3 Day Rwenzori Mountain Trek
3 Day Rwenzori Mountain Trek
The 3 Days Mount Rwenzori Nature Walk To John Maate Camp will give you a dreamlike experience. It takes you to the mossy heather zone above 3,500 metres asl. A reason the UNESCO calls the Rwenzori Mountains “Africa’s botanical big game”.
John Maate camp is one of the camps with the best views of the Stanley plateau glacier on Mount Stanley. After walking through a boggy section, relaxing in this camp is very rewarding. Enjoy cloudlike fog as it moves fast across the valley either side of the camp. Situated across the hill at the edge of the valley before crossing Bujuku river to the lower bigo bog. Before dinner or early morning for those stopping here, you can cross Bujuku river to the bigo bog before returning.
Day 1: NYAKALENGIJA (1615m asl.) – NYABITABA CAMP (2651m asl.)
The 3 Days Mount Rwenzori Nature Walk To John Maate hut follows the Rwenzori Central circuit trail and starts at the Rwenzori Mountains National park Mihunga gate. After an early morning breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you from your hotel around Fort portal or kasese to Rwenzori park gate. Receive briefing from the park wardens and induction for the trip while meeting your guides and porters.
Thereafter embark on your trip into the park taking the trail which 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 Camp. During this part of the trip you may hear calls or sport chimpanzees and see black and white colobus, blue monkeys and the brilliantly colored Rwenzori turaco.
Hike Duration: 6 -7 hours. Elevation height: 1,036M
Day 2: NYABITABA (2651m asl.) – JOHN MATTE CAMP (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.
Hike Duration: 7-8 hours. Elevation height: 854m
Day 3: JOHN MATTE (3505m asl.) – NYABITABA (2651m asl.) – PARK GATE (1615m asl.)
From John Matte climb downs from the same trail to Nyabitaba Camp for your lunch. This will take about 5 – 6 hours.
After your lunch, descend back to the park gate where you will end the Trek.
The descend from Nyabitaba to the Park gate will take 3 – 4 hours to complete your 3 days nature walk to John Maate camp trek.
Price 450 USD per person.
Park fees for 3 days, all meals, bottled drinking water, accommodations in cottages, sleeping bags and sleeping pads, guides and potters. No extra money will be required from you.
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Warm head shock
Warm and water proof gloves
Camera, Phone and day to day back packer for your snacks and water.
First Aid Kit:
Stomach medicine [included]
Headache medicine [included]
1 elastic bandage, Elastoplasts [included]
Water purification tablets [included]
Vitamin C tablets
Altitude sickness medication