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CLASSIC 9 DAYS RWENZORI TREKKING

This 9 days trek offers a unique and historic adventure of the Rwenzoris, witness a dramatic shift in vegetation zones, from lush forests to alpine meadows and glaciers. Conquer the "Africa's Roof": Summit Margherita Peak, the highest point in Africa. (if applicable).

This challenging trek will push you physically and mentally, offering a sense of accomplishment, reach new heights and gain a newfound appreciation for your strength and resilience.

Our experienced guides ensure your safety and navigate the challenging terrain and gives technical support during the summiting days. The Central Circuit offers comfortable mountain huts and stunning scenery. However, We prioritize gradual ascent to prevent altitude sickness.

Join this trip, Witness breathtaking glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and diverse wildlife, Disconnect from the ordinary and reconnect with the natural world.

Capture stunning photos and create unforgettable experiences.

 

                                    Itinerary

 

DAY:1 NYAKALENGIJA (1615 m asl) – NYABITA HUT (2651M ASL)

The central circuit starts at Nyakalengija. You need to arrive in the morning to allow ample time to rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows a thick forest along the Mubuku River, crossing its Mahoma River tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turraco.
The hike takes an average of 5 -6 hours.

 

 

DAY: 2 NYABITABA TO JOHN MATTE HUT (3505m asl)

From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamuleju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the tiring bog, for dinner and overnight at the hut.
The hike takes an average of 6 - 7 hours.

 

 

DAY3: JOHN MATTE – BUJUKU (3962m asl)

From John Matte Hut the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. The upper Bigo bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. This camp is good for acclimatization for clients attempting the summits of peaks Mount Stanley and Mount Speke. Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut.
The hike takes an average of 4 – 5 hours.

 

DAY: 4 BUJUKU MOUNT SPEKE 4890M asl -BUJUKU

Early in the morning start the hike through stullmans pass (4192m asl.) and spectacular views of Virunga National park of DR Congo to Victoria Emanuele peak.

The ascend to the peak takes 4 – 5 hours.
Prepare to descend back to Bujuku camp from Victorio Emanuel with views of Bujuku valley and Bujuku lake, Margherita and Albert peaks on Mount Stanley, and Mount Baker for an overnight at Bujuku Camp.
The descend takes an average of 3 – 4hours.

 

DAY: 5 BUJUKU – ELENA HUT (4541m asl)

Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical and forest of Groundsel Gully. Turn to your right up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes the trail on he left leads those who are not climbing Margherita Peak to Kitandara Hut. Those climbing the peak will have their Dinner and overnight at the coolly and Icy Elena Hut.

The hike takes an average of 5 – 6 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

DAY :6 ELENA HUT –MARGHERITA PEAK (5109M asl) –KITANDARA CAMP (4430m asl)

Very early in the morning, you attempt climbing the highest peak, Margherita of Mount Stanley. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 4 -5 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzori. The descend from Margherita peak back to Elena Hut will take you about 2 – 3hours.

After your lunch at Elena hut, descend to the Scott-Elliot pass (4372m asl.), where there are spectacular views of Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke. After, the trail passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara camp.
The descend takes an average of 3 – 4 hours.

DAY :7 KITANDARA – MOUNT BAKER (484m asl) - KITANDARA

The climb starts early morning from Kitandara Camp through Fresh Field pass (4215m asl.) with views of DR Congo up to Edward peak.

The ascend to the peak takes about 5 – 6 hours.

From Edward peak descend back to Fresh Field pass and then back Kitandara camp for an Overnight.

The descend takes an average of 3 – 4 hours.

 

DAY : 8 KITANDARA – GUY YEOMAN (3261m asl)

From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass 4282m asl. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north.

From the pass, take on the long high alpine mossy. Thereafter start the descend through steep rocky trails and the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906 and then an overnight at Guy yeoman camp.

The hike takes an average of 6 – 7 hours.

 

 

 

DAY : 9 GUYYEOMAN –NYAKALENGIJA PARK GATE (1615m asl)

Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice through a bamboo forest before climbing downwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.

Continue descending Nyabitaba Camp and complete your trek by the evening at Nyakalengija, the base camp.

The descent takes 7 – 8 hours

PRICE: $1950 PER PERSON

Price per person includes

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  • Park fees for 9 days , all meals, bottled drinking water, Warm sleeping bags, mattresses and accommodation in huts, Chefs, guides and potters.

  • All Taxes/VAT

Packing List

  • A photocopy of your passport, including the visa page; torch; malaria prophylaxis; insect repellent; sturdy walking shoes and long trousers for hiking, 

  • Binoculars; camera equipment; plenty of drinking water/snacks; any other personal affects, light colored clothing (NB There are tsetse flies in the park, which are attracted to blue or dark colors)

  • Hiking shoes/Ruber boots, Rain jackets, warm and waterproof gloves and warm sweaters Cameras and some snacks 

  • 1 day bag (small bag big enough to carry your packed lunch, rain gear, drinking water, and camera)[included]

  • 1 sleeping bag [included]

  • Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots

  • Several pairs of woolen socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Warm layers

  • Woolen gap, gloves

  • A torch/headlamp and batteries

  • 1 backpacking backpack (porter will carry) 

  • 1 pair of jogging shoes

  • Sun hat 1

  • Handkerchiefs

  • 1 pair of snow glasses [included]

  • Leggings up to the knee (Gaiters)

  • Rain jacket and rain-proof trousers

  • Walking sticks [included]

  • Photo equipment

  • Pocket knife

  • Rubber boots/gum boots (for mud) [included]]

  • Snacks

First Aid Kit: 

  • Stomach medicine [included]
    Headache medicine [included]
    1 elastic bandage, Elastoplasts [included]
    Water purification tablets [included]
    Vitamin C tablets 

  • Altitude sickness medication
    Sun lotion

  • Lip ointment

Price Excludes

  • International flights from home back to home

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

  • Personal items, souvenirs, visas and travel

  • Insurance

Trekking equipment are available  for hire, 5 items at 60$.

1. Ice axe 

2. Harnesses
3. Pair of crampons

Helmet

4. Climbing rope

General Information

Regarding  meals during the trek,  the chefs will serve you healthy meals to keep you happy and well-fed during the trek. You will have hot meals at breakfast and dinner, freshly prepared with Western  and locally-sourced ingredients. 

 

We prepare all our food with strict hygiene standards, ensuring it’s delicious and safe to eat. Our meals are made to be nutritionally-dense, with plenty of variety to cater to the energy demands of the trekkers.

 Our Breakfast is served with porridge followed by sausage and eggs, toast and marmalade or jams and hot drinks such as tea, coffee or chocolate.  But you are advised to communicate with the chefs as regards your appetites or we will provide much more food as we can.

Lunch is usually a packed lunch that you will carry in your backpacker and sometimes it’s a hot lunch. It normally consists of a boiled egg, some sandwiches, a chicken portion, fresh fruits and a cold drink.  At the end of the day’s walking, afternoon tea is served with biscuits, peanuts and, best of all, salted popcorn and plenty of hot drinks.

Dinner begins with soup, followed by a main course including chicken or meat, a vegetable sauce, some cabbages, and rice, pasta or potatoes, with fresh fruits for dessert.

We accommodate all dietary restrictions, please let us know if some of you have dietary issues, we recommend you bring along some of your favorite “energy” foods, as some specialty ingredients can’t be found in our markets.

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