6Days Hiking to Weismanns Peak
Activities; Mountain hiking to Weismanns Peak.
Destinations: Mt Rwenzori.
Day 01: Transfer to Kasese
You will be picked from the Airport or hotel and proceed to Kasese for relaxation and overnight stay. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel Margherita – Full board
Day 02: Trekkers Hostel – Samalira Camp 1,667 – 3,171 Meters 8.6km 5-7 Hours
After breakfast transfer to the starting point at Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjiki 12km from Kasese past Kilembe. Meet your guides and briefing. You walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at 1,727metres where the rangers brief you on the day’s activities and rules of the National Park.
The first 2km climbs steadily through pristine montane forest, with tall trees thick undergrowth and a multitude of different species of birds and primates. Then a fairly strenuous climb up a main ridge with few rocks and firm footing except immediately after a heavy downpour climbing to your first night at Samalira Camp. As you leave the rangers post you walk along a path through tall grassland and ferns which gives way to magnificent pristine forests. As this is a new route the forests are untouched and carry a wide variety of trees and plants. Many species of birds can be heard and seen in this rich environment. The first few kilometers climb steadily crossing several small streams and rivers then we start climbing the ridge. As we climb the trees become taller and more straight and it is common to see and hear many types of primates, on the left you may hear troupes of chimpanzee echoing around the valleys. Particularly around our lunch spot at 2,570m it is possible to see troupes of 20 or more black and white Colobus monkeys or Blue monkeys as they dash through the trees.
After lunch we continue to climb steadily passing a rock shelter (2,785m) previously used by poachers to hunt primates and dika (small antelope). After the rock shelter the climb enters the bamboo zone and becomes steeper. As we near the top we break out of the bamboo to fantastic views of the valleys and hills below looking across to Lake George and Queen Elisabeth National Park in the distance. The equator lies just north of Lake George. Samalira Camp is at 3,147 metres, meaning views or lookout and offers great views of the surrounding landscape and Kasese town. Dinner and Overnight stay at Samalira Camp. Full Board
Day 03: Salamira Camp – Kiharo Camp 6.9 Km 4-5 hours
After a hearty breakfast we commence walking at 8.15 and initially climb steadily then cross a small stream and the climb becomes steep for about 200 meters up a narrow moss covered ridge. The thick moss covering the ground and rocks under the giant heather trees is spectacular and we ask you to help preserve this pristine environment by keeping to the pathway. The views give us the impression that we could fly as we look across the many ridges and valleys far below. You can see Kilembe village deep in the valley and across Lake George. After a relatively short climb the trail becomes less steep as we pass over Chavumba (meaning heaven) at 3,316m them cross a small flat valley to climb up a steady ridge through moss
covered trees and misty forests to the top of the ridge at 3,515 meters. Here we descend steadily for about one kilometer before descending a steep drop with good footing of 200 meters into the Nyamwamba valley and a well earned lunch break at Poly’s Rock Shelter 3,249 meters.
After lunch we climb steadily above the Nyamwamba River for 1.6km though old giant heathers covered in old man’s beard moss to Kiharo Camp at 3,380 meters directly at the base of some good granite rock climbs of 20 to 40 meters, with towering peaks above. Full Board.
Day 04 : Kiharo Camp – Camp 3 6.8 km 4-5 hours
Today’s trek will be 6.8 kilometres 4 to 5 hours and the Start height is 3,380 metres climbing to 4,200 metres on the top of the confluence between the two valleys then dropping to Camp 3 at 4,030 metres.We start by ascending to pass through Bamwanjara Pass then descend to Kachope Lakes the top of the pass trail that offers spectacular scenery of the main peaks ahead particularly on a clear day. After an early breakfast we climb a short steep climb through the narrow valley with large moss covered rocks. This area is stunning as you weave through the narrow passes near the foot of towering peaks till you reach the wider upstream Nyamwamba River. From here you climb steadily along the valley floor with small bogs and many giant lobelias. Both sides of the valley are lined with sheer cliff faces as we near the confluence of the Nyamwamba and Namusangi valleys. Our third camp at 4,065 metres, is above Lake Kopello and has spectacular views looking down the valley of nine glacier lakes, the Namusangi valley. Sleep at Camp 3. Full Board
Day 05: Weismann Peak 4,620 Meters, 5-7 hours)
It will take us 3 to 4 hours climbing up and 2 to 3 hours climbing down. We start by climbing up a long valley with fantastic views of the Namusanji valley as you climb far the last half kilometre to the ridge which is steep (non technical) Then turn right to climb to the summit of Weismans. As we look behind we see Kachope Lakes far below and just as we near the top we see Mt Bakers on the left and Mt Stanely on the right seemingly towering above. From Weismann’s 4,620 metres, we can take a gentle walk across the moss covered domed shaped ridge to Stella Peak 4,635 metres. We then return to Camp 3Dinner and Overnight Stay. Full Board
Day 06 : Camp 3 – Mutinda Camp 5.8 km 4-66 hours)
Today we descend via the Namusangi valley across open moorland and large areas of tussock grass. As this is a valley floor it is rather wet and at times quite boggy. It is a good idea to have rubber boots for this section. We continue down the valley passing several small waterfalls and moss covered valleys until we reach the steep rocky section above Mutinda with fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks directly ahead. We turn left just as before the river drops over a sheer cliff to the Mutinda valley to walk down several steep slopes until we reach the valley floor. Here we again cross the river before climbing up to the Mutinda Rock Shelter. The Mutinda Rock Shelter is large enough for 80 to 100 people to take shelter from the weather as offers a dry night for our last night. Dinner an Overnight at Mutinda Camp. Full Board
Day 07: Mitanda Camp – Rangers Post 16.7 km 6-10 hours
7am start as we descend down a series of rocky streams and valleys often passing or rock hopping across the rocks to Kalalama Camp 3,134 metres. As we near Kalalama Camp we pass though a beautiful valley dotted with Gaint Lobelia. After passing the Lobelia garden we climb to reach Kalalama Camp which is perched on a high ridge overlooking the Kilembe valley and Kasese town. Here we have a quick lunch before continuing to descend down through the bamboo forests. Here we cross to the ridge climbing to Samalira camp just above the lunch spot on day one. Here we have a short break before we walk the final distance through montane forest to the Rangers Post 1,727 meters. After debriefing, we sign off and walk down to Trekkers Hostel. Some fast walkers have descended to the rangers post by midday however the majority of people arrive at the rangers post around 3pm. You then depart to Kasesefor Dinner and Overnight at Hotel Margherita. Full Board
Note:- If you wish to take it a bit more steady you can spend a night at Kalalama Camp and pay for an extra night at an additional $150 per person. This must be decided before you climb so as we take enough food
Day 08: Return to Entebbe for Departure
After breakfast, drive to Kampala, for shopping and visiting the markets, depending on the time of your flight, transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your Home Bound Flight. Breakfast & Lunch.
End of the Safari