Start location: Horombo Hut
Start time: 8:30 AM
Start elevation: 12,204 feet (3,720 meters)
End location: Marangu gate (base)
End elevation: 6,164 feet (1,879 meters)
End time: about 1:00 PM
Distance hiked: 12.2 miles (19.7 km)
Weather: clear blue sky, bright sun
Vegetation: started in grassy moorland, transitioned to rainforest
Water consumed: 3 liters
Outfit (pretty much the same as Day 01):
Contents of my day pack, which I carried:
Contents of my large pack, which a porter carried ahead and delivered to our hut at the end of each hike:
Day 5 is the last day in the 5-day Marangu Route, and the least exciting, because it's all back tracking across the distance you covered on Day 1 and Day 2. All downhill meant no more "pole-pole," much less water consumed, and fewer short stops. I took very few photos and just enjoyed the walk down.
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