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MT. RWENZORI TREKKING


Rwenzori Mountains National Park gazzetted in  1991, it covers 996 km sq.with the following snow capped peaks of Margherita (5109 m ASL), Alexandria (5091 m ASL),Albert (5087 m ASL) ON MOUNT Stanley. Others are Mt. Baker (4843 m ASL), Speak (4889 m ASL) Gessi (4797 m ASL), Emeni (4791 m ASL), Luig di savioa (4626 m ASL) and Weisemann (4620 m ASL). Rwenzori Mountains National Park is rich of biodiversity of flora, fauna and ichthyofauna.In 1994 it was promoted to world heritage site status and A Ramsar site.

Day 1: Kampala – Fort Portal

In the morning at 0830 hrs pick up from your hotel in Kampala and drive to Fort Portal. Lunch will be en-route and on arrival, you check in at Mountains of the moon Hotel for dinner and overnight. FB.

 

DAY 2: Fort Portal – Nyabitaba hut 2650m:

You wake up in the cool air in Nyakalengijo, at the base camp. You meet your guide(s) and escorts and soon set off on the five hour to Nyabitaba camp at (2650 m ASL). You walk through dense forest canopy view variety of bird species and you may take a chance to see Mountain elephants.

DAY 3: Nyabitaba – John Matte hut 3550m:

The gloomy but breath taking beautiful portal peaks greet you in the morning and shadow your right shoulder as you cross the confluence of the Mobuku and Bujuku rivers by Kurt Scharfer bridge (2560 m ASL).Climbing and descending through bamboo forest, moss and lichen festooned trees you are led to John Matte camp (3380 m ASL).Here after noon sun often brings atantalising glimpse of gold-struck Margherita and Alexander peaks and you will enjoy seeing the snow.

DAY 4: John Matte – Lake Bujuku hut 3900m

Breath taking views down the valley start your day and five hours of difficult boggy but rewarding conditions, will see you through the Bigo bogs and passing to the aerial beauty of lake Bujuku, at (3900 m ASL,) it is a black, cold and still body of water overlooked by Bujuku camp at (3977m asl,)

DAY 5:  Bujuku hut – Elana hut – Summit (4540m) – Kitandara hut 3910)

From Bujuku, climb ahead of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena camp (4541 m ASL) and  Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads you to Scott-Eliot pass (4370 m ASL) AND down to Kitandara beautiful lakes for those who are not climbing Margherita peak to Kitandara camp (4027 m ASL).

DAY 6: R & R

From Bujuku, you prepare with your guide to attempt Margherita (5109 m ASL ). A difficult traverse of more boulders and steeply sloping rock is followed by an easier but still challenging (remember the altitude) trudge in crampons along the Stanley plateau before the final ascent leading to the summit. Still wrapped in euphorbia from your achievement, there follows a careful descent to Elena camp for lunch. Time permitting you will ascend to Kitandara camp, facing the lower of the Kitandara lakes.

DAY 7: Kitandara Hut – Guy Yeoman hut 3450m

After breakfast, make a thigh bursting climb but worth doing, lead you to fresh field pass (4280 m ASL) is rewarded with fabulous views of the lakes of Kitandara and the DR.Congo. The Mubuku valley leads you on a visually stunning descent to Guy Yeoman camp. (3450 m ASL)

DAY 8: Guy Yeoman hut – Nyakalengija 1615m – Fort Portal

Your final day and all you can think of a hot bath and a restaurant meal, but you have to wait abit longer to walk through the bogs and bamboo forest to proceed your second glimpse of Nyabitaba to have a night or just a brief cup of tea and onward to Nyakalengijo. You arrive in mid afternoon, exhausted, but with dirt and tiredness in your hot shower.

Day 9: Fort Portal – Kampala

After breakfast, drive back to Kampala for your return Journey, B, L

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