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10 Days Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari

10 Days Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari


Overview


Are you thinking of climbing Margherita Peak or Hiking Rwenzori Mountains? Uganda’s Rwenzori mountain range is Africa’s top hiking destination, holding three of the continent’s five highest peaks. The 10 Days Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari take you to spectacular summits, the routes are uncrowded and the high-altitude Rwenzori forest teems with life. The fabled Mountains of the Moon lie in western Uganda on the Congolese border, with snow covered, equatorial peaks rising to the height of 5110m, form the unique mountain national park. Most of the park is accessible only to hikers to yield magnificent scenery. The distinctive glacial peaks are visible from miles around, but the slopes above 1,600m are the preserve of hikers, who rate the Rwenzori’s to be the most challenging of all African mountains. This park covers 120 km and is easily accessible through Kasese and Fort portal. The trails lead through rain forest rattling with monkeys and birds and then tall bamboo forest, before emerging on the high-altitude moorland zone, a landscape of bizarre giant lobelias, towered over by black rock and white snow, looking for the entire world like the set of a science fiction film Tour Highlights An expedition to the Rwenzori is an exhilarating and rewarding experience but one which must be well planned. There are several circuits to the top of the mountain; since the mountain has seven peaks and six are snowcapped ones. The mountain’s altitude is 14000ft The mountain is renowned for its engineered, steep and slippery trails and frequent rain characterized by cold temperatures, bog, mud, steep terrain and high altitude. Due to hash conditions the best time for hiking is July-August and December-February Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival and check into hotel


Day 2: Transfer to Kasese district near Rwenzori Mountains


Day 3: Hiking Rwenzori from Nyakalengijjo to Nyabitaba hut


Day 4: Hiking Nyabitaba hut to John Matte


Day 5: Hiking from John Matte to Bujuku Hut


Day 6: Hiking Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut


Day 7: Hiking Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut then Margherita peak.


Day 8: Descend to Gae Yeoman


Day 9: Descend to Nyabitaba hut before dark


Day 10: To Nyakilegeja then to Kasese


Trekking Notes: Trekking starts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Ibanda (starting point) Safari start and end from Kampala. What to Carry Clients will carry hiking shoes, sleeping bags, warm clothes Climbing to the peaks will require ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements.


Best Time: Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari takes place throughout the year, however during months of April, May, October and November experience more rains but this does not stop hiking activities. Accommodation in Kampala before and after the trek plus airport transfers can be arranged on request.


The following equipment is available for hire with the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services: Crampons Ushs20,000- Climbing boots Ushs20,000- Rubber boots Ushs10,000- Climbing ropes Ushs20,000- Ice axe Ushs20,000- Harness Ushs20,000- Sleeping mats Ushs10,000- Sleeping bags Ushs20,000- Walking sticks Ushs1,000-


DETAILED RWENZORI MOUNTAIN HIKING SAFARI ITINERARY


DAY 1: Arrival and check into Hotel in Kampala or Entebbe


On arrival, your private Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari driver/guide will welcome you and transfer you to your accommodation in Kampala for resting as you wait for your Uganda Safari. If you arrive before 16:00 hour’s local time, we will find you some entertainment depending on which events of the day are there in Kampala.


Day 2: Road Drive to Kasese Rwenzori National Park


Set off for Rwenzori Mountain national Park from Kampala carry on to Kasese town and arrive at Rwenzori mountaineering services (RMS) offices. Accommodation: (Full Board basis) Margarita Hotel or Rwenzori Basecamp Guesthouse for overnight as you prepare to move very early in the morning to Mt. Rwenzori.


Day 3: Hiking Rwenzori from Nyakalengijjo to Nyabitaba hut


After breakfast and Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari briefing, fully equipped with the tour guides and porters, you’ll set off hiking from trail head (1646m) walking past typical mud Bakonjo homes and gradually moving up through elephant grass and garden plots. This trail follows the Mubuku River; it involves climbing over rock and bluff, before reaching the Mahoma River. After this there will be climbing through open bracken fern slopes and podocarps forest up to Nyabitaba hut. During this part of the Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari, you may be able to hear chimpanzees and sometimes the black and white colobus monkeys and blue monkeys behind the hut and also catch glimpse of the brilliantly colored Rwenzori Turaco. The total time for an average hiker from Nyakalengijjo to Nyabitaba hut is 5-7 hours and the total elevation gained is 4000ft (1200m). Overnight at Nyabitaba hut


Day 4: Hiking Rwenzori from Nyabitaba hut to John Matte


An early Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari start from here may be required since this circuit is relatively the longest. From this hut the trail leads west wards and then drops steeply to Kurt Shaffer Bridge crossing below the confluence of the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. By turning right to the bridge you begin to climb the central circuit anticlockwise since the clockwise direction is much more difficult and adds considerable danger for you and your porters. After crossing the bridge, the muddy, slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forests, slippery moss covered ground. You will proceed to Nyamiliju hut and its accompanying rock shelter. Continue to John Matte if you still feel strong enough. This will be through challenging bog full of extraordinary plants and the slow pace can be delight full chance to photograph this wonderful environment. The time taken from Nyabitaba hut to John Matte is seven hours and the elevation gain is 3000ft (915m) Overnight at Matte Hut


Day 5: Rwenzori Hiking from John Matte to Bujuku Hut


Leave this hut in the morning to cross the Bujuku river and enter the lower bigo bog, here you will experience jumping from tussock to tussock on grassy bog. There is a steeply section from the hut which will lead you to upper Bigo bog. At the last half of the Bigo bog a board walk has been constructed this makes the walking easier and prevents the hikers from further damaging the bog. After the crisscrossing the river you will reach lake Bujuku. The southern end of the lake is in the majestic setting, with Mt. Baker to the south, Mt. Stanley to the west, and Mt Speke to the North. The trail route along The Lake’s Northeastern shore crosses the most challenging mud on the trip. Beyond the lake there is a rock shelter called “cooking pot” and a short distance further is Bujuku hut. Due to frequent mists this Bujuku hut is quite cold Time taken to reach here is five hours Elevation gained is 1800ft (560m) If one moves around for a nature walk there is a chance of seeing Duikers, at night the calls of the rock Hyraxes are common. Overnight stay at Bujuku hut


Day 6: Rwenzori Hiking from Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut


From here in the morning, leave directly to a newer trail which rises and falls and finally climbs through magical moss draped groundsel vegetation at 14345ft (4372m) to Scott Elliot pass. The ascension to Elena is a steep rock trail which when wet or icy can be slippery. Slightly ahead there is a sheltered spot below the pass where you can make a stopover. From here go straight to Elena Hut which is the base camp for climbing 16763ft(5109m) to Margherita peak in the mount Stanley complex, which requires a day or two and can be attempted with an axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with Rwenzori Mountaineering Services guides. This circuit continues to the left over Scott Elliot pass and enters an alpine zone of sparse low vegetation. This will give chance to enjoy North of Margherita peak as you are leaving the pass. Time taken, 3-4 hours and the elevation gained 1400ft (425m) Overnight stay at Elena hut


Day 7: Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut then Margherita peak


Some times when Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari visitors reach here, they are normally tired. For those who might not manage or do not wish to climb Margherita peak due to unexpected altitude sickness and fog making their climbing ability lesser, there is an option of continuing left via Scott Elliot pass to Kitandara lake. This will take you beautiful scenery and finally connect you to a two day descending stretch. For those who will still feel fit, they will climb up to the summit of Margherita (5109m); here crampons and roping up may be necessary. Then descend to Kitandara hut and Stay here.(4023m).


Day 8: Descend to Gae Yeoman


After breakfast, descend to Gae Yeoman via a steep but enjoyable hour-long climb from the base of Mt. Baker. On a clear day one may also take a view at the Democratic Republic of Congo on the west of Mt. Stanley. The descending continues to Bujangolo rock shelters; the base camp for the historic expedition by Duke Abruzzi in 1906. Time taken to reach Gae Yeoman Hut from Kitandara is about 5-6 hours.


Day 9: Descend to Nyabitaba hut before dark


Hiking Rwenzori Mountains Safari hikers may be required to begin their journey early enough so as to get to Nyabitaba hut before dark, since this path can be somehow challenging in some spots. So descending slowly facing the slope instead of outward is the only best way. Late evening can also be good for taking a walk and viewing some of the birds and the occasional blue tailed monkey. For the Typical hikers the descending process will take 5-6 hours. Stay at Nyabitaba hut. (2650m)


Day 10: Descend to Nyakalengijjo then to Kasese


Descend gently to Nyakalengijjo trail head (1600m) park headquarters. This can take two to three hours depending on your body fitness. Carry on to your hotel for lunch relax your tired legs and body and prepare for the journey back to Kampala. Day 11: To Kampala After breakfast head for Kampala and relax at your hotel before flying to your home the next day. Included Airport/Hotel Transfers Park Entrance Fees Meals as per Itinerary 4×4 Safari Transportation to/from airport English Speaking Tour Guide/Driver Not Included  Tourist Entry Visa  International Flight Tickets  Travel Insurance  Items of Personal Nature  Tips and Gratuities

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