A well planned expedition to the Rwenzoris is a lifting and
gratifying experience. The key to a memorable trip is to “be well
prepared!” The inner circuit trek takes 7 nights / 8 days and
ascends to an altitude of 14,000 ft (4,267 m) above sea level. The
mountain conditions are quite challenging to even an experienced
The Ruwenzori mountainous
range is well known for its un-engineered, steep and slippery trails
with frequent rain. The frequent rainfall, frosty temperatures, bogs
sludge, steep terrain and high altitude make it a tough and exiting
excursion. A worthy trek to try!
The best time to visit is during the relatively dry months of July
to August, and December to January. The ice covered peaks are only
visible a few days in the year.
Among the animals found in the Rwenzori are the chimpanzee, Columbus
monkeys and other primates, leopards, forest hog, elephant and the
Rock Hyrax. If you have a keen eye, you may spot the three-horned
chameleon. The birdlife is magnificent, and includes the Rwenzori
Turaco, francolin, olive pigeon and the white-necked raven.
The natives, the Bakorio, are a robust mountain people, many of
whom work for Rwenzori Mountaineering Services. Raingear,
good sleeping bag, warm hat, gloves, heavy socks, gum-boots,
gaiters, and a walking stick for balance (and to probe the mud) are
recommended for climbing the mountains.
Arrive in Kampala.
And proceed to kasase overnight Rwenzori Lodge depending on
the time you arrive in kampala .This journey takes about 7 hours to
get to Kasase.
transfer to Nyakalengija. Trek to Nyabitaba Hut (2650metres) for
dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba Hut - 2652m campsite.
arrive at Rwenzori Mountains National Park and the Rwenzori
Mountaineering Services (RMS) office at Nyakalengija early in the
morning to have enough time to hire gear/equipments plus guides and
starts from the Park head office at 54,000 ft, trekking past "mud
and wattle" Bakonzo homes and slowly making your way through
elephant grass. The trek takes about 40 minutes to arrive at the
park boundary. The track then follows the Mubuku River, passing
through landslide prone areas - to be negotiated cautiously), and
requires climbing over rocks, before arriving at the Mahoma River in
about 2 and ˝ hrs.
On crossing the river there is a steep climb through open bracken
fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest up to Nyabitaba hut 8,700 ft
(2652 m). For an average hiker it takes about 5-7 hrs from
Nykalengija to Nyabitaba having hiked 4,000 ft. Amature hikers could
take a bit longer. It is therefore advisable to start the hike
before noon to avoid being on the trials after dark.
During the trek, you may hear chimpanzees, may see black and white
Columbus monkeys in the rear of the hut, and sight the brilliantly
colored Rwenzori Turaco bird – normally resident of the tree tops.
Crosswise the passageway to the north of Nyabitaba hut lies the
rock-strewn and mostly unclimbed Portal Peaks, which rise above
(2650metres) - John Matte Hut (3350m) 6 hour hike
Hut the track turns westwards for ˝ km and then descends sharply to
Kurt Shaffer Bridge, crossing the convergence of the Bujuku and the
Mubuku rivers. Turning right from the Bridge you climb the inner
circuit anti-clockwise. The clockwise direction is much more
difficult dangerous. On passing through Kurt Shaffer Bridge the
mucky and slippery trail climbs gradually up through a bamboo
forest. After 1 an 1/2 hrs you come upon a locale of slimy rock
skipping which is considered the most difficult and dangerous
traction of the course.
After 5 hours of hike you reach the hut at Nyamuleju and its
associated rock shelter. If you started the hike late or if there is
a large group ahead at the next hut, then you may consider spending
the night in this hut. Here, on a clear day Mt. Stanley and Speke
can be viewed atop the rock near the hut. Furthermore Nyamuleju
marks the begning of the giant lobelia and groundsel zone, a
remarkable vegetation type found nowhere else in the world except on
high elevation tropical African Mountains.
The 1 hr hike to John Matte hut - 11, 200 ft. is through a tough
swamp at a slow pace. The extra ordinary vegetation gives a
delightful chance to scrutinize and photograph these unique
surroundings. It may take close to 7 hrs to reach John Matter from
Nyabitaba. Some hikers consider this as the most exhausting and
longest day of the course; therefore it is important to start early.
Depending on a hiker’s condition, some hikers may consider John
Matte as a reasonable stopping point if the feel they have reached
John Matte Hut
- Bujuku(3977m)3-5 hours
Matte to the crossing of the Bujuku River and go into the lesser
Bigo swamp. Here, you get the experience of jumping from tussock to
tussock on a lush bog. This trail is muddy and tags along the
southern edge of lower Bigo swamp until eventually reachng the round
metal "uniport". A steep climb past the hut leads to the greater
Bigo bog. Towards the end of the bog, a board-walk has been
constructed which makes walking easier and prevents the hikers from
damaging the bog.
A striking tapered stream at the upper end of the bog is a good spot
for a lunch break. One hour and a half further, after climbing
through drier ground and criss-crossing the river, you arrive at
Lake Bujuku. The southern most end of the lake is splendid, with Mt.
Baker to the South, Mt. Stanley to the west and Mt. Speke to the
The trail course along the lake’s northeastern shoreline passes
through the worst sludge on the trip. Ahead of the northern end of
the lake is a rock shelter called ‘Cooking Pot’. A short distance
further is the Bujuku Hut at 13,000ft abve sea level. This hut is
favored by parties climbing Mt. Speke - which requires technical
skills and special equipment. The sheltered position and frequent
mist can make Bujuku Hut quite chilly.
If you take a nature walk, chances of seeing Red duikers are high
and at night, calls of the Rock hyraxes can be heard.
Ascend to Elena Hut (4541m)
hut take the newer trail, which ascends and descends two times
before finally climbing sharply trough the delightful moss draped
Groundsel vegetation at 14,345 ft to Scott Elliot Pass. At the
steepest section, there is a short ladder which on turning right
leads to Elena Hut 14,700 ft. This steep rocky trail can be very
slippery when wet. Continuing in a straight line and a few yards
below the pass, there is a sheltered area where you can take a
break. From here, there is another trail to the right leading to
Elena Hut. Elena is the base camp for hiking 16, 763 ft to
Margherita Peak in the Mt. Stanley and can only be attempted with an
ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with
The circuit trail continues to the left over Scot Elliot Pass and
enters an alpine zone of spars low vegetation and stark rough
boulders more familiar to high altitude climbers from northern
latitudes. If the weather is bad here (rain, snow, and wind can
occur in any season) the conditions for "hypothermia" are ideal.
Here you may enjoy stunning views to the north of Margherita Peak,
Elena and Savoia Glaciers, and Mt. Baker 15, 889 ft. towering above
you to the east (left) of the trail.
Margherita peak (5109m).
Descend to the Kitandara Lakes. Meals and overnight at the Kitandara
The descent to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m.
Meals and overnight at Guy Yeoman Hut
Day 8: The descent of
about 6 hours starts to Nyabitaba. Meals and overnight at Nyabitaba
back begins early, so as to get to Nyabitaba Hut in good time. The
path from the Guy Yeoman is somewhat complex at some points. Giving
a hand to one another and descending bit by bit facing the slope is
recommended. This follows the ridge down Nyabitaba, which completes
the circuit. Experienced hikers make the Guy Yeoman to Nyabitaba in
about 5 hours.
Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable
National Park overnight Buhoma Community.
Go for Gorilla
tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Overnight Buhoma
Drive back to
Kampala overnight in a hotel
Go for white
water rafting at the River Nile in Jinja. Overnight in a hotel
The total cost as per the itinerary is
as follows: Minimum 2 pax.
2 pax US$ 2990 per person in mid range accommodation
2 pax US$ 3390 per person in Top range accommodation
For 3 pax or more, the cost reduces at the rate of less US$ 10 per
i.e. 3 pax US$ 2780pp, 4 pax US$ 2770pp, 5 pax US$ 2760pp, 6 pax US$
2750pp, 7 pax US$ 2740pp etc. The same applies for top range
2. Gorilla trekking permit should be booked at least 1 month before
The cost includes: all transport, accommodation, meals, porters and
guides fees, Gorilla trekking and white water rafting.
Cost Does not include: Personal gear,
drinks and what s not mentioned.