12 Days 4 Peaks Rwenzori Trekking Trip

12 DAYS
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The Rwenzori Mountains is a World Heritage Site and offers the opportunity to see nature at its best. The plant life varies from heavy tropical rainforest, bamboo forests, montane cloud forests to alpine vegetation and the scenery is truly spectacular. Above 4,500 metres the snow and glaciers add that special dimension to the wondrous views throughout this pristine mountain range.

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Day 1: KAMPALA TO KASESE

In the morning after taking breakfast, we drive for about an hour from Kasese town to
Okorukumi and proceed to the Parks / Kasanzi Gate for registration at the Park Ranger outpost.
Here after, take on the trail which bends west on the ridge overlooking the Kasuka and Isule
valleys and stop at Ekebitakuli for a hot lunch. After taking a breath, the hike continues through
the montane rain forest overlooking bamboo forested valleys. Along the way you see plant
species like the Disa stairssi, Scadoxus cyrtanthiflorus, Impetiens apiculata and spot or hear calls
of black and white Columbus monkeys, Chimpanzees and their nests, the Rwenzori Turaco Bird,
common bulbul,Eurasian bee-eater, yellow rumped tinkerbird,African thrush and other birds.
You grade into the heather zone and finally reach Rwigho Camp for an overnight. This will take
you between 6-7 hours.

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Day 2

After breakfast, the trail continues through the heather trees (Ericaceous )with lots of moss
hanging which looks like an old man’s beards. In this zone you see lots of heather trees,
Asanasio trees, Alcamilla, black berries, gardens of giant lobelias, everlasting flowers and rock
shelters and many more plant species and animals like black and white Columbus monkeys,
Varvet monkeys, sun birds, the Rwenzori turaco a rare beautiful bird in the Rwenzoris, Yellow
whiskered greenbul, African pied wagtail. Upon reaching Mitiyighaghire, lunch is served and
after about 20-30 minutes, the journey continues to Kambeho Camp for an overnight. This hike
takes 5-6 hrs

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Day 3: NYABITABA HUT TO JOHN MATTE HUT, 3.414 M.

From Nyabitaba Hut you cross the Kurt Shaffer Bridge, through a muddy area. Then the trail climbs up through the bamboo forest. During this day, it takes you to the forest zone up to Kurt Shaffer bridge and then you start the bamboo/memolopsis zone up to Nyamuleju camp which is the old hut before John Maate camp. This point marks the start of the heather zone where you will see the Ericaceous trees, everlasting flowers, giant lobelia and groundsel and its at this point where you can see red duikers, rock hyrax and white Columbus monkeys. The way proceeds through a bog full of typical plants along the Bujuku River. The final point is John Matte Hut, 3.414 m. for spending the night. From Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte it can take approximately 6-7 hours. Enjoy the view of Mount Stanley and snow capped Margherita and Elena Peaks if the weather is clear.

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Day 4: FROM JOHN MATTE HUT TO BUJUKU HUT, 3.962 M.

After morning breakfast, start with a climb along river Lhume, when still fresh and strong with
urge to climb the only steep Mughuli bypass. As you think of slopping down to Lake Mughuli
which is within MTN network coverage to give you a chance to call friends and family members
about the beauty and experience encountered on the trail. There are several short peaks which
one can easily climb depending upon what time you have arrived in the camp and how you feel.
The vegetation along the Lake is so beautiful to catch up your eyes. Animals you might see along
the trail are the Rwenzori red-duiker, rock and tree hyrax and wild pigs. Around the camp, you
can have a self guided walk to explore the water falls. The approximate time taken from
Kambeho to Mughuli Camp is about 6-7hrs hike with a stopover for a hot lunch at Mulhalhama
resting view point.

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Day 5: BUJUKU HUT 3962M- MOUNT SPEKE ON VICTORIA EMMANUEL 4890M.

This camp is set in the heart of the two mountains of the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi; it is a
relaxing point to acclimatize for those interested in climbing the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi.
Five hours from Mughuli camp takes you through a very gentle crossing. Passing through the
vegetation of the Alcamilla, giant lobelia and the wonderful unknown leaf looking like a human
palm. From Mughuli Camp to Bukurungu Camp will take you 6 -7hrs with a stopover for a hot
lunch at Kinyamiyeye. On this day, during clear weather the weather you may view the main
peaks of Edward on Mount Baker, Margherita and Alexandra on Mount Stanley, Vittorio
Emanuela on Mount Speke, Kihuma on the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi.

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Day 6: BUJUKU HUT – ELENA HUT (4541M).

From Bukurungu camp to Lake Bujuku camp you will pass through the bogy gardens of
tussocks that will give you an experience to jump from one tussock to another or fall the
footsteps of the guide who has the experience to negotiate with the bogy surfaces. During this
day you will be able to see the beautiful gardens of giant lobelia, asanasio black berries, wild
carrots, Alcamilla, lake Bujuku, sun birds, red duikers, rock hyrax and more.
Depending on the weather, you may be able to view the peaks of Mount Stanley, Mount Baker
and Mount Speke. You finally arrive at Lake Bujuku camp, 3.962 m. From Lake Bujuku, here
starts the diversion for who intends to climb Mount Speke.

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Day 7: ELENA HUT – MARGHERITA PEAK (5109M) AND THEN KITANDARA 4062M

For those climbing Margherita, Albert and Alexandra peaks it is advised to proceed to Irene Lake
camp (4495m) for overnight.
During this day, you will enjoy the beautiful mountain sceneries and the beautiful Bujuku valley
where you will join the alpine zone and trek all the way up to the camp on the Margherita base.
Preparing for climbing Mt. Margherita next morning. During this day, it is advised to pack all the
technical climbing equipments, warm gears, sun glasses, and take enough water because the
camp is becomes too cold during the night and at times during the day due to the closeness to
Margherita This day hike takes between 4-5 hours.

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Day 8: KITANDARA HUT 4062M -WEISMANN PEAK 4620M

Early breakfast and start trekking towards Mt. Margherita. This is the technical point that needs
following the advice from your guide. The hiking leads you to the rocky surface until you reach
the steep climbing of Margherita glacier and then to Margherita peak. Take photos and then
ascend back to Iren Lake camp for lunch and proceed to Bigo camp for dinner and overnight.
This day is a long day that takes you about 8-9hours

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Day 9: KITANDARA HUT 4062M-MT BAKER 4842M

Leave Bigo camp early retracing out route to Mihunga park gate. Descend down through the 6-8
hours
During this day, it takes you through the bamboo/memolopsis zone up to Kurt Shaffer bridge
and then you start the forest zone
This involves descending, steep slopes and rocks and wadding through this trail passing through
mud, crossing rivers and deep mud to Nyabitaba camp for lunch and continue descending
through Mubuku River and through forests canopy up to Mihunga Park gate Headquarters.

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Day 10: Return

Travel from Kasese Town to Kampala/ Entebbe Airport for a flight back home

 

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