15 Days Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Safari

The Rwenzori Mountains are the biggest mountain range in Africa, with 6 main mountains and peaks which exceed 4.500 m of altitude: Stanley, Speke, Baker, Gessi, Emin Pasha, Luigi Di Savoia. The range is located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo covering up to 120 Km. The territory is shared between the “Rwenzori Mountains National Park” in Uganda and “Virunga National Park” in Congo, however most of the area is on the Ugandan side. The highest mountain, Mt. Stanley, reaches the altitude of 5.109 m. with Margherita Peak. “Rwenzori” in the local Bakonjo language means “mountains of the rain”, referring to the rainy nature of the range, well known for its everlasting snow covered peaks, which is interesting to remark considering that on the South of the Rwenzori is the line of the Equator.

Day 1
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be transferred to Kampala for overnight at Holiday Express. BB

Day 2 –
Drive to the Rwenzori Mountains. Lunch in Mbarara. Dinner and overnight at Sandton Hotel. FB

Day 3  Samalira Camp From 1,667m to 3,171m
After breakfast, leave for the park headquarters. It is possible to hire some of the equipment necessary during the hike. The itinerary will be presented and explained in detail after which you will start the hike with the rangers and the porters through the montane forest up to Samalira Camp where you will spend the night.

Day 4 Kiharo Camp From 3,171m to 3,588m
From Samalira Camp we will cross a small stream and climb up steeply for 200m. You will proceed to the Nyamwamba Valley till the climb to Kiharo camp for overnight.

Day 5 Camp 3       From 3,380m to 4,200m
From Kiharo camp you follow a steep trail through the Nyamwamba valley. Proceed to the confluence of Nyamwamba and Namusangi valleys. Overnight at Camp 3 at 4,065m.

Day 6 Camp 4 From 4,030m to 4,450m
From camp 3 the climb continues through the Bamwanjara Pass and slowly descends to the Kachope lakes where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Stanley, Speke and Baker peaks. We arrive at camp 4, 4,006m, for the overnight.

Day 7 Camp 5  From 4,030m to 4,460m
Today the walk is relatively easy past L. Kitandara and climbing through Scott Elliot pass to Camp 5 for the overnight at 4,460m.

Day 8 Margherita Peak       From 4,460 m to 5.109 m
The hike starts at 3:30am and it takes about an hour to reach Elena Hut where the climb gets steeper. There are a few crevices but the scenery is spectacular as you reach the glacier and saddle of the 2 peaks Alexander and Margherita. After enjoying the scenery and signing the book, you descend to Camp 5.

Day 9 Camp 4  From 4.333 m to 4.006 m
After a good breakfast walk down to Camp 4 and pass over Bamwanjara Pass to Camp 3. Overnight at Camp 3.

Day 10  Mutinda Rock Shelter  From 4.333 m to 4.006 m
Today we descend via the Namusangi valley across open moorland and tussock grass. This area is quite boggy and you will need rubber boots. Continue down the valley to a steep rock section above Mutinda. We cross the river and pass through a valley dotted with giant lobelias to Kalalama Camp overlooking Kilembe Valley. Overnight in Kalalama.

Day 11  Final Descent      From 4.333 m to 4.006 m
Descend through the bamboo forest down the ridge to Musenge shelter and down to the rangers post. We normally arrive at Midday. After debriefing, we sign off and walk to Hotel Sandton in Kasese for dinner and overnight.

Day 12Departure
Return to Kampala and reserved for departure.

Possible Extension:

Day 12-Queen Elizabeth National Park
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park after breakfast. Enjoy a game drive en route to the lodge. After lunch, enjoy the two hours launch trip on Kazinga Channel for amazing bird life and a variety of wild life. An evening drive to the crater lakes region is rewarding.  Dinner and overnight at Hippo Hill Camp.

Day 13
Take an early morning cup of coffee before setting off for a game drive along Kasenyi track and Queen’s mile in the park. With your packed lunch drive to the Ishasha sector of the park for a game drive in search of the rare tree climbing lions found only in this part of Uganda. The landscape is open savannah with acacia trees. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community – Nkuringo safari Lodge

Day 14 - The encounter with mountains gorillas
After the briefing from the rangers, set off for the mountain gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. This would be the high light of your tour.  You need to carry drinking water, packed lunch, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy.  Photograph and observe the gorillas in their natural habitat. After tracking, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. FB

Day  15
Return to Kampala and the day is reserved for departure