Mountain Rwenzori is also referred to as “mountains of the moon” by Alexandrine a photographer in AD 150 who originally thought this was source of the Nile due to it being the first snowcapped mountain range seen all over Africa. The mountain was discovered in 1889 by explorer Henry Stanley who mapped it by its local name “rwenjura” meaning rain maker. The mountain rises about 4000m from its albertine rift valley and it’s the highest mountain range all over east Africa.
The range is about 120km long and65km wide. The mountain is also known for its vegetation ranging from tropical rain forest through alpine meadows to snow, an animal population such as forest elephants, and several primate species like colubus monkeys.
- Mountains hiking to its peak as you take view of the different primates in the tropical rain forest on the mountain, bird viewing, butterfly watching, elephants viewing
- Nature cultural walk to different communities around the mountain
Day 1:- Transfer from Kampala to Kasese town.
Meet and greet the company driver at your hotel, you will be transferred to Kasese town, where you will meet and be briefed about hiking by our field senior hiking guide.
He is stationed in Kasese, a town at the base of Rwenzori mountain ranges. Along the way, you will enjoy warm lunch. Upon arrival, you will check in at your lodge for dinner and peaceful overnight. Accommodation: Sandton Hotel (Dinner & Breakfast)
Day 2:- Ascend from Nyakalengaija (1,615m) To Nyabitaba Hut (2.651m)
After morning breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for more briefings. The trailhead is at Nyakalengija, 22km from kasese. Begin by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows the Mubuku River, crossing its Muhoma tributary before starting a long steep climb up into a massive ridge. Sleep at: Nyabitaba hut. (FB)
Day 3:- From Nyabitaba Hut To john matte Hut. (3.50m)
After breakfast begin hiking to john matte hut. The trail leads to the Kurt Shafer Bridge which crosses the mubuku valley just below the river’s confluence with the Bujuku valley. After a five hour trek is the start of the giant lobelia and groundsel zone, a vegetable type limited to East Africa’s highest mountain. Sleep at: John Matte hut. (FB)
Day 4:- From John matte hut to Bujuku Hut (3,962m)
Continue route fords the Bujuku River as you cross the lower Bigo bog. In clear weather you can have a clear view of mount Stanley. After a long climb the trail reaches the lovely lake Bujuku. Sleep at: Bujuku hut, (FB)
Day 5:- Bujuku Hut to Kitandara Hut (4,023m)
Breakfast and then begin an early morning main trail which continues up a steep scree slope over Scott Elliot pass, the highest point on the circuit.
It provides fabulous views back down the Bujuku valley and of Mt.Stanley and Baker towering above. Sleep at: Kintandara hut. (FB)
Day 6:- Kitandara Hut to Nyakalengija.
This takes about 4 hours. Breakfast and then descend from kintadara to Nyabitaba Hut. The route descends the cliffs of kichunchu beyond
Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit. Sleep at: Nyabitaba hut. (FB)
Day 7-8:- Make it to the highest peak at 5110FT
Day 9; Descend down, meet the driver- Transfer back to Kasese town.
This day you will descend down, to the base of the Rwenzori mount ranges. Later proceed to Kampala.