RWENZORI MOUNTAINS CLIMBING TOUR: (9 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.

ITINERARY

Day One: Arrival

 Arrive at Entebbe airport, Meet the driver guide for introductions and then transfer to Kampala. O/N Hotel Bougainviller or Pope Paul hotel or Hotel Africana (BB)

Day Two: Kampala – Kasese

After briefing, you will start the drive to Kasese stop over at the equator to take some photos after which you will get back on the road via Fort portal and pull off for Lunch. You will then drive to Kasese where you will make preparations for the hiking equipments and guide. The journey can last for about 7 hours. O/N: Margherita Hotel, Kasese (FB).

Day Three: Margherita hotel – Nyakalengija (1,646m) – Nyabitaba Hut (2,652m)

The day starts with a heavy breakfast then a drive to the park headquarters at Nyakalengija. Here you will receive briefing from the hiking guide and then get your equipment and porters then start the hiking at1, 646m through banana plantation belonging to Bakonjo homesteads at the foothills. In about 30 to 40 minutes you will cross the park boundary and then continue with the trail along River Mubuku and cross the landslide area, within 21/hours you will cross the Mahoma River after which you will meet steep slopes, open bluffs and Podocarpus forest before arriving at Nyabitaba. The hike can take up to 6hours. O/N: Nyabitaba Hut, 2,652m. (FB)

Day Four: Nyabitaba (2,652m) – John Matte Hut (3,410m)

 Depart Nyabitaba hut and head westward on atrail for a half a kilometres and drop down northwards through a forest to Kurt Shafer Bridge. Continue out of the forest Nyamileju hut after which you will start the giant leather, lobelia and groundsel zone; the extraordinary vegetation types found only on high altitude tropical African Mountains. Proceed to John Matte for dinner and overnight, the journey can take up to 6 hours of hiking from Nyabitaba to John Matte. O/N: John Matte Hut – 3410m. (FB)

 Day Five: John Matte (3,410m) – Bujuku Hut (3960m)

Depart John matte and start on a muddy trail across River Bujuku enters two Bigo Bogs and experience jumping from one tussock to another in a grassy bog. Continue to Bigo hut a favourable spot for those hiking mountain Stanley, the area is very cold. Then to Bujuku hut a whole journey taking about 51/2 hours. O/N: Bujuku Hut – 3960m (FB).

Day Six:  Bujuku (3960m) – Elena Hut (4541m)

Continue the circuit west of Bujuku Hut on a trail rising and falling twice before ascending steeply through the magical Groundsel Gully towards Scott Elicot Pass (4,372m). As you continue with the trail branch off to the right and finally head to Elena Hut (4,372m). This is the base camp for climbing Margherita Peak (5,109m), and requires special hiking. O/N: Elena Hut (4541m) at the base of the Stanley Glacier, on a Full Board basis.

Day Seven: Elena Hut (4541m) – Margherita peak (5109m) or Kitandara Hut (4023m)

This is a point where many take decided to continue to the peak with special hiking equipment while others start descending to Kitandara (4023m), due to fog, altitude sickness, climbing ability. For those ascending it can take up to three hours to reach at Margherita peak (5109m) and later descend to Kitandara Hut through Scott-Elliot pass, viewing the magical Mt Speke and Mt Stanley. O/N: Kitandara Hut – 4023m (FB)

Day Eight: Kitandara (4023m) – Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)

Start a journey of about 6hours with a sharp ascend to fresh field pass (4,282m), much heat is expected on the slope, so you are advised to start early. Continue with a flat traverse through gorgeous high alpine mossy and muddy glades. This is considered difficult due to the long muddy area. Carry on the descent through Bujangolo rock shelter, the base camp for the momentous mission in 1906 by the Duke of Abruzzi. O/N: Guy Yeoman Hut – 3260m (FB).

Day Nine:  Guy Yeoman (3260m) – Nyabitaba  Hut (2652m)

Begin the decent very early in the morning down a muddy and very slippery trail paralleling and twice crossing the Mobuku River predominantly in deep mud to Nyabitaba. An overnight stop at the Hut for some rest is a necessary measure after the exhaustion of recent days.
O/N: Nyabitaba – 2652m (FB).

Day Ten: Nyabitaba – Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) – Kampala

You will end the hiking by a descent to park headquarters at Nyakalengija (1600m), from here you will continue back to Kampala via Kasese an approximate drive of 7 hours. Lunch en route. O/N: Hotel Bougainviller or Pope Paul hotel or Hotel Africana (HB)

Day Eleven: Departure

You will transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight back home.

Your Adventure tour ends.

RWENZORI MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE PRICES:

Group Price EUR 1300, USD 1500, £ 1100 per person.  
Single Room Supplement EUR 58, USD 76, £ 51

DEPARTURE DATES 2012

  Dec 2012
Dates 7
  11

DEPARTURE DATES 2013

  Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 Jun 2013 Jul 2013 Aug 2013 Sept 2013 Oct 2013 Nov 2013 Dec 2013
Dates 4 8 8 5 3 7 5 9 6 4 8 6
  8 12 12 9 14 11 9 13 10 8 12 10
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