Elevation (ft): 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft

Distance: 8km/5miles

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

From the shira plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the south east towards the lava tower, called the “shark’s tooth” (elevation 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction, which goes to the arrow glacier.

We now continue down to the barranco camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation, as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Accommodation: budget lodging  – barranco camp.