Meet your guides and escorts at RMS Headquarters (1648m) and start the hike 4-5 hours to Nyabitaba camp (2651m), enjoying wonderful views over the lush afro-montane forest.
Start for John Maate camp (3505m) 5-7 hours away- walking through the Bamboo-Mimulopsis zone, the hagenia belt and ending the day with the heather zone
Start for Bujuku camp (3962m), walking through the heather zone, the lower and upper Bujuku bogs (now with board walks), enter the Asanecio and groundsel zone, pass Lake Bujuku and on to the beautiful Bujuku camp. Walk normally between 4-6 hours.
Bujuku back to Nyabitaba by skipping johnmaate on the way descending back.(walking 8 hrs 30 min), by walking down the valley of Bujuku river this Involves descending, steep slopes and rocks and wadding through this Trail Passing through Mud, crossing rivers and deep Mud back to Nyabitaba hut.
Nyabitaba Hut and proceed out of the national park. Leave Nyabitaba hut early retracing out route back to the Rwenzori mountain services offices. Descend back through the 3 to 4 hours. Continue descending through Mubuku River and through fields to the Park Headquarters.
Suggested 5 day trekking itinerary to climb margherita peak.
Nyakalengijo (1648m). Meet your guides and escorts at RMS Headquarters and start the hike 4-5 hours to Nyabitaba camp (2651m), enjoying wonderful views over the lush afro-montane forest (walking for 5-6 hours)
Nyabitaba hut to Johnmaate (walking 7 hours), up the valley of Bujuku river.
The last hour of the trekking is a bit more demanding as the trail starts ascending faster and passes through some boulders/rocks as well.
Johnmaate camp to Bujuku and after proceeds to Elena hut (walking 7/8hours).
Climb to Elena Camp (at the snout of the glacier), walking through Asanecio and the wonderful lobelia Wollastonii, then bare rock and scree with nice views of the valleys below as well as Lake Bujuku.
The last hour of the trekking is a bit more demanding as the trail starts ascending faster and passes through some muddy and rocks as well.
Scale the Stanley Plateau and the Margherita Glacier to Point Margherita (5,109 m above sea level) .In reverse, follow the same route as for the ascent except, at the bottom of Margherita glacier use the abseil rope/fixed rope for protection and even to aid the climb to connect to the Stanley plateaux. The ice axe, harness, rope and the crampons are useful. After the plateaux, scramble down wards back to Elena camp after a cup of tea proceed to Kitandara camp through scree slopes and enjoy the beauty of the twin trough lakes of Kitandara.
Climb over Fresh field pass and descent to Guy Yeoman camp, bypassing the ancient Rock shelter used by the Duke of Abruzzi in his 1906 classic climb. After some cup of tea, walk down crossing the Mubuku River through the heathers, mimulopsis and Bamboo zone to Nyabitaba camp to complete the circuit. After lunch leave Nyabitaba hut retracing out route back to the Rwenzori mountain services offices. This trail usually takes 9 to 11 hours. Descending through Mubuku River and through fields to the Park Headquarters.
5 Days Central circuit Rwenzori Mountains trekking itinerary
Nyakalengija (1615m) – Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)
Begin the day by approaching the Rwenzori mountaineering services (RMS) head offices early in order to hire equipments if so and arrange for 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.
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.
John Matte (3505m) skip Bujuku (3962m) and over night at Kitandara camp (4023): 6-7hrs
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. After some lunch at Bujuku, leave for Kitandara camp 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., 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 4: 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 5: Guy Yeoman (3505m) – Nyabitaba (2651m) and then straight to Nyakalengija the base camp (1615m)
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. After lunch/cup of tea leave Nyabitaba hut 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 to the lodge of your choice