3 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hike

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Mountain Rwenzori

Mountain Rwenzori is undoubtedly one of the best hiking destinations in Africa. Standing at an impressive 5,109m, the mountain ranges are the third tallest mountain on the African continent. These mountain massifs are snowcapped throughout the year and they feed the 9 lakes found on the mountain. The waters from the glaciers feed into the Nile. While the lower slopes of the mountain are characterized by moorlands, tropical and bamboo forests, the upper slopes are comprised of giant lobelias, heather, groundsels and spectacular views of glaciers. Primates like chimps, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys are some of the wildlife in the lower slopes of the mountain. On occasion, the rare Rwenzori leopard is spotted on your hike. This 3 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hike takes you onto the Kilembe trail for stunning scenery and an adventure on the mountain slopes.

3 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hike itienrary

Day 1: Hike to the Sine Camp

As the mountain hike adventure begins, complete a briefing with your guides at Kilembe (1,450m), before beginning the trek to Sine Camp at 2,596 metres. You will hike through the forests of the Afro-montane forest zone. This is a steady climb for about 6km before passing through a steep section towards Sine Camp. 

The mountain hike is a great opportunity to see some of the flora and fauna of the Rwenzoris, including Colobus Monkeys. Today you will cover a total distance of approximately 9.5km over 5-6 hours. 

Day 2: Sine Camp to Samalira Camp

Mountain hike up through the Bamboo zone to Kalalaama camp at 3,134 metres. After a short rest, continue on through a thick forest covered with hanging mosses before reaching a lobelia garden. Descend through a mossy ridge to Samalira camp at 3,174 metres. Today’s hike covers approximately 4km in 5-6 hours and passes through some steep terrain. 

Rwenzori Camp as seen on a mountain hike

Day 3: Return to base camp

Descend from Samalira Camp back through the Bamboo zone to a heavily forested ridge home to many primates, including black and white colobus moneys. Continue the descent to base camp. Today’s hike covers approximately 10.8km in approximately 6-7 hours of walking.

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