Rwenzori mountain national park was declared a world heritage site to protect and preserve the fauna and flora, natural beauty of the area. Rwenzori mountains are truly a mountain range created due to uplift caused by earth crust via tectonic movements and they are formed by faulting. Its range is 48km in width and 120 in length.
Rwenzori Mountains were officially publicized as a national park in 1991. The park is surrounded by 996 km of rugged mountain terrain giving visitors unusual experience of an Afro-montane rainforest. These are the forests that start over 300m including giant forms of ground seal, heather and Lobelia.
Many trips o Rwenzori Mountains offer fascinating rewarding experience which must be well planned. The central circuit hike spends 6 nights/7 days covers an altitude of 14000ft(4,267m) higher than the sea level.
In any season, warm hat, heavy socks, gloves, rain gear, good sleeping bag, gumboots, guitars and walking stick are highly recommended for balance plus a basic first aid kit.
Porters shall carry for you heavy luggage and food hence leaving you with camera, water, rain gear and light luggage.
Budget – 1524 USD per person
Mid-range – 1600 USD per person
Luxury – 1690 USD per person
DAY 1: DEPARTURE FROM KAMPALA TO KASESE
You will have an early morning breakfast, the journey begins between 7:30 am to 8: 00am.The journey takes approximately 7 hours, you leave Kampala and through those towns there will be magnificent views that will definitely catch your eye. There will be a stopover at Fort portal town where you will have lunch thereafter you proceed to your hotels.
Accommodations to be used are;
-Equator snow lodge (luxury)
-Ihamba safari lodge (midrange)
-Ruboni Community Camp (Budget)
After checking in, you can opt to take a walk through Kasese town to see what it looks like or you can stay at your lodge and relax as you wait for the next day’s long and exciting activities.
DAY 2: ASCEND TO NYAKALEGAIJA (1,615M) TO NYABITABA HUT (2,651)
Our guide/driver will pick you from your lodge and drop you to the starting point of the mountain for briefing. Campsite is set which makes it safe for parking near the office, it’s a 10km from Nyagalengija passing through cultivation than through forest, five hours’ ascent to the Nyabitaba hut which has piped water supply to the hut. You will rest and wait for the next day’s activity.
DAY 3: TRANSFER FROM NYABITABA HUT TO JOHN MATTE HUT(3,50M)
It ranks the longest and involves a lot of energy for a day’s walk. It’s a minimum of seven hours walk from Nyabitaba hut, the path moves through forests for relatively short time before it crosses Bujuku River at the Kurt Schafer bridge which was built in 1989. In between the bridge and Nyamileju hut, the path is so good for a couple of hours however it gets stepper and rocky as you enter the moorland zone where heather plants are prolific, per herbs you may want to stop for lunch at Nyamileju where there is little-used rundown hut and also a rock shelter. Soon after leaving Nyamileju the path passes via a giant heather forest and follows the Bujuku river. John Matte hut is approximately a two hour walk from Nyamileju. The hut is probably a two hour walk from Nyamileju. The hut is 200m from Bujuku/Kitandara Hut.
DAY 4: FROM JOHN MATTE HUT TO BUJUKU HUT (3,962)
Have breakfast then proceed route fords the Bujuku river as you cross the lower Bigo bog. In clear weather, you can have a clear view of mountain Stanley. After a long climb, the trail reaches the lovely Bujuku lake, you will then rest for the day and have a sleep over at Bujuku hut.
DAY 5: BUJUKU HUT TO KITANDARA HUT (4,023M)
Have breakfast and start on an early morning main trail which goes up a steep slope over Scot Elliot pass, the highest point on the circuit. It provides fabulous views back down the Bujuku valley and a spectacular view of mountain Stanley and Baker towering above. You will then have a sleep over at Kitandara hut.
DAY 6: DESCEND DOWN FROM KITANDARA BACK TO RWENZORI OFFICES
You will wake up have breakfast then descend down to the Rwenzori offices where you will meet your guide/driver waiting for you to drop you to your hotel. You will rest and have dinner and wait to travel back to Kampala the next day.
DAY 7: TRAVEL BACK TO KAMPALA
You will have an early morning breakfast and your driver/guide will be on standby to take you back to Kampala. On your way to Kampala you will have a stopover at Fort portal for lunch then you will proceed to Kampala or straight to the Airport to catch your flight.
- Transfers to and From Kasese
- Tour Guide and porter food and wages
- Meals during hiking
- Park entrance fees
- Accommodation 6 nights in Mt Huts
- Gov’t VAT Taxes
- Clients food, chef, gas cooker
- Franchise fees and charcoal fuel
- Meals not mentioned and beverages
- Rucksack, sleeping bag for low temperature and sleeping mat
- Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication