the left of the ascending one. 80% of it is loose
gravel, so you grab speed and each step becomes a 1 to 2-mt descent
because the ground slides under your feet. You must just keep your
balance and watch out for large stones.
going like this for almost 2hrs until we reached hard ground. We were by
now so tired that many times we stopped to rest and almost fell asleep
on the spot.
hours later we were back at Barafu camp.
body so tired that there are no words to describe it.
collected our bags, found a spot, took our sleeping mats out and just
lied down to try and sleep. We were very hungry but all we could muster
in the form of food, was to open a tin of peaches and cream and gulped
it down in seconds. We fell asleep for about 1 hour but I was too tired
to carry on sleeping.
Back at barafu
camp, feeling absolutely exhausted.
news was that we could not stay at this camp, as there is no water. So
after resting for about 3 hrs, we forced ourselves to leave for
millennium camp, which is 1 ½ hour away of steep downhill all the way
reached the camp at about 1:30 pm. We made a good meal, prepared coffee
and got into our sleeping bags to rest. I cannot describe with words how
absolutely finished I felt. We had been awake since the beginning of the
4th day, so it is for 30 hrs that we have not slept, plus a
little climb in between. This was not just us, but for every one that
attempts the summit in a 6 day hike. Everyone you see at this camp is
finished, exhausted and just wants to rest. We fell asleep almost