Rwenzori Mountains National Park
A trip into the Rwenzoris is an exhilarating and rewarding experience but one, which must be well planned. The key to an enjoyable visit to “be prepared!” The central circuit hike takes six nights/seven days and reaches an altitude of 14,000ft (4,267m) above sea level. The conditions on the mountain are a challenge to even an experienced hiker. This mountain is re-known for its un-engineered, steep and slippery trails and frequent rain. Rainfall and cold temperatures, bogs, mud, steep terrain and high altitude make it a challenging trip.
Never the less it is exciting! You need to try it! Since during much of the year mud, rain, mist, and wind occur daily, adequate clothing (and a mental attitude!) for these conditions as a must. The periods of July-August and December-February are relatively dry and for unexperienced hikers, the best seasons for trek. During any season, raingear, good sleeping bag, warm hat, gloves, heavy socks, gumboots, gaiters, and a walking stick for balance (and to probe the mud) are recommended. A basic first aid kit is a necessity.
Porters will be carrying your heavy equipment and food, leaving a small pack with raingear, warm clothes (on higher sections), camera, water bottle, snacks and lunch. Purchase your own food (in Kasese or Kampala). Rwenzori Mountaineering Service (RMS) can provide cooking utensils and cooks.