Rwenzori Mountains National Park was gazetted in 1991. A mountain range that covers 996 km2 formed after a massive uplift in the earth’s crust. The highest peak rises to 5109 meters above sea level with the range stretching some 120 km north/south and 48 km east/west. With 6 snow capped mountains, Margherita Peak is the highest.
You may be familiar with the Alps, the Caucus, the Himalayas or even the Rockies, however, if you have yet to explore the Rwenzori you still have something wonderful to see. Of the three East African mountains, the Rwenzori languish in a kind of half consciousness, aloof from the main stream trekking routes and rarely visited in comparison to its famous cousins Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.
Trekking the mystical Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is a truly fantastic and unique experience, the wonder of the high glaciers, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the bearded lichen hanging from giant heathers with a backdrop of rocky cliffs, crags and snow capped peaks.
The wide variety of flora and fauna with several biospheres as you ascend through different vegetation zones creates the ultimate experience for trekking. Never before has this unique and beautiful trek been available, totally untouched and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks in the world.
The Central Circuit Trail:
This challenging, seven-day climb provides a circular tour of the high Rwenzori. From the trailhead at Mihunga, the route ascends the Bujuku Valley via Nyabitaba for acclimatization before reaching the peaks.
Clients joining the Central Circuit after Bujuku will traverse the Scott Elliot and fresh field passes to descend through the Mubuku Valley. Climbers can scale the snow peaks though many consider the exceptional scenery ample reward for their exertions.
Day 1. Arrival
Day 2. Transfer to Rwenzori
Day 3. Orientation and start the hike
Day 4-9. Hike
Day 10. Transfer to Kampala / Entebbe
Day 11. Return /onward flight
Day 1. Arrival
Your driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to take you directly to your guesthouse/hotel in either Entebbe or Kampala. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around.
Overnight: guest house / hotel Meal Plan: bed and breakfast
After breakfast, we drive to the south western town of Kasese with lunch enroute and a stopover at the equator for snap shots.
Overnight: hotel / rest camp
After breakfast, we get oriented at Nyakalengija head office at 0900hrs, after which we enter the park through thickets, crossing river Kyoho and Mahoma in the forest zone, hike along the Panga ridge to Nyabitaba camp.
We will be taking the Central Circuit Trail. This challenging, seven-day climb provides a circular tour of the high Rwenzori. From the trailhead at Mihunga, the route ascends the Bujuku Valley via Nyabitaba for acclimatization before reaching the peaks.
Clients joining the Central Circuit after Bujuku will traverse the Scott Elliot and fresh field passes to descend through the Mubuku Valley. Follow the Mubuku River before ascending a steep ridge of glacial moraine to Nyabitaba Hut (2651m).
Overnight: Nyabitaba Camp Meal Plan: Full board
After breakfast slope to Mubuku, Bujuku river crossing the bridge, followed by a long hike along the boulder-strewn sides of the Bujuku valley through forest, bamboo and heather zones to John Matte Hut (3505m)
Overnight: John Maate Hut. Meal Plan: Full board
Wake up in the morning and after breakfast slope to river Bujuku Cross the famous Bigo Bog and the Upper Bujuku Valley beneath pass by the cave and cross and the massive cliffs of Mount Baker. The route skirts Lake Bujuku to reach Bujuku Hut (3962m) at the head of the valley between Mounts Stanley and Speke
Overnight: Bujuku Camp. Meal Plan: Full board
The route climbs the rocky Groundsel Gully and steep scree slopes to Scott Elliot Pass (4372m) for an unforgettable view back down towards Mount Speke and Lake Bujuku down the U-shaped Bujuku Valley.
The climb finishes at Elena Hut (4541m) below the snowline of Mount Stanley.
Overnight: Elena Hut. Meal Plan: Full board
The Big Day! Start before dawn for the chilly trek through snow and ice to climb to the 5109m Margherita Peak, the roof of the Rwenzori, before the views and the route are obscured by mist.
The descent returns to Scott Elliot Pass and descends the deep Kitandara Gorge to a mountain hut by the twin Kitandara lakes (4023m).
Overnight: Kitandara Camp. Meal Plan: Full board
After breakfast, Begin with a steep climb to Fresh field Pass (4282m), a spectacular spot carpeted by bright yellow mosses and offering tremendous view of Mounts Stanley and Baker. The trail descends the Upper Mubuku valley to Guy Yeoman Hut (3505m).
Overnight: Guyeoman Camp. Meal Plan: Full board
Below Guy Yeoman, the trail follows the Mubuku down the cliffs of Karirupea to complete the Central Circuit at Nyabitaba Hut. Hikers may overnight here to continue to the trailhead at Ruboni for greater comforts.
Move through bogs, slope Kitsutsu rock crossing the river severally and to Nyabitaba camp for an overnight or after lunch, slope along the ridge through the forest and out by 1700hrs (5:00 pm).
Overnight: hotel/rest camp Meal Plan: Bed and breakfast
With unforgettable memories you will transfer back to Kampala. Then proceed to Entebbe Airport for your evening flight. Or you might choose to enjoy the beauty of Uganda a little longer and visit other beautiful national parks.
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