10 Days: Rwenzori Excursion With The Hallmarks Travels

A trip to the highest peak in Uganda is a rewarding experience for climbers.

The Rwenzori Mountains have been selected as one of the World's Best Hikes by National Geographical

Day one: Arrival

You will be welcomed by a representative of the hallmarks travels at Entebbe Airport. From where you will be transferred to Kampala and continue to the foothills of the Mountains of Moon. This will depend on your time of arrival.

You will have the dinner and overnight at a hotel of your choice.

Day two: Start of the Tour

Our drive/guide will transfer you to Nyakalengija (1646 meters) where you will start your climb into the mountains. The hike takes you along the Mubuku River and through thick equatorial vegetation before arriving at the Nyabitaba hut (2650 meters). You may hear chimpanzees or see blue monkeys. 

Dinner and overnight in Nyabitaba hut.

Total hiking time is about 5-7 hours

Ascent: 1200 meters

Day three: John Matte hut

After early breakfast you will start the hike through the Kurt Sharfer Bridge to marvel at the sparkling Mubuku river confluence. In the afternoon you will reach the Nyamuleju hut from where you might enjoy a nice view at Mount Stanley and Speke. Climb through the open patches, lobelia, and heath moss forest and proceed up to the John Matte hut (3415 meters) for overnight. 

Total hiking time: 7 hours

Ascent: 915 meters

Day four: Bujuku hut

Early morning, ascend to the Bigo Bog and scenic landscape of lobelias and giant groundsels. You will pass Lake Bujuku, majestically settled between the famous mountains. Continue to a rock shelter called Cooking Pot and soon you will arrive at your final stop for the day. Have your dinner and overnight at the Bujuku Hut (3960 meters). 

Total hiking time: 3-5 hours

Ascent: 560 meters

Day five: Elena hut

Head off from the valley with scenic alpine vegetation consisting Giant Groundsels and Lobelia and continue to ascend Mount Victoria and Mount Speke at 4890 meters. Depart through the lovely views of the Savoia and Elena glaciers, scale further and proceed through the snow to the Elena Hut (4560 meters) for overnight rest. The Elena Hut will be your base for the final conquers of the Rwenzori Mountains. 

Total hiking time: 3-5 hours

Ascent: 470 meters

Day six: FINAL ASCENT TO THE AFRICAN ALPS!

Early morning ascent to the snowy Alexander peak (5092 meters) and then onwards to the highest peak at 5109 meters, the famous Margherita! Thereafter we directly descend to the beautiful lake Kitandara for overnight stay at Kitandara hut (4020 meters).

Total hiking time: 3-5 hours

Ascent: 670 meters - Descent: 1090 meters

Day seven: Guy Yeoman hut

After early breakfast a long descent begins. First we climb from Lake Kitandara to the Fresh field Pass from where you will look into the neighboring country Congo. We will have a picnic lunch on the way as we continue our journey descending.  

Dinner and Overnight at the Guy Yeoman hut (3260 meters).

Total hiking time: 5-7 hours

Descent: 1000 meters

Day eight: Nyabitaba hut

The last part of the hike drops steeply along the Mubuku River and joins the original route near the Bujuku River. 

Have dinner and overnight at Nyabitaba Hut (2650 meters).

Total hiking time: 5-7 hours

Descent: 600 meters

Day 9: Kasese

Our last descending to Nyakalengija will take approximately 2-3 hours. Then we proceed to Kasese to check in at the Hotel. Here you can relax and reflect your climb of the highest peak in Uganda. 

Have your dinner and then overnight at the Hotel.

Day ten: DEPARTURE

This is the last day to enjoy the enchanting peaks of the Mountains of the Moon. With unforgettable memories leave for Kampala and proceed to Entebbe Airport for your evening flight. Or you might choose to enjoy the beauty of Uganda’s capital city-Kampala a little longer and visit other beautiful national parks.