Overview of the Tour
This 10 Days Rwenzori Mountain Trekking will give you an intimate experience of the Rwenzori Mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site in western Uganda. The Rwenzori Mountain ranges were selected as one of the World’s Best Hikes by National Geographical. The mountains provide a natural border with DR Congo for hiking safari in the Pearl of Africa. It is one of Africa’s highest mountain ranges with the fourth highest peak in Africa snow-capped throughout the year. The hike is however not an easy one posing a challenge to even experienced hikers, sign up when ready for the challenge.
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala – Kasese
Depart from Kampala and drive through the towns of Masaka and Mbarara with a brief Stop-over in either town for lunch and later proceed to Kasese which is the home to the “Mountains of the moon.” Relax and stay overnight at Hotel Margherita.
Day 2: Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba Hut
In the morning report to Rwenzori mountaineering services (RMS) head offices and hire hiking equipment. You will be allocated guides and porters. Begin hiking from the park headquarters 1,646 meters to Nyabitaba a distance of 10 Km that takes 4- 5 hours and an ascent of 1200 meters. The trail at the beginning goes through homes and fields progressing through bamboo and high elephant grass, dense bushes. You will climb over rocks and bluff, crossing river Mahoma then ascending steeply into Nyabitaba. Certain animals may be spotted such as the white Colobus, blue monkeys and the Rwenzori turaco. Stay overnight at the Nyabitaba hut.
Day 3: Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte hut
Reaching John Matte hut takes between 5- 6 hours at an ascent of 762 meters. From Nyabitaba hut take the trail to the left of the hut for about half a kilometer then right fork then dropping to the Kurt Shafer Bridge just below the confluence of the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. After ascending and then descend through the muddy, slippery paths and passing through rocks and rocks, finally leading you to Nyamuleju hut. This also marks the start of the giant lobelia found only in very high altitude tropical areas in highland areas in Africa. From Nyabuleju hut take the left pass through Kisalala water fall, the path drops to a river then up through heather to John Matte hut 3,414 meters (1 hour). Stay overnight at John Matte hut.
Day 4: John Matte hut – Bujuku hut
This 6 Km trail takes 5 to 6 hours and gaining an ascent of 560 meters. With 1 and 1/2 hour of wading your way through fords and crossing a river, this muddy trail leads to the edge of lower Bigo bog and eventually to the Bigo hut which also commands a very good view of the surrounding peaks. Continue through the upper Bigo bog. The leads to drier ground and after crisscrossing the river, this leads to the Bujuku Lake. This is also the best place for seeing the Margherita, the summit of Stanley. Continue the trail for about 30 minutes up the valley to Bujuku hut at 3962 meters. This hut is very popular because of being the closest to the peaks of Speke, Baker and Stanley. Watch out for red duikers. Over night at Bujuku hut.
Day 5: Bujuku hut to Kitandara hut
This trail covers only 4 Km begins by ascension of 390 meters then a descent of 340 meters. The trail starts by ascending and then falling twice followed by a steep ascend giving way to a groundsel vegetation 4372 meters then to Scott-Elliot pass which is also the main col between mount Stanley and Baker. Another descend leading to Kitandara hut 4023 meters where you will sleep overnight.
Day 6: Kitandara hut – Guy yeoman hut
This 5 Km stretch involves ascent and descent and takes 5 to 6 hours. While at Lake Kitandara take a view of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prepare for a steep climb over boulders and through thick mud before the path gives way to a more level ground at the Fresh field pass. You can get a clear view of mount Stanley. A steep descend, climbing rocks and wadding through thick muddy to Guy Yeoman hut 3262 meters.
Day 7: Guy Yeoman hut – Nyabitaba
This trail covers 6 Km and takes 4 to 5 hours. This involves descending a very steep slope and calls for support from one another. It passes deep mud, crossing rivers to Nyabitaba hut for overnight.
Day 8: Nyabitaba hut – Nyakalengija Hike
Leave Nyabitaba hut early retracing out route back to the Rwenzori mountain services offices. This 10 Km trail usually takes 2 to 3 hours. Descending through Mubuku River and through fields to the RM’s offices to hand over the rented equipments. Drive to Queen Elizabeth Relax at the Mweya Lodge and later in the evening have an evening game drive.
Dinner and over night at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth Tour
Have warm up tea and head to see the wild at their best. Get rewarded with the Lions, elephants, Buffaloes and variety of Antelope species. After lunch go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel for close range viewing of hippos, crocodiles and variety of birds.
Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge.
Day 10: Kampala
After breakfast, drive at leisure to Kampala dropping you at your accommodation or the Airport.