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7 Days
Availability : 2019 - 2020
Kampala
Kampala
Min Age : 15

7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari, Climbing Rwenzori Mountains, Rwenzori Mountaineering Trekking: This 7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari trip to Rwenzori Mountain is an exciting experience. We offer budget Rwenzori hiking tours & Safaris to visit Rwenzori Mountains for true hiking challenge. Rwenzori Mountains is the second tallest mountain in Africa after mountain Kilimanjaro, Rwenzori Mountains National Park located in Uganda bordered by DR Congo. Most recommended Rwenzori Trekking route is 9 Days Rwenzori Hiking trip and 7 Days Climbing Rwenzori Mountains using the central circuit route. The mountains of the moon are famous for its steepness and slippery trails and frequent rain.

Hiking safari to the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda offers a great opportunity to explore the circuit in the central region. The longest hike covers 10 days hiking to the highest peak of Margherita approximately 5,109m.  The hike to Mountain Rwenzori can be combined with gorilla tracking at Bwindi forest and Wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth National park. The fascinating Rwenzori Mountains in the western Rift valley are some of the country’s prime features not to miss. Ruwenzori’s features include geothermal activity, numerous lakes and jagged, Block Mountains known as the “mountains of the moon”. The mountains are a reflection of the Giant Roberia & Margherita glacier.

Rwenzori Mountains Climbing Hiking

Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari
Rwenzori Mountains Climbing Hiking
East Africa Mountain Hiking
Uganda Mountain Hiking

7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari

Thousands of people visit Rwenzori Mountains to explore the highest peak of ‎Mount Stanley, Although Rwenzori Mountaineering service offers two hiking trails for Uganda and then one trail for Congo side. The shortest hiking trip is 4 days Rwenzori hiking tour and the longest is 7 Days Rwenzori mountaineering tour with great chances of adding gorilla trekking, wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth national park. Combing a hiking tour with gorilla trekking, wildlife watching & cultural experience can be the most warding Uganda safari holiday tailored by Rwenzori Mountaineering service.

Departure & Return Location

Entebe International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

8:00 am

Price Includes

  • 6 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 7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari

This trip will give an intimate experience of the Rwenzori Mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site in western Uganda. The Rwenzori Mountains were selected as one of the World’s Best Hikes by National Geographical. They provide a natural border with DR Congo for hiking safari in the Pearl of Africa. They are Africa’s highest mountain ranges with fourth highest peak in Africa snow capped throughout the year.

The hike is however not an easy one posing a challenge to even experienced hikers, sign up when ready for the challenge. Ruwenzori’s sharp increase in altitude makes the ascent steep and it may require trekkers to have a stamina-based training in order to make it to its summits though no you don’t necessarily need to possess technical climbing skills to hike here.  Ruwenzori’s sharp increase in altitude makes the ascent steep and it may require trekkers to have a stamina-based training in order to make it to its summits though no you don’t necessarily need to possess technical climbing skills to hike here. 

  • 6 nights accommodation and meals at full board
  • Park fees Hiking fees
  • Mountaineering fee
  • Two potters per person
7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari Itinerary

Day 1of the 7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari: Nyakalengija (1615m) - Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)

The Central Circuit starts at the RMS offices at Nyakalengija. You should arrive in the morning to allow ample time to rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. The hike takes around 5 hours. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turaco.

Day 2of the 7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari: Nyabitaba (2651m) - Mubuku River (2600m) John Matte Hut.(3505m)

This involves a demanding trek up to John Matte hut. The Central Circuit ‘proper’ starts a few hundred metres beyond Nyabitaba where the trail pides. The right fork leads to the peaks up the Bujuku valley while the path on the left is used for the subsequent descent. The trail leads to the Kurt Shafer Bridge which crosses the Mubuku valley just below the river’s confluence with the Bujuku valley. Beyond the river, a muddy, slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. After a five hour trek is the start of the giant lobelia and groundsel zone, a vegetation type limited to East Africa’s highest mountains.

Day 3of the 7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari: John Matte (3505m) - Bujuku (3962m).

The route fords the Bujuku River as you cross the Lower Bigo bog, A steep climb follows to reach the Upper Bigo Bog where a boardwalk has been constructed to assist walkers. In clear weather, there are superb views of Mountain Stanley at the head of this cavernous, glacier-carved valley.

Above the bog, after a long steady climb over glacial moraine, criss-crossing the river, the trail reaches the lovely Lake Bujuku. The last stage of the 3-5 hour hike to Bujuku Hut past Cooking Pot Cave is perhaps the muddiest stage of the expedition. The hut is well placed for parties climbing Mountain Speke.

Day 4of the 7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari: Bujuku (3962m) - Scott Elliott Pass (4372m) Kitandara (4023m).

From Bujuku hut, the trail crosses more mud before climbing steeply through a forest of giant groundsels, climbing a short metal ladder to ascend the Groundsel Gully. Above the gully, a branch in the trail climbs directly to Elena Hut (4430m) for the ascent of Margherita peak on Mountain Stanley (5109m).

This climb needs an ice axe, mountain boots, crampons and ropes. The main trail continues up a steep screen slope over Scott Elliot pass, the highest point on the circuit. The pass provides fabulous views back down the Bujuku valley and of Mountains Stanley and Baker towering above. Beyond the pass, the route runs downhill beneath the massive cliffs of Mt. Baker. After passing Upper Lake Kitandara, the 3-5 hour hike ends at the hut beside Lower Lake Kitandara, a beautiful site surrounded by towering peaks.

Day 5of the 7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari: Kitandara (4023m) - Freshfi eld Pass (4282m)

Yeoman (3505m) Fresh field is a long flat traverse through tracts of fabulously colourful moss (and more mud), beyond which the long descent to Nyakalengija begins. The hike to Guy Yeoman hut takes around 5 hours. The hut enjoys a lovely location close to the Mubuku River with terrific views of the looming Mountain Baker to the north.

Day 6of the 7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari: Guy Yeoman (3505m) - Nyabitaba (2651m).

Descending to Nyabitaba takes around 5 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it all the way down to Nyakalengija. Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.

Day 7of the 7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Climbing Safari: Nyabitaba (2651m) - Nyakalengija (1615m).

Descending from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija will take 2-3 hours.

The safari cost Includes:
6 nights’ accommodation and meals at full board
Park fees, hiking fees, food, porters, guides and cook
4×4 WD vehicles with fuel and driver/guide
Rescue Fees
two porters are assigned to each climber. Camp crew is responsible for camp arrangements
Below are our Optional safari add on at an extra cost
3 Days gorilla tracking in Bwindi national park
1 Day white water rafting on River Nile
1 Day visit to orphanage chimps- Ngamba Island

Excludes:
Drinks, bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance, and expenses of personal nature like souvenirs, tips, laundry, etc.

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