RWENZORI MOUNTAINS ADVENTURE:(11 DAYS)

Rwenzori Mountain ranges are known to cover an area of about 996km2 the lowest point at the foot hill of the mountains stands at about 1,600meters while the highest peak Margherita raises to 5,109meters above sea level. Mountain Rwenzori is also known as “Mountains of the Moon”, the beauty of the mountains is escalated by the six peaks covered with snow and their way of undulating over a distance of about 120km. Rwenzori is block mountain and the third highest in Africa. Hiking is through the central circuit which can take you six day of ascent peak by peak covering one peak in a day. It is challenging and needs fit people physically; however a Rwenzori short circuit is available for the unfit people and families with children.

Overview

Accommodation

Destination

Nights

Basis

African Roots Guest House

Entebbe

1

BB

Hotel Margherita

Kasese

1

FB

Mountain huts and camps

Rwenzori Mountains

7

FB

 

 

 

 

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast

HB: Dinner or Lunch, bed and breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1:    African Roots Guest House, Entebbe-Kampala

 

Entebbe, Uganda
Uganda has a total area of 236,040 sq km, bordered by Kenya in the East and Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in the South west, DR Congo to the west and South Sudan to the North, making it a landlocked country. It lies at 10S to 40N Latitude and 300 to 350 East Longitude, so it is astride the Equator.1 00 N, 32 00 E. The country, however, is well watered and fertile. Although it lies at the Equator, it receives about three rainy seasons a year, with Lake Victoria, The Nile, the many forests and the Rwenzori mountains determining much of the climate. In forest ecosystems it rains regularly and weather is unpredictable. Water covers36,330 sq km, about 15% of Uganda’s area.The country is rich in wildlife, game, birds, and a vast culture of over 50 tribes occupying this beautiful, green country. In Uganda alone a birder will enjoy twelve percent of bird species in the world; a tracker will find half of the world’s gorillas; an explorer will have an opportunity to see more than 7% of the world’s mammals. For the discerning traveller the potential for Ecotourism here is enormous, and the discreet have tapped into it.

Day Itinerary

Arrive Entebbe airport. Meet, greet and transfer to African Roots Guest House for overnight (BB) 

Overnight: African Roots Guest House 

Conveniently located close to Lake Victoria and its beach side amenities including restaurants and bars, African Roots guesthouse Entebbe offers traditional home-from-home hospitality in a comfortable, modern and tastefully designed setting. Hotel is located in a quiet suburb close to Greenfields and is just 5 minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport.
   

 

Day 2:            Arrival Kampala to the Rwenzori Mountains         

Rwenzori Mountains

The Rwenzoris, or the Mountains of the Moon, have a celebrated beauty. Shrouded almost perpetually in mist, they have a seducing, eerie quality that led to many wondrous tales about them through the ages.
The mountains - about 120 km long - were forced up during the creation of the Great Rift Valley. At the centre of the range are six peaks with permanent snow, three with glaciers. The highest mountain in the range, Mount Stanley, can only be reached by experienced trekkers. Its peak, Margherita, the third highest in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, rises to 5,109m above sea level.
A hike through the lower, central Rwenzori needs about five days; ascent of the peaks requires a further two days and is only for the really fit, and needs proper equipment.

Day Itinerary

Arrive at Entebbe airport for the meet and greet and transfer to Kampala for briefing. Drive with your guide on the road to Kasese; past captivating attractions en route: look at royal drum makers, brief stop at the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once, drive past the roadside markets aerated with fruit and vegetables. Continue to the escarpment overlooking the Great Rift Valley, before retiring to your hotel, with the Rwenzori mountains acting as a majestic backdrop. Make final arrangements for a guide and porters. 

Overnight: Margherita Hotel, Kasese   

Hotel Margherita is situated some few kilometers west of Kasese town, Western Uganda in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains otherwise known as the "Mountains of the Moon" The Hotel has been providing professional services to visitors to this beautiful part of the country since the early 1950’s when Hotel Margherita first opened its doors to visitors. Since then tourists have marvelled at the views of the Rwenzori of which the hotel has unsurpassed vantage of.

 

Day 3:           Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) to Nyabitaba (2650m) 

Day Itinerary

After a substantive breakfast drive to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m).  Walk past the banana shambas on the side of the steep foothills, and the Bakonjo homesteads at the foothills.  Follow the trail along the Mubuku River, walking up and down rocks and bluffs.  Cross the Mahoma River and climb steadily through slopes and Podocarpus forest.

Overnight: Nyabitaba Hut (2650m) on a Full Board Basis 

Day 4:           To John Matte (3350m)        

 

Day Itinerary

After a substantive breakfast, depart Nyabitaba early, through a small trail dropping down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the convergence of the Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. Gentle hike out of the forest into a bamboo zone, past a long stretch of slippery moss-covered ground.  Passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel continue to Nyamileju rock shelter.  Finally walk across a laborious bog to your hut.

Overnight: John Matte Hut (2650m) on a Full Board Basis

Day 5:            To Bujuku (3900m)    

 

Day Itinerary

Take heavy breakfast. The trail crashes down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of giant lobelias.  With feet difficulty, cross the bog to the Upper Bigo bog, continuing to Bujuku Lake, with views of the highest mountain - Stanley - to the West.

Overnight:  Bujuku Hut (3900m) on a Full Board Basis


Day 6:           To Elena (4541m)        

 

Day Itinerary

After Bujuku, the boggy trail climbs the slopes west of the lake, passing through the paranormal Groundsel Gully. Ascend to Scott-Elliot Pass (4372m).  A metal ladder takes you over an extremely steep section after which the trail branches, the right leads up to Elena Hut and Mt Stanley over a steep rocky trail, while the left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes. 

Overnight: Elena Hut (4541m) at the base of the Stanley Glacier, on a Full Board basis.

Day 7: Elena Hut (4541m) to the peak (5109m) or begin the descent to Kitandara (4023m)

 

Day Itinerary

For those who do not wish to climb the peak, a more restful day walking from Elena Hut (4541m) to Kitandara (4023m). 
For those who wish, but also depending on altitude sickness, fog, one's climbing and acclimatisation ability, climb a further three hours up to Margherita peak (5109m) and later down to Kitandara Hut. Climb on to the glacier, covering yourself with thick cloth, moving on to the Stanley Plateau.  Jumble up to the Margherita summit, the highest point of the Rwenzoris.  Use of Crampons and ropes may well be necessary. Be prepared for a tough, arduous time in the mountains and not everyone will make it so do not be disappointed if you don't.  Return to Scott-Elliot pass, view the magical Bujuku Lake and Mt Speke at a distance, and continue to Mt Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. 

Overnight: Kitandara Hut (4023m) on a Full Board basis


 

Day 8:            To Guy Yeoman (3260m)    

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, a sharp climb from the base of Mt Baker to the south side of the mountain to Freshfield Pass (4280m).  Views into the Congo to the west and Mt Stanley to the north are possible.  From the pass, the boggy pass continues downwards, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.

Overnight: Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m) on a Full Board basis.

 

Day 9:           Descent to Nybitaba (2650m) 

Day Itinerary

The trail down can be muddy and very slippery so you need to be well balanced. An overnight stop at the Nyabitaba Hut for some rest is a necessary measure after the exhaustion of recent days. 
Overnight: Nyabitaba (2650m) on a Full Board basis.

Day 10:         Descent to trailhead (1600m)      

Day Itinerary

A gentle tumble down the steep and slippery paths to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m), arriving late morning.  Drive to Kasese for Lunch. Depart for Kampala, arriving late afternoon (HB). Continue to Entebbe airport for your flight. [Approximate driving time: 6 hours]

 

 

Tour Ends.

RWENZORI CLIMBING TOUR PRICES:

UGANDA RWENZORI CLIMBING TOUR UG11: Climbing The Rwenzori Mountains departs every first Wednesday. 10 Days standard safari departs from Kampala, group departures 6 - 15 persons. 

Group Price USD 2,431 per person.  
Single Room Supplement USD 71

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ChimpanzeeRwenzori climbing fees include 2 porters per person, guide, park fees, rescue and accommodation, mattresses, food, and gas cooker. One cook is assigned to each group of 4 people, porters take a maximum of 25kg per climber (12.5kg per porter), transport to and from the Rwenzoris. Climbing price does not include cost of climbing equipment, and sleeping bags which climbers have to come with their own. You can hire the climbing equipment like crampon, ice axe, rope, crambons, etc at $25 each item.