Climbing Mount Namuli

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Gerimula's place and tent

Flag of Mozambique  , Zambézia,
Thursday, July 21, 2011

The way to Gurúè started at 5 am and was a very long, bumpy and cold ride. But eventually I got there as always and at first sight it was a very relaxed town. From here you can climb mount Namúli and that's the reason why I got here. After searching for an affordable place to stay I ended up in Motxele Roela where they did some laundry for me. Because I was searching for some information about the mountain I met with Gerimula. A 21 year old Mozambican guy who was not a guide but was one of the few people that talked English. After permission of his mother we agreed on climbing the mountain together and if we would like to start early it was the best that we would start from his house. Got my stuff at the pensao, explained the situation and went to Gerimula's place. 

Next day at 6 am started the climb and via UP5 (old tea factory), bamboo fields, bushes and some villages we reached the village of Mugunha Sede after 8 hours of walking. Here we would spend the night and the next morning we could go up to the top of the mountain. Along the way we met a lot of people in the villages and especially the kids were really afraid of me. They dropped everything in their hands and ran away when they saw me coming. I had it before that children were afraid of me but not like this. 

When we arrived at Muganha Sede we had to present some 'Farinha de Mapira' (flower), sugar and rice to the 'Rainha', the queen of the village. This is used for appeasing the spirits of the mountain and ask them for permission to climb the mountain. This ritual was executed the next morning at 6 am and at 6.30 am we were ready for the climb. I didn't felt really good because I had to vomit the night before and I didn't have much energy. I guess the reason was a combination of the long exhausting trip and maybe eating something bad. But I know I have quite some perseverance if I set my goal to climb to the top so 3 hours later I reached it. After getting down we pitched the tent, filled up our bottles in the river, had some bread and continued the long way home.

It was indeed a long way since we walked for 7 hours and arrived at Gerimula's place at 7 pm. We were completely broken after 1,5 hours of climbing and walking and (if we believe the Lonely Planet and people on the mountain) over 40 km's this day. After a little bit of food I went to bed feeling satisfied but also a couple of years older..
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