11 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Tour


11 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Tour

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Today when you arrive in Uganda, you will be meet and received by your driver who will then take you to your Hotel in Entebbe for night and prepare for next day drive to Rwenzori Mountain to get ready for Hiking. Overnight at https://www.imperialhotels.co.ug/ImperialGolfViewHotel.html  Meal plan Bed and Breakfast.

Day 2: Transfer to Rwenzori Mountain

After breakfast at your Hotel we shall drive to western Uganda through Fort Portal where we shall stopover for lunch break and continue to Kasese town on the slopes of mountain Rwenzori to prepare for the next day Hike to the Rwenzori Mountain. Overnight and dinner at https://www.hotel-margherita.com/ meal plan Breakfast, lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Start Hike to the Rwenzori Mountain

Today after breakfast we shall start our 11 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Tour you taking you starting point to get ready to start your 8 days Hike to the margherita Peak.

Margherita Peak Africa’s third highest peak however the real beauty is in the climb up the Kilembe route, the forests and valleys the flora is diverse with trees and valleys of ferns. The trees are alive with many species of birds and primates and as you walk up the trail you will see chimp nests high up in the tall trees, if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the resident chimpanzee as they scamper away. Climbing Margherita Peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb except for a few difficult moves and when it snows it is more difficult however the rewards and exhilaration of reaching the top is enormous as you look across Albert Peak to the DRC (Congo) then east across the spectra of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Rwenzori Hike Day 1: Start at Trekkers at 1,450 meters and sleep at Sine Hut at 2,596 meters being a height gain of 1,146 meters, or those who are fit and want to proceed to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 meters may do so and apart from the fantastic views gives you more time at Mutinda Camp where you may climb up to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 metres. Where you spend night in  wooden huts set between tall forest trees on a narrow ridge where you may sit and enjoy the beauty of the Afro Montane forest while you look down at a fantastic waterfall crashing over the rocks far below.

Day 4: Rwenzori Hike day 2; Mutinda Camp at 3.582 metres  Trekking starts at 8.30am and almost immediately you enter the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone which is steep climb with many high steps. In the wet season the bamboo zone is rather muddy and slippery making the going slow. However, the atmosphere and the forest is beautiful as you climb 551 metres altitude and a distance of 1.8km to Kalalama Camp at 3,147 meters which is in 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 meanders up and over several small knolls along a ridge top then drops down the side of the valley before climbing again, and in doing so cross several small streams and pass close to moss covered waterfalls. You then climb steadily along the side of a beautiful mossy river which tumbles down over the rocks under the Giant Heather trees whose trunks are covered in green moss with old man beards (Usnea lichen) hanging from the branches. 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 many Giant Heather trees creating a beautiful atmosphere often shrouded in mist. In the afternoon you may wish to climb up to the top of the Mutinda Lookout (one to two hours up and one-hour down) The views are amazing as you stand on moss covered rocks at 3,925 meters with views across the Rwenzori Mountains and down to Kasese town and Lake George. For those clients who are climbing to Margherita or any of the main peaks climbing Mutinda 3,975 meters is also an excellent way to acclimatize and reduce the risk of high altitude sickness . Sleep at Mutinda Camp at 3.582 metres.

Day 5: Hike day 3; The trail to Bugata Camp is boggy particularly in the wet season but with a little skill you can step from tussock to tussock to make the going easier.  First you cross the Mutinda valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many Giant Lobelias before climbing a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters), with sheer waterfalls and looking back you get fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks. The Namusangi Valley is wide, with many ups and downs as the trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,100 metres.

Day 6: Hike Day 4; Trek to Hunwick’s Camp via Bamwanjarra Pass

11 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Tour, Trek to Hunwick’s Camp via Bamwanjarra Pass. As you leave Bugata Camp you pass up a ridge then drop down slightly before ascending to Bamwanjarra Pass at 4,450 meters where we have a hut should the weather turn bad. From the pass on a clear day you get excellent views of the three main peaks. The trail passes down the valley and around the edge of some bogs and thick ever green vegetation, moss. giant groundsel and lobelia. Here is possibly the best place in all the Rwenzori to observe the Malachite Sunbird as it feeds on the many lobelia flowers and a known breeding site. Farther on there is some steep sections before a steady climb up and over a ridge to Hunwick’s Camp which is situated on the top of a deep valley and has good views of Mt Stanley, Mt Baker, Weismanns Peak and McConnell’s Prong.

Day 7: Hike Rwenzori Day 5; from Hunwick to Lake Kitendara

From Hunwick’s we pass down and across the valley floor to Lake Kitendara which is very stunning with deep water and beautiful vegetation. From here you climb up Scott Elliott’s pass then up the ridge to Margherita Camp 4,485 metres which is situated between some huge rocks and offering some shelter from the strong winds. This is the very spot where the Duke of Abruzzi camped when making his climb to Margherita Peak in 1906.

Day 8: Rwenzori Hike Day 6: climb Mt Stanley and margherita Peak and start descending down to Hunwick’s Camp; Wake up at 2am and catch an early breakfast before heading off to climb Mt Stanley at 2.30am. This is necessary as the weather has changed a lot and often even during the dryer season the mountain is closed in with heavy clouds and snow falls from 1 pm to 4pm and this happens within a short period of 10 to 15 minutes as the clouds rise up from the extensive Congo rainforests. During January and February 2017 clients were closed in and unable to walk during heavy snow storms which previously were not heard of during the dryer season and arrived back at Margherita camp well after dark with one group arriving back at 11pm totally exhausted. Due to this change in weather we have set a strict turn around time of 10am so if you do not reach the peak before then you must turn around regardless of the disappointment in the interests of safety. Margherita glacier has also suffered with global warming and as the outer edges of the glacier recede the ice is becoming steeper with one section of about 200 meters more than 60% grade. Combined with this much of the blacker has melted underneath causing caves under the ice and as it get thinner eventually caves in. So is necessary that clients understand and take advice of where the guides suggest to pass.For those clients with less mountaineering experience we suggest that you stay on Stanley glacier and climb up to a good vantage point on a rocky outcrop on the southern edge of Alexandra Peak to enjoy fantastic views over Congo and the lower mountain ridges. After ascending the peak at 5,109 metres you then pass directly down to Hunwick’s Camp at 3.874 metres.

Day 9: Rwenzori Hike day 7 Start Hike from Hunwick’s Camp at 3.874 metre to Kiharo Camp 11km Time taken to walk 4 to 7 hours; From Hunwick’s Camp we start the day by climbing up a ridge towards McConnell’s Prong where you get the best views of all three peaks and Scott Elliott’s Pass before reaching Oliver’s Pass at 4,505 metres. The distance from Hunwick’s Camp to the top of Olivers Pass is 3km The trail then cuts across below Weismann’s Peak to the confluence of the Nyamwamba River which flows down thought Kilembe and Kasese to Lake George in Queen Elisabeth National Park. If you wish to climb Weismanns Peak 4,620 metres from Olivers pass you may do so at an extra cost of $20 each. On a clear day you get fantastic views of Margherita and Mt Stanley, Mt Speke and Mt Baker. After crossing the confluence the trail meanders down the valley to Kiharo Camp at which is situated in a deep valley with high cliffs and dense vegetation. On the way down the valley after each bog you will climb over a ridge of stones and earth which seems out of place but actually was pushed there by slow moving glaciers which eventually stopped moving, melted and left a pile of rocks and debris in front of where the glacier once stood.

Day 10: Rwenzori Hike Day 8 Descend down to Kiharo Camp and transfer Back to Entebbe /Kampala.  Distance Kiharo Camp to the park gate 16km and another 2.8km down to Trekkers Hostel.  Time to walk 5 to 8 hours so those who need to connect to flights back to Kampala or travel on to other activities need to leave Kiharo early passing via Mbarara and we shall stopover at the equotorline for photo moment plus shopping and proceed to Entebbe for Night. At https://www.imperialhotels.co.ug/ImperialGolfViewHotel.html meal plan Breakfast, lunch and Dinner.

Day 11: Drop off at Entebbe international airport.

Includes;11 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Tour

  • Airport Transfers
  • Rwenzori Hiking permit per person
  • Accommodation at Midrange hotels and Camping in Wooden House during the Hike.
  • Park Entrance fees per day
  • Transportation in Safari land cruiser (Jeep).
  • All meals as prescribed in the safari plan.
  • All meals during the Hike
  • En-route meals
  • All porters
  • Hiking Equipment’s. necessary for climbing like ropes, harnesses, carabinas.

Excludes: 11 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Tour

NOTE: You are Required to bring Good Hiking boots, warm clothing, sleeping bag and Rain gears.

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