Rwenzori Mountain Hiking Safari
The 9 days Mt. Rwenzori hiking safari is an ultimate hiking experience as you traverse the snow capped Rwenzoris, famed in ancient times as the mountains of the moon, running along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Rwenzoris offer an amazing and exceptional walking encounter to both trekkers at lower altitudes as well as mountaineers who would like to meet the challenge of ascending to the glacial peaks of over 5100 metres.
Hiking in Rwenzori
After breakfast, drive for 1 hrs as from Kasese town to Okorukumi/ Kasanga and start your hike to reach RMNP / Kasanga Gate to for registration at the Park Ranger outpost. Here after, take on the trail which bends west on the ridge overlooking the Kasuka and Isule valleys and onward to Kebitakuli for a hot lunch while taking a breath and thereafter, hike through the montane rain forest overlooking bamboo forested valleys.
Encounter plant species like the Disa stairssi,Scadoxus cyrtanthiflorus, Impetiens apiculataand spot or hear calls of black and white colubus monkeys, The Rwenzori Turaco and other birds. On trial you will spot chimpanzee nests and droppings or hear their calls. The trail will lead you through the heather zone and reach Rwigho Camp for an overnight rest immediately after crossing River Rwigho. It will take you only 6-7 hours.
After breakfast, the trail takes you through the heather trees (Ericathiasis) with lots of moss hanging over these trees. The is the heather zone with a lots of heather trees, scencio trees, alchemila, black berries, and many more plant species. Also while on trail you will be able to spot black and white Colobus monkeys, Varvet monkeys, sun birds, the Rwenzori turaco a rare beautiful bird in the park. On this day you will see lots of giant lobelias, everlasting flowers and rock shelters. Overnight at Kambeho Camp. This hike will take you 5 – 6 hrs with a stopover for a hot lunch at Mitiyighaghire.
After breakfast, start with a climb along river Lhume, in the early morning hours of the day when still fresh and strong with urge to climb the only steep Mughuli bypass. As you think of slopping down to Lake Mughuli which is within MTN network coverage to give you a chance to call friends and family members about the beauty and experience encountered on the trail.
There are several short peaks which one can easily climb depending upon what time you have arrived in the camp and how you feel. The vegetation along the Lake is so beautiful to catch up your eyes. Animals you might see along the trail are the Rwenzori red-duiker, rock and tree hyrax and wild pigs. Around the camp, you can have a self-guided walk to explore the water falls. The approximate time taken from Kambeho to Mughuli Camp is about 6-7hrs hike with a stopover for a hot lunch at Mulhalhama resting view point.
This camp is set in the heart of the two mountains of the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi; it is a relaxing point to acclimatize for those interested in climbing the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi. Five hours from Mughuli camp takes you through a very gentle crossing passing the vegetation of the alchemila, several giant lobelia species and the wonderful and unknown leaf looking like human palm.
From Mughuli Camp to Bukurungu Camp will take you 6 – 7hrs; with a stopover for a hot lunch at Kinyamiyeye. On this day if the weather is clear, your eyes and hands on the camera will have all the main peaks of Edward on Mount Baker, Margherita and Alexadra on Mount Stanley, Vittorio Emanuela on Mount Speke, Kihuma on the Portal Peaks and Mount Gessi at glance.
Descend to lower Bigo bog following the stream joining river Bujuku and with scenic views of the tossoks. Rise up after a snack at Bigo and join the upper Bigo Bog. Then continue going up to reach the Bujuku Lake and pas on to set your camp at Irene lakes.
An early start to catch the morning sun on glaciers. The guide should prepare you for crowning your trip the by reaching Margherita peak. Soon as you are done, meet your cook at Irine for hot lunch and join your porters at Bigo.
Clients like this route because of its scenic views and accessibility. It also has lots of nature walking and still virgin, not yet exploited. Lodging in Kasese hotel of your choice.
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What is included in this safari:
- Hiking fees
- 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop – up roof for scenic viewing
- A professional English speaking Driver guide
- Park entrance fees
- Porter fees
- Hiking equipment
- Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle
- All ground transportation and fuel
- Accommodation and Meals
- All activities / service as per itinerary
- Drinking water in the vehicle
Exclusions of the safari:
- International air fares
- Activities / services not included in the itinerary
- Alcoholic drinks / wines
- Laundry and any service of personal nature