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Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp at Margherita Camp

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We are facing the shortest stage of allRwenzori. Just 5 kilometers and not much unevenness. Pure stage of acclimatization and especially to reserve all the possible energy for the next stage. A very hard stage and where we will culminate the dream of climbing Margherita peak from the Margherita camp.


Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp at Margherita Camp

Rwenzori - Fifth stage. Hunwick's - Margherita Camp

The stage that we have next is a simple meter of accumulation of fatigue and behavior in height. We are barely separated 4 hours between the camp Hunwick's and that of Margherita. The latter famous because the princeLuigi Amadeo di Savoia He took it as the basis for his ascension in 1906.


Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp to Margherita Camp - Map

On this day the rain will respect us to give way to a very thick fog that will leave us without visibility half the way. In any case, the first 2 hours are the most beautiful of the entire stage.

Fifth stage of Rwenzori

  • Distance: 5km
  • Weather: 4h
  • Total ascent: 710m
  • Total descent: 170m
  • Minimum altitude: 3974m
  • Maximum altitude: 4485m

Be part of Hunwick's camp at an early hour. Despite being a short stage, we have to get to Margherita camp soon since the next day's stage starts very early, between 2 and 3 in the morning.


Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp at Margherita Camp

Before us we have a day with cloudy intervals at first sight, but the Mount Baker 4843m remains hidden. We leave the camp going down a path that reaches a long wooden walkway. This was seen from the camp and takes you to the edge of a river that later ends in the lake below Kitandara.


Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp at Margherita Camp

On the first lake Kitandara he mount stanley It was completely reflected. Good luck to us since it was at the right time that the sunlight left us on that day. This is also the location of the Kitandara camp (4020m), run by the expeditions of Rwenzori Mountaineering Services.


Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp at Margherita Camp

Even the Kitandara camp is simply bordering the lake. From there you climb a slightly slippery slope to reach the second Kitandara lake. It is at that moment when we reached a thick fog and during the next hour, practically glued to the wall of Mount Baker, our visibility was nil.


Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp at Margherita Camp

With the thick fog overcome, but with a visibility of about 100m, we are gradually approaching the passage of Scott and from there to the Margherita camp we barely have 30 minutes. As the day continued ugly and our acclimatization good, we accelerated the pace but in an intelligent way. Taking more air than usual and without making extreme efforts.


Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp at Margherita Camp

Upon reaching Scott Pass, about 4330m high, we decided not to stop and pull straight to the Margherita camp. The passage is not a big deal, it is just a crossroads that connects with the Bujuku camp, the other way to ascend Margherita peak.


Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp at Margherita Camp

As I said before, from the Scott pass to the camp there is about 30/45 min. This section begins in a rocky place, where the canes lose effectiveness and where the hands come into play. Even so, this piece of the road passes quickly and we return to a normalized path.


Rwenzori - Stage 5. Hunwick's camp at Margherita Camp

At the end of this we will see the first Margherita camp booths at almost 4500m, with the stamp of Mount Stanley in the background. Covered by clouds and appearing before us from time to time. The funny thing is that this camp, the first one at the foot of the Stanley was placed here because at the beginning of the 20th century, the glacier It reached his feet.

It's 12:30 in the morning and a long day awaits us, with our mind set on our challenge. The top of the moon tabs. And as time was left over, the first thing we did was to prepare the climbing equipment for the next day and later we took a little tour of the area until we met a group of Britons who came down from the top. The first mountaineers we saw in the last 3 days. A group of 4 people, all very tired, a symptom of what awaited us in a few hours ...


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