13 Days Mt. Rwenzori and Gorilla Trekking
We offer two alternative Routes to climb the Rwenzori Mountains. One starting at the Nakalengija Base that is most common and most popularly known, The second is a new Route starting at the Kyanjiki Base in Kilembe, that is a day longer but perharps more rewarding in terms of Scenery.
Day 1: Arrival
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Kasese
Proceed to Kasese and stay at Hotel Margherita depending on time of arrival.
Day 3: Nyakalengija (1615M) – Nyabitaba Hut (2651M)
The central circuit starts at the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices at Nyakalengija. You will arrive in the morning to allow ample time to rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. The hike takes around 6 -7 hours. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see white colombus monkeys and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turaco.
Day 4: Nyabitaba (2651M) – Mubuku River (2600M) John Matte Hut (3505M)
From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamileju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for dinner and overnight at the hut.
Day 5: John Matte (3505M) To Bujuku (3962M)
From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally 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 Stuhlmann Pass. Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut.
Day 6: Bujuku (3962M) To Elena Hut (4541M)
Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel 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 is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes the trail on he left leads those who are not climbing Margherita Peak to Kitandara Hut. Those climbing the peak will have their Dinner and overnight at the coolly and Icy Elena Hut.
Day 7: Elena Hut (4541M) To Margherita Peak – Kitandara Hut (4023M)
For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzori. Prepare for your return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara.
Day 8: Kitandara (4023M) – Fresh Field Pass (4282M) – Guy Yeoman (3505M)
From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends 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. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Over night at Guy yeoman.
Day 9: Guy Yeoman (3505M) – Nyabitaba (2651M)
The descent to Nyabitaba takes around 6 -7 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it all the way down to Nyakalengija. Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.
Day 10; Nyabitaba (2651M) – Nyakalengija (1615M)
The descent from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija takes 3 – 4 hours. Start hiking back and complete your trek by the evening. A warm, beer and celebration await you at local restaurant, before proceeding to your Hotel.
Day 11: Drive To Lake Bunyonyi
Day 12: Gorilla Trekking
Go for Gorilla Trekking in the morning; enjoy the experience of tracking the rare and endangered Mountain Gorilla. Optionally, in the afternoon, have an opportunity to visit pygmy community, with community walk, or go for a nature walk in the Forest and visit amazing waterfalls set in the middle of this Tropical rain Forest.
Drive to Kampala, crossing the Equator along the way, enjoy souvenir shopping and proceed to Entebbe for your International Flight.