“Okutambula kulaba, Okudda kunyumya.” I took a break and now it’s time for story telling. I’ve always seen guys go for trips on different tourist attractions, taking pictures, making videos and I’ve read a lot of blogs about travel. This is “Take a break” and forget about the primary trips!
Every time these trips happen I’m either broke or in some engagement but this time round, I got the information from twitter where #TakeABreak was advertising a mountain hike to Mount Sabinyo in Kisoro district (Western Uganda).
I picked interest since hiking is not what locals usually do here, so I cleared my schedule and started preparing for the trip, went on a hunt for hiking shoes, started walking longer distances and reading about hiking.
D-day came and I was set for the trip! I packed my bags and was ready for the adventure .
We set off from Kampala at around 1:30am with music playing, jazz way up, slept, woke up, watched movies and by morning, we were in Mbarara to pick the rest of the guys. We took breakfast, freshened up and were ready to continue to Kisoro.
We made stop overs, took pictures like at Lake bunyonyi view stop where we rested abit and then continued. We got to Kisoro in the evening, booked our hotel rooms and hit the town to look for where to dine. We spotted lots of chips at only 1500/= with fresh cabbage which we settled for. This is unheard of in Kampala, 1500/= can barely buy you Rwenzori.
We got back to the hotel when we were all freezing. Kisoro is soooo cold. Bathing became a problem but I finally did with warm water. I slept at 7:00pm and woke up at 5:30am ready to hike!
We had breakfast, had some briefing and off we went to mount Sabinyo. It’s really a long distance from town to Mount Mgahinga.
We set off with alot of energy and hype. We walked, and got to the base after a very long distance. The Guide told us that we had not yet started the mountain yet I was tired already. We ate glucose and hit to the virgin land of the mountain, moved through a bamboo shrub and it started raining .
Rain hit me to the point of freezing, I could no longer hold the walking stick, was all wet, my backpack became drenched and very heavy. I almost left it behind but I remembered it had my lunch. Besides, the guide told me that it would kill my pase.
We got to the first stop and at this point, it had stopped raining heavily it was only drizzling . I fell down and I almost gave up thinking I was on the first pick but joke on me, I still had a long way to get to the first pick . I actually told the guys that I’ve given up. After resting, I gained momentum and decided to move on. I walked, slipped, fell but didn’t give up.
There were steep ladders that made me feel like just flying to the top. At some point, thoughts started running through my mind of what if I fall off the ladders down to the steep sides… I decided to crawl on them because I couldn’t risk.
We moved on and on and finally reached the first pick. This pick is shared by Rwanda and Uganda. We could see a Town called Ruhengere, before it was covered by fog and a town called Bunagana in congo which was cut into two, one part in Congo and the other in Uganda.
The Coldness was overwhelming at the mountain peak because we were 3000+ meters above sea level. We rested, took lunch andcaptured some moments . Because it was very cold, we decided to slope back down. Getting down the steep ladders was a challenge. We had to sit down and crawl with our bums. At this point we didn’t care about the dirt, as shoes were filled with water. Falling down was inevitable but thankfully we walked to the base alive and kicking but with minor injuries and then to our bus. At this point, I couldn’t feel my legs. I freshened up, changed clothes and went out to look for food.
We later hit the road to Mbarara dropped off the team from Mbarara at 1:16am then we continued to kampala and arrived by 5:30am. I got a safeboda to home freshened up and hit the road to work. The hustler in me couldn’t rest. Money has to be made.
Btw I read about hiking but I couldn’t get it untill l experienced it. So I was not that ready since I didn’t work out. It was very hectic but hey, it was all worth it. The experience was real. I said I won’t hike again but I’m sure if another hiking trip comes up in the near future, with enough training , I will make it to the finishing line.
Till the next trip.