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AVU 040 Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Tour (10 Days)

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Tour overview:

InquireRwenzori is known primarily for its challenging hiking and climbing possibility with a unique among East African mountains. Rwenzori is not Volcanic in Origin, but it rises directly from the Rift valley floor. It’s range also supports a diversity of animals including mammals and about 177 bird species, with several being Albertine Rift Endemics. It’s the highest mountain range in Africa, with its Loftiest peaks, Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5083m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.

Tour Highlights:

Day 01: Kampala-Rwenzori Mountain

Day 02: Tranfer to Nyakalengija- Nyabitaba Hut

Day 03: Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut

Day 04: Hike up to Bujuku Hut

Day 05: Ascend to Mount Victoria & Mount Speke

Day 06: Elena Hut

Day 07: Final Ascent to the Alps of Africa

Day 08: Descent, Guy Yeoman Hut

Day 09: Back to Kasese

Day 10: Back to Kampala

Details of the Itinerary:

InquireDay 01: Kampala – Rwenzori Mountain:

Have your breakfast as early as possible. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel, after which you will begin your journey to western Uganda. You will have a stopover at the equator for some photographs. Continue to Kasese having lunch en route and head for the plateau of the mountains of the moon.

Accommodation:

Hotel Margherita

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 02: Tranfer to Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba Hut:

Wake up early for a transfer to Nyakalengija the trailhead off Fort Portal road. Move to Ibanda to start your 5-6 hour climb into the mountains. This climb will take you through thick Equatorial vegetation before arriving at the Nyabitaba hut 2650 meters in the late evening. It is a 5 hours ascent to Nyabitaba Hut, passing first through cultivation then through Forest.

Accommodation:

Nyabitaba Hut.

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 03: Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut:

This is the longest and most exhausting day’s walk; expect it to take a minimum of seven hours. From Nyabitaba hut the path descends through forest for a short time before it crosses the Bujuku River at the Kurt Schafer bridge .Take breakfast, commence on a morning hike through the Kurt Shafer Bridge to wonder at the sparkling Mobuku river conflux. The path is good for the first couple of hours, but it becomes steeper and very rocky as you enter the moorland Zone where heather plants are Prolific. Have Lunch at Nyamileju Hut where there is a little used and rather run-down Hut, as well as a rock shelter. A climb through the open patches, Lobelia, and Heath moss forest before maneuvering a 2 hours ‘walk to the John Matte hut for an overnight.

Accommodation

John Matte Hut

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 04: Hike up to Bujuku Hut:

Retreat early through the giant Lobelias and heath trees. You move up to the Bigo Bog and a panoramic landscape of Lobelias and gigantic Groundsels. This takes up to five hours, depending on the condition of the two Bigo Bogs, which are often Knee-deep in Mud. On the way the hut you will pass Lake Bujuku, which has a magnificent setting between mounts Stanley, Speke and Baker. Later, go for dinner and an overnight at Bujuku hut (3997 meters).

Accommodation

Bujuku hut

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 05: Ascend to Mount Victoria & Mount Speke:

Leave early morning for the valley with scenic alpine vegetation consisting of huge Groundsels and Lobelia and ascend Mount Victoria and Mount Speke at (4890 meters).

Accommodation:

Elena Hut

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 06: Elena Hut:

Depart through the gorgeous panorama of the Savoia and Elena glaciers climb further through to the Scott Elliott pass (4372 meters) and proceed through the snow to the Elena hut

Accommodation:

Elena Hut

Meal Plan: Full Board.

InquireDay 07: Final Ascent to the Alps of Africa!

Early morning climb up to the snowy Alexander peak (5092m); and then move onwards to the supreme peak at (5109m), it gives a good panoramic view and hence a great photo opportunities available. There after descend to the beautiful Lake Kitandara for overnight.

Accommodation:

Kitandara safaris hut (3900m).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 08: Descend, Guy Yeoman Hut:

After early breakfast, plunge starts.  From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing to the south of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. Have a Picnic luncheon on your way from the pass; take   the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, after which we carry on journey to Guy Yeoman.

Accommodation

Guy Yeoman Hut.

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 09: Back to Kasese:

Descend to Nyabitaba and proceed to Ibanda in kasese for resting and an overnight.

Accommodation

Hotel Margherita.

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 10: Back to Kampala:

Have lunch en route and transfer back to Kampala.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.

END OF RWENZORI MOUNTAIN HIKING (10 DAYS)

The Safari Package Covers:

  • Entrance Fees.
  • Hiking Equipment
  • Porters and Cook Fees
  • Relevant Government Taxes.
  •  Full Board Accommodation as indicated in the Itinerary (9 nights).
  •  Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Airport transfer provided your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

  • Flight fares                                                                                                                                                           
  • Visa Fees 
  • Personal Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.
  • Extra Services:
    Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$)
  • Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and night after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:

Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),

Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),

The Lodge (Mid range and budget- 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)

Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

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