So there we were…about to fall over from exhaustion, when we reached our goal and were rewarded by a beautiful crater lake at nearly 13,600 feet.
We had several options for hiking, but decided on the largest volcano on the Ugandan side, Mt. Muvahara. Just looking at it from town, we wondered how it was possible to peak such a large mountain in only one day. We now know that it is possible, but it requires one very long, taxing day. With roughly 6,000 feet in elevation gain from base to peak, we set out at sunrise to reach the summit by midday. As we swiveled our way back and forth through the constant stairclimbers, we both found it amusing that neither our guide or our bouncer (guard with an AK-47, there to handle any animals who don’t want to play nice) never even broke a sweat. We on the other hand, even being from CO and hiking quite regularly, were completely and utterly pooped by the time we reached the top. Our jello-y legs (and helpful walking stick) then had to support us for the three-hour hike that followed to get us back to town.
Even though the soreness stayed with us for a few days following the trek, so did the thoughts of the wonderful scenery. Part Lord of the Rings, part Jurassic Park, our surroundings continued to astonish us as we climbed upward. It was nothing like the CO mountains we have back home, and with no one on the mountain but us, it was easy to relish in the spectacular views while catching our breath.
- Difficult, but rewarding hike up Mt. Muvahara
- Standing at the top of the mountain and being in Uganda on one side and Rwanda on the other (the border runs right down the middle of the crater lake)
- Market in Kisoro, found some good stuff and enjoyed watching the locals
- Having no water at the hotel when we returned from our hike (if there was ever a time when we needed a shower, man were we filthy)
- Our dinner taking 2 hours to arrive to our table. We have had many long waits for food…we are learning to go order early (when you are not hungry) so when it arrives you are starving