Ethiopia (November-December 2013)

Korem to Tenta (2): From Camp 2 to Camp 4 (Muja)

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Our 2nd camp was slightly above 3000m and the night there was quite chilly.

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But the early sunlight was beautiful and instantly warm.

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After passing by a few villages like this one ...

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... we reached and crossed the first significant river (Tsuray). All of us (like Gebru on the right) bathed in the river.

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After a long ascent from the river, we reached a small group of houses. I pitched my tent near this one (Camp 3). We were even higher than at the previous camp and again the night turned out chilly.

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On the following morning, we started climbing again. On that day there was a market higher up on the ridge. Many people were going there, most with goods (grains, vegetables, eggs, ...) and animals to sell or exchange.

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Scenery along the way that gives a good sense of all the ups and downs that are involved when hiking in this region of Ethiopia.

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Finally, we reached the market place on the ridge.

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The market was not huge, but well attended. In fact, I will see several other such markets during the trek. For most people living here, there is a weekly market within a distance of 10-15km. So, during a long trek it is not surprising to see several of them. Most people go to a market and return home during the same day. For that reason, markets are very active for a few hours only (about 3) in the middle of the day. Later, I also noticed that many people don′t travel further than their nearby markets. Indeed, on most days, we were hiring a local man and a donkey to carry some of our loads (mainly food and kerosene). This local man was also supposed to help us as a one-day guide. But it was often the case that a few kilometers away from his house he was no longer familiar with the trail and had to ask more local people for direction.

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Selling hot chilis and teff. Teff is a very small grain. Its flour is used to make injera, a flatbread/pancake with a slightly spongy texture. Chilis are used to spice the stews that are spread over injera before eating.

 

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Buying and selling animals is another important market activity.

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Most markets are also equipped with rudimentary restaurants.

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The market seen from another viewpoint as we were starting our descent toward the small town of Muja (more than a 1000 meters lower in elevation).

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Scenery on our way down to Muja.

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To avoid faranji hysteria in Muja, Dirar and I contoured the small town (a rather ugly one anyway), while Gebru and Gebrehiwet went buying some food for the following days. We put our 4th camp in a quiet area slightly outside the town (at its southern end).

 

Other sections of the trek:

-            Korem to Camp 2

-            Camp 2 to Camp 4 (Muja)

-            Camp 4 (Muja) to Camp 6

-            Camp 6 to Camp 9

-            Camp 9 to Camp 10

-            Camp 10 to Magdala

-            Magdala to Tenta

 

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