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9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari

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The well-known “Central Circuit” 9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari includes a seven-day, six-night hike in addition to an additional two days for the trip from Kampala to Kasese and back. Since the circuit’s complexity is not extremely high, everyone can participate in this wonderful and thrilling event. Contact Us NowDuring this Rwenzori Mountains Climbing Safari, the option is open for whoever wants to climb the peaks, which requires an addition of one day each peak.

9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari

Day 1: Kampala – Kasese

With your early morning departure for western Uganda, the Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari gets underway. The trip is comfortable and includes stops at the Equator, a coffee farm, and the Mpambire drum manufacturers. The fee to pass via Lake Mburo is included. Continue via Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is situated in the western rift valley at the base of Mountain Rwenzori, after traveling to Mbarara for lunch. Arrive in Kasese and check into the Margherita Hotel or Rwenzori International Hotel, or travel to the Rwenzori Base Camp, where you can prepare your hiking gear for the following morning. After dinner, stay the night.

Day 2: Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m.

Drive to the park headquarters in Nyakalengija in the early morning from the Margherita hotel or take a transfer from Rwenzori Base Camp – Ibanda. Here, you will receive a briefing from the guides, rent equipment, and choose porters. The hike starts at the park’s administrative building (1,646 m). In about 40 minutes, you can walk by classic Watt and Mud daub Bakonjo dwellings, through elephant grasses, and eventually reach the park boundary. The trail crosses recent landslide regions as it follows the Mubuku River. After 2 hours, arrive at the Makoma River.

After crossing the river, there is a very steep ascent up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2,652 m., the destination for the day, amid open bracken fern slopes and podocarpus forest. It will take 5 to 6 hours to complete. After dinner, stay the night.

Day 3: Nyabitaba – John Matte Uganda Safari Hut, 3,414 m.

After half a kilometer on the trail heading west, turn left and descend sharply to Kurf Shafer Bridge. either stay the night in Nyamileju Hut or continue. Giant leather, lobelia, and groundsel zones—remarkable flora varieties that can only be found on high-elevation tropical African Mountains—begin at the Hut. If you decide to go ahead, spend the night and dinner at John Matte. A six-hour journey from Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte is possible. This is a logical place for weary hikers to stop.

Day 4: John Matte – Bujuku Hut, 3,962 m.

Leave John Matte and bridge the Bujuku River to reach the bottom two Bigo – Bogs, where you’ll start your first actual experience tussock-jumping in a grassy bog. Up until the Bigo Hut, the trail to the south is muddy. The best location for parties using specialized equipment to climb Mount Speke is here. And is really chilly for trekkers. Visit Bujuku Hut (3, 962m) to have dinner and spend the night. The hike on this day can last up to 5 hours.

9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari
Bujuku Hut

Day 5: Bujuku – Elena – Kitandara

To complete the circuit, head west from Bujuku Hut on a more recent track that first rises and descends before ending up climbing steeply via the enchanted Groundsel Gully (4,372m), the trail’s highest point. Head to Elena Hut (4,372m) after the Gully. This is the base camp for the 5,109-meter Margherita Peak, and specialized trekking equipment is needed.

Day 6: Elena – Kitandara Hut, 4,023 m.

Do not pause as you descend toward the lakes below Kitandara. After descending from Scott Eliot pass by a few hundred feet in elevation, you made your way beneath tall granite walls at Mount Baker’s foot. Your guide might advise you to avoid making loud noises because big rocks that have fallen from above have created “dramatic craters” here. Travel through treacherous muck from high Kitandara Lake to the lower lake and Kitandara Hut, where you will have dinner and spend the night. You can continue to climb Mount Baker, Mount Luigi di Savoia, and the peak Vittorio Sella from Kitandara Hut.

Day 7: Kitandara – Guy Yeoman Hut, 3,261 m.

It is advised to start early to prevent overheating on the arduous ascent from the lake to Fresh Field Pass (4,282m), which is steep and long. Beautiful high alpine mossy glades and a new field are along a flat traverse (more mud). The seemingly continuous muck makes this just as challenging as day two. You can spend the night at the rock shelters at Bujongolo and Kabamba, but it is preferable to continue on to Guy Yeomen Hut (3,261m), which can take up to six hours. A stunning landscape of mountains and rivers surrounds the chalet.

Day 8: Guy Yeomen – Nyakalengija – Rwenzori Base Camp or Margherita Hotel.

Start your journey as early in the day as possible if you want to reach the park headquarters. The route leading from Guy Yeomen is quite risky. As you near Kachuchu, the track will parallel and twice cross the Mobuku River, usually through deep muck, until it reaches the final few kilometers to Nyabitaba. You can choose to spend the night at Nyabitaba Hut if you’d like, or you can head to the Nyakalengija park headquarters and then move to Rwenzori Base Camp for a warm shower and a cozy bed. You can alternatively take a car to Kasese’s Margherita Hotel or Rwenzori International Hotel.

Day 9: Kasese – Kampala

After a tardy breakfast, start towards Kampala, stopping along the way for lunch. If you need to buy mementos, make a quick pit stop at Mpambire Drum Makers or any other crafts display center along the way.

End of the 9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking Safari.

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