Highlights: Hike Rwenzori mountains
Accommodation level: Budget
National Parks included: Rwenzori Mountains NP
Day 1- Transfer to Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Meet your guide and start off from Kampala/Entebbe for you Rwenzori hike. The drive takes you through a changing landscape and you will have a lot to look at during the drive.
Overnight Rwenzori base camp
Day 2- stage 1: Hike from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba Hut, (at 2.652 m.)
In the moring you meet your guide for the Rwenzori hike at rwenzori Mountains national park head quarters at Nyakalengija, this is at a hight of 1.646 m.The guide will givve you a briefing and the possibility of hiring equipment. When all is prepared you set off for your adventure. The first bit goes through cultivated land belonging to the Bakonjo people and you might see monkeys around. The first days hike will take 5-6 hours and the destination is Nyabitaba hut at 2.652 m.
Day 3 – Stage 2: Hike from Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut, (at 3.414 m.)
Start from nyabitaba hut in the morning to hike through bamboo forest, rocky areas and the zone with giant lobelia during the day. The hike on this day takes around 6 hours and the final destination is John Matte Hut were you will spend the night. From here you can enjoy the view of Mount Stanley and Margherita Peak. You are now at a hight of 3.414 m.
Day 4 – Stage 3: Hike from John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut, (at 3.962 m.)
On the third day of hiking you leave John Matte Hut and hike in to lower Bigo bog. This is a grassy bog you pass through before reaching Bigo Hut and continue on to upper Bigi bog. Passed this point you will hike in to a zone of alpine savanna with little vegetation. The final destination for the day is Nujuku Hut at 3.962 m, the hike to reach there takes around 5 hours.
Day 5 -Stage 4: Hike from Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut, (at 4.540 m.)
The hike this day takes you through moss draped vegetation on the way to Scott Elliot pass at 4.372 m. This pass goes between Mt. Baker and Stanley. The destination for the day is Elena Hut at 4.540 m.
Day 6 – Stage 5: Climb Margherita Peak, Hike from Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut, (at 4.023 m.)
This is the day to climb Margherita Peak reaching 5.109 m. The peak is a part of Mt Stanley and the climb takes around 3 hours. After reaching this highlight of the hike you start the descend passing by upper and lower Kitandara lake. By the later of the lakes you get to Kitandara Hut, at 4.023 m, where you will spend the night. The descend takes around 3 hours.
Day 7 – Stage 6: Hike from Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut, (at 3.261 m.)
Start off from Kitandara hut in the morning and go through Freshfield pass. You will pass through landscapes of mossy glades, rocky and boggy areas. The view is impressive with the glaciers of Mt. Stanley, Mt. Baker and Mt. of Savoy in view. The destination of the day is Guy Yeoman Hut, at 3.261 m and it is a hike of around 6 hours to reach there.
Day 8 – Stage 7: Hike from Guy Yeoman Hut back to Nyakalengija
You have reached the final day of the hike in Rwenzori Mountains and will descend to the base camp Nyakalengija. This last part of the hike takes you through a landscape rich in plants and flowers as the trail goes next to rivers and through the bamboo forest. Along the way you will see Kabamba falls. The hike this day takes around 7 hours and the final destination is the Park head quarter.
Overnight Pumba Safari Cottages
Day 9 – Transfer to Kampala
Have a relaxed breakfast before starting off for the journey back to Kampala. Along the way you make a stop for lunch in either Mbarara or Masaka and at the Equator for the experience of standing with one foot on either side of the southern and northern hemisphere. Continue on for the last part of the journey and your guide drops you in Kampala/Entebbe at the end of your Rwenzori hike.