11 Days Mt Rwenzori Climbing Trip

Tour overview for  Mount Rwenzori Climbing trip: 7 days of hiking, visit to Queen Elizabeth National park. During the hike, accommodation is purely in the camp.

Day 1: Arrival
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will meet and greet with the guide who will drive to your hotel and also brief you about this trip. dinner & over night at Hotel.

Day 2: Kasese – Mount Rwenzori
After breakfast, we will drive to kasese with nroute lunch, in the evening, your guide will go to the park headquarters and  to arrange for the equipments  and porters for the following day’s journey.

Day 3: Nyabitaba Hut
You will begin your hike by leaving the park head quarters (5400ft 1,646 m), walking past typical “ wattle and mud” Buhonjo homes and gradually moving upward through elephant grass and garden plots. The trail  follows the Mahoma River after about two and a half hours. After crossing the River, you will have a very steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest up to Nyabitaba Hut (8,700 ft/ 2,652) reached about an hour and a half past the Mahoma River crossing. During this part of the trip, you may be able to see Chimps and some times behind the Hut you can see Black and White Colobus and Blue monkeys and catch glimpses of the brilliantly -colored Rwenzori Touraco (a bird of the tree tops). Over night at Nyabitaba hut.

Day 4: Nyabitaba Hut – Nyamileju Hut
From Nyabitaba Hut that trail leads westward for a half km then drops north (right) steeply to Kurt Shafer Bridge, crossing below the confluence of Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. By turning down the bridge you begin the circuit counter clock wise.
After crossing the Shafer 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 many hikers consider the most difficult and dangerous footing on the circuit. Over night at Nyamileju Hut. Nyamileju means “a place of beards” is referring to the lichen and Spanish moss draping trees near by. On a rare day, Mts. Stanley and Speke can be seen from the top of the rock near the Hut.

Day 5: Nyamileju Hut – John Matte Hut
After breakfast, you will continue to John Matte Hut (11,200 ft3, 414 m) which is through a tiring bog full of these extraordinary plants and the slow pace can be a delightful chance to examine and photograph this unique environment. Well situated, John Matte is newly constructed, large and comfortable though muddy around the site. Hikers who feel they have reached their limits by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable stopping point. You can just enjoy the unique vegetation in the bog and the great views and the following day begin you return to Nyabitaba.

Day 6: John Matte Hut – Bukulu Hut
You leave John Matte Hut to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower of the two Bigo Bogs, where your first real experience jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins. The trail is very muddy and follows the left (southern) edge of Lower Bigo Bog until eventually it reaches the round metal “uniport” of Bigo Hut and its rock shelter.
A steep section past the hut leads to upper Bigo Bog. In the last half of this bog a boardwalk has been constructed. Though some may think it an ugly intrusion, it makes walking easier and keeps hikers from further damaging the bog. An hour and a half beyond the upper bog, and after climbing through drier ground and crisscrossing the River, you reach Bukulu Lake. The southern end of the lake is a majestic setting, with Mt. Baker to the south, and views west to Mt Stanley and north to Mt. Speke. Beyond the north end of the lake is a rock shelter called Cooking Pot and a short distance further is Bukulu Hut (13,000ft/3,962m), favorably located for parties climbing Mt. Speke.

Day 7: Bukulu Hut – Kitandara Lake Hut
To continue the circuit, you leave directly west from Bukulu hut on a newer trail, which rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through magical moss- draped Groundsel Gully towards (14,345ft/4,372m) Scott Elliot pass. At the head of the gully is a short, strong ladder at a particularly steep section, after which a right hand branch would lead to Elena Hut (14, 700ft/4,430m). This is a steep, rocky trail which when wet or icy is treacherously 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 is the Base Camp for climbing. Margherita peak in the Mt. Stanley complex, which would require an additional day or two and can only be attempted with ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with RMS guides. Over night at Kitandara Lake Hut.

Day 8: Kitandara Lake Hut.
After breakfast, trek to Nyabitaba Hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, we will descend to the Park Headquarters and complete the 8 hour  trek. We will the drive to Queen Elizabeth National park to end your Mount Rwenzori climbing trip in a luxury lodge.

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park
We will have an early morning game drive and explore Queen Elizabeth National park in search of the big cats, elephants, hyenas, and a umber of mammas. In the afternoon we will have a boat trip on lazing channel where we will able to see some game closer. We will return to the lodge and spend the evening at leisure. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel. FB

Day 11:
We will have breakfast and drive to Kampala and airport depending on your departure times ending the Mount Rwenzori climbing trip.