Rules and Requirements for Rwenzori Hiking
The following are some Rules and Requirements for Rwenzori Hiking to keep in mind while visiting Mountain Rwenzori National Park. The rules are intended to protect the park for current and future generations. The Uganda Government, in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), has established several rules and regulations controlling Rwenzori National Park (a World Heritage Site).
- Accept the Park’s daily maximum of 16 people per hut. Delaying your first departure by a day may result in less congestion at huts and a far more enjoyable journey.
- Don’t leave non-burnable or biodegradable goods like tins, plastic, or silver foil littering the park. Collect these items yourself and make sure you or your porters remove them out of the park.
- All bodily waste should be disposed of in the latrines.
- Respect others by sharing space, stoves, and conversing quietly in the huts (no radios). Crowded huts can be made considerably more enjoyable by displaying basic civility and decency.
- Keep in mind the prohibition on wood fires. Making fires using natural wood is not permitted in the park. Use your own paraffin stove or the offered gas or charcoal.
- Please be courteous to your porters by packing only the essentials. Extra personal gear requires heavier loads or more porters, both of which are terrible for the porter and the environment.
- Reduce trail damage by closely following your guide and avoiding forging new tracks. With each new route taken by a hiker, the trails become broader and more vegetation turns to mud. Inquire with your advisors about proper behavior.
The items listed below should be included in your pack as you prepare your Rwenzori safari.
Shirts made of non-cotton
Anything that wicks away moisture and dries quickly will be your best bet. In terms of how many shirts to bring, I recommend taking half of your total hiking days. You don’t need to wear a shirt every day. There are a few places along the walk to wash your clothing (a river is just next to the John Matte cabin).
Shirts with long sleeves
Long sleeve shirts will keep you warm, and wearing one will keep you from being sunburned. Two can suffice for your Rwenzori adventure. Replace your cotton long sleeve, which will absorb your sweat and stink up your bag and room, with lightweight, breathable polyester.
Waterproof Hiking boots
You’ll be crossing streams, ascending steps, and navigating damp wide meadows on your Rwenzori journey. So, do your feet a favor and invest in waterproof hiking boots that can get wet while also keeping your feet dry.
Pants in pairs
Depending on your needs, you can bring either trekking pants or jeans. Jeans are only appropriate when they are not too tight and it is not raining. Hiking in shorts at lower altitudes is highly suggested because your body sweats a lot as you move, and pants will make you feel sweaty and hot.
Your feet will not want to be in boots after a hard day of hiking. In the evenings, having sandals in your pack will come in handy. They will also assist you in moving around the hut, visiting the latrines, and taking a shower in the bathrooms.
A water-resistant jacket with a hood will do the basic job of keeping you dry in the event of rain. It can be worn with a long-sleeved shirt.
Rwenzori is a rainmaker, so bring at least a pair with you. Those trekking during the rainy season will need to pack them because it will rain at any time. You will need socks that can absorb moisture from your feet. Because there are a few washrooms, the number of pairs you should carry should be equal to the amount of days you will be on the mountain. You’ll also need socks at night to keep your feet toasty.
You’ll need a sturdy back pack to carry a few items you’ll need during the day. The rest of your belongings should be packed in a duffel bag to make carrying easy for the porters. All of the bags should be watertight.
Excellent sleeping bag
The standard outdoor sleeping bags do not work in the Rwenzori because it is quite cold up there, with temperatures dropping to -3 degrees at some locations. You should treat yourself and buy a decent sleeping bag. I recommend a mummy-style 0 degree sleeping bag, which will keep you warm even at greater altitudes.
Because there is no electricity in the huts, you will need a headlamp or torch to assist you navigate at night. The journey from the cabin to Margherita Peak begins at 2 a.m., therefore you will need to invest in a strong head lamp with a long life battery because you will be climbing through bare rocks and ice in the dark.
Towel made of microfiber (or a handkerchief)
As you ascend, the temperature drops and you have a running nose. A cotton towel would be ideal, but because it takes so long to dry, disregard it. Choose a soft, quick-drying microfiber towel instead.
You will need a first aid package because anything can happen as you go, especially in rough regions. The pack should include things such as a bandage for any twists, antidiarrheal medication such as Imodium or another type, iodine wipes for any wounds, pain relievers, moleskin for blisters, and high altitude medication if you are concerned about altitude sickness.
As you prepare for your hiking expedition on the Mountain Rwenzori, remember to pack right and follow the above Rules and Requirements for Rwenzori Hiking.