Day 3: A different New Year

The Shira Camp is exposed, so last night was a bit nippy!

Today, our goal was to acclimatize ourselves to the higher altitude. Therefore, we trekked for about five hours to reach the Lava Tower at 4630m.

On the way, we passed a group of climbers from Bahrain, who didn’t seem to be doing very well and our guides advised their guide to turn the group back – reminding them that they were only half way to their ascent and even the summit was only half way!

At the Lava Tower, we had a bite to eat, before descending for two hours down to Barranco Camp at 3950m – following the advice of experienced mountaineers: “climb high and sleep low”.

At Barranco Camp, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset and saw what must be one of the most beautiful views from an outhouse, before crawling into our tent for the night.


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