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Rwenzori Hiking Tour

Rwenzori Tour Uganda Vacation, Climbing Uganda, Mountaineering Tours


Day 1:  Kasese via Queen Elizabeth
Start off for kasese, via queen Elizabeth National park in the morning after breakfast. On your way; you stop over at royal drum makers and at the Equator and bargain at the roadside markets. Descend to the Queen Elizabeth National park, keeping and eye out for game. Over night at Margherita Hotel, Kasese.(FB).

Day 2: Climb- to Nyabitaba through Bakonjo Farmsteads
Start the climb- to Nyabitaba Hut (2650m). After breakfast, head to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m). Make final arrangements for a guide and porters. Begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut; walk through the banana sambas on the side of the steep foothills, past the typical Bakonjo farmsteads with the children waving you on! Follow the trail along the Mubuku River, through landslides up and down rocks and bluffs, Cross the Mahoma River and climb steeply through break fern slopes and podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut for over night (FB).

Day 3; Nyabita-Nyamileju-John Matte Uganda safari
The trail from Nyabitaba drops along the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just underneath the convergence of the Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. A steep gradient through bamboo forest, pass through a long and fatiguing stretch of slipper moss-covered rock. From Nyamileju rock shelter, on clear days, Mount Stanley and mount Speke can be sighted before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. The final stretch to the hut is across a tiring bog, the first of many for which the mountain is notorious . Camp for over night at John matte Hut.

Day 4: Enter the Lower Bigo Bog
Instantaneously after John Matte Hut, the trail drops to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is as a final point crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. The upper Bigo Bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the west. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Steinmann pass. A fabulously setting but it can be very cold, even for the Rwenzoris. (FB).


Day 5: Mount Stanley

Departing  Bujuku, through more bog, the trail climbs the steep slopes west of the lake, passing through the magical Groundsels Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail splits into two. The right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders. The left path leads to Scott. Elliot passes and down to Kitandara Lakes. For those sleeping at the basic Elena Hut prepared for a cold and icy night (FB).

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Day 6: Climbing the summit of Margherita.
Those hiking the Margherita peaks (5109m) proceed to the bottom of the Stanley Glacier. Depending on the weather and the individual’s acclimatization, it can be a four to seven hour walk to the summit of Margherita. This is a tough walk over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. It is only for the physically fit and is a technical climb which requires roping up, crampons and appropriate equipment for cold, windy and icy conditions. It is best to attempt the final climb in a minimum group of 4- two climbers and two guides; (a supplement for the extra guide has to be paid for at the time of booking.) climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanly Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Subject to altitude sickness, fog and weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita, crown of the Rwenzoris. Due to the altitude and the tough conditions not everybody will make it to the summit so do not be disappointed if you do not. Returning to Scott- Elliot pass, there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and sown to the Kitandara Lakes. Once over the pass the trail enters an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders. Descend to the Kitandara Hut for overnight, past the Kitandara Lakes. ( For those  who do not wish to climb the peak, a more restful day walking from Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut 4,023.) (FB).

Day 7: To Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m).
From Kitandara, the trail climbs steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field pass. On a clear day there are views into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, the long muddy descent continues, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906 (FB).

Day 8: Climb Nyabitaba

To Nyabitaba (2650m). The path down can be slippery and muddy with little to hold on to and requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. An overnight stop at the Nyabiaba Hut is a pleasant rest after the exertion of the previous days FB).

Day 9: Game Viewing in   QENP

To Nyakalengija trailhead (1600M). A gentle descent down the muddy paths to the trailhead, arriving late morning.  Lunch in Kasese.  Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, game viewing on the way. In the afternoon time permitting, a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel where the wildlife and a vast array of birds come to drink over night at Mweya /Jacana (FB).

Day 10: Back to Kampala

Early morning game drive.  Depart for Kampala, lunch en route, arriving late afternoon (HB)