Walk route: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4310m) - Kibo Hut (4700m)
Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
With: KE Adventure / Tanzania Rift Valley Tours
Today we crossed the Saddle, heading for Kibo Hut (4.700m), called base camp by the guides. Tomorrow is summit day? At 4,700m the air is thin and uphill walking is hard work because the lack of oxygen makes you short of breath. An early night tonight (in bed just after 6pm) as we are getting up at 11.30pm to start our ascent at midnight.
A thunderstorm starts at about 9pm and then the snow starts falling?
I did not get much sleep!
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A dusting of snow overnight
We head downwards before upwards
Looking across Kibo Saddle
Approaching the airplane wreckage
The remains of the cockpit of the Cessna 206 that crashed in November 2008
...and the wings
Looking back to Mawenzi, the rocks in the foreground are lava bombs
Another view back to Mawenzi from the Saddle
The path to Kibo Hut
Tomorrow's ascent route, the 3,000ft plus scree slope to the rim can be seen right of centre
Approaching Kibo Hut
We reach Kibo Hut
Not mens and womens but tourists left and porters right
Mawenzi from Kibo Hut
The cloud rolls in
985m to the rim, that's 3,231ft of scree to climb in the early hours of tomorrow