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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hiking Kilimanjaro Day 5

This is by far the most difficult part of the climb. The hikers wake up at midnight to start the climb. They have a special summit pack and leave the rest of their gear behind at the camp.

The temperature is extremely cold and the air very thin. The altitude causes for head aches, servere shortness of breath and nausia.

Hikers walk on tiny step at a time. Like they would say in swahili: "pole pole"

The first award for this momentus morning, is the most beautiful sunrise you have ever seen!

The time you spend on Uhuru Peak will depend on the weather conditions. More often, the hikers spend an average of 30min here, before they head back down again.

Video: At the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak 5 895m)

The route back down is almost a straight path. Descending from this ultitude in one day is not a problem for the body to adjust to at all.

The hikers return to their camp, collect their gear and head straight down as quick as they can. One needs to be prepared for wet conditions when you go back down through the rain forrest.

A very proud moment for Peter and Dani, receiving their official certificates for reaching the summit!

Well done to both of you and thank you for sharing your awesome experience with us!

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