Rwenzori Mountains Climbing.

Mountains of the moon: climbing Uganda’s highest peak – Climbing Mt Rwenzori

Day 1: Arrival at JKIA {Nairobi}

Showing up at the air terminal you will be energetically invited by a Mara Expeditions agent and moved to your hotel in Nairobi. A discretionary visit through Nairobi and the encompassing zones can be masterminded by interested parties.

Day 2: Nairobi – Kampala

Today we set for Kampala in Uganda for an overnight. In the evening, we set out on a city visit.

Day 3: Kampala – Kasese

After breakfast, we set off for Kasese to show up in the early evening. Our local guide will go to the park offices in the evening to finish your mountaineering coordinations and logistics returning in the evening.

Day 4: Kasese – Nyabitaba Hut

Toward the beginning of the day, you will start your climb by leaving the park headquarters (5400ft/1,646 m), strolling past typical wattle and mud’ Buhonjo homes and continuously moving upward through elephant grass and nursery plots. It requires roughly forty minutes to arrive at the National Park boundary.

The path at that point follows the Mahoma River for more than two hours. Subsequent to the intersection of the waterway, you will have a precarious move through open bracken fern inclines and Podocarpus woodland up to Nyabitaba Hut (8,700 ft/2,652) about 90 minutes past the Mahoma River crossing.

During this piece of the outing, you might have the option to see Chimps, Black and White Colobus and Blue monkeys and the splendidly shaded Rwenzori Touraco (a bird of the treetops). Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut.

Day 5: Nyabitaba Hut – Nyamileju Hut 

From Nyabitaba Hut that trail heads toward the west for a half km at that point drops north (right) steeply to Kurt Shafer Bridge, crossing beneath the intersection of Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. By turning down the extension you start the circuit counterclockwise.

In the wake of intersection the Shafer Bridge, the sloppy elusive path climbs consistently up through the bamboo woodland. Following one and a half hours you experience a region of tricky stone jumping which numerous climbers think about the most troublesome and perilous balance on the circuit. Overnight at Nyamileju Hut; Nyamileju signifies “a place of beards” alludes to the lichen and Spanish greenery hanging trees close by. On an uncommon day, Mts. Stanley and Speke can be seen from the highest point of the stone close to the Hut.

Day 6: Nyamileju Hut – John Matte

After breakfast, you will proceed to John Matte Hut (11,200 ft/3,414 m) which is through a tiring lowland loaded with extraordinary plants. The sluggish speed can be an opportunity to analyze and photo this interesting climate. Very much arranged, John Matte Hut is recently built, huge and agreeable.

Climbers who feel they have arrived at their cutoff points by this point ought to consider John Matte a sensible halting point. You can simply appreciate the novel vegetation in the lowland and the extraordinary perspectives and the next day start your re-visitation of Nyabitaba.

Day 7: John Matte – Bukulu Hut

Today you leave John Matte Hut to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower of the two Bigo Bogs. In the green lowland, you will encounter hopping from one tussock to another, an elating encounter. The path is sloppy and follows the left (southern) edge of Lower Bigo Bog until in the long run, it arrives at the round metal ‘uniport’ of Bigo Hut and its stone asylum.

A precarious segment past the cabin prompts upper Bigo Bog. In the last 50% of this marsh, a promenade has been developed. Despite the fact that some may think it a terrible interruption, it makes strolling simpler and keeps climbers from additional harming the marsh. 90 minutes past the upper lowland, and in the wake of moving through the drier ground and jumbling the River, you arrive at Bukulu Lake.

The southern end of the lake is a glorious setting, with Mt. Baker especially toward the south, and perspectives west to Mt Stanley and north to Mt. Speke. Past the north end of the lake is a stone haven called Cooking Pot and a brief distance further is Bukulu Hut (13,000ft/3,962m), well situated for parties climbing Mt. Speke.

Day 8: Bukulu Hut – Kitandara Lake Hut

To proceed with the circuit, you leave straightforwardly west from Bukulu cottage on a more up to date trail, which rises and falls twice before at last climbing steeply through otherworldly greenery hung Groundsel Gully towards (14,345ft/4,372m) Scott Elliot pass. At the top of the crevasse is a short, solid stepping ladder at the steep segment, after which a right-hand branch would prompt Elena Hut (14, 700ft/4,430m). This is a lofty, rough path which when wet or frozen is deceptively elusive.

Proceeding with straight, a couple of steps underneath the pass there is a shielded spot for a break, from here there is a second path to one side to Elena is the Base Camp for climbing. Margherita top in the Mt. Stanley complex requires an extra day or two and must be endeavoured with ice axes, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with your guides. Overnight at Kitandara Lake Hut.

Day 9: Kitandara Lake Hut – Nyabitaba Hut

Begin descent back to the park headquarters. After breakfast, you will start early in the event that you chose to make it right to the Park Headquarters and complete your trip (8 hours). The other option will be to go through the Nyabitaba Hut for a night.

Day 10: Nyabitaba Hut – Kasese

Begin the descent back and complete your trip by the evening. On landing in the Park Office, visit a basic café created by a local women’s group for a merited beer and an extravagant candlelight dinner. Resign to your inn in Kasese for the night.

Day 11: Kasese – Homebound.

You will complete your excursion by being transferred to Entebbe International Airport to get your return flight home or drive to Kampala to get road transport to Nairobi.

What to bring:

Sleeping bag; one rated four (4) season is fine. The bag should be a snug fit since if it is too large there will be more cool air for the body to warm

  • Rain Trouser
  • Rain Jacket [Poncho]
  • Balaclava [Hat Woollen]
  • Warm Clothes down jacket
  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Hiking Boots
  • Gloves
  • Walking Sticks
  • Head Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • First Aid box
  • Ruck Suck 65L (duffel bags are unacceptable) to be carried by porters
  • Day Pack 35 [For your personal effects]
  1. Optional comfort accessories;

Walking poles, hot water bottle, Bivy bag

Wet wipes; ideal for those who want to stay fresh but are unable to bear dips in the freezing mountain weather

4: Passport/Identification Card {ID}

5: Personal travel/ medical insurance

Options are of course many and varied and in many cases, we can be flexible about the itinerary for accommodation facilities and the extension of the safari destinations.

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