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10 Days
Availability : 2019 - 2020
Kampala
Kampala
Min Age : 15
Max People : 40

10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak Climbing Tours is one of the best Hiking experiences in the world. 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak is perhaps the most scenic mountains and without doubt the biggest range in Africa. 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak Climbing Tours is much more challenging than climbing Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Margherita Peak Africa’s third highest peak however the real beauty is in the climb up the Kilembe route, the forests and valleys the flora is diverse with trees and valleys of ferns.

The trees are alive with many species of birds and primates and as you walk up the trail you will see chimp nests high up in the tall trees, if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the resident chimpanzee as they scamper away. Climbing Magherita Peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb except for a few difficult moves and when it snows it is more difficult however the rewards and exhilaration of reaching the top is enormous as you look across Albert Peak to the DRC (Congo) then east across the spectra of the Rwenzori Mountains.

We provide all the equipment necessay for the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak climb like crampons, ropes, harnesses, carabinas, you need to bring good hiking boots, warm clothing warm sleeping bag, and rain gear. We do hire sleeping bags for those who need. Ranging from deep jungle, to Alpine meadows and over to the summit of the “Rainmaker” Mount Speke, Africa’s 4th highest mountain, Africa’s largest glacier and Africa’s third highest mountain the Margherita Peak at Mount Stanley.

As compared to Mountain Kilimanjaro and Mountain Kenya, most trekkers find climbing the Rwenzori more technical and require energy and skills. It requires knowledge of how to use Crampons, Figure 8’s, Ropes and Ascenders. Very experienced climbers can do the trek in 7 days (9 days tour) and the less experienced or first timers are recommended to do the trek in 9 days (11 days tour). 8 days (10 days tour) is recommended for those with some experience but not ready to do the trek in 7 days.

Mount Rwenzori Hiking
Uganda Mountain Hiking
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9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Expedition

10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak

The highest point is Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley (5,109m) however other high peaks include Mount Baker (4,843), Mount Speke (4,890), Mount Emin (4,798m), Mount Gessi (4,715m) and mount Luigi (4,627m) which also offer a very worthwhile adventure as well. The mountains peaks are covered with Glaciers which is about half of the total number in Africa. This in addition to Lakes, Waterfalls, Unique Vegetation and wildlife gives it a clear edge as the best mountain to climb in Africa.

The central circuit trail of Rwenzori is the main hiking activity which people undertake when visiting the mountain range. The trip begins from Entebbe or Kampala. It consists of a hike lasting six nights and seven days, starting from the headquarters of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park at Nyakalengija. 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak trail follows a circular path around Mount Baker, spending the night in five different Huts, and reaching a maximum altitude of 5109 M. at Margherita Hut

10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak circuit gives the opportunity to see very close the peaks and glaciers of Mount Speke, Mount Stanley, Mount Luigi di Savoia, Mount Baker. Everybody is able to manage the hike, as the level of difficulty is not so high. The central circuit is the best experience of Rwenzori, its landscape and vegetation.

Departure & Return Location

Uganda Kampala International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

8:00 am

Price Includes

  • 9 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Transportation at destination

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect on 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak

The Rwenzori Range, 120 km long and 48 km wide, is a huge block of Precambrian rock rising to over 5000 m high, making it the highest non-volcanic mountain in Africa. Unlike Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya which are of volcanic origin, the mountain chain was forced up during the formation of the East African Rift Valley system. The range includes the third highest peak in Africa, the 5,109m Mt. Stanley (named after the explorer who saw the mountains in his 1887 expedition), Mt. Alexandria (5,083 m) and Mt. Speke (4,089 m).

Climbing Mount Ruwenzori also known as the Mountains of the Moon is an adventurous experience. Mount Ruwenzori Hiking takes you to the soaring mist covered snowcapped peaks straddling the equator in the heart of Africa. Trekking Mount Ruwenzori offers you the opportunity of discovering some of the mountains secrets. On Mount Ruwenzori Climbing you will experience the results of Afro- Alpine forest of giant heather, groundsel and lobelias up to ten times their normal height. On top of all, on Climbing Mount Ruwenzori you will encounter the mountain itself with its snowy peaks rising over 5,000 m above the equatorial jungle below.

  • Transport to Entebbe and to Kasese Base Camp
  • Accommodation in Nyakalengija at Rwenzori Mountains Cottage
  • Single room on full board basis Cottage
  • Double room on full board basi
  • Arrange guides and porters for visitors
  • Climbing and equipment are for rental
10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak

Day 1of the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak: Kampala to Rwenzori Mountains National park

Meet you at Entebbe Airport by our representative for an early start for the town of Kasese, a six hour drive on tarmac roads. Check into Rwenzori Mountaineering Safari Lodge, at the foot of the Rwenzori for dinner and overnight.

Day 2of the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak: Trek to Nyabitaba Camp

After breakfast, leave for the trailhead at Nyakalengijo where porters are allocated, loads distributed and you are briefed by Rwenzori Mountaineering Services. The initial part of the trail passes through Bakonjo farms, before climbing steeply to Nyabitaba Hut at 2650 meters, set on a forested ridge with good views of Portal Peaks and the Bujuku Valley.
Ensure you keep your wet weather gear with you, there are patches on the route where it is VERY wet and muddy, and you may end up with pretty wet boots this evening. Ensure your boots are waterproofed, and that you have spare lightweight shoes to wear in camp this evening, allowing your boots to dry.

Day 3of the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak: Leave Nyabitaba Camp and ascend to John Matte Camp

Start with a rather steep downhill section where you will cross the confluence of the Bujuku/Mubuku Rivers at the Kurt Scharfer bridge, after which you steeply ascend through heather and giant groundsel forests to John Matte hut, situated in a grove of giant heather at 3 415 meters. Again, keep your wet weather gear handy, and some snacks for the route. Drink plenty of water. The hut is a spacious one and well worth using, although there are nice spots to pitch your tent if you feel the need. Eat well – at higher levels your appetite will diminish.

Day 4of the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak: Leave John Matte and continue to Bujuku Camp for the overnight

There are the remains of a causeway of wooden planks across the Kibatsi bog, which is in various states of disrepair at this stage, up to Lake Bujuku. The shores are muddy, the last obstacle before Bujuku Hut (3 977 m). Excellent views of Mt. Baker, Mt Speke and Mt. Stanley if clear.

Day 5of the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak: Stay at Bujuku or continue to Mount Speak

We strongly recommend an acclimatization day here. For those who wish, there is an opportunity to climb Mt Speke, whilst the rest of the group can hike to view the Irene Lakes, returning to Bujuku to overnight. Alternatively this can be taken as a rest / acclimatization day.

Day 6of the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak: Trek to Elena Camp (4,543 meters)

Hiking most of the way up Scott Elliot pass, you ascend to Elena Hut at 4,543 meters for your attempt on Margherita, the summit of the highest mountain range in Africa. Trekkers feeling the altitude can bypass to Kitandara Hut and meet the rest of the climbers on day eight.

Day 7of the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak: Leave Elena Camp and trek to Margherita Peak (highest point) and descend to Kitandara Camp

Ascend to Margherita peak the summit of the highest range in Africa and third highest peak in Africa at 5,109 meters. In order to take advantage of the usually mist free mornings, we make an early start. Today is a very long and strenuous day. Drink lots of fluid before you start, you will be very thirsty by the end of the day – if you manage, carry 3 liters of fluid with you today. Crampons and ice axes are essential, and you will be roped together for the glacier crossing.

The route taken to the peak depends on local conditions. On clear mornings all the major peaks may be seen, as well as the DRC rain forest 3,000 m below to the west. On the return the hut is normally reached by mid-day, and after a welcome tea break, we descend to Kitandara Hut at 4,027 m. The lower of the two Kitandara lakes is one of the most beautiful locations on the Rwenzori Mountains, and the Savoia Ridge always on the skyline while walking. An extra day can be inserted in the itinerary for attempts on additional peaks, like Alexandra.

Day 8of the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak: Leave Kitandara Camp and descent to Guy Yeoman Camp

A steep climb over the Fresh field Pass (4,282m), before descending to Guy Yeoman Hut, set in the giant heather zone at 3,506 m. It is likely you may experience seizure of joints – particularly knees today – keep a support bandage with you for this descent, and perhaps some anti-inflammatory pills/cream.

Day 9of the 10 Days Rwenzori Mountains Trekking Margherita Peak: Descend to Nyabitaba Camp and then continue to the starting point leaving The mountains

This morning you will start a bit earlier than usual, as you have an extra hour or so for your descent to the gate. A long walk today! A steep descent through the bamboo zone, to Nyabitaba hut, then to the road head where the vehicle awaits. Liaise with your head guide regarding tips – we recommend approximately USD 100-200 per climber, which the guide will apportion out amongst the group. From the trail head we return to Rwenzori Mountaineering Safari lodge, where you can start with a cold beer or a hot bath or both!! Bed and breakfast.

Day 10Transfer back to Kampala/Entebbe

Breakfast at the lodge and hit the road back to Kampala or Entebbe Airport by for onward flight. Alternatively, you can choose to proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife viewing and Bwindi Impenetrable National park for mountain gorilla tracking.
End of the tour

SAFARI INCLUDES:

All meals included while on safari
Full Board Accommodation while on Safari
All applicable Game Park entrance fees
Guaranteed window seating with open top for easy photography
Guaranteed departures for one or more passengers booking this safari
Professional Mountain guide
Round trip transport from Nairobi to and Back
Transport in 4×4 Mini Van

PRICES EXCLUDE;
International Airfare
A visit to a Masai Village
Accommodations in Kampala
Cost of obtaining passport and visas
Gratuity for your professional driver guide, Porterage/ waiters at hotels
Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

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