Enjoy 5 glorious days on the Rwenzori mountains for spectacular views and outdoor moments on Uganda’s tallest mountain. Mountain Rwenzori is the 3rd tallest mountain in Africa but the toughest to summit. At 5,109m, the peaks are snowcapped throughout the year. The mountain is shared by Democratic republic of Congo to the west. The mountain and bamboo forests, heather and alpine zones give life to amazing flowers, giant lobelia and heathers. Primates like chimpanzees, blue monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys are found in the tropical forests. This 7 Days Rwenzori Hiking Tour begins and ends in Kampala.
7 Days Rwenzori Hiking Tour itinerary
Day 1: Departure to the Mountain side.
Depart Kampala for the remote western region of Uganda. The rolling hills of the central region give way to the flat farm lands of the Ankole region. The escarpments of the western rift valley offer great views of the savanna wilderness of Queen Elizabeth national park. Enjoy fresh and delicious meals on our handpicked hotels en-route. Check into your accommodation at the base of Mount Rwenzori. The views of the towering mountain are rather intimidating. Relax and anticipate your hike on your Africa safari.
Day 2: NYAKALENGIJA (1,615m) – NYABITABA CAMP (2,651m)
Begin the day with a fresh hot breakfast. At the mountaineering station, get the relevant gear for your hike. Meet and get acquainted with your guides, rangers and porters. The hike through the farm land takes you to the forest to Mubuku river. Take a sharp hike to the Nyabitaba hut. The rare Rwenzori Turaco can be spotted at this section of the mountain. Black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and chimpanzees can be seen on the trail.
Hike time: 6 -7 hours.
Day 3: NYABITABA – JOHN MATTE CAMP (3,505m)
The trail from Nyabitaba descends through the forest leading on to the convergence of Mubuku and Bujuku rivers at the Kurt Shafer bridge. Hike through the soft floors of the bamboo forest and enjoy the whistling of the wind through the leaves. Proceed through the rock covered moss alighting at the Nyamuleju rock shelter. The views of Mount Stanley and Speke at this stage of the hike are transcending. The giant heather is short of a movie scene. Arrive at the John Matte camp where you will rest for the night.
Hike time: 7 – 8 hours.
Day 4: JOHN MATTE – BUJUKU CAMP (3,962m)
Depart John Matte and follow the trail down to Bujuku river. In the lower Bigo bog, trek through the tussock avoiding the cold ooze at the bottom. The lower bog leads to the upper bog which in turn leads to Bujuku lake. Here, marvel at the majestic views of Mt Baker and Stanley. In the shadows of Baker and Speke, the Bujuku hut is strategically located. For those summiting the mountain, this camp is used for acclimatization. Rest for the night at Bujuku camp.
Hike time: 4 – 5 hours.
Day 5: BUJUKU – MT. SPEKE (4,890M) – BUJUKU – JOHN MAATE
Today’s hike takes you to the summit of Mount Speke. Follow the trail through the Stuhlmann’s pass to the peak of Mt Speke. The views of the Virunga national park and Victorio Emanuele peak are your reward for today’s hike. This section of the hike is 4-5 hours. The descend to Bujuku camp offers good views of the Bujuku lake, Margherita, Albert peak and Mount Baker. Bujuku camp is again your rest stop for the night.
The descend takes an average of 3 – 4hours.
Day 6: JOHN MAATE – NYABITABA – NYAKALENGIJA (1615m)
As this hike comes to a close, this is your last day on the mountain. This long hike follows the Kichuchu cliffs, down to the Mubuku river. Trek through the bamboo forest till the Nyabitaba camp. Proceed to Nyakalengija where you will arrive in the evening. Bid farewell to your porters, guides and chefs and transfer to your hotel.
The descent takes 7 – 8 hours
Day 7: Transfer to Kampala.
After a long and much needed rest, depart Mountain Rwenzori for Kampala. The frequent stops will give enough time to rest and exercise your muscles. Your safari director will drop you at your hotel or airport as per your next destination. This will mark the end of your 7 Days Rwenzori Hiking Tour.