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Mt Rwenzori Climbing

  • Destination: Uganda
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: $2685

The 10 days Rwenzori Safari takes you to the mountains of the moon mountain climbing challenge one of the most hectic and captivating activity in the East African region. Day 1: Transfer to Kasese – Rwenzori You will be driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese from your hotel by our safari guide. Have a […]

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The 10 days Rwenzori Safari takes you to the mountains of the moon mountain climbing challenge one of the most hectic and captivating activity in the East African region.

Day 1: Transfer to Kasese – Rwenzori

You will be driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese from your hotel by our safari guide. Have a stop over to take photographs at the wonderful equator and also see the makers of royal drum at Mpambire. Look out for wildlife as you continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park. At Margherita hotel or desired hotel in Kasese is where you will dine and spend the night.

Day 2: Ascend to Nyabitaba, 2650m

Drive to the 1600 meter high Nyakalengiia trailhead after an early morning coffee cup were you will hike up to Nyabitaba Hut with our guides and porters. Walk past the Bakonjo homesteads, through the Matooke plantations on the steep foothills’ sides. Continue all the way through the landslides along the Mubuku River. On crossing River Mahoma, steeply ascend to Nyabitaba Hut through the slopes of Podocarpus forest and the bracken fern. You will then head for dinner and the night at the Nyabitaba Hut(2650m).

Day 3: Hike to 3350m

You will follow the trail that drops down just below river Mubuku and river Bujuku’s confluence, from Nyabitaba up to KurtShafer Bridge. Traverse through the long, very tiring and slippery moss-covered rock, passing through the bamboo forest. You can see mount Speke and mount Stanley from the rock shelter at Nyamileju before passing through the giant heather, groundsel and the lobelia zones. Through the tiring bog, you will arrive for dinner and overnight at John Matte Hut (3350m).

Day 4: Ascend to Bujuku

The trail drops down from John matte hut across the Bujuku River and enters the giant lobelias’ home- the Lower Bigo Bog. You will finally cross the bog jumping from one tussock to another and your feet will at least touch some of the icy ooze below. The upper Bigo bog will lead to Lake Bujuku which offers outstanding views of Mt Baker and Mt Stanley to the south and west respectively. The Bujuku Hut set underneath Stuhlmann pass in narrow valley, is situated in the shadows of Mt Speke and Mt Baker. Return for dinner and the night at the Hut.

Day 5: Climb to 4541 m

While climbing Lake Bujuku’s steep slopes on the west, the trail ascends to the 4372 meter Scott-Elliot pass, and you will pass through more swamps and the thrilling Ground gully. You will go over a steep section at the top of the gully using a metal ladder. The trail is then divided into two. The two trails, the left trail leads to Scott-Elliot pass descending to Kitandara Lakes while the right trail heads to the Elena Hut and on a steep trail above large boulders to Mt Stanley. You will then head to the icy and somewhat coolly Elena Hut for dinner(4541m).

Day 6: Hike to the highest Point, Margherita Peak, 5109m and Decsend

You will have to proceed to Stanley Glacier’s base if you wish to reach the 5109meter Margherita Peak. The weather conditions and the mountain climbing pace, determine the time you will take ascending to reach the Margherita summit which normally takes about five to seven hours. On the tough walk, you will see over three Glaciers, the slippery rock, ice and areas that open on many sides hence very exposed. Only technical and physically fit climbers can climb. Continue with the ascent across the Stanley plateau to climb to the glaciers. Move up quickly to the highest Rwenzori peak, the Margherita summit while acclimatized to altitude sickness, fog. Do not get upset in case you do not make it to the peak due to the harsh conditions and high altitude. Prepare to return back to Bujuku Lake and Mount speke with spectacular views, through the Scott-Elliot pass, to mount Stanley and down to Kitandara Lakes. You will then head for dinner at Kitandara Hut after the trail, through the sparsely vegetated alpine zone and with rough boulders, past Kitandara Lakes.

Day 7: Trail down to 3260m

Take the trail from Kitandara, steeply ascending to the top of the head wall, you proceed from Mount Baker’s base to the Fresh field Pass, along the mountain’s southern side. Here you can see Mount Stanley and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the north and west respectively. Take on along the lengthy trail past Bujongolo rock shelter, which was a base camp for the legendary tour in 1906 by the Duke of Abruzzi.  Dine and sleep at Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m).

Day 8: Descend to 2650m

Take on the muddy and slippery path to Nyabitaba Hut for an adventure in the mountain. Because of the steep rock and vertical mud, you will have to balance vigilantly. You will then head for dinner and sleep at Nyabitaba Hut (2650m).

Day 9: Launch trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will move down the muddy paths gently to the trail head Nyakalengija (1600m) and then arrive in Kasese in time for lunch. Carry on to the Kazinga channel from Queen Elizabeth National Park after lunch in Kasese for a cruise to see various animals like solitary buffaloes, hippos, elephants and a huge collection of birds. Return to Mweya or Jacana lodge for dinner and slumber.

Day 10:  Queen Elizabeth  to Kampala

Wake up early, take breakfast, and head on an early morning game drive before leaving for Kampala where you will reach late in the evening.

End of Safari

Safari Price-covers: Private safari Vehicle with fuel and English Speaking driver – guide, drinking Water in Vehicle, park entry fees, accommodations, game drives, boat cruises, and all meals.

The safari price excludes: Air tickets, Visa costs, Tips to the staff, laundry, souvenirs , telephone calls, alcoholic beverages and drinks except those included in lodging meal price, or any other purchases you might make while on safari with us.