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 world’s greatest ranges – the Rwenzori commonly known to outside world as The Mountains of the Moon. Uganda mountain hiking tours to mountain Rwenzori as we climb Uganda’s highest peak, this will enable you encounter several great scenery found with in the Rwenzori mountain ranges.
ITINERARY FOR 10 DAYS CLIMBING RWENZORI MOUNTAINS IN UGANDA
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe international Airport
As we start our Uganda mountain hiking tours in Rwenzori mountains, you will be met by our staff at Entebbe international 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, hence let you prepare for our 10 Days Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda
Day 2: Drive to Kasese-Rwenzori base Camp
Having taken an early breakfast, we start our mountain hiking tours in Uganda with a drive to Kasese through Fort portal and this will take us up to 10 hours of driving before we get to Rwenzori Mountains National Park in 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 hence prepare for climbing Rwenzori Mountains the next day.
Day 3: Drive to Nyakalengija / Nyabitaba 2,632 meters high.
After an early morning breakfast we start our Uganda mountain hiking tours as we drive to Nyakalengija the starting point to Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda, you will be requested to hire climbing equipment in case you do not have, then settle for a short 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.
Climbing Uganda’s highest peak will require you to 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: Trail to 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 hence making the mountain hiking safari in Uganda interesting 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 as we prepare for mountain hiking the next day.
Day 5: Trail to Bigo Hut
Rwenzori hiking tours in Uganda will enable you 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 as you head to Bigo hut. Here we shall rest then proceed with our 10 Days climbing Rwenzori mountains in Uganda as we 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: Trail to 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 experience climbing Rwenzori mountains in Uganda hence spot a 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 hence exploring Mount Rwenzori National Park.
Day 7: Trail to Guy Yeoman Hut 3,261 m high
Uganda mountain hiking tours through a steep climb in Rwenzori mountains will enable you 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 hence making climbing Rwenzori mountains in Uganda.
Day 8: Trail to Nyabitaba
Uganda mountain hiking tours will commence with 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 trip of climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda safari experiential, Walk through the bamboo forest and cross the upper river Mubuku to finish up the circuit. hence camp for an overnight stay.
Day 9: Nyakalengija Rwenzori Mountains Park Head Quarters
Descend to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park head quarters and finish your trip as you share a drink with your guides and porters as a sign of victory, hence drive back to your respective hotels with new stories and experiences as you mark an end to our 10 days climbing Rwenzori mountains in Uganda trip.
Day 10: Drive from Kasese to Kampala/Entebbe.
As we mark an end towards our 10 Days Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda, you will drive from Kasese to Kampala hence proceed to Entebbe International Airport to catch up with your flight back home baring in mind experience of hiking Uganda’s highest peak on mount Rwenzori as you leave us with lots of questions on when shall we meet you again and have fun.
10 Days Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda tour package 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.
Uganda Mountain Hiking tour package 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 our 10 Days Climbing Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda safaris
- Sleeping bag,
- Sleeping mat,
- Good hiking gumboots,
- Water proof trousers,
- Rain coat,
- Heavy worm jacket,
- Hand gloves,
- Scarf and cup,
- Light changeable clothing,
- Insect repellents,
- Sun cream,
- Sun glasses,
- Binoculars and cameras etc.
For more information about Mountain Hiking Safaris in Uganda, kindly contact our office by email: [email protected] or phone call at: +256 776 660 918/ +256 751 646 578