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9 Days Mt Rwenzori Hiking

Destination
Ruwenzori National Park Mountain Trekking
Country : Uganda
Duration
9 days 8 nights

Ruwenzori National Park

9 days walking on Mount Rwenzori – the mountains of the moon.

Mountains of the Moon is an ancient term referring to a legendary mountain or mountain range in East Africa at the source of the Nile River - the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda being the most celebrated.Winston Churchill called Uganda “the Pearl of Africa”.Uganda breathtaking equatorial location on the forested shore of Lake Victoria is safari destination that offers the best of Africa in one country.

Featuring:Ruwenzori National Park Mountain Trekking

Day 1 Kampala a - Kasese.

Drive from Kampala to Kasese Town with a stop at Equator crossing, lunch in Mbarara Town and continue to Kasese. Arrive in the early afternoon allowing you time to shop for the all food needed up in the mountain for the days you will be trekking. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Park Ibanda - Nyabitaba Hut (8, 7000-ft2, 652m).

Arrive at Ibanda, the park headquarters and the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) early morning make the necessary preparations such as payments, rent equipment and select guides and porters.  Depart from the park headquarters (5,400ft/1.646m). The trail then follows the Mubuku River, scramble over rocks and bluffs before you get to Mahoma River.   Cross the river you will have a very and   steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut. Slower hikers could take considerably longer and there should have an early start to avoid  being on the trail after dark (7 PM all year round).

Day 3 Nyabitaba Hut- John Matte Hut (11,200 ft. /3,414 m)

From Nyabitaba Hut the trails heads westwards for a half – km then drops north (right) steeply to Kurt shafer Bridge, crossing below where Bujuku meets Mubuku Rivers.  Walk past the dilapidated Nyamileju hut and its rock shelter and continue on to John Matte Hut. Many hikers consider this the most tiring and longest day of the circuit so an early start is crucial. The loss of altitude to Kurt Shafer Bridge means the total elevation to be gained on this day is at least 3,000ft (915m). Hikers who feel they have reached their limits by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable stopping point. You can enjoy the unique vegetation in the bog and the great views and the following day begin your return to Nyabitaba.

Day 4 John Matte Hut - Bujuku Hut (13,000ft/3.962m)

Depart from John Matte hut and cross the Bujuku River where you enter the lower of the Bigo Bogs. The muddy trail leads to the left (southern) at the edge of lower Bigo Hut and its shelter.  Lunch break at the upper edge of the Bigo beyond the north end of Bujuku Lake is a rock shelter known as Cooking pot and short distance further to Bujuku Hut. The shades and mists can make Bujuku Hut uncomfortably cold for hikers and especially guides and porters with simple blankets and light clothing.

Day 5 Bujuku Hut- the Elena and Savoia Glaciers, and Mt. Baker (15,889 ft/4,843 m)- Kitandara Hut (13,200-ft/4,023 m)

From Bujuku Hut continue on the circuit directly west towards Scott Elliott after a right hand branch that will lead you to Elena Hut. Leave the Elena and Savoia Glaciers, and Mt. Baker (15,889 ft. /4,843 m).  The trail descends past upper Kitandara Lake through a mud track to the lower lake and Kitandara Hut. The elevation gain to the pass from Bujuku is a modest 1,400 ft. (425 m) but because of ups and downs the amount is double. Scott Elliott is the highest point some hikers will be slower due to greater effort required at these high altitudes. Watch especially for signs of altitude sickness.

Day 6 Kitandara Hut- Guy Yeomen Hut (10,700-ft/3,261 m)

Climb from the lake to 14,050-ft (4.292m) Fresh field Pass. Fresh field is a long flat traverse through beautiful high alpine mossy glades (and more mud) until after half an hour the trails begin the circuit’s long two-day descent. Rock shelters at Bujongolo and Kabamba are optional overnight stops but it is best to push on through the seeming endless mud to Guy Yeomen Hut (10,700-ft/3,261 m).

Day 7 Guy Yeomen Hut (10,700-ft/3,261 m) - Nyabitaba Hut

Start very early if you intend to go all the way to park headquarters and finish your trek. Option two is spend another night at Nyabitaba Hut.  The path from Guy Yoeman is quite dangerous in spots and you need to helping each other and descend very slowly  facing the slope rather than facing outward is recommended especially as you approach Kichuchu down a dry and dusty crevice. From Kichuchu the trail is parallel to Mubuku River, cross the river twice and as you walk mostly in deep mud until the last few kilometers of trail is dry. Follow the ridge down to Nyabitaba the end of the circuit. If you decide to continue to park headquarters it is two or three hours depending on the condition of your knees and desire to reach a comfortable bed and bath.

Day 8 Nyabitaba Hut, descend to Nyakalengija

 

From Nyabitaba Hut, descend to Nyakalengija the park headquarters. You will meet your driver to drive you back to Kasese town /your Hotel/ your next preferred destination. Take warm showers and relax. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9 Kampala or Entebbe

 

After breakfast drive to Kampala or Entebbe in case your flight falls on this day. If you spent the night in Queen Elizabeth Park, morning will start with game drive and after proceed to Kampala or Entebbe. 

 

 

Mountain Trekking

9 Days walking on Mount Rwenzori – the mountains of the moon.

Day 1 Kampala a - Kasese.

Drive from Kampala to Kasese Town with a stop at Equator crossing, lunch in Mbarara Town and continue to Kasese. Arrive in the early afternoon allowing you time to shop for the all food needed up in the mountain for the days you will be trekking. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Park Ibanda - Nyabitaba Hut (8, 7000-ft2, 652m).

Arrive at Ibanda, the park headquarters and the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) early morning make the necessary preparations such as payments, rent equipment and select guides and porters.  Depart from the park headquarters (5,400ft/1.646m). The trail then follows the Mubuku River, scramble over rocks and bluffs before you get to Mahoma River.   Cross the river you will have a very and   steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut. Slower hikers could take considerably longer and there should have an early start to avoid  being on the trail after dark (7 PM all year round).

Day 3 Nyabitaba Hut- John Matte Hut (11,200 ft. /3,414 m)

From Nyabitaba Hut the trails heads westwards for a half – km then drops north (right) steeply to Kurt shafer Bridge, crossing below where Bujuku meets Mubuku Rivers.  Walk past the dilapidated Nyamileju hut and its rock shelter and continue on to John Matte Hut. Many hikers consider this the most tiring and longest day of the circuit so an early start is crucial. The loss of altitude to Kurt Shafer Bridge means the total elevation to be gained on this day is at least 3,000ft (915m). Hikers who feel they have reached their limits by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable stopping point. You can enjoy the unique vegetation in the bog and the great views and the following day begin your return to Nyabitaba.

Day 4 John Matte Hut - Bujuku Hut (13,000ft/3.962m)

Depart from John Matte hut and cross the Bujuku River where you enter the lower of the Bigo Bogs. The muddy trail leads to the left (southern) at the edge of lower Bigo Hut and its shelter.  Lunch break at the upper edge of the Bigo beyond the north end of Bujuku Lake is a rock shelter known as Cooking pot and short distance further to Bujuku Hut. The shades and mists can make Bujuku Hut uncomfortably cold for hikers and especially guides and porters with simple blankets and light clothing.

Day 5 Bujuku Hut- the Elena and Savoia Glaciers, and Mt. Baker (15,889 ft/4,843 m)- Kitandara Hut (13,200-ft/4,023 m)

From Bujuku Hut continue on the circuit directly west towards Scott Elliott after a right hand branch that will lead you to Elena Hut. Leave the Elena and Savoia Glaciers, and Mt. Baker (15,889 ft. /4,843 m).  The trail descends past upper Kitandara Lake through a mud track to the lower lake and Kitandara Hut. The elevation gain to the pass from Bujuku is a modest 1,400 ft. (425 m) but because of ups and downs the amount is double. Scott Elliott is the highest point some hikers will be slower due to greater effort required at these high altitudes. Watch especially for signs of altitude sickness.

Day 6 Kitandara Hut- Guy Yeomen Hut (10,700-ft/3,261 m)

Climb from the lake to 14,050-ft (4.292m) Fresh field Pass. Fresh field is a long flat traverse through beautiful high alpine mossy glades (and more mud) until after half an hour the trails begin the circuit’s long two-day descent. Rock shelters at Bujongolo and Kabamba are optional overnight stops but it is best to push on through the seeming endless mud to Guy Yeomen Hut (10,700-ft/3,261 m).

Day 7 Guy Yeomen Hut (10,700-ft/3,261 m) - Nyabitaba Hut

 Start very early if you intend to go all the way to park headquarters to finish your trek. Option two is spend another night at Nyabitaba Hut.  The path from Guy Yoeman is quite dangerous in spots and you need to helping each other and descend very slowly  facing the slope rather than facing outward is recommended especially as you approach Kichuchu down a dry and dusty crevice. From Kichuchu the trail is parallel to Mubuku River, cross the river twice and as you walk mostly in deep mud until the last few kilometers of trail is dry. Follow the ridge down to Nyabitaba the end of the circuit. If you decide to continue to park headquarters it is two or three hours depending on the condition of your knees and desire to reach a comfortable bed and bath.

Day 8 Nyabitaba Hut, descend to Nyakalengija

 

From Nyabitaba Hut, descend to Nyakalengija the park headquarters. You will meet your driver to drive you back to Kasese town /your Hotel/ your next preferred destination. Take warm showers and relax. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9 Kampala or Entebbe

 

After breakfast drive to Kampala or Entebbe in case your flight falls on this day. If you spent the night in Queen Elizabeth Park, morning will start with game drive and after proceed to Kampala or Entebbe.