10 DAYS HIKING RWENZORI MOUNTAINS (MOUNTAIN RWENZORI NATIONAL PARK)

10 Days

This is a 10 days/ 9 nights that offers you a hike to the Rwenzori Mountains known as the “mountains of the moon” due to their unique flora and unearthly beauty,Africa’s3rd highest and most dramatic mountain range, it is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994. RwenzoriMountain is a block mountain in western Uganda along Uganda-Congo boarder. The range comprises of 6 distinctive mountains with the highest as mount Stanley (5109m) 16762ft, Speke (4890m), and baker (4843m) with bear permanent snow and glaciers despite their location of just miles north of the equator. Rwenzori have one of Africa’s most fantastic natural environments, the climate is mainly identified as one of the most unique, similar to alpine climate though though found in an equatorial location which means the mountains receives higher levels of rainfall than anywhere else in the world.

Rwenzori is notable of the 3 horned chameleon, blue monkeys, bush bucks, golden cats, giant forest hogs, red duiker, and forestelephant,Rwenzori climbing mouse, rock hydrax, genet mongoose, birds and many more. The park offers spectacular views of the scenic landscape with a high density of trees and other unique vegetation

RwenzoriMountains have two hiking trailsthe Rwenzori central circuit the oldest and most popular trail used to get to the stunning margherita peak. The tail is less challenging; it has views of other portal peaks like baker, Speke and Stanley, vegetation terrain, bird species, mammals and primates.

Kilembe trail is more challenging to get to the peak, it is rough and complicated to win (less experienced hikers are not recommended to take this trail)it’s difficult and very steep making you lose a lot of energy along the hiking process. It offers beautiful views of changing scenery like the forested area, rocky areas, boggy environment as well as the pristine environment.

The trek starts and ends in Kampala and follows the central circuit. The trek/ hike to margherita peak offers a truly fantastic and unique African mountain climbing safari experience hiking through the tropical Montane rainforest on lower slopes inhabited by shy forest elephants, chimpanzees, hydrax, bushbucks, golden cats then the beautiful bare black rocks and tussocked moorland studded with  surreal giant lobelias and groundsels on the mountain’s upper slopes.

On reaching the summit, you will be fascinated by a series of craggy black peaks coated in permanent equatorial snow and ice.

Summiting margherita allows you to follow the footsteps of the great Duke of Abruzzi Luigi de Amadeo who was the first to submit it at 9:30am on June 18th 1906

Trip Overview

This is a 10 days/ 9 nights that offers you a hike to the Rwenzori Mountains known as the “mountains of the moon” due to their unique flora and unearthly beauty,Africa’s3rd highest and most dramatic mountain range, it is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994. RwenzoriMountain is a block mountain in western Uganda along Uganda-Congo boarder. The range comprises of 6 distinctive mountains with the highest as mount Stanley (5109m) 16762ft, Speke (4890m), and baker (4843m) with bear permanent snow and glaciers despite their location of just miles north of the equator. Rwenzori have one of Africa’s most fantastic natural environments, the climate is mainly identified as one of the most unique, similar to alpine climate though though found in an equatorial location which means the mountains receives higher levels of rainfall than anywhere else in the world.

Rwenzori is notable of the 3 horned chameleon, blue monkeys, bush bucks, golden cats, giant forest hogs, red duiker, and forestelephant,Rwenzori climbing mouse, rock hydrax, genet mongoose, birds and many more. The park offers spectacular views of the scenic landscape with a high density of trees and other unique vegetation

Rwenzori Mountains have two hiking trails ,the Rwenzori central circuit the oldest and most popular trail used to get to the stunning margherita peak. The tail is less challenging; it has views of other portal peaks like baker, Speke and Stanley, vegetation terrain, bird species, mammals and primates.

Kilembe trail is more challenging to get to the peak, it is rough and complicated to win (less experienced hikers are not recommended to take this trail)it’s difficult and very steep making you lose a lot of energy along the hiking process. It offers beautiful views of changing scenery like the forested area, rocky areas, boggy environment as well as the pristine environment.

The trek starts and ends in Kampala and follows the central circuit. The trek/ hike to margherita peak offers a truly fantastic and unique African mountain climbing safari experience hiking through the tropical Montane rainforest on lower slopes inhabited by shy forest elephants, chimpanzees, hydrax , bushbucks, golden cats then the beautiful bare black rocks and tussocked moorland studded with  surreal giant lobelias and groundsels on the mountain’s upper slopes.

On reaching the summit, you will be fascinated by a series of craggy black peaks coated in permanent equatorial snow and ice.

Summiting margherita allows you to follow the footsteps of the great Duke of Abruzzi Luigi de Amadeo who was the first to submit it at 9:30am on June 18th 1906

 

Trip Highlights

  • Day 1; Arrival
  • Day 2: Transfer to mountain Rwenzori national park
  • Day 3: Rwenzori hiking from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba hut
  • Day 4: Hike from Nyabitaba (2651m) to john matte hut (3505m)
  • Day 5: Hike from john matte (3505m) to Bujuku hut (3962m)
  • Day 6: Hike from bujku hut (3962m) to elena hut (4430m)
  • Day 7: Hike from elena hut to kitandara hut
  • Day 8: Hike from Kitandara hut to guy yeoman hut
  • Day 9: Hike from guy yeoman hut (3505m) to Nyakalengija hut (1615m)
  • Day: 10 Transfer back to Kampala

Itinerary

Day 1; :
Arrival

Arrive at Entebbe airport which is the main gateway to Uganda, you will find our company representative dedicated to offer you a courteous welcome to the pearl of Africa. You will be briefed about Uganda then transfer to the respective hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day with breakfast after embark on a 7-8hours drive west to kassese town on the foot hills of Rwenzori mountains passing through impressive rural landscapes with lush green cover, scattered human settlements, impressive natural features of Mubendeinselbergs. Have lunch in fort portal town (Uganda’s tourism city) continue with our scenic drive to kassesewhere you will be welcomed by the views of the mountains of the moon. Check in, relax, have dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Have breakfast at around 6:30am and transfer to the Rwenzori mountains national park headquarters at Nyakalengija at 1615m where you will get an informative briefing about the RwenzoriMountains climbing adventure.

This is the point where you have opportunity to hire mountaineering equipment if you don’t have.

After the briefing, you will start the hike from Nyakalengija passing through homesteads of local people moving up to the gate of the park for registration before entering the park. Embark on a central circuit route hiking through Montane elephant grass, tropical rainforest and dense bushes.

The forest is inhabited by shy forest elephants, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, chimpanzees, bushbucks, hydrax, 3-horned chameleon as well as birds like Rwenzorituraco, handsome francolin, archer’s robin-chat, cinnamon-chested bee-eater and many more, various plant and tree species. Have dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba hut.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Have breakfast early morning, at around 7am, depart Nyabitaba hut to john matte hut. This is the longest and most strenuous day’s hike the trail descends through the forest for a short timebefore crossing BujukuRiver at Kurt Shaffer Bridge.

Between the bridge and Nyamileju hut, the path is good for a couple of hours but it becomes steeper and very rocky as you enter moorland zone where the impressive heather plants are prolific. After 5 hours, emerge at Nyamileju hut supplemented by a rock shelter for lunch after, hike through a giant heather forest and follow the BujukuRiver for 2 hours to john matte hut which stands about 200 meters from BujukuRiver where water can be collected.

You will have views of Margherita glacier on mount Stanley between Alexandra and margherita peaks. Have dinner and overnight at john mattehut.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at around 7am, cross river Bujuku and hike through the forest to the lower Bigo bog. This used to be the hardest part of Rwenzori since the area is boggy; currently there is awalk board up to the end of the boggy area making the walk much easier for hikers. As you move, expect to see giant lobelias, groundsels and everlasting flowers.

Take a steep hike along the ridge which will lead you to start of the upper Bigo bog. There is also a broad walk up to lake Bujuku. The lake has a magnificent setting between mount Stanley, Speke and baker.

The lake also acts as the beginning of the alpine savannah zone of little vegetation. Eventually arrive at Bujuku hut standing at 3962m, have dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at around 7am, depart bujuku and continue with the hike to elena hut taking about 5-7 hours, hike through the sides of the upper bigo bbog through the steep  slopes of lake bujuku. As you hike lajuku’s steep slopes on the west, the trail ascends the 4372m scott-eliot pass and pass through more swamps and the thrilling ground gully. You will go over a steep section at the top of the gully using a metal ladder.

The trail is then divided into two trails , the left trail leading to scott-elliot pass descending to kitandaaea lakes while the right trail heads to the elena hut, and on a sttep trail above large borders heading to mount stanely.

Elena hut sits on a rocky part  of mount stanely, being the highest point of mountain rwenzori, its extreamly cold giving you direct clear views of mount speke and mount baker. Have dinner and overnight at elena hut.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day you will have to wake up as early as 2 am, have breakfast, be ready in your warmest gear, put on your harness, warm hand gloves, head sock, have your headlamps and helmets, make sure you have sun glasses on the day pack on, hike to the top of mount sanely, margherita peak through the Stanley plateau, on this hike, you will need to use ropes especially in rocky areas. At this point, you will come into contact with ice and the use of tools like crampons and an ice axe is a must in the glacier parts. The guide will teach you how to use the equipment while on ice.

After hiking for a couple of hours through the Stanley plateau glacier, you will reach to the bottom of margherita glacier. This is the most challenging part of the whole hiking experience of mountain Rwenzori. The hike continues through the glacier leading to the top of mount sanely, margherita peak (5109m).

At the top, you will have views of Lake Ireen, mount Speke and the surrounding environment. From the top, descend back to Elena hut for lunch after; continue descending to Kitandara passing the Scott Elliot pass heading to Kitandara hut for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at around 7:30 am depart LakeKitandara hut taking about 5-7 hours climb the fresh field pass standing at 4282m traversing the extended flat of high alpine mossy glades. The panorama is greatly covered by the glaciers of Mount Baker and Stanley.

The muddy trail takes you to Bujongolo, Akendahi and Kabamba rock shelters where the Kabamba valley starts heading down to guy yeoman hut standing at 3261, the hurt lies on the banks of river Mubuku surrounded by impressive vegetation, mountains and rivers. Have dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast at guy yeoman hut, descend back to Nyabitaba hut through the bamboo forest. The path down is fond of being slippery and muddy with little to hold on to and it requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. After about 5 hours of trekking you will reach Nyabitabahut for lunch after, continue trekking to Nyakalengija taking about 3 hours, arrive Nyakalengija in the late evening, meet your safari vicheals and transfer back to your lodges for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having a relaxed breakfast, embark on a drive back to Kampala driving through queen Elizabeth national park with its impressive savannah and its game like elephants, antelopes, lions, warthogs, several bird species, Bunyaruguru crater field, the lush kalinzu forest, Mbarara town making a stopover at Igongo cultural centre for a delicious traditional lunch.

Have another stopover at the Uganda equator foramazing photo shoots, the water experiments to witness the division between the northern and southern hemisphere and purchase souvenirs from the gift shops at the site. Continue with the drive to Kampala arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

FAQS ABOUT THIS TRIP

Whats the best season for this tour?

Its all year round however the best time to visit mountain Rwenzori is June ,July, August, and from December , January ,February.

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10 DAYS HIKING RWENZORI MOUNTAINS (MOUNTAIN RWENZORI NATIONAL PARK)
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