Today the big adventure should begin. Circumnavigating the Baker massif on the Central Circuit.
At 9:00 am we drove from the hotel to the starting point of the trek in 30 minutes. Here there was already busy, luggage was weighed and repackaged. Through an information board we were informed about the course of the trek, otherwise we enjoyed the warm sunny summer day and the excitement before the start. After registering and weighing our luggage, accompanied by Hezron and observation of the villagers, we went through the village towards the entrance to the National Park. On the way we met many villagers, carrying all sorts of luggage, most of the firewood. Again and again children called us in the fields a friendly Hello. On the way surprisingly many and beautiful butterflies flew past us. After reaching a picnic spot, it was a good 2 hours uphill, at 25 ° C through forest and open areas to the Nyabitaba hut (2,650m). The cabin is located in the middle of the forest and offers a beautiful view of the Portal Peak.
More hikers were waiting for us at the hut. As it turned out, they all wanted to go to Margherita Peak, i. we were the only pleasure walkers.
Overall, we were three groups. Sabine, Jürgen and Marcus, Jenny and Nath and both of us.
Sabine, Jürgen and Marcus worked very well, but they had first met in Uganda and only by chance booked through the same tour operator. Over time, our carriers came with the luggage one after the other. However, Marcus had to wait quite a long time. As it turned out, the sole of his hiking boot has come off. His porter then ran back to the village and got glue so that his shoe could be repaired immediately upon his carrier's arrival.