You had made it to 3,800m/ 12,467ft. at shira camp 2 and aiming to pushing higher to 4,600m/ 15,092ft. and drop down 700m into Barranco camp at 3,900m/ 12,795ft.
As you can see from the video the pace really slows helping each person adapt to the low level of oxygen above 4,000m/ 13,123ft. Exercise is a critical part of the acclimatization process, as your heart rate needs to be up and running but not too high. You do not want to push lactic acid into the muscles. This lactic acid will fatigue you and makes recovery more challenging especially when you are on a multi-day expedition or trip or climb up Kilimanjaro.
The initial climb out of Shira camp 2 is gradual and after a couple of hours of gradual walking up hill you come out of the shrubs and grass and move into a low oxygen environment. As you will see in the video the climate changes from moorland to more Alpine desert. You can see rock all around you some big, most are small rocks that were thrown out of the volcano on it’s last eruption. This is a very unique hiking experience.
Once you get up to 14,000ft. you will really notice the lack of oxygen. It will be a little cold and possibly windy as you approach the Lava tower. It has been a long slow hike up and at this new altitude of 15,000ft. it can be challenging.
The goal is always to spend time at this new altitude giving you a chance to get your body used to the lack of oxygen. We serve lunch at the lava tower. After 45 minutes to one hour you will continue the route down to Barranco camp at 3,900m/ 12,795ft.
The route drops steeply down the back of the lava tower and you need to take your time on this rocky section. The next couple of hours will be spent following the trail down towards the Barranco valley. This is a nice walk through the lush barranco valley and very different from the walk up to the lava tower.
Kilimanjaro day 4 lemosho route is a challenging day. The first three days are a nice mix of easier and harder days. Day 4 on the Lemosho route is challenging and you need to be walking and training for similar times at home. Make sure you are out walking 7 to 12 miles with a weighted back pack on a regular basis and supplementing this with weekly training.