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7 DAYS trek to Margherita peak/Stanely

If you are looking for a trek through lush jungle driven on by thought of snow capped peaks, a natural land scape with everlasting flowers, an ice climb to see the curvature of the earth as it meets the heart of Africa Rwenzori Mountain is your answer.

Our 7 Days Rwenzori hiking Via the Central Circuit Trail takes you to Margherita peak 5109M.

A range of 120 kilometers comprising of various mountains like Mount Stanley (5109 meters), Mount Baker (4843 meters), Mount Speke (4890 meters), Mount Luigi di Savoia (4627 meters), Mount Gessi (4715 meters), and Mount Emin (4798 meters) which are separated by deep gorges.

 

Mount Stanley which is the tallest mountain has several summits whereby the highest point is Margherita peak (5109 meters).

One of the benefits of trekking the Rwenzori's through this trail is that the routs are typically shorter and accessible   than other routes and it’s really beautiful. If you are not experienced hiker can have more days to acclimatize to reduce the risk of altitude sickness

Itinerary - Central Circuit Trail

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Day 1: Transfer from your hotel in kasese to mihunga park gate (1615m) and Hike to Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)

On this day after breakfast at 8:30am you will meet all the guides, potters, chefs and you will check on the hiking gears to ensure that you have received the equipment's of your size during the summiting day.

After, your driver together with the guides will drive you to the Uganda wild life Authority headquarters/Rwenzori gate. The guide will introduce you to the park warden and receive an induction, briefing   and registration before starting the trek.

​Thereafter, you will officially begin the hike by passing through farmland to the park boundary, which follows along the Mubuku River. You will cross the Mahoma tributary before starting a long steep ascent onto a giant ridge until you reach Nyabitaba Hut at 2651m. During this part of the trail you will pass in the grass land, Montana forest zone and heather which are tropical rain forests, on the right hand side you will see Portal peaks, you may be lucky enough to hear or see chimpanzees calls and to see Black and White Columbus monkeys, Blue monkeys, and the brilliant Rwenzori Turaco and see different chameleons, you will pass through different rivers and waterfalls until you reach Nyabitaba Camp.

Hike duration: 5 -6 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.) – Bujuku Camp (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.

Hike duration: 4 – 5 hours. Elevation height: 457m  

 

Day 4: Bujuku (3962m asl.) – Elena Camp (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 the 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.

Hike duration: 5 – 6 hours. Elevation height: 579m

 

Day 5: Elena Hut (4541m asl.) – 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 Mountains.

Then 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.

Dinner and overnight at the Kitandara camp.
Descend duration: 3 – 4 hours.

 

Day 6: Kitandara (4430m asl.) – 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.
Hike duration: 6 – 7 hours.

 

Day 7: Guy Yeoman (3261m asl.) – Nyabitaba (2651m asl.) – Mihunga 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 Hike by the evening to park the  gate to end your 7 days Rwenzori Margherita peak Trek. 
Descent duration: 6 – 7 hours

Upon the arrival, you will be welcomed by the community with the traditional dance celebrating for your success on conquering Rwenzori Mountain that is top most part of Uganda. 

This trip can as well start from Kasese town or Fort portal where by our guide driver will meet you up and bring you to the Rwenzori Mountain to our offices, alternatively you can use Link buses or Baby coach to bring you to Kasese.

Ready for 7 Days Rwenzori Summit? 

Get in touch with us to start planning your trip! 

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Price for 7 Days trek to Margherita peak

Price per person includes

  • Park fees for 7 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

Hotels have Wi-fi, self contained rooms.

Meals served are of your choice (Starter, Main course & Dessert)

Transport

Insured Custom build safari vehicles (4WD Toyota Land Cruisers, Safari Van)

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