Ruwenzori Trekking Central circuit 10 days Trail

Day 1-

On arrival, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala for overnight. Depending on your time of arrival, optional: City tour can be arranged for you to visit the historical and cultural sites the city has to offer. Overnight at The Lodge.

Day 2: Transfer to Rwenzori

Transfer to kasese, lunch in Fort portal town. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Margherita.

Day 3: Nyakalengija (1615m) ? Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)

Have breakfast and transfer to RMS head offices early in order to hire equipments if need be and meet with the guides, chef and porters. At once hiking starts from the park headquarters 1,646 meters to Nyabitaba a distance of 10 Km takes 4- 5 hours and an ascent of 1200 meters. The trail at the beginning goes through homes and fields progressing through bamboo and high elephant grass, dense bushes. You will climb over rocks and bluff, crossing river Mahoma then ascending steeply into Nyabitaba. Certain animals may be spotted such as the white Colobus, blue monkeys, three horned chameleon and the Rwenzori turaco. Stay overnight at the Nyabitaba hut.

Day 4: Nyabitaba (2651m) ? Mubuku River (2600m) John Matte Hut (3505m)

From Nyabitaba you descend to your right follow the trail that drops down through the forest for a half an hour to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. The walk is then easy going for a couple of hours passing through the bamboo forest and then becomes more difficult ,kind of like spelunking, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rocks. 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. While here, high chances of catching the nice views of Mt.Stanley and Margherita glacier, finally Dinner and Overnight at the Hut.

Day 4: John Matte (3505m) to Bujuku (3962m)

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. Continuing on to the

upper bigo bog you will follow the Bujuku river that sometimes runs underground from lake Bujuku, 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. Dinner and overnight at Bujuku hut.

Day 5: Bujuku (3962m) to Elena Hut (4541m).

Leaving Bujuku, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head 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 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

Day 6: Elena (4541m) to Margherita peak (5109m) ? Kitandara hut (4023m)

For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 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. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. 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. Given the high altitude and the tough conditions even if you do not reach the peak, don’t get disappointed. Prepare for you return through the Scott-Elliot pass,

where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara

Day 7: Kitandara (4023m) ? Fresh field Pass (4282m) ? Guy Yeoman (3505m)

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. 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 trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Over night at Guy yeoman

Day 8: Guy Yeoman (3505m) ? Nyabitaba (2651m)

The descent to Nyabitaba takes around 6 -7 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it all the way down to Nyakalengija. Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.

Day 9: Nyabitaba hut (2651m) ? Nyakalengija Hike (1615)

Leave Nyabitaba hut early retracing out route back to the Rwenzori mountain services offices. This 10 Km trail usually takes 2 to 3 hours. Descending through Mubuku River and through fields to the Park Headquarters to hand over the rented equipments / Pick up any Luggage that you may have left here, dinner and overnight at Hotel Margherita.

Day 10: Return to Kampala

Transfer back to Kampala/Entebbe Airport for your Out Bound Flight Home. After breakfast depart for Kampala with a lunch stop on the way. Make a brief stopover at FortPotal or any crafts display centre along the road, in case you need to buy souvenirs. Arrival in Kampala to Transfer to Airport for Flight Home.

Estimated Distance: 435Km through Fortportal-Mubende Towns

Estimated Time: 6-7 Hours through Fort portal Highway

End of Tour

Each of 2 people sharing $1854

The price includes:

-Full board and meals during the entire safari

-Accommodation in huts while on the Ruwenzori and hotels or lodges for gorillas and Kampala

-Transfers with 4×4 Mini bus or

-Guide and porters 25kg per person.

-Park Entrance fees

-Rescue fees in case of emergency rescue on Rwenzori Mountains

-Bottled mineral water while on safari.

-Government taxes

The price excludes:

Flight

Tourist insurance

Equipment for the hike

Extra Luggage (extra 25kg $70)

Changes in the program itinerary while in the Rwenzori.

Any cost of personal nature

Required equipment and organization of the hike

Required equipment for the central circuit: rucksack, sleeping bag for low temperature and sleeping mat, one plate, cutlery, mug, knife, gumboots (there are many bogs on the way and the gumboots are the best friends of the Rwenzori and its rocks and vegetation), water proof trousers, poncho or rain coat, heavy worm jacket, hand gloves, scarf and cup, one jumper, a torch.

For whoever will climb the peak some specialised equipment is required in addition: crampons, snow gloves, snow goggles, climbing boots, rope and ice axe.

How the hike is organized: The group or the individual person is accompanied by a Guide and by “porters”, who have the duty of transporting some of the luggage for up to 25kg per person (the rest is extra luggage and it will be chargeable at extra cost).

NOTE: Most of the necessary equipment is rentable directly at the store of Rwenzori Mountaineering Services at the base of the Rwenzori. However, we kindly request to communicate in advance what type of equipment you would like to rent in place or buy in Uganda, so that we will guarantee the availability.

Hiring Prices:

Climbing rope 10$, Ice axe 7$, Crampons 7$, Gaiters 3$, Snow goggles 2$, Water proof trousers 3$, Gum boots 3$, Climbing boots 7$, sleeping bag, sleeping mats.