Day 5 on the Lemosho route up Kilimanjaro is a fun day. Without a doubt, it is one of our favorite days on the mountain! After a long day getting from Shira Camp 2 at 3,850m/ 12,631 feet to Barranco Camp at 3,900m/ 12,795 feet, the day before, today will be a shorter day. The team will have the Barranco Wall to face today and will traverse the base of the famous Kilimanjaro summit dome. Watch this footage climbing the Barranco Wall and moving towards Karanga Camp at 3,950m/ 13,000 feet.
Kilimanjaro Day 5 Lemosho Route
Some people have anxiety about the Barranco Wall, however there is no reason to! You do not have to have any climbing experience as there is no technical aspect to the Wall. For the majority of the Wall, you are just walking at a slow pace. There is a small amount of scrambling on the wall, but nothing technical. In this raw footage on the Barranco Wall, you will see exactly what the wall entails and that it should not present any real challenge. Remember, our highly qualified guides are there to assist you at every turn.
Leaving the Camp
It can be cool in the morning in Barranco Camp. The Wall casts a shadow on the Camp and therefore you will not feel the warmth of the sun before you leave. However, once the sun comes up it gets warm very quickly! Today is a good day to remember the phrase ‘be bold – start cold’! Once we get just out of camp, we will cross the flowing river, that can be quite icy in the mornings. Take your time and make sure you have your footing!
On the Wall
The initial part of the route up the Barranco Wall is gradual. There is a small section where you will have to scramble up to maneuver over a section of rocks. Our staff will the there to make sure you know where to put your hands and feet to comfortably get over this hurdle. You will then have a chance to kiss the ‘Kissing Rock’. This section will take a bit of extra time, but then it is back to slow walking up the Wall. Once you near the top of the Wall, you will have one last scrambling section. You will have to scramble up with your hands and feet, before reaching the top! The Barranco Wall is a 200m/ 656 feet, up hill section.
The Walk into Karanga Camp
From the top of the Barranco Wall, at 4,200m/ 13,779 feet you take a short break to enjoy the stunning views! After this, the terrain becomes a bit easier towards the Karanga Camp. The trail leads downhill for the first section after the Wall. After this, you will begin winding up and down hills through the Karanga Valley. If the sun is shining, you will come to a point where you look over the next valley to see the Karanga Camp at the other side! Many wish there was a bridge here, but unfortunately, you will have to walk down to the valley floor. Once you reach the bottom, you will have a short break before the final 30 minute uphill to the camp.
Day 5 on the Lemosho Route up Kilimanjaro is a fun day out! There will be a mix of some scrambling, great views and a feeling of achievement as you reach Karanga Camp. At the end of the day, the team will have plenty of time in the afternoon to enjoy the views and re-hydrate after the days journey.
Kilimanjaro Day 5 on the Lemosho Route is approximately 4 to 5 hours of hiking over 5.6km/ 3.48 miles of distance.