11 Nights Trip

12 days Mountain Rwenzori hike

Arrival into Uganda and pick up from the Entebbe international airport for transfer to the accommodation for an overnight in Entebbe

What you'll do

Arrival into Uganda and pick up from the Entebbe international airport for transfer to the accommodation for an overnight in Entebbe

Estimated travel time: 2 hours provided no traffic jam

Accommodation: Imperial Beach Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast & dinner

Clients will depart Entebbe for Kasese district which is roughly 8 hours from Kampala with a lunch stop at Garden Restaurant. 

Estimated travel time: 8+ hours

Accommodation: Magherita hotel

Meal Plan:

Start at Trekkers at 1,450 meters and sleep at Sine Hut at 2,596 meters being a height gain of 1,146 meters, or those who are fit and want to proceed to Kalalama Camp at 3,134 meters may do so and apart from the fantastic views gives you more time at Mutinda Camp where you may climb up to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 meters.

We start by walking up the valley floor through tall forest trees of the Afro Montane Forest Zone. This is a steady climb with multitudes of birds and a chance of seeing blue monkeys scampering off through the forest. At times visitors may see troupes of 15 to 20 black and white Colobus monkeys as they swing through the treetops. There are rare sightings of the L’Hoest monkey which are part of the Bukonzo cultural emblems and are protected by the virtue of the King or Omusinga or you may hear wild chimpanzees in the distance.  At Sine Camp 2,596 meters we have wooden huts set between tall forest trees on a narrow ridge where you may sit and enjoy the beauty of the Afro Montane forest while you look down at a fantastic waterfall crashing over the rocks far below.

Trekking starts at 8.30am and almost immediately you enter the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone which is a steep climb with many high steps. In the wet season the bamboo zone is rather muddy and slippery making the going slow. However the atmosphere and the forest is beautiful as you climb 551 meters altitude and a distance of 1.8km to Kalalama Camp at 3,147 meters which is in the Heather-Rapanea Zone where you can take a rest and a quick cup of tea or coffee before heading on to Mutinda Camp. 

In the afternoon you may wish to climb up to the top of the Mutinda Lookout (one to two hours up and one hour down) The views are amazing as you stand on moss covered rocks at 3,925 meters with views across the Rwenzori Mountains and down to Kasese town and Lake George. For those clients who are climbing to Margherita or any of the main peaks, climbing Mutinda 3,975 meters is also an excellent way to reduce the risk of high altitude sickness. Over-night  at Mutinda Camp at 3.582 meters

The trail to Bugata Camp is boggy particularly in the wet season but with a little skill you can step from tussock to tussock to make the going easier.  First you cross the Mutinda valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many Giant Lobelias before climbing a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters), with sheer waterfalls and looking back you get fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks. The Namusangi Valley is wide, with many ups and downs as the trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,100 meters.

Trek to Hunwick’s Camp via Bamwanjarra Pass. As you leave Bugata Camp you pass up a ridge then drop down slightly before ascending to Bamwanjarra Pass at 4,450 meters where we have a hut should the weather turn bad. From the pass on a clear day you get excellent views of the three main peaks. The trail passes down the valley and around the edge of some bogs and thick evergreen vegetation, moss. giant groundsel and lobelia. Here is possibly the best place in all the Rwenzori to observe the Malachite Sunbird as it feeds on the many lobelia flowers and a known breeding site. Farther on there are some steep sections before a steady climb up and over a ridge to Hunwick's Camp which is situated on the top of a deep valley and has good views of Mt Stanley, Mt Baker, Weissman's Peak and McConnell’s Prong.

From Hunwick's we pass down and across the valley floor to Lake Kitandara which is very stunning with deep water and beautiful vegetation. From here you climb up Scott Elliott's pass then up the ridge to Margherita Camp 4,485 meters which is situated between some huge rocks and offering some shelter from the strong winds. This is the very spot where the Duke of Abruzzi camped when making his climb to Margherita Peak in 1906.

Wake up at 2am and catch an early breakfast before heading off to climb Mt Stanley at 2.30am. This is necessary as the weather has changed a lot and often even during the dryer season the mountain is closed in with heavy clouds and snow falls from 1 pm to 4pm and this happens within a short period of 10 to 15 minutes as the clouds rise up from the extensive Congo rainforests. During January and February 2017 clients were closed in and unable to walk during heavy snow storms which previously were not heard of during the dryer season and arrived back at Margherita camp well after dark with one group arriving back at 11pm totally exhausted. Due to this change in weather we have set a strict turnaround time of 10am so if you do not reach the peak before then you must turn around regardless of the disappointment in the interests of safety. 

For those clients with less mountaineering experience we suggest that you stay on Stanley glacier and climb up to a good vantage point on a rocky outcrop on the southern edge of Alexandra Peak to enjoy fantastic views over Congo and the lower mountain ridges

After ascending the peak at 5,109 meters you then pass directly down to Hunwick's Camp at 3.874 meters.

Distance to Kiharo Camp 11km Time taken to walk 4 to 7 hours

From Hunwick’s Camp we start the day by climbing up a ridge towards McConnell’s Prong where you get the best views of all three peaks and Scott Elliott’s Pass before reaching Oliver’s Pass at 4,505 meters. The distance from Hunwick’s Camp to the top of Olivers Pass is 3km The trail then cuts across below Weismann’s Peak to the confluence of the Nyamwamba River which flows down through Kilembe and Kasese to Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

If you wish to climb Weissman's Peak 4,620 meters from Oliver's pass you may do so at an extra cost of $20 each. On a clear day you get fantastic views of Margherita and Mt Stanley, Mt Speke and Mt Baker.

Distance Kiharo Camp to the park gate 12.2km and another 2.8km down to Trekkers Hostel Time to walk 5 to 8 hours.  A few kilometers from Kiharo Camp the path turns off to the right to pass along the river. In the clear areas you may catch a glimpse of a Duiker quietly feeding in small clearings as you pass along the river. If you wish you may prefer to walk down the river itself hopping across the rocks as you pass down. A few kilometers down the river it becomes very steep with multitudes of waterfalls so we have to move away from the river and follow a narrow ridge to bypass steep sections. Hike down the mountain to end your great hiking experience. 

Accommodation: Equator Snow Lodge

After an amazing time hiking the highest peak in Uganda, we shall set off for our journey back to Entebbe for an overnight. 

Note: If clients want an extension safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park OR Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this can be planned. 

Estimated travel time: 8+ hours

Accommodation: Imperial Beach Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for flight back home carrying memories about Uganda along with you.    (Breakfast)

What is in the package

  • Transportation,
  • Bottled drinking water on safari,
  • 1 Gorilla Gorilla 
  • Accommodation and meals outlined,
  • English speaking guide/driver
  • Park entrance fees
  • Activities as outlined,

 

  • Visa / entry permit for Uganda if required at 50 USD,
  • International Flight costs
  • All drinks except ones served for breakfast, beverages
  • Any activity not mentioned
  • Personal travel insurance covers.
  • Tips to Waiters/ Waitresses and Tour Guides
  • Any other expenses of personal nature
  •  

Clothing (essential): 

    • Summer shirts and shorts - for walking in the heat at the start of the trek 
    • Warm long-sleeved shirts – for when it gets cold 
    • Warm long walking trousers (not jeans!)
    • Fleece jacket (one or more, and/or a down jacket) - for additional warmth; or a warm anorak/jacket which should not be too heavy 
    • Thermal under wears
    • Good quality waterproof and windproof outer shell (Jacket & trousers)
    • Cheap plastic poncho or (Rain jacket and rain pants)
    • Hat – a warm hat and a sun hat (that has both a peak and shades the back of your neck)
    • Wool Hat/Balaclava
    • Gloves - 2 pairs; one pair of thin liners and another of warmer and waterproof outer gloves are more practical than mittens.
  • Footwear: 

    • Mountain boots – essential (good quality well worn in)
    • Walking Shoes (another pair of lighter weight walking shoes / trainers for the start of the climb)
    • Several pairs of warm, cushioned socks (so you always have a dry pair to change into) 
    • Crampons for the summit day. Please carry a pair of your own crampons.  Kindly note that they are a must have for the summit of Magherita peak

    Equipment (essential): 

    • Good quality Sleeping bag (minimum rating of 4 seasons) 
    • +Soft Bag / Holdall or Rucksack (framed or unframed) – large enough to hold your personal gear (limit 23Kg) on the mountain; this will be carried by a porter 
    • Day sack , Big enough for you to carry your daily water (3litres), lunch box, camera, wet weather clothing and fleece jacket.
    • External protective cover for rucksack & day sack (or pack all contents in plastic bags for water-proofing) 
    • Sunglasses (models with side-shields are preferable). 
    • Lip salve
    • Head Torch and a set of spare batteries (special batteries are not always available locally)
    • 2nd / Back up torch and spare batteries
    • Water bottle(s) (strong) to hold 3 liters - which you will carry with you, daily)
    • Water treatment tablets / iodine or quality filter (although water gets boiled for you by our staff and served as tea or coffee which can also be filled up in your water bottles) 
    • Spare plastic bags (to keep things as dry as possible)
    • Wash kit plus a small towel
    • Basic First Aid kit (for personal use) including paracetamol & dehydration sachets
    • A few of your favorite sweets/’chewies’/dried fruit etc…… (They are good motivators on the trek)
    • Insect repellent 

    For all treks summiting Magherita peak, the trekking company will provide the following gear:- Harnesses ,caribinas, ice axes, helmets ,rubber boot (are a must have), ropes and ice screws as part of the hiking package. The rest of the equipment must be carried by all hikers as we have not much for hire,that is for Crampons
  • Our treks come with Porters who will be carrying your luggage during the hike and the maximum weight is 23kg per bag, we advise that you carry a big backpack which the porters will be carrying and a day pack for your personal equipment which you carry yourself. Backpack covers are a must have as Rwenzoris are always wet even in the dry seasons, please endeavor to invest in a good backpack cover to avoid wet equipment during the trek, or else use polythene bags inside the backpack to protect your gear.

    All meals are provided during our treks and we pride ourselves to providing good meals which are prepared by our trained guides. Our meals are designed to keep you healthy and safe during your trek and we do cater for all meal allergies. Please let us know all your meal allergies when booking your treks for a better organization. We do advise one to carry favorite snacks as they're a good motivator during your trek.

    All accommodation during the trek is in huts with bunk beds dormitory style and mattresses unfortunately we can’t provide twins or singles for during the hike as the conditions are tough to build huts and we have a policy of conserving the mountain environment hence less destruction of nature,  but we endeavor to provide as much comfortable accommodation as we can. All you need is a warm four seasons  and you will be covered up for the night.

     The top huts have wood stoves inside to make a cozy environment, and solar power.  Hunwick's and Kiharo camps even have solar with an inverter so you have 240v to charge your phone and cameras.

    All persons climbing above 4,000 meters must ensure that they have a comprehensive adventure/mountaineering insurance policy to cover all medical and rescue costs should rescue or medivac be needed as complex rescue, helicopter rescue, medical evacuation or hospitalization is not covered in our pricing. Clients must fill out the necessary form stating the company they are insured with, the policy number and the telephone number/contact of the insurance company. 


    For more information on the different travel itineraries we have for East Africa, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Where to stay

Equator Snow Lodge .

Magherita hotel. Etc

Accommodation Category: 4 star

Number of clients: 1 (one)

Departure: Day

Price: $1,100/ Person

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