10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Overview
The 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari will take you to Rwenzori Mountains National Park which is located within the “Mountains of the Moon”, as Mount Rwenzori is called. Mountain Rwenzori is situated in Western Uganda in the East African Rift Valley and straddles also to the Democratic Republic of Congo and its conservation area known as Virunga National Park.
The mountain is the third highest in Africa rising up more than 16,700 feet above sea level and its highest peaks rise above the clouds and are permanently snow capped. The Rwenzori Mountain ranges are higher compared to the Alps and they have glaciers which are one of the sources of the longest river on earth, the River Nile.
Margherita Peak is the highest peak on the ranges making it the 3rd highest peak in Africa together with its twin peak, Mount Stanley, which is within the park. The 4th and 5th highest peaks, Mount Speke and Mount Baker, are also within the park. The mountain ranges were first brought to the worlds notice in CE 150 by Alexandrian geographical researcher and photographer, Pletomy, when he described a stunning mountain which he christened “mountain of the moon.” Later in 1899, English explorer, Henry Morton Stanley, was as spell bound as Pletomy when he beheld the ranges and christened them the “Cloud Mountains.”
The Rwenzori national park, which is the conservation area for the mountain, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers almost 1000 sq. km and strides across the districts of Kabarole, Kasese and Bundibudyo. It includes most of the center and the eastern half of the mountain and is known for its beautiful plant life coupled with waterfalls, glaciers and a lot of other unique mountainous vegetation. The park has glaciers, snowfields, waterfalls and has been portrayed as one of the mainly attractive Alpine areas around the world.
- Day 1 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Transfer from Kampala to Kasese
- Day 2 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Steep climb to Sine hut
- Day 3 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Trek to Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone
- Day 4 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: 4.9km trek to Alpine Zone
- Day 5 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Trekking 6.2km to Butawu Camp at 4,062
- Day 6 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Trekking 4.2km to Margherita Camp
- Day 7 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Trekking 11.5 KM to Margherita Peak, back to Margherita camp and descending to Butawu camp.
- Day 8 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Trekking 6.2km starting at 3,974 meters to Bugata Camp 4,062 meters
- Day 9 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Descend to Kiharo Camp
- Day 10 of the 10 Days Uganda Mountain Hiking Safari: Descending to Kiharo/Samalira camp
10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Safari Day by Day
Day 1 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Transfer from Kampala to Kasese
You will be picked up by one of our staff from your hotel after breakfast and transferred by road to Kasese in Western Uganda reaching in the evening.
You will freshen up and have dinner and overnight stay at trekker’s hostel
Day 2 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Steep climb to Sine hut
After breakfast, you will walk 2.2KM to the UWA rangers post which takes about one hour, to pay entrance fees and a briefing from the park rangers on the rules of the National Park.
You will start the trek by walking through tall forest trees of the Afro Montane Forest Zone. In which you will encounter multitudes of birds with a possibility of seeing wild chimpanzee in the forest.
You may also encounter troupes Colobusmonkys in the forest.
The forest comprises of a wide variety of plant species from forest trees to bamboos thickets, low shrubs, flowers and fungi.
You will get a chance to see Enock’s Falls about 200 meters from Sine Hut where you will be spending a night.
Sine hut is a wooden hut with 10 beds with a large verandah where you may relax and enjoy the beauty of the Afro Montane forest.
Sleep at Sine Hut – 2,585 metres
Day 3 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Trek to Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone
Treckking begins at 8.30 AM after a heavy breakfast to Bamboo-Mimulopsis zone. You will climb 551 meters through the beautiful atmosphere of the forest to Kalalama camp which is 3,147 meters.
You can take rest and a quick cup of tea/coffee. You will continue the trek along which you will encounter several small streams and waterfalls through valleys with heather trees and a variety of plants and flowers.
The day’s trek will end at Mutinda Camp which is set near a small river where you can refresh and relax.
Day 4 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: 4.9km trek to Alpine Zone
You will trek across the Mutinda valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many Giant Lobelias before climbing a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters) which ends with sheer waterfalls and fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks.
You will go through the Namusangi Valley with many ups and downs crossing several bogs as the trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,062 meters.
The area is covered with tussock grass, everlasting flowers (Helichrysum), St John’s Wort (Hypericumbecquaeritii), giant groundsel (Senecioadnivalis) and Giant lobelia (Lobelliagibberoa).
There are also many Red Forest Duiker (Cephalophucnigrifronsrubidus) which are a sub-species only found in the Rwenzori Mountains.
Bugata Camp has good facilities, solar lights, good toilets and bathrooms where the guides may prepare some warm water in a basin for you to wash.
Bugata also has a heli pad (GPS reading N 18.312 E29 53.457) in case of any need for rescue by helicopter.
Day 5 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Trekking 6.2km to Butawu Camp at 4,062
Begin trekking at 8.30am to climbing up Bamwanjara Pass, climbing steadily through several long flat bogs. You will encounter everlasting flowers and Giant groundsel with the bogs along your trek.
You will have some rest on top of Banwamjara Pass and get an excellent views of all the main snowcapped peaks.
You will then embark on the walk down through Kacholpe Lakes to Butavu camp at 3,974 m, set on a ridge high above Butawu River which flows down from Scott Elliott Pass through Kitandara Lakes and has excellent views of the snowcapped Mt Baker.
Day 6 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Trekking 4.2km to Margherita Camp
You will begin your treck after breakfast and walk up the Scott Elliot Pass climbing over the rocks to Margherita Camp at 4,485 meters which is below Elena Hut.
It is sheltered with a ring of high rocks and it is the original camp used by the Italian Prince Luigi Amadeo di Savoia, Duke of the Abruzzi, who mounted a very powerful expedition in 1906, composed of biologists, surveyors, a geologist and a photographer.
The Italian led team climbed the mountains between June and July 1906 opening a new page of mountaineering in Africa.
You will enjoy great views of Mt Baker, Scott Elliot Pass and some of the high glaciers on Mt Stanley at this camp.
Day 7 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Trekking 11.5 KM to Margherita Peak, back to Margherita camp and descending to Butawu camp.
The day begins with an early rise at 4.30am to start climbing early to get on the Stanley Glacier before sunrise. The climb up from Elena can be difficult if covered in snow and ice.
Rwenzori Trekking Services installed a new fixed static rope with bolts every three meters leading down a ledge to the top of a six-meter aluminum ladder which is a safer route for anyone with reasonable fitness.
The climb up Margherita glacier is steep and requires reasonable body fitness. You will enjoy the beautiful views of Margherita peak on a clear day.
You will then descend to Butawu camp for your rest and overnight stay.
Day 8 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Trekking 6.2km starting at 3,974 meters to Bugata Camp 4,062 meters
You will begin trekking at 9.00AM after breakfast climbing up Bamwanjara Pass which is steep and alittle bloggy during wet weather.
You may get a chance to see hyrax sitting at the entrance to their rock shelter warming in the sun along the trek. You will have overnight stay at Bugata Camp.
Day 9 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Descend to Kiharo Camp
You will set off early morning from around Lake Bugata climbing 200 metres to the confluence of two valleys then descend down the upper areas of the Nyamwamba Valley where you will encounter a large area of thick Giant Groundsel with dense evergreen undergrowth and moss with the rocky peaks towering above.
The valley is home to many Red Forest Duiker (Cephalophucnigrifronsrubidus)
You will have an overnight night stay in Kiharo Camp.
Day 10 of the 10 days Rwenzori Mountains Hiking tour Uganda Safari: Descending to Kiharo/Samalira camp
You will wake up to the shrill calls of various birds in the morning and enjoy your breakfast at the camp. You will then walk down the valley, a home to many bird species within the thick vegetation.
After descending a few kilometers you climb two hundred meters height to a ridge overlooking the valley before crossing several small valleys and streams to Kyalavula with beautiful views down the valley and across to Lake Edward in Queen Elisabeth National Park.
Samalira Camp (3,147 meters) is situated in a closed valley at the top of several waterfalls and is the alternative to sleeping In Kiharo Camp.
From here you descend down a long ridge, through the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone and Afro Montane Forest
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