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Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

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Today we have to reach the shelter Mutinda (3588m) fromSine hut (2596m). The day appears cloudy, with some clear suspicion but above all it seems that it can rain. In front of us, only 6 kilometers and 1200 meters of unevenness await us. For some it may be little, but what it hidesRwenzori They are many surprises. The roads are not highways, but narrow paths just built and where walking is quite complicated. Rocks, tree roots, a lot of mud and some other improvised wooden stairs await us.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

Rwenzori - Second stage. Sine Hut Shelter at Mutinda

It's 7:30 in the morning and we begin to prepare. Breakfast at 8 in the morning at 3 degrees Celsius tastes great. Our body asks for more mountains and we still have all our strength reserved.

Today in theory we begin to reach the extraterrestrial landscape of Rwenzori, that where plants and shrubs become authentic trees. Still we have to cross an ordeal on the road with the occasional surprise.

Rwenzori second stage

  • Distance: 6km
  • Weather: 6h
  • Total ascent: 1,135m
  • Total descent: 122m

After leaving Sine Camp, we began to enter a thick forest ofbamboo (2650m). Wooden pipes so straight that they touch perfection. In fact it seems that we are crossing a tunnel since we cannot see anything around us.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda - Bamboo Forest

At 2850 meters we begin to leave the bamboo behind and return to the cloud forest. The monkeys start stalking us and it is not uncommon to see them in the trees. This will be the last place where we can see them. From 3000m, the cold scares them.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

We pass the 3000 meters and it is just the moment where we arrive at another camp, the Kalalama shelter (3134m). This is used to make a stop to eat and in some situations to undertake the Marguerita peak in one day less if your acclimatization is good. As the guide told us, this is rare unless you come from the mount kenya orKilimanjaro.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda - Kalalama Refuge

Is from Kalalama Camp Where the road starts to get ugly The road was not bad so far, perhaps because from here there is a circular route that returns you to Kilembe and therefore more traveled. Later things change.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

The landscape suddenly changes and the cloud forest gives way to forest of trees covered with lichens. A really dark place and where only the walking dead were missing. It's just that moment when it starts to rain a little. At the moment we don't put on our jackets since the rain seemed passing.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

We arrive at a moor where we begin to see curious plants that grow completely perpendicular as the leaves below die. These leaves in turn stick to the thin trunk making it thicker and stronger.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

These places are usually very swampy. Pises where you step is easy to put the foot in the mud. Everything is very soft and we already assume that we will arrive with wet shoes. It is when one remembers how well he did in taking newspapers to extract moisture from his boots at night.

But as mud is not everything, the steep slopes began, many of them with wooden stairs by their verticality.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

Of course, the mud was back but in this case the boys from Rwenzori Trekking Services They had worked on it and had wooden plates in place to avoid having to put on our plastic boots.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

We are almost to 3500 meters high and the vegetation has not yet disappeared. Trees and plants have learned to breathe more difficult oxygen to breathe, in quite humid conditions and where the sun barely appears. Nature is a complete survivor.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

And we arrive at Mutinda Camp. A camp very similar to the previous one and with the same type and number of shelters. 2 to be exact and with capacity for 10 people each. But as it happened last night, Rwenzori was for us alone, there was no one but our team.


Rwenzori - Stage 2. From the Sine Hut refuge to Mutinda

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