10-day Mountain Rwenzori Climbing Tour

March 21, 2024
News Journeys Uganda

The 10-day Rwenzori Mountains climbing tour is an exhilarating adventure that takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa. The Rwenzori Mountains, affectionately known as the “Mountains of the Moon,” straddle the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These ancient peaks have captivated explorers, mountaineers, and nature enthusiasts for centuries. Prepare to be awestruck by their rugged beauty, pristine glaciers, and lush valleys. Our journey centres around Mount Stanley, the crowning jewel of the Rwenzori. At an impressive 5,109 metres (16,762 feet) above sea level, it beckons adventurers to conquer its icy slopes. Mount Stanley comprises two main summits: Margherita Peak and Alexandra Peak. Our 10-day adventure follows the Central Circuit Trail, a thrilling route that unveils the mountains’ secrets. Each day promises new vistas, challenges, and moments of wonder.

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Arrival for the Mountain Rwenzori Climbing Tour

Day 2: Transfer to Rwenzori Mountains National Park-Kampala to Fort portal

Day 3: Start your climb

Day 4: Nyabitaba to John Matte camp

Day 5: John Matte to Bujuku camp

Day 6: Bujuku to Elena camp

Day 7: Summit Day: Margherita Peak (5,109) metres

Day 8: Descend to Nyabitaba Hut

Day 9: Return to Nyakalengija

Day 10: Return to Kampala or Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival for the Mountain Rwenzori Climbing Tour

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Meet, greet, and transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Transfer to Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Kampala, to Fort portal

Depart from Kampala or Entebbe and journey to western Uganda. Arrive in Fort Portal, a town nestled in the shadows of Mt. Rwenzori, offering breathtaking views of volcanic landscapes. Explore nearby hills with crater lakes and lush scenery. Check into your accommodation in Mountain Rwenzori National Park and enjoy stunning mountain vistas.

Day 3: Start your climb

Transfer to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park office at Nyakalengija. Meet your team, including porters, professional guides, a chef, and security personnel. Begin your trek from Nyakalengija (1,648 metres), passing through local communities, bamboo forests, and thick bushes. Cross the Mahoma River via a wooden bridge. Reach Nyabitaba Hut (2,651 metres), your first stop on the climb.

Day 4: Nyabitaba to John Matte camp

After a restful night at Nyabitaba Hut (2,651 metres), you’ll continue your journey. The trail leads through lush vegetation, moss-covered trees, and babbling streams. As you ascend, you’ll notice the landscape transitioning from bamboo forests to heather zones. Arrive at John Matte Camp (3,505 metres), where you’ll spend the night. The camp offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

Day 5: John Matte to Bujuku camp

Today’s trek takes you higher into the Rwenzori Mountains. The trail winds through rocky terrain, and you’ll encounter bogs and alpine vegetation. Pass by the Bigo Bog, a unique ecosystem with giant lobelias and other endemic plants. Reach Bujuku Camp (3,962 meters), nestled in a valley surrounded by towering peaks. Bujuku is known for its breathtaking views of Mount Baker, Mount Speke, and Mount Stanley.

Day 6: Bujuku to Elena camp

The trail becomes steeper as you ascend towards the high alpine zone. Cross the Bujuku River and navigate rocky sections. Climb up to the Scott Elliot Pass, which offers panoramic vistas of glaciers and snowfields. Descend into the Kitandara Lakes Valley, where you’ll find the serene Lake Kitandara. Arrive at Elena Camp (4,541 metres), your base for the Margherita Peak summit.

Day 7: Summit Day: Margherita Peak (5,109) metres

An early start is essential for the final push to the highest point in the Rwenzori Mountains. The ascent involves crossing glaciers, navigating crevasses, and using crampons. Reach the majestic Margherita Peak (5,109 metres), standing proudly on Mount Stanley. Revel in the awe-inspiring views of neighbouring peaks, glaciers, and the vast expanse below. Descend carefully back to Elena Camp, where you’ll celebrate your remarkable achievement.

Day 8: Descend to Nyabitaba Hut

Descend through the same trail, appreciating the beauty of the Rwenzori landscape. Arrive at Nyabitaba Hut for the night.

Day 9: Return to Nyakalengija

Descend further to Nyakalengija. Celebrate your successful climb with your team. Transfer back to your accommodation.

Day 10: Return to Kampala or Entebbe

Depart from Fort Portal and return to Kampala or Entebbe. Reflect on your incredible adventure in the Rwenzori Mountains.

Accommodation Options:

Upmarket: Equator Snow Lodge

Budget: Ruboni Community Camp

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Journey Time: approximately 6 hours from Kampala to Mountain Rwenzori National Park.

This 10-day expedition promises unforgettable moments, stunning vistas, and the thrill of conquering one of Africa’s most iconic peaks