11 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hike : The third-highest peak in the world is Margherita Peak in Africa. It will take all of your might to reach this top, and you should hope that the weather will be on your side. The ascent is breathtaking as you pass numerous scenic areas like forests, valleys, a variety of vegetation, mountain views, streams, and lakes. The different bird species and several primates, including chimpanzees, are also enjoyable.
Day 1: Arrival for your Rwenzori Hiking Safari
Depending on your arrival schedule, our welcoming guide will greet you in Uganda at Entebbe Airport and transport you to your accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala. Take in the cool air coming from Lake Victoria, the second-largest lake in the world.
Day 2: Transfer to Rwenzori Mountains National Park
On the 2nd day of your 11 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hike, You will travel today to Kasese and then on to the Rwenzori Mountains, which are the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon. You will have time to recover and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure.
Day 3: Hike to Sine Hut Or Kalalama Camp
Start at Trekkers at 1,450 meters and ascend 1,146 meters to Sine Hut, where you will spend the night. Alternatively, those who are fit and want to continue on to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 meters can do so, which gives you more time at Mutinda Camp and allows you to climb to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 meters.
The grandeur of the Afro Montane forest can be enjoyed while gazing down at a magnificent waterfall that is crashing over the rocks far below from wooden cabins that are situated between tall forest trees on a narrow ridge. Bird species are abundant here as well since they live below the bamboo zone. Approx. 150 meters from the camp, enjoy the waterfalls.
Day 4: Hike to Mutinda Camp
On the 4th day of your 11 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hike, The trek begins at 8.30 am, and you enter the Bamboo Zone almost immediately. This is a difficult ascent with many steep steps. The bamboo zone gets quite muddy and slippery during the rainy season, which makes moving slowly. However, as you go 1.8 kilometers and gain 551 meters in elevation to reach Kalalama Camp, located at 3,147 meters in the Heather-Rapanea Zone, where you may pause and grab a short cup of tea or coffee before continuing to Mutinda Camp, the scenery and the forest are both stunning.
When you stand on moss-covered rocks at 3,925 meters with views across the Rwenzori Mountains and down to Kasese town and Lake George, you may choose to hike to the summit of the Mutinda Lookout (one to two hours up and one hour down). Climbing Mutinda, which is 3,975 meters high, is a fantastic opportunity for clients who are climbing Margherita or any of the other major summits to acclimatize and lower their risk of experiencing high altitude sickness.
Mount Mutinda Camp, 3582 meters.
Day 5: Hike to Bugata Camp at 4100 metres
Even though the trail to Bugata Camp is muddy, especially during the rainy season, with a little technique you can make it. Before ascending a steep part to the Namusangi Valley, you must first pass the Mutinda valley amid the grass and everlasting flowers that are scattered with several Giant Lobelias. (3,840 meters). The trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,100 meters across the vast Namusangi Valley, which has numerous ups and downs.
Day 6: Hike to Hunwick’s Camp
You ascend a ridge as you leave Bugata Camp, then descend a bit before climbing to Bamwanjarra Pass at 4,450 meters, where we have a cabin in case the weather turns bad. As it feeds on the numerous lobelia blooms and a known breeding site, this area of the Rwenzori Mountains may be the finest in the entire park to watch the Malachite Sunbird. A steady walk up and over a ridge leads to Hunwick’s Camp, which is located at the top of a deep valley and has good views of Mt Stanley, Mt Baker, Weismanns Peak, and McConnell’s Prong, after some more challenging terrain further up.
Day 7: Hike to Margherita Camp
The hike to the Margherita Camp, located at 4485 meters and sandwiched between three enormous rocks that provide some protection from the fierce winds, begins today. You will pass by the gorgeous Lake Kitandara, which has deep water and lovely greenery.
Day 8: Margherita Summit
On the 8th day of your 11 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hike, Get up at 2 a.m., eat a quick breakfast, and leave at 2.30 a.m. to climb Mount Stanley. This is essential because the climate has drastically changed; currently, even in the drier season, the peak is frequently enveloped in thick clouds, causing snowfall from 1 to 4 p.m. within a 10- to 15-minute window when clouds rise from the vast Congo jungles. As a result of the weather change, we have established a rigorous turnaround time of 10am; therefore, if you do not reach the top by that time, you must turn around regardless of your disappointment for safety reasons. The Margherita glacier has also been affected by global warming, and as its outer borders retreat, the glacier’s ice is getting steeper, with one area having a gradient of more than 60% for roughly 200 meters. In addition to this, a lot of the blacker beneath the ice has melted, creating caves that eventually collapse as the ice becomes thinner. Clients must therefore comprehend and heed the recommendations of the advisors regarding where to pass.
For those clients who don’t have much mountaineering expertise, we advise staying on Stanley Glacier and making your way up to a nice vantage point on a rocky outcrop on the southern edge of Alexandra Peak to take in the breathtaking views of Congo and the lower mountain ridges.
You descend immediately to Hunwick’s Camp at 3.874 meters after conquering the top at 5,109 meters.
Day 9: Descend to Kiharo Camp
the 11 kilometers from Kiharo Camp Walking time: 4 to 7 hours. Before arriving at Oliver’s Pass at 4,505 meters, we begin the day by ascending a ridge from Hunwick’s Camp towards McConnell’s Prong, where you can see all three peaks to their fullest, as well as Scott Elliott’s Pass. The route continues beyond Weismann’s Peak to the Nyamwamba River’s confluence, where it runs through Kilembe and Kasese before arriving at Lake George in Queen Elisabeth National Park.
The trail meanders down the valley to Kiharo Camp, which is located in a deep valley with towering cliffs and abundant flora, after crossing the confluence. After each bog, you will climb over a ridge of stones and dirt that appears out of place but was actually forced there by glaciers that moved slowly until stopping, melting, and leaving a pile of boulders and debris in front of where the glacier once stood. This is on the way down the valley after each bog.
Day 10: Descend to the starting point and continue to your hotel
12.2 kilometers separate Kiharo Camp from the park gate. The trail down the Nyamwamba Valley is mostly downhill, incredibly gorgeous, and features some of the nicest scenery in the Rwenzori Mountains, including deep valleys, woods, moss-covered rocks beside the river, and tumbling waterfalls.
Near Kiharo Camp, the trail branches off to the right and follows the river for a few kilometers. You might see a duiker peacefully feeding as you pass along the river in the places that are clear. If you’d like, you might choose to stroll down the river itself, dodging boulders as you go.
Day 11: Transfer to Entebbe
On the 11th day of your 11 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hike, Your driving guide will take you to Entebbe international airport this morning after a comfortable night so you can catch your trip home.
End of 11 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hike