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Ruwenzori Mountains of the Moon Adventure
Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
Ruwenzori Mountains of the Moon Adventure
Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
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Ruwenzori Mountains of the Moon Adventure

Highlights

  • Rwenzori mountain is famous for its un-engineered, steep and slippery trails and frequent
    rain hence a challenge but for adventurers, it is exciting! You need to try it!
  • Enjoy spectacular views of remarkable vegetation type, wildlife, mountain peaks and glaciers

 

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9 Days
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Day-by-Day Programme


A trip into the Rwenzoris is an exhilarating and rewarding experience, but one which must be well planned. The key to an enjoyable visit is to "be prepared!" the central circuit hike takes 6 nights / 7 days and reaches an altitude of 14,000 ft (4,267 m) above sea level. The conditions on the mountain are a challenge to even an experienced hiker.

This mountain is famous 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 the year mud, rain, mist and wind occurs daily, adequate clothing (and a mental Attitude!) For these conditions are a must.

These periods of July-August and December-February are relatively dry and for inexperienced hikers the best seasons for a trek. During any season, raingear, good sleeping bag, warm hat, gloves, heavy socks, gum-boots, gaiters, and a walking stick for balance (and to probe the mud) are recommended. A basic first aid kit is a necessity.

 

 

 

Day 1: Kampala - Kasese

On arrival in Kampala, transfer to Kasese

 

Dinner and overnight at the Margarita Hotel

 

 

Day 2: Nyakalengija 1600m - Nyabitaba Hut 2652m

Begin climbing: Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut - 2652m
Plan to arrive at Rwenzori Mountains National Park and the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) offices at Nyakalengija in the morning so as to have ample time to rent equipment and be availed with guides and porters.

Hiking begins from the Park Headquarters 54,00 ft (1,646 m), walking past typical "mud and wattle" Bakonzo homes and gradually moving upward through elephant grass and garden plots. It takes approximately forty minutes to reach the park boundary. The trail then follows the Mubuku River, crossing recent landslide areas (to be negotiated carefully), and involves climbing over rocks and bluff, before reaching the Mahoma River in about two and a half hours.

After crossing the river there will be a steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest up to Nyabitaba hut 8,700 ft (2652 m). Total time for an average hiker from Nykalengija to Nyabitaba is about 5-7 hours, and total elevation gained is 4,000 ft. (1,200 m). Slower hikers could take considerably longer, so insist on leaving park headquarters before noon to avoid being on the trials after dark.

During this part of the trip, you may be able to hear chimpanzees, and sometimes you can see black and white colobus monkeys behind the hut, and catch glimpse of brilliantly coloured Rwenzori Turaco (a bird of the tree tops). Across the alley to the north of Nyabitaba hut lies the rocky and largely unclimbed Portal Peaks, which rise above 14,000 ft (4, 627 m).

 

Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut

 

 

Day 3: Nyabitaba Hut 2650m - John Matte Hut 3414m

Overnight at John Matte Hut - 3414m
From Nyabitaba Hut the trail leads westward for a half a kilo meter then drops steeply to Kurt Shaffer Bridge, crossing below he confluence of the Bujuku and the Mubuku rivers. By turning right the Bridge you begin to climb the central circuit anti-clockwise since the clockwise direction is much more difficult and adds considerable danger for you and your porters. After crossing Kurt Shaffer Bridge the muddy, slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. After one and a half hours you encounter an area of slippery boulder hopping which some hikers consider the most difficult and dangerous footing of the circuit.

After five hours of travel from Nyabitaba, you reach the hut at Nyamuleju and its accompanying rock shelter. If you had a late start or know that there is a large group ahead of you at the next hut, you might consider spending the night here. On a rare clear day Mts. Stanley and Speke can be seen from the top of the rock near the hut. Nyamuleju also marks the start of the giant lobelia and groundsel zone, this remarkable vegetation type is found now where else in the world except high altitude tropical African Mountains.

The one-hour walk to John Matte hut (11, 200 ft / 3,414 m) is through a challenging bog, full of extra ordinary plants and the slow pace can be a delightful chance to examine and photograph this unique environment, typical time to reach John Matter from Nyabitaba is about 7 hrs. Some hikers consider this to be the most tiring and longest day of the circuit, so an early start is important. The loss of altitude to Kurt Shaffer Bridge means the total elevation to be gained on this day is about 3,000 ft (915 m). Hikers who feel they have reached their limits by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable stopping point. You can enjoy the unique vegetation in the bog and the great view, then the following day begin you return journey to Nyabitaba.

 

Overnight at John Matte Hut

 

 

Day 4: John Matte Hut 3414m - Bujuku Hut 3972 m

Overnight at Bujuku Hut - 3972m
Leave John Matte but to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower Bigo bog, where your first real experience for jumping from tussock to tussock on a grassy bog begins. The trail is muddy and follows the left (southern) edge of lower Bigo bog until eventually it reaches the round metal "uniport". The Bigo hut and its rock shelter. A steep Section past the but leads to upper to Bigo bog. In the last half of this bog, a boardwalk has been constructed. Though some may think that it is an ugly intrusion, it makes walking easier and prevents the hikers from further damaging the bog.

A beautiful narrow stream at the upper end of this bog makes a good lunch break. An hour and a half beyond this upper bog, and after climbing through drier ground criss-crossing the river, you reach lake Bujuku. The southern end of the lake is in a 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 worst mud on the trip. Beyond the north end of the lake is a rock shelter called Cooking Pot and a short distance further is Bujuku Hut 13,000ft (3962 m) favourably located for parties climbing Mt. Speke (which requires technical skills and special equipment). Time to reach Bujuku form John Matte is typically 3-5 hours, and the elevation gained is 1,800 ft (560 m). But the long stretches of bog, and the mud along the lake make this another challenging day. The shaded location and frequent mists can make Bujuku Hut quite cold.

If one moved around on a nature walk, the chances of seeing Red duikers are high and at night, calls of the Rock hyraxes are common.

 

Overnight at Bujuku Hut

 

 

Day 5: Bujuku Hut 3900m- Elena Hut 4541m

Overnight at Elena Hut - 4541m
From Bujuku hut leave directly to newer trail, which rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply trough magical moss draped Groundsel vegetation 14,345 ft (4,372 m) to Scott Elliot Pass. At the steepest section is a short strong ladder after which a right hand branch will lead to Elena Hut 14,700 ft (4,541m) This is a steep rocky trail which when wet or icy can be slippery. Continuing straight, and a few steps below the pass, there is a sheltered spot for a break; from here, there is a second trail to the right to Elena Hut. Elena is the base camp for climbing 16, 763 ft (5,109 m) to Margherita Peak in the Mt. Stanley Complex which requires an additional day or two and can only be attempted with an ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with RMS guides. Here you divert to Elena Hut, 4.540 m. for spending the night before climbing Mt. Stanley.

 

Overnight at Elena Hut

 

 

Day 6: Kitandara Hut 4023m

Early morning depart Elena glacier to the Stanley Plateau where crampons may be required. Cross this in Elena Hut 4541m - Punta Margherita 5109 m - Elena Hut 4541m - Kitandara Hut 4023 m. From Elena Hut to Margherita peak (5109m) then back again to Elena Hut 4541m. Early morning traverse of a northwest direction and follow the Margherita glacier to the col and to the summit (3 hours). Descend to Elena Hut and after you descend to Upper Kitandara lake and through thick mud to Lower Kitandara lake where is located Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m. Time to complete the hike about 3 hours more. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed for climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella. Enjoy the view of Mt. Luigi di Savoia.
 

Overnight at Kitandara Hut 

 

 

Day 7: Kitandara Hut 4023m - Guy Yeoman Hut, 3261 m

An early start is advisable to avoid overheating on the steep but lovely hour-long climb from the Kitandara, which is 4,023 m to the Freshfield Pass. Viewing westward on clear days leads into neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and northward, Margherita and its glaciers of Mounts Stanley, Baker and Mount of Savoy still dominate the horizon. Freshfield is a long flat traverse through beautiful alpine mossy glades (and more mud) until after a half-hour, when the trail begins the circuit’s long two-day decent. A muddy trail leads to Akendahi, Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters, where starts the Kabamba valley down to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3261m. This can take up to 6 hours. The hut is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, vegetations and rivers.

 

Overnight at Guy Yeoman Hut

 

 

Day 8:Guy Yeoman Hut - Nyabitaba Hut

Guy Yeoman Hut - Nyabitaba hut. Drop very steeply alongside the Mobuku River, past Kichuchu, another rock shelter and join our original route near the confluence of the Bujuku River (3.1/2 hours)

 

Overnight at Nyabitaba hut

 

 

Day 9: Nyabitaba- Nyakalengija

Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija road head (2-hours). Descend steeply off the ridge and notice enter the warm rainforest. Transfer to Kampala or Entebbe to arrive in the evening

 

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Notes

The above prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons. A price reduction is available for numbers above two persons. Six persons may enjoy upto 30% saving on the per person rate!

The Rwenzori Mountaineering Service provides for hire basic equipment as well as experienced guides and porters, but the enthusiast may want to bring their own specialised equipment. You need trekking gear and a small gas stove as no fires are allowed in the park.

We recommend you bring your favourite climbing equipment, stout walking shoes, warm clothing for nights, sleeping bags, sun-glasses, sun-screens, etc. Please request full details when booking.

 

Includes

  • Ground transportation
  • Accommodation at Hotel Margherita in Kasese
  • Accommodation in mountain huts during climb
  • Services of professional mountain guides
  • Services of cook & porters on mountain
  • All meals as per the Itinerary
  • Lunch on Day 01 to lunch on Day 09
  • Mountain climbing permit

Excludes

  • Airfare to and from Uganda
  • Visa to and from Uganda
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe
  • All beverages except tea and coffee taken at breakfast
  • Any activity, meal or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips, Souvenirs, items of a personal nature
  • All beverages except water while climbing
  • Any activity or accommodation NOT mentioed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance cover/medical cover

 

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