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Availability : 2019 - 2020
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 40

9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb hiking central circuit:- Rwenzori central circuit trail Hike , Climbing central circuit Rwenzori Mountains, Rwenzori Mountain climbing central circuit. The 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb hiking central circuit is the most popular hiking route in the Rwenzori. The Central Circuit comprises the main part of the climbing Adventure. All the peaks offered for ascent are accessible from this Central Circuit route. The circuit gives the opportunity to see very close the peaks and glaciers of Mount Speke, Mount Stanley, Mount Luigi di Savoia, Mount Baker.

This wonderful 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak trail goes through all the different vegetation zones, a great change in surroundings from the tropical valleys at around 1,000 meters climbing gradually through gorges and super valleys up to the top of mount Stanley which is rocky. The Rwenzori Mountains are the biggest mountain range in Africa, including six main mountains with peaks exceeding 4.500 m. of altitude: Mt. Stanley, Mount. Speke, Mount. Baker, Mount. Gessi (in the Congolese side), Mt. Emin Pasha. Mt. Luigi di Savoia. They are found along the border between Uganda and Congo for over 120 km. The highest peak is Margherita, 5.109 m. on Mt. Stanley.

The 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb hiking central circuit takes you from Kampala to the Rwenzori Park head Quarters, Enjoying the en route Scenery of different Cultures as well as Equator, Or Driving through the Mityana – Fort portal Highway. Degree of Physical Fitness is Highly Recommended for this 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit hike to the Rwenzori and one making a world History of reaching one of the Highest Peaks in Africa Margherita Peak is not just any ones Dream Come true!

Trekking Mount Rwenzori Mount Stanley is the largest and has several subsidiary summits, with Margherita Peak being the highest point. The rock is metamorphic, and the mountains are believed to have been tilted and squeezed upwards by plate movement. They are in an extremely humid area, and frequently enveloped in clouds.

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9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit

9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit: – The Central Circuit comprises the main part of the climbing Adventure. All the peaks offered for ascent are accessible from this route (Central Circuit). Rwenzori Hiking – central circuit tour 8-9 days trekking the Rwenzori mountain Uganda mountain climbing adventure. The circuit begins from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba, John Matte, Bujuku Hut to Kitandara Hut to Gae Yeoman and back to Nyakalengija.

The Central Circuit is the best way to ascend this big African mountain. The hike  starts from Nyakalengija; the base camp on the mountain slopes where the park quarters are situated and follows the Mobuku river valley, then sloping around Mount Baker, where is found the final trail to climb Mount Stanley with Margherita Peak. This Central Circuit trekking passes through five different vegetation zones, from the mountain forest, the bamboo zone, the alpine zone, with difference in level of altitude from 2.800 m to 3.500 m when you climb the peak. Hikers are advised to respect the gradual acclimatization process to avoid altitude sickness. The trails developed by UWA have mountain huts, which are basic in style.

Departure & Return Location

Kampala. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

7:00 am

Price Includes

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

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees


  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect on 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit

The Rwenzori Mountains is a World Heritage Site and offers the opportunity to see nature at its best. The plant life varies from heavy tropical rain forest, bamboo forests, and montane cloud forests to alpine vegetation and the scenery is truly spectacular. Above 4,500 meters the snow and glaciers add that special dimension to the wondrous views throughout this pristine mountain range.

Mountain Rwenzori is also known as the mountains of the moon and are mainly found in south western Uganda on Uganda- Congo border. These are the tallest mountain ranges found in Africa, and are the highest mountains in Uganda. These mountains are higher than the Alps and are also ice capped. Mount Stanley is also located in the park, Margherita peak is one of Mount Stanley‘s twin summits and is also Africa’s third highest peak with a height of 5,109m. Africa’s fourth and fifth highest peaks that are Mount Speke and Mount Baker are also located in the park. So a visit to these mountains as well as a hike up to the slopes is one of the most exciting experiences you can ever have. You can also combine the birding safari with the hiking tour in case you are interested in Hiking.

Climbing Mountain Rwenzori National Park

Over 7500 travelers each year visit Rwenzori mountains to explore the highest peak of ‎Mount Stanley ,Although we 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.

  • 8 nights accommodation and meals at full board
  • Park fees Hiking fees
  • Food and accommodation in Kasese
  • Transfer vehicle with fuel and driver/guide
  • Mountaineering fee
  • two potters per person
9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit

Day 1of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak: transfer to Kasese

Our Driver Guide will pick you up from your Hotel in Kampala before departure; Have a stop at one of the Supermarkets around Kampala for your Shopping in preparation for the Mountain Climb. You will transfer by Road to Kasese Town late evening on time for your Dinner and Overnight at the Ruboni Community Campsite / Rwenzori Base Camp in a self-Contained Banda.

Day 2of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak: Ruboni Community Camp Kasese - Nyabitaba Hut

After breakfast, transfer to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m). Meet porters and guides, The Guide will help out on clearing for the Park Entrances, Getting porters and registration after which you will begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut. Walk through the matooke / Banana plantations and Farm lands on the side of the steep foothills, past the local Bakonjo homesteads. Continue with the trail along the Mubuku River, through landslides. After crossing the Mahoma River, climb steeply through bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut. Dinner and Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut

Day 3of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak: Nyabitaba - John Matte Hut

After breakfast at Nyabitaba, follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamileju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for Dinner and Overnight at the Hut.

Day 4of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak: Bujuku Hut

From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. The Upper Bigo bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. Dinner and overnight at the hut

Day 5of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak: Elena Hut

After breakfast at Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes. Dinner and Overnight at the Coolly and Icy Elena Hut

Day 6of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak: Margherita peak

For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent.

Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzori. Given the high altitude and the tough conditions, even if you do not reach the peak, don’t get disappointed. Prepare for you return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara Hut.

Day 7of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak: Guy Yeoman Hut

After breakfast at Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the head wall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.Dinner and Overnight at Guy Yeoman Hut. Time 5-7Hours Walk

Day 8of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak: Nyabitaba (2650m) - Nyakalengija Trail Head (1600m)

After Breakfast, descending begins; take on the path down from Nyabitaba hut to Nyakalengija. The path can be slippery and muddy and therefore requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. We will have lunch on the way, after which we Resume journey to Final descent back to Nyakalengija.

The trial is attractive along the valley of the Mobuku and Kichuchu rivers, rich in plants and flowers of the heather zone before reaching the bamboo forest. See Kabamba falls on the way. The 40 minutes trial to see Lake Mahoma and descending to the Park Head Quarters. The trial takes more 2 to 3 hours. Transfer to the Ruboni Community Campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 9of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climb Hiking Central Circuit Margherita Peak: Kasese - Kampala

After Breakfast, drive back to Kampala either through Kasese – Mbarara town Masaka Road with a stop at the Equator for Photography or Kasese – Fort portal town through Mityana High way arriving in the Afternoon in Kampala. Transfer to the Airport for your Outbound Flight Home!


Extensive Game drives
All meals included while on safari
Full board Accommodation
All applicable Game Park entrance fees
Safari vehicles carry mineral water
Guaranteed window seating with open top for easy photography
Guaranteed departures for two or more passengers booking this safari
Professional Photographic Safari and Mountain guide
Round trip transport from Kampala and back
Transport in 4×4 Toyota Mini Van


International Airfare
A visit to a Masai Village
Accommodations in Nairobi
Cost of obtaining passport and visas
Gratuity for your professional driver guide, Porterage/ waiters at hotels
Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 470 US Dollars), Nature walks etc
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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