11 DAYS -RWENZORI CLIMB
The climb of this great mountain is challenging and memorable. While on top you are able to have a fantastic view of the thick green Congo forests. The hike will take you 11 days.
Day 1: Kampala – Kasese
- After your early morning breakfast, set off for Kasese
- Stop over at the equator for the dream experience of crossing from one hemisphere to another
- Proceed for lunch at Lake View regency hotel in Mbarara town
- Continue to kasese and have your dinener and overnight at hotel Margherita
Day 2: Kasese – Rwenzori
- After an early breakfast, have an early morning start to the Park headquarters and Rwenzori mountaineering services at the foot of the mountain at Nyakalengija
- Clear with the park, get accorded with porters & guides and also hire climbing equipment
- Leave nyakalengija for Nyabitaba. This will take you about 5-7 hours and gain an elevation of 4000ft.
- Start hiking headed for the park boundary. You will walk past the mud & wattle Bakonjo homesteads
- The trail follows river Mubuku, as it crosses landslides. This will involve climbing over rocks and bluff, then you reach Mahoma River.
- After crossing, head for a steep and also see black, white colubus and blue monkeys behind your hut.
- This trip enables you hear chimpanzees and also see black, white colubus and blue monkeys. You may also see some birds especially the bright colored Rwenzori Turaco.
Day 3: Nyabitaba – John Matte (7 hrs, elevation: 3000ft)
- After breakfast, leave Nyabitaba and take the trail leading westward dropping steeply to Kurt Shaffer Bridge that crosses below the confluence of the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers.
- From here, start to climb anti-clockwise through a muddy – slippery trail characterized by bamboo forest
- You will then pass through the zone characterized by the giant lobelia and groundsel vegetation - only found in high altitude African mountains. The pass reaches you Nyamaleju hut with its supplementary rock shelter
- Continue through a rewarding bog to your hut at John Matte
Day 4: John Matte – Lake Bujuku (3 hrs, elevation of 1800ft)
- After a heavy breakfast, depart for Bujuku
- Crossing river Bujuke ushers you into the lower Bigo bog where you will be engaged in jumping from tussock to tussock!!
- Take your lunch at the upper end of the bog
- Finally, you will climb on dry land crossing the river then reach Lake Bujuku
- At lake Bujuku, you will be in position to see Mt. baker to the south, Mt. Stanley to the west and Speke to the North.
Day 5: Lake Bujuku – Elena hut (3-5 hrs, elevation of 4900ft)
- Have your breakfast early enough to allow ample time for an early start
- Leave Bujuku using a new trail which rises and falls twice and then climbs steeply through the moss draped Groundsel vegetation up to Scott Elliot pass
- After the short strong ladder, take the right hand branch leading you to Elena Hut
- Elena hut is base for climbing the Margerita peak within Mt. Stanley complex
Day 6: Elena – Margherita peak
- After breakfast, climb to Margherita peak – the highest within the Rwenzori reaching an elevation of 5109ft!
- It’s a challenging adventure involving climbing glaciers, putting on warm clothing. On this trip, crampons and ropes are essential.
- There you are! Take a rest as you marvel at this specious beauty and take photographs
- Slope to Lake Kitandara hut (4023m) through the Scott Elliot pass with good view of Lake Bujuku, Mt. Speke, then bypass Mt. Stanley to Lake Kitandara
Day 7: Lake Kitandara – Guy Yeaman
- Set off early for the steep long climb to the freshfield pass
- Here, you will have good views into the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC). Margherita and it’s glaciers dominate the area
- The rain and mist make the trip challenging but finally reaches you Guy Yeaman hut (3261m)
Day 8: Guy Yeaman – Nyabitaba
- Set off early for Nyabitaba to avoid reaching late
- It is quite a difficult pass – muddy, steep and sliperly. You are advised to descend facing the slope
- Break off and spend a night at Nyabitaba
Day 9: Nyabitaba – Nyakalejinya
- Descend to Nyakalejinga Park Headquarters
- Drive to Kasese for lunch at hotel Margherita
- Evening drive to Mweya Safari Lodge for an overnight
Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Wake up very early and take a morning game drive
- Return to hotel for breakfast
- Early afternoon, take a boat cruise on Kazinga channel
- Return to hotel for lunch and relaxation
- Relax in the evening and spend overnight at Mweya Safri Lodge
Day 11: Queen Elizabeth – Kampala
- Have an early breakfast
- Head for Maramagambo forest for chimp tracking
- Visit the bat cave
- You may also view the blue lake – the only one of its kind on planet earth!
- Drive to Mbarara for lunch
- Continue and arrive in Kampala in the evening.