Rwenzori trekking trip to Magherita peak (10 days)

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Description

A trip to the legendary Mountains that is also the highest point in Uganda at 5.109 m. above sea level.  It is the next challenge to every adventure seeker that is none comparable to any Mountain in Africa. Traversing all the five vegetation zones of Rwenzori Mountains in one journey. The mountain is a complete beauty all the way from the communities and the foothills. You will be entering through the local subsistence farming plots mixed with traditional homesteads in the peripheries of the forest. At a higher altitude, common site are the extensive bogs, great scenery of the glacier valleys, the glacial rivers with glittering falls, rapids and of course the beautiful fauna and flora with unique flowers and colorful birds, most of which are endemic to this mountain.

Day 1: Entebbe – Kampala: Today our guide will pick the clients from Entebbe airport. Passing by a lake side town of Entebbe and spend the night at forest cottages in Kampala. (1hr)

Day 2: Kampala – Kasese/ Ibanda gate1646m: You will be transferred to Rwenzori. The drive will take around 6 hours. Enroute lunch at Garden restaurant Fort portal. Dinner and overnight at Ruboni community camp.

Day 3: Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba 2632 m: On the first trekking day, we start Rwenzori climbing. After a briefing with the local porters and guides you will trek from 1646 meters to Nyabitaba hut at 2632 m Dinner and overnight at the mountain camp. (5hrs)

Day 3: Nyabitaba-John math 3.414 m: On the second trekking day, Leave Nyabitaba and take the central circuit loop anticlockwise. The trail leads to the crossing point of rivers Mubuku and Bujuku. After a slippery and difficult path you will reach Nyamuleju hut at 3000 meters a simple shelter among rocks. It’s better to hike for other 3 hours and reach John Matte hut at 3414 meters and spend the night. (7 hrs)

Day 4: John Mathe – Bujuku 3962m: The third trekking day will lead you to Bujuku hut after 5 hours of hiking passing through the Bigo bog where there is an old shelter. Bujuku hut is located at 3962 meters near the Bujuku Lake in a valley among 3 mountains: Mt Stanley, Mt Baker and Mt Speke. (5hrs)

Day 5: From Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut, 4.540 m. From Bujuku Hut climb through moss draped groundsel vegetation, to Scott Elliot Pass, 4.372 m., between Mt. Baker and Stanley. Here you divert to Elena Hut, 4.540 m. for spending the night before climbing Mt. Stanley.

Day 6: From Elena Hut to margarita back to kitandara hut, 4.023 m. From Elena Hut you ascend the last tract of rock and ice which leads to Margherita Peak on Mt. Stanley, 5.109 m. Time to complete the climbing about 3 hours. The peak was first climbed by the Duke of Abruzzi at 9.30am on 18th June 1.906. After you descend to Upper Kitandara Lake and through thick mud to Lower Kitandara Lake where Kitandara Hut is located, 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.

Day 7: From Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m. Some people consider the fifth trekking day as hard as the second! After crossing Fresh Field pass head for the new Guy Yeoman hut at 3261 meters. In case of fog or bad weather it could be hard to follow the trail and remember that the last part is full of bogs. Before Guy Yeoman hut there are other two shelters: Bujongolo and Kaijongo. Bujongolo is well known for having been the base camp of Luigi di Savoia, Duke of Abruzzi who conquered and fully explored the Rwenzori in 1906. (6hrs)

Day 8:Guyeoman – Nyabitaba 2632 m: The sixth trekking day is dedicated to descend to the camp of Nyabitaba. On the descent there are some tricky points since the terrain is often slippery and boggy. After Kichunchu rock the trail will become easier passing through bamboo forests interesting to many birdwatchers. (5-6 hrs)

Day 9:Nyabitaba – Base camp/ Nyakalengija: The seventh trekking day return to the Rwenzori National Park headquarters Ruboni community. After a well-earned rest with the entire trekking group, porters and guides, you go to Ruboni community camp for dinner and a night. (3hrs)

Day 10: Nyakalengija – Kampala: After breakfast, we head to Kampala for dinner and overnight at forest cottages. Optional, connection to the airport for your flight.

Price per person: 

  • 1 pax (2350$)
  • 2-3 Pax (1975$)
  • 4-5 Pax (1775$)
  • 6 Pax ( 1710$)

Trip includes: 

  • Transport: Airport transfers, private land transport from Kampala and back.
  • Meals: Bed and breakfast in Kampala, all meals at the base camp and on the mountains
  • Activities: All park fees, Porters and guided on the mountains, Food and energy (gas) on the mountains
  • Accommodation: All night’s accommodation fees in Kampala, base camp and on the mountains.

Trip excludes:

  • All bar drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • All activities not mentioned or extras at the hotels
  • Visas and air tickets
  • Meals in Kampala
  • Extra days and peaks taken in the mountains

Upgrade available on demand:

  • Single supplement
  • Arrival and departure transport
  • Accommodation hotel
  • Number of group participants

Booking Code: UGtrip-6

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