Rwenzori Mountain 9 Day Trip

Rwenzori Mountain 9 Day Trip

Highlights

  • Mt. Rwenzori
  • Mutinda Peaks
  • Namusangi valley
  • WEISMANN’S 4,620 METRES

  • Mt. Rwenzori
  • Mutinda Peaks
  • Namusangi valley
  • WEISMANN’S 4,620 METRES

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will receive a welcome from our representative / your tour and driver guide who will then transfer you to a hotel within Entebbe. Whilst at the hotel, you will be briefed about the tour and the next day’s travel schedule.

Day 2: To Kasese

After an early morning breakfast, we will then set off to Kasese. We will have a stop over at the Equator for some picture shots and then continue our journey. We will have lunch in Mbarara after which we will pass though Bushenyi, Ishaka and finally to Kasese.

Driving time: +/- 7 hrs

Accommodation: Trekkers Hostel at Kyanjiki

Day 3: Rwenzori Trek (Day 1)

The trek starts at Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjiki 12 kilometres from Kasese past Kilembe. Best to start by 8.30 AM but can leave as late as 10 AM. Meet your guides and briefing. You walk 2.kms to the UWA rangers post at 1,727metres.

Here the rangers brief you on the day’s activities and rules of the National Park.

Today’s walk 8.6 KM EXPECTED TIME 5 TO 6 HOURS START HEIGHT IS 1,667 METRES CLIMBING TO 3,171 METRES. The first two kilometres climbs steadily through prestine montane forest, with tall trees thick undergrowth and a multitude of different species of birds and primates. Then a fairly strenuous climb up a main ridge with few rocks and firm footing except immediately after a heavy downpour climbing to your first night at Samalira Camp. As you leave the rangers post you walk along a path through tall grassland and ferns which gives way to magnificent pristine forests. As this is a new route the forests are untouched and carry a wide variety of trees and plants. Many species of birds can be heard and seen in this rich environment. The first few kilometres climb steadily crossing several small streams and rivers then we start climbing the ridge. As we climb the trees become taller and straighter and it is common to see and hear many types of primates, on the left you may hear troupes of chimpanzee echoing around the valleys. Particularly around our lunch spot at 2,570m it is possible to see troupes of 15 to 20 black and white Colobus monkeys or Blue monkeys as they dash through the trees.

After lunch we continue to climb steadily passing a rock shelter (2,785m) previously used by poachers to hunt primates and dika (small antelope) After the rock shelter the climb enters the bamboo zone and becomes steeper. As we near the top we break out of the bamboo to fantastic views of the valleys and hills below looking across to Lake George and Queen Elisabeth National Park in the distance. The equator lies just north of Lake George. Samalira Camp is at 3,147 metres, meaning views or lookout and offers great views of the surrounding landscape and Kasese town. (Mobile network available at this camp)

Day 4: Rwenzori Trek (Day 2)

6.9 KILOMETRES 4 TO 5 HOURS. After a hearty breakfast we commence walking at 8.15 and initially climb steadily then cross a small stream and the climb becomes steep for about 200 metres up a narrow moss covered ridge. The thick moss covering the ground and rocks under the giant heather trees is spectacular and we ask you to help preserve this prestine environment by keeping to the pathway. The views give us the impression that we could fly as we look across the many ridges and valleys far below. You can see Kilembe village deep in the valley and across Lake George. After a relatively short climb the trail becomes less steep as we pass over Chavumba (meaning heaven) at 3,316m them cross a small flat valley to climb up a steady ridge through moss covered trees and misty forests to the top of the ridge at 3,515 metres. Here we descend steadily for about one kilometre before descending a steep drop with good footing of 200 metres into the Nyamwamba valley and a well earned lunch break at Poly’s Rock Shelter 3,249 metres.

After lunch we climb steadily above the Nyamwamba River for 1.6km though old giant heathers covered in old man’s beard moss to Kiharo Camp at 3,380 metres directly at the base of some good granite rock climbs of 20 to 40 metres, with towering peaks above.

Day 5: Rwenzori Trek (Day 3)

6.8 KILOMETRES 4 TO 5 HOURS After an early breakfast we climb a short steep climb through the narrow valley with large moss covered rocks. This area is stunning as you weave through the narrow passes near the foot of towering peaks till you reach the wider upstream Nyamwamba River. From here you climb steadily along the valley floor with small bogs and many giant lobelias. Both sides of the valley are lined with sheer cliff faces as we near the confluence of the Nyamwamba and Namusangi valleys. Our third camp at 4,065 metres, is above Lake Kopello and has spectacular views looking down the valley of nine glacier lakes, the Namusangi valley.

Day 6: Rwenzori Trek (Day 4)

6 KILOMETRES 3 TO 4 HOURS climbing up and 2 to 3 hours climbing down. We start by climbing up a long valley with fantastic views of the Namusanji valley as you climb then far the last half kilometres to the ridge is steep (non technical) Then turn right to climb to the summit of Weismans. As we look behind we see Kachope Lakes far below then just as we near the top we see Mt Bakers seemingly towering above. From WEISMANN’S 4,620 METRES, we can take a gentle walk across the moss covered domed shaped ridge to Stella Peak 4,635 METRES. We then return to camp three for the night.

Day 7: Rwenzori Trek (Day 5)

5.8 KILOMETRES 4 TO 6 HOURS Today we descend via the Namusangi valley across open moreland and large areas of tussock grass. As this is a valley floor it is rather wet and at times quite boggy. It is a good idea to have rubber boots for this section. We continue down the valley passing several small waterfalls and moss covered valleys until we reach the steep rocky section above Mutinda with fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks directly ahead. We turn left just as before the river drops over a sheer cliff to the Mutinda valley to walk down several steep slopes until we reach the valley floor. Here we again cross the river before climbing up to the Mutinda Rock Shelter. The Mutinda Rock Shelter is large enough for 80 to 100 people to take shelter from the weather as offers a dry night for our last night. SLEEP MUTINDA CAMP

Day 8: Rwenzori Trek (Day 6)

16.7 KILOMETRES 6 TO 10 HOURS distance from Mutinda to Kalalama Camp is 5.1km plus from Kalalama to the Rangers post 11.6km. 7 AM start as we descend down a series of rocky streams and valleys often passing or rock hopping across the rocks to Kalalama Camp 3,134 metres. As we near Kalalama Camp we pass though a beautiful valley dotted with Giant Lobelia. After passing the Lobelia garden we climb to reach Kalalama Camp which is perched on a high ridge overlooking the Kilembe valley and Kasese town. Here we have a quick lunch before continuing to descend down through the bamboo forests. Here we cross to the ridge climbing to Samalira camp just above the lunch spot on day one. Here we have a short break before we walk the final distance through mountain montane forest to the RANGERS POST 1,727 METRES. After debriefing, we sign off and walk down to Trekkers Hostel. Some fast walkers have descended to the rangers post by midday however the majority of people arrive at the rangers post around 3pm.

Note: For this trek, you need to be fit as on the last day we walk two sections however some people may prefer to do the trek in seven days. If you wish to take it a bit more steady, you can stop the NIGHT AT KALALAMA CAMP and pay for an extra night at an additional $120 PER PERSON. However, this decision must be made before you climb so that they take enough food. Once this fee is paid, there are no refunds.

Day 9: To Entebbe & Departure

After an early morning breakfast, we will then set off to Entebbe. We will have lunch in Mbarara and then continue our journey to Entebbe. We will then bring you directly to Entebbe International Airport for your onward flight home.

Driving time: +/- 7 hours

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