10 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hike (4,267m)

10 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hike (4,267m) description


A trip into the Rwenzori is a life experience and a rewarding one but which must be well planned. “And so, you need to be well prepared to enjoy this life time visit!” The six nights / seven days hike reaches an altitude of 14,000ft (4,267m) above sea level.

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  • Lake Victoria View Guest House Budget guest house in or near Entebbe Breakfast Included
  • Day 2: Hotel Margherita Budget hotel in or near Kasese. All Meals Included
  • Day 3-7: Budget camping In or near Rwenzori Mountains. All Meals Included
  • Day 8: Budget camping In or near Kasese. All Meals Included
  • Day 9: Budget camping In or near Entebbe. All Meals Included
  • Day 10: End of tour (No accommodation). Breakfast Included
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10 Days Rwenzori Mountain Hike (4,267m) Itinerary

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park Rwenzori’s – the fabled Mountains of the Moon – lie in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. Huge tree-heathers and colorful mosses are draped across the mountainside with giant lobelias and “everlasting flowers”, creating an enchanting, fairytale scene.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Rwenzori Mountain range. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

The Rwenzori’s are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination. A nine- to twelve-day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita – the highest peak – though shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks.

For those who prefer something a little less strenuous, neighboring Bakonzo villages offer nature walks, homestead visits home cultural performances and accommodation, including home-cooked local cuisine.
Margherita Peak at 5,109 meters on Mt Stanley in the Rwenzori Mountains is Africa’s third highest mountain, however the real beauty is in the climb up the Kilembe route, the forests and valleys, the flora is diverse from giant heather trees and valleys of ferns. Climbing Margherita Peak is now technical due to the ever-increasing number of crevasses. However, scaling the actual peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb and when it snows it is difficult however the rewards and exhilaration of reaching the top is enormous as you look across Albert Peak to the DRC (Congo) then east across the spectra of the Rwenzori Mountains.

We provide all the equipment necessary for the climb like crampons, ropes, harnesses, carabiners, you need to bring good hiking boots, warm clothing warm sleeping bag, and rain gear. We do hire sleeping bags for those who need.

Tour starts from: Entebbe
Tour end in: Entebbe
Tour style: Private tour
Departure day: Every day of the week
Best time to travel: All Year Around
Vehicle used on both transfer: 4WD Land Cruiser/ 4WD min van
Duration of the Tour: 10 days
Accommodation: Before and after Safari is included in the tour cost.

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you will meet & greet by your driver guide and transfer to accommodation which is about 7 minutes away. Entebbe is a small town on a peninsular of Lake Victoria with a population of about 10,000 people and is the beach capital of Uganda. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Victoria View Guest House. Breakfast included.

Day 2: Drive to Kasese

Leave the guest house after breakfast and proceed do some shopping before heading on to Kasese via Masaka and Mbarara. Stop at the Equator to take photos, lunch will be had somewhere convenient. After lunch, continue with the drive to the rift Valley through Queen Elizabeth National Park on to Kasese town. Pass by Rwenzori Mountaineering Services offices before heading to your accommodation. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Margherita. All meals included.

Day 3: Drive to the Hike Starting Point

After an early breakfast, drive to the park’s offices at Nyakalengija in time to rent equipment and be availed with guides and potters. Hiking starts from the park Headquarters 5,400ft (1,646m), passing by homesteads, gardens and what we call Elephant grass. It takes about 40min to get to the park boundary but if you drive up to where the road ends, it takes about 20min. You will then walk along Mubuku River, passing through recent landslide areas which you have to negotiate carefully, as it involves climbing over rocks and bluff, before getting to Mahoma River in about two and a half hours. After crossing this river there will be a steep climb through open bracken fern and Podorcarpus forest up to Nyabitaba hut 8,700ft (2,652m). It takes an average hiker about 5-7hrs from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba, and you will have gained 4,000ft (1,200m) in elevation. It may take longer for slow hikers and so insist on starting early. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyabitaba hut near Rwenzori Mountain. All meals included.

Day 4: Hiking Day

From Nyabitaba Hut the trail leads westward for a kilometer, then drops steeply to Kurt Shaffer Bridge, crossing below the confluence of the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. By turning right to the bridge, you begin to climb the central circuit anti-clockwise. After crossing Kurt Shaffer Bridge the muddy, slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. After one and a half-hour you get to an area of slippery boulder hopping that some hikers consider the most difficult and dangerous footing of the circuit. After five hours from Nyabitaba, you get to a hut at Nyamuleju and its accompanying rock shelter. If you started late or know that there is another group ahead of you at the next hut, you can spend the night here. On a rare clear day Mts. Stanley and Speke can be seen from the top of the rock near the hut. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyamuleju hut. All meals included.

Day 5: Hiking Day

Head on crossing the Bujuku River and enter the lower Bigo bog, where your first real experience of jumping from tussock to another on grassy bogs begins. The trail is muddy and follows the left (Southern) edge of lower Bigo bog until eventually it reaches the round metal “unipot” the Bigo hut and its rock shelter. In the last half of this bog, a boardwalk has been constructed to prevent hikers from further damaging the bog and makes walking easier. A beautiful narrow stream at the upper end of this bog makes a good lunch break. An hour and a half beyond the upper bog, and after climbing through drier ground and crisscrossing the river, you reach Lake Bujuku. The southern end of the lake is in a majestic setting, with Mt. Baker to the South, Mt. Stanley to the West, and Mt. Speke to the North. Dinner and overnight stay at Bujuku hut. All meals included.

Day 6: Hiking Day

From Bujuku Hut take the newer trail which raise and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through magical moss draped Groundsel vegetation 14,345ft (4,372m) to Scott Elliott pass. At the steepest section is a short strong ladder after which a right-hand branch will lead to Elena Hut 14,700ft (4,430m). This is a steep, rocky trail which when wet or icy can be slippery. Continue to the left-over Scott Elliot entering an alpine zone of sparse low vegetation and stark rough boulders more familiar to high altitude climbers from northern latitudes like you. If the weather is bad here the conditions for “hypothermia” are ideal here. Dinner and overnight at Budget camping. All meals included.

Day 7: Hiking to the Peak and Descending

An early start is advisable to avoid overheating on the steep but lovely hour-long climb from Lake Kitandara, which is 14,050ft (4,282m) to the Fresh field pass. On clear days if you look west you are looking into DRC and north, Margherita and its glaciers still dominate the horizon. Fresh field is a long flat traverse through beautiful high alpine mossy glades (and more mud) for half an hour, the trail begins the circuit’s long two-day descent. Mist or rain can make tracing the trail difficult, and the first one kilometer here can be very slippery. Rock Shelters at Bujongolo and Kabamba are optional overnight stopover but it is best to push on through the seemingly endless mud to newly constructed Guy Yeoman Hut 10,700ft (3,261m). Some hikers make the Kitandara-Guy Yeoman trip in 5hrs, but because of stopping to enjoy the pass, bad weather and the slow conditions in the last two hours of deep mud can make this a much longer day, which some visitors consider
as difficult as day two. Dinner and overnight at Budget camping. All meals included.

Day 8: Descending

Start your journey back quite early, so as to get to Nyabitaba Hut before dark. In any case the pass from Guy Yeoman is quite difficult in some parts. Helping one another and descending very slowly facing the slop instead of facing outward should practiced more so when you approach Kichunchu where the trail parallels and twice crosses the Mubuku River mostly in deep mud, until the last few kilometres of good dry terrain. Good hikers make Guy Yeoman – Nyabitaba in 5 hours. Should you decide to continue to Nyakalengija it is another 2-3hrs and this depends on the condition of your knees and your desire to reach a comfortable bed and bath! If you happen to make it down to Nyakalengija, I’ll pick you up and spend the night at Hotel Margherita. All meals included.

Day 9: Descending to Park Headquarters

Descend to the Park Headquarters. This takes 2-3 hours, meet your driver/guide have lunch at leisure then drive on to Entebbe town. We will make stop overs if we see anything interesting on the way or for any photographic opportunities hence getting to Entebbe in the late evening. Dinner and overnight at the camp near Entebbe. All meals included.

Day 10: Departure

Have breakfast at leisure and if time allows tour Entebbe town if you wish or go to one of the beaches and relax. This marks the last day of your hike please make sure you double check your rooms so that you do not leave any valuables. Later we will head to the airport for your journey back home.


  • Porterage
  • Rescue fee
  • Climbing gear
  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labelled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labelled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)
  • Bed linen


  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Bath towels
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)