Katesh Off The Beaten Path

  • hiking on the rim towards the summit
    hiking on the rim towards the summit
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  • just a souvenir from the summit
    just a souvenir from the summit
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    view on the "back" rim and the summit
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    Mt. Hanang: summiting

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    just a souvenir from the summit

    Every time when I thought we had reached the summit, we had to go down and then climb up again, clambering over mossy boulders and outcrops to the next peak. It took about 5 peaks before we finally reached the summit.

    Fortunately the sun was hidden behind the clouds and while sitting in the grass I enjoyed my lunch of chapatti, boiled eggs and mango. It was perfect!

    We stayed an hour on the summit after which we descended in a relaxed pace in about 4 hours back to Katesh.
    Just before the forestzone we found a stream with icecold water -such a delight for my sore feet...

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    Mt. Hanang: amazing views

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    view on Lake Balangida

    Views are great whether looking down on Katesh, on Lake Balangida, on the escarpments of the Rift Valley or on the endless green and brown plains dotted with tiny settlements and small lakes and carved with lines that are roads.

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    Mt. Hanang: exiting hiking on a narrow rib

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    hiking on the rim towards the summit

    Once we reached Mt. Hanang's "back'' the rib became much narrower. The walls besides us were steep and deep.

    We were now hiking on a narrow rib on top of a mountain almost 2000 meter above the surrounding area! There were open views to the left and to the right as far as one could see! Just breathtaking !

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    Mt. Hanang: like a huge armchair

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    view on the

    Up from "one tree" where we initially even passed a relatively flat part, we came across the very steep short ascend to the "backrib" of the mountain.

    The mountain, looks -with some fantasy- like a horseshoe, or a huge armchair. The summit is on the north, the approach is on the rim either on the west or east.

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    Mt. Hanang: "one tree"

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    On the top of the first steep hill (that seems to be the summit but isn't) is "one tree", which is even visible from the settlements at the base of Mt. Hanang.

    Many Barbaig tribespeople have a strong belief in nature spirits and bring offers to the mountain. Regularly they go up to visit this special single tree and worship around here.

    "One tree" is reached after about 3 hours from Katesh.

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    Mt. Hanang: on the way to "one tree"

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    the first hill with one tree on top

    After almost an hour of slightly ascending through undulating farmlands we finally reached the forest, where we followed a not too steep buffalotrail for about another hour.

    Then the thick forest became lush scrub and grasslands, giving away the first fine views over the Rift Valley.

    When we looked up we could see our first target, a steep grassy hill with one single very obvious tree on top. It even has a name -well, guess-: "one tree".

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    Mt. Hanang: a 10 hour roundtrip to the summit

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    approaching Mt. Hanang

    Everybody who has been around Katesh, can for sure remember the view of the majestic mountain towering high above the plains.

    Name: Mt. Hanang, 3418 meters high, 4th highest of Tanzania...

    Mt. Hanang can be climbed by fit hikers. Not extremely steep - but very long. From Katesh it already takes an hour across farmlands to reach the base. From there it may take up to 4-5 hours to the summit, after which it may take another 4 back to Katesh -which means, including an hour summittime, a roundtrip of about 10-11 hours (!).

    A different route is available as well, a 2 day trek with overnight in the village of Gendabi.

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