Tour mt Rwenzori hike in uganda bellow is the details and itinarary Trek into the Rwenzori Mountains, the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to summit Mount Stanley’s snow-capped Margherita Peak, . .
Tour mt Rwenzori hike in uganda bellow is the details and itinarary
Trek into the Rwenzori Mountains, the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to summit
Mount Stanley’s snow-capped Margherita Peak, the fourth highest peak in Africa!
Hike through montane forest, lobelia gardens and spotting monkey troops,
dikdiks and chameleons to reach the summit. With stunning views over glaciers,
forest valleys and the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park below this is
one of East Africa’s premier hiking routes!
Day 1: Montane Forest & Monkeys
Starting Point: 1450 metres End Point: 2596 metres
Highest Point: 2596 metres Time Estimate: 5 – 8 hours
The trek starts at Trekkers Hostel in Kilembe. It’s best to start your adventure by
9am but can leave as late as 11am. You walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at
1,727m, which takes about one hour. At the gate the rangers will brief you on
the rules of the national park. You start by walking along the valley floor through
tall forest trees of the afro-montane forest zone. This is a steady climb with a
multitude of birds and a chance of seeing wild chimpanzees or blue monkey
scampering off through the forest. At times visitors can also see troupes of 15 to
20 colobus monkeys racing through the treetops, as well as the chance of a
sighting of the L’hoest monkey, which is part of the Bakonzo cultural emblem
and are, protected by the virtue of the Omusinga (king). There are wide varieties
of plant species from forest trees to bamboos thickets, low shrubs, flowers,
fungi, and with many moss and lichen covered vines hanging from the tall trees,
creating an amazing appeal. Enoch’s Falls are just 200m from Sine Hut and well
worth the short stroll after your long day trekking to experience the white water
as it streams down the mountains side. The wooden cabin at Sine Hut will be
your first accommodation on the trek. It contains 10 beds and is set between tall
forest trees on a narrow ridge, with a verandah where you may sit and enjoy the
beauty of the afro-montane forest.
Sine Hut – Wooden Cabin
Day 2: Bamboo Forests & Waterfall
Starting Point: 2596 metres End Point: 3688 metres
Highest Point: 3688 metres Time Estimate: 6 – 8 hours
After a hearty breakfast, your day of trekking begins at 8.30am and you’ll soon
enter the bamboo-mimulopsis zone. It will be a steep climb with many high
steps. In the wet season the bamboo area is rather muddy making the going
slow. However the atmosphere and the forest is beautiful as you climb 551m in
altitude and a distance of 1.8km to Kalalama Camp at 3,147m. Here you’ll reach
the heather-rapanea zone where you can take a rest and a quick cup of tea or
coffee before heading on to Mutinda Camp.
The trail then meanders up and over several small knolls along a ridge top then
drops down the side of the valley before climbing again. In doing so you cross
several small streams and pass close to moss covered waterfalls. As you continue
you climb steadily alongside a beautiful mossy river, which tumbles down over
the rocks where giant heather trees, whose trunks are covered in green moss
and old man beard hanging from the branches overhead. The trail twists and
turns as you climb up the deep valley, which has an enormous variety of plants
and flowers. This valley is unique with an abundance of giant heather trees
creating a beautiful atmosphere, often shrouded in mist.
Once you reach Mutinda Camp, which is set near a small and waterfall and offers
a chance to wash, refresh and relax. Or you may wish to climb up to the top of
the Mutinda lookout (one and a half hours up and one hour down). The view and
the atmosphere is amazing as you stand on moss covered rocks at 3,925m with
views across the Rwenzori mountains, down to Kasese town and even Lake
George on a clear day.
Mutinda Rock Shelter – Permanent Tent
Day 3: Weismann’s Peak View
Starting Point: 3688 metres End Point: 4062 metres
Highest Point: 4062 metres Time Estimate: 4 – 6 hours
In the alpine zone the trail is boggy particularly in the wet season, but you can
step from tussock to tussock to make the going easier. You will cross Mutinda
Valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many
giant lobelia. Then you climb a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley at
3,840m, which ends abruptly with sheer waterfalls and fantastic views of Mutinda
Peak. Namusangi Valley is wide and undulating and you need to cross several
bogs as the trail climbs steadily. Bugata Camp is situated way up Bamwanjara
Pass high above Bugata Lake with views across Lake Kopello to Weismann’s
Peak, which is often covered with snow. Down the valley you’ll get views of
Lakes Africa and Kanganyika and the many small peaks towards Mutinda Camp.
There is also plenty of red forest duiker, a sub-species only found in the
Rwenzori Mountains. In the dryer season you may choose to walk directly up the
valley but a more scenic trail meanders along the hilltops with fantastic views of
Lake Nusuranja from Plozza Rock. From Plozza Rock you also get fantastic views
down the valley across nine lakes, ringed by rugged peaks and ridges. Bugata
Camp has good facilities, solar lights, good toilets and bathrooms where the
guides will prepare some warm water in a basin for you to wash.
Bugata Camp - Permanent Tent
Day 4: Glacial Lakes & Snow Capped Peaks
Starting Point: 4062 metres End Point: 3,974 metres
Highest Point: 3,974 metres Time Estimate: 5 to 6 hours
This morning you will commence trekking at 8:30am to climb up Bamwanjara
Pass. The trail climbs steadily with several long flat bogs. The area is covered by
everlasting flowers and giant groundsel with the bogs of tussock grass and giant
lobelia. The nectar is the main food source of food for the scarlet-tufted
malachite sunbird, which is common in this area and endemic to the Rwenzori
Mountains. As you climb you’ll look back to see the glacial lakes far down in the
valley. On reaching the top of Bamwanjara Pass, you’ll get excellent panoramic
views of all the main snow capped peaks where there is a small shelter for you to
rest for a while and enjoy the scenery. The walk down to Kacholpe Lake is steep
and often very muddy but offers fantastic views of the lakes and McConnell’s
Prong. Butawu Camp at 3,974m is set on a ridge high above Butawu River which
flows down from Scott Elliott Pass through the Kitandara Lakes and has excellent
views of the snow capped Mt. Baker.
Butawu Camp – Permanent Tent
Day 5: Butawu River & Retracing History
Starting Point: 3,974 metres End Point: 4,485 metres
Highest Point: 4,485 metres Time Estimate: 3 to 6 hours
This morning you’ll walk back along the ridge before crossing several wet areas
and small rivers coming from Mt. Baker to join the Butawu River. The walk up
Scott Elliott Pass is enjoyable as you climb up over the rocks and up to
Margherita Camp at 4,485m. The camp is sheltered with a ring of high rocks and
is the original camp used by the Italian Prince Luigi Amadeo di Savoia, Duke of
the Abruzzi, who mounted an expedition in 1906, composed of biologists,
surveyors, a geologist and a photographer. The Italian led team climbed the
mountains, opening a new page in the history of mountaineering, and providing
an answer to the most unresolved geographical questions in the region for
centuries. Some of the peaks still have the names, which the Duke chose to
honor the Italian kingdom and Queen Margherita hence naming this camp
Margherita Camp. From here you have great views of Mt. Baker, Scott Elliot Pass
and some of the high glaciers on Mt. Stanley. You need to sleep early at
Margherita Camp to prepare for a very early start tomorrow!
Margherita Camp – Permanent Tent
Day 6: Summiting Margherita Peak
Starting Point: 4,485 metres End Point: 3974 metres
Highest Point: 5109 metres Time Estimate: 8 - 11 hours
Rise early at 4am, have a quick snack and start climbing so as to get onto the
Stanley glacier before sunrise! The climb up can be difficult if covered in snow
and ice and it is classed as a ‘difficult scramble’. Once on the Stanley Glacier, the
going is easy however the climb down to Margherita glacier can be challenging
and slippery in bad weather. Your guides and porters will be right beside you in
case you require a helping hand! There is an installed fixed-static rope with bolts
every two meters leading down a ledge to the top of a 6m aluminum ladder.
There are a couple of steel steps or rungs on the trickier bit to assist when icy.
All in all, this is a safe route and anyone with reasonable fitness is able to pass.
It is not classed as ‘technical’ and it is easy in dry conditions. The climb up
Margherita Glacier is steep with the first part around 30 degrees but the toe of
the glacier is much steeper and requires effort. Generally you walk across the
newly exposed rocks to the other side of the glacier where it is less steep. On
getting near to the top of the glacier, you need to climb around an exposed
section, which is also bolted and roped, to get on the ridge running up to the
summit of Margherita Peak. On a clear day the views from Margherita Peak are
truly splendid and your goal is hereby achieved! After summiting you then
descend directly to Butawu Camp or in the case of bad weather, you may need
to stay in Margherita Camp but the following day it will be necessary to pass
Butawu Camp directly to Bugata Camp.
Butawu Camp – Permanent Tent
Day 7: Hyrax & Hiking
Starting Point: 3974 metres End Point: 4062 metres
Highest Point: 4062 metres Time Estimate: 5 – 6 hours
Take a later start to the day with breakfast at 8.30am and start trekking by
9am. The climb up Bamwanjara Pass is step and in wet weather can be slippery
making it slow going. While crossing the pass you get the chance to see rock
hyrax sitting at the entrance to their rock shelters warming up in the sun. Their
main predator is the Rwenzori leopard, which is rarely seen, but occasionally
people do get a fleeting glimpse. Don’t worry, you’re perfectly safe! Tonight
you’ll sleep at Bugata Camp and descend directly to the base camp in one day
Bugata Camp – Permanent Tent
Day 8: The Final Descent
Starting Point: 4062 metres End Point: 1450 metres
Highest Point: 4062 metres Time Estimate: 7 – 12 hours
Distance: 22 km
This morning we recommend you rise early to take in the last sunrise of your
time staying up in the Rwenzori Mountains. You can then take an early breakfast
before you start on the long trek down to base camp at Kilembe. You’ll pass back
through the montane forest, with its moss covered trees and rocks with monkeys
scampering through branches above you. Enjoy the fantastic views across the
valleys and over the Savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route you
will be passing Kiharo and Samalira Camp, one of which you’ll be stopping off at
for your lunch before you exit the national park. Once you reach the park
boundary, you will be stopping off at the rangers station where you’ll be
debriefed by the rangers before you make your way on to your base camp at
End of your safari
Your Meal Plan:
NB. Packed lunch or bush meals are marked.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
N/A Rwenzori Hiking
The price of this tour package is $1380 per person, based on a group of
30 people traveling.
- This quote is in United States dollars (USD).
- This quote is valid until 31st December, 2017.
- All safaris are subject to availability at point of booking.
- All safaris are subject to our terms and conditions.
- Prices are inclusive of value added tax (VAT) in The Republic of Uganda.
- We recommend that you contact your physician or visit a travel clinic prior to making
your safari booking. Not everyone can have the required Yellow Fever vaccine.
Includes & Excludes:
Below is a comprehensive list detailing what is included and excluded from this
tour package and reflects what is covered in the price quote above. If you have
any queries please contact us.
We use the following abbreviations our ‘Includes & Excludes’ section.
NP – National Park
NSC – Non Self Contained (communal toilets and showers)
SC – Self Contained (private toilet and shower)
UWA – Uganda Wildlife Authority
Transport & Driver:
- Not included unless adding a the ‘Vehicle upgrade’ option.
Accommodation & Meals:
- 1 night at Sine Hut (wooden cabin, NSC)
- 1 night at Mutinda Camp (permanent tents, NSC)
- 1 night at Bugata Camp (permanent tents, NSC)
- 1 night at Butawu Camp (permanent tents, NSC)
- 1 night at Margherita Camp (permanent tents, NSC)
- 1 night at Batawu Camp or Margherita Camp (permanent tents, NSC)
- 1 night at Bugata Camp or Mutinda Camp (permanent tents, NSC)
- All Meals as specified in the ‘Meal Plan’ above.
- Bottled Drinking Water (1.5 liters per person, per day in your vehicle)
- Rwenzori hiking package x 8 days (Rwenzori Trekking Services)
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Rwenzori Mountains National Park x 8 days (UWA)
Specialist Guides and Rangers
- Hiking Guides
- Hiking Cook
- Porter x 2 per person
- All relevant government taxes in Uganda
- Completed itineraries and quotes
- Procurement and registration relevant wildlife permits
- Processed bookings for all inclusions listed above
- Tour briefing and de briefing of your driver / guide
- A dedicated Tours Manager based in Kampala in daily contact with your driver /
guide and on call, 24/7
- Items marked *for an additional cost
- Transport unless adding a the ‘Vehicle upgrade’ option
- Alcohol (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
- Laundry (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
- Souvenirs & items of a personal nature
- Personal insurance
- International flights
- Visas (refer to your embassy)
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