Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda

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10 Days Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda

At Kjong Uganda Safaris we invite you to join us on what will be a very challenging but ultimately extremely rewarding hike in one of the worlds greatest ranges – the Rwenzori commonly known to outside world as The Mountains of the Moon


Day 1 Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Entebbe Air Port
On arrival you will be met by our staff at Entebbe Airport, who will help you with your luggage to the car and then transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and the highlights of your travel itinerary.

Day 2 Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Kasese-Rwenzori base Camp
Having taken an early breakfast, we start our climbing Rwenzori Mountain in Uganda safari drive to Kasese through Fort portal and this will take us up to 10 hours of driving, you shall reach Kasese town. Along the way you will have the opportunity to view a variety of wonderful Landscapes, Tea Plantations, Forests, Birds and a Few Primates along the paved road. Later check in at the resting hotel.

Day 3 Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Nyakalengija / Nyabitaba 2,632 meters high.
After an early morning breakfast, drive to Nyakalengija the starting point to Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda you shall hire climbing equipment in case you do not have, do mountain climbing briefing, meet your porters and guides hence start climbing Rwenzori mountains in Uganda. Walk past Bakonzo mud and wattle homes, gardens and continue hiking till you reach the park boundary. Enjoy wonderful vegetation, elephant grass, red flowered erythrina abyssinica and flat crowned Alibizia.
Cross the boundary through the montane forest vegetation following the Mubuku river, cross river Kyoho, Muhoma to start a steep climb to Nyabithaba through open broken farms of ferns till you reach Nyabithaba 3,632 meters high. On this hike you have a chance to see the Rwenzori Columbus, blue monkey, velvet monkey, Rwenzori Turacco while Chimpanzees and forest Elephants are often heard than seen. The 4,627 meters Portal Peaks are reluctant to reveal themselves for a wonderful view, till you reach John Mathe hut.

Day 4 climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: John Mathe Hut, 3,415m high.
From Nyabithaba the trail will lead you slowly through black barriers as your eyes come in close range with the portal peaks and the trail will lead you to the Mubuku and Bujuku confluence crossed on the Kurt Shaffer floating bridge. Take on a steep gentle climb through the bamboo, hygenia trees, thick tangle of minulopsis Elliott, nettles and slowly reach the resting place to recover your breath. After a sip of water and chocolate start again to encounter the slippery boulders until you reach Nyamulegu hut 3000 meters high. Proceed on through heather, rapanea zone of groundsel trees, giant lobelias, everlasting helichrsum flowers and moss through moderate bogy areas to the nearest John Mathe hut for an overnight stay.

Day 5 Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Bigo Hut
Have an early morning start to hike through the most unique vegetation groundsel trees, giant lobelias, helichrsum flowers, and the chiefly curex that grow together to form a huge tussock of up to 1 meter high negotiating through the bogy area till you cross River Bujuku untill you reach Bigo hut. After a rest carry on through the groundsel trees and blanch barriers till the upper Bigo bog. Cross river Bujuku and climb gently through Alchamila, Senecio adnavalis rest as you view Stanley plateau with Margarita peak, Baker and the Bujuku valley till you reach Bigo hut.

Day 6 Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Lake Kitandara / Elena hut 4,430 meters high
Have an early start through the Afro alpine moorland zone till you reach a steep sport with a metallic ladder. Climb it over, have a break to hold your breath and a sip of water as you enjoy a wonderful view point for mount Stanley and Baker. From here you can either go straight to Lake Kitandara 4,372 m high or Elena hut 4,430 m high, the starting point to climbing Alexander and Margharita peaks on mount Stanley. The trail gently rises through Senecio trees and helichrysum flowers past Lake Kitandara and negotiate around the bogy area and continue to Kitandara hut 4,023 m high.

Day 7 Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Guy Yeoman Hut 3261 m high
Through a steep climb reach the Fresh Field Pass, a lovely site view point to see the meandering River Semuliki taking its course to Lake Albert. The trail passes through over wet slippery fields of senecio trees and Tusocks till Bujongolo and Kaijongo rock shelters the well known base for Duke of Abruzzi expedition of 1906. Cross river Mubuku head to Kabamba rock to reach Guy Yeoman hut.

Day 8 Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Nyabitaba
Have an early start as the trail from guy Yeoman hut is difficult associated with challenging descending of deep mud and slippery rocks these challenges make the entire Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda safari experiential, Walk through the bamboo forest and cross upper river Mubuku to finish up the circuit. hence camp for an overnight stay.

Day 9 Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Nyakalengija Rwenzori Mountains Park Head Quarters
Descend to the Rwenzori mountains National Park head quarters and finish your trip with a drink with your guide and porters as a sign of victory then meet your tour guide to drive you to your new life hotel with new stories and experiences.

Day 10 Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda: Kasese-Kampala/Entebbe.
As we mark an end towards Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda, you will drive from Kasese to Kampala hence proceed to Entebbe International Air Port to catch up with your flight back home as you leave us with lots of questions on when shall we meet you again and have fun.

Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda tour includes

  • Accommodation during the hike.
  • Accommodation in Mountain huts and camps/Hotels.
  • Transfers with 4wd vehicle.
  • Professional Guide fees.
  • Porters 25 kg per person.
  • Professional cook.
  • Park Entrance fees.
  • Rescue fees in case of emergency rescue on Rwenzori Mountains.
  • Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda tour excludes

  • Flight fares.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Equipment for the hike.
  • Extra Luggage (extra 25 kg per person).
  • Any changes in the program itinerary while in the Rwenzori.
  • Important to Climbers

  • Climbers must be prepared to walk for up to 8 hours every day via steep cliff and muddy paths.
  • Climbers must bring along their own climbing gear or hire it at the base camp.
  • Our porters carry 8 kg of personal climbing gear.
  • What to bring while encountering Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda safari

  • Sleeping bag,
  • Rucksack,
  • Sleeping mat,
  • Good hiking gumboots,
  • Water proof trousers,
  • Rain coat,
  • Heavy worm jacket,
  • Hand gloves,
  • Scarf and cup,
  • Jumper,
  • Torch,
  • Light changeable clothing,
  • Sweaters,
  • Insect repellents,
  • Sun cream,
  • Sun glasses,
  • Hat,
  • Binoculars and cameras etc.
  • For more information about Hiking Safaris in Uganda, kindly contact our office by email: or phone call at: +256 776 660 918/ +256 751 646 578