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Central Circuit Rwenzori Mountians Trekking

Rwenzori Mountaineering Service - 8 days

  • Central Circuit Rwenzori Mountians Trekking
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Heavy
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
Rwenzori Mountaineering Service
Safety
How to book

Overview

> Maximimal summit succes
> Amazing views 
> One of the remote routes

8 Days Climbing Rwenzori Mountain via the central circuit is an adventure of a lifetime, due to its amazing views and remoteness. This route maximizes the chances for summit success rate by many hikers. In this  8 day Rwenzori Mountains climb via the central circuit route, you will profit from a large extent of acclimatization on the mountain by walking long stretches on the mountain and slighter altitude gains. The Rwenzori Central Circuit Trail is one of the most remote routes that you don't want to miss out! 

 

Route

Route

Day 1. Transfer to Kasese

You will be welcomed by an experienced and professional tour guide of Rwenzori Mountaineering Service from Kampala and start the journey with a drive to Kasese town which is the next biggest town to Rwenzori Mountains national park, lunch will be en route as it will be advised by the safari guide. The journey is likely to take you around 7-8 hours and Dinner and overnight are planned to be at Ruboni Community Camp or Equator Snow Hotel.

Day 2. Nyakalengija(1648) – nyabitaba (2651)

You will have early morning breakfast and head to the briefing point for Rwenzori mountain hiking tour from the experienced Rwenzori national park rangers and Rwenzori Mountaineering services Team ( R M S) and later start the hike at around 8 am through the bamboo, high elephant grass, and dense bushes. You will climb some rocks and bluff, crossing river Mahoma then to Nyabitaba hut where you will spend the night. You will expect to see some animals like white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, three-horned chameleon and the Rwenzori turaco along this route. The journey will take you 4-5 hours.

Day 3. Nyabitaba to john matte (3503m)

You will move through the forest about half an hour to the hurt Shafer bridge, the confluence of Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Then through the bamboo forest. Slippery moss-covered rocks for a couple of hours. Proceed to Nyamulenge rock shelter where you will have a view of mount Stanely. Then you will reach John Matte hut where you will spend the night. This place will offer you a beautiful view of mount Stanely and Margherita glacier.

Day 4. John matte to Bujjuku (3900m)

After Morning breakfast, Move from John Matte hut across the Bujuku River to the lower Bigo bog. A steep section past the hut leads to upper to Bigo and half of this a boardwalk has been constructed. You will have a lunch break at a beautiful narrow stream at the upper end of this bog. The southern end of the lake is in a majestic setting, with Mt. Baker to the South, Mt. Stanley to the west and Mt. Speke to the north. Dinner and Overnight stay at John Matte – Bujuku Hut – 3962 m

Day 5. Bujuku to Kitandara (4023m)

Leave Bujuku hut to a new trail. This trail rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply about 14,345 ft (4,372 m) to Scott Elliot Pass. While at the steepest section a short strong ladder will help us get by. The ladder will lead to Elena Hut 14,700 ft (4,430 m).  You will then continue straight. A few steps below the pass, there is a sheltered spot for a very good break before Elena Hut. This is the base camp for climbing 16,763 feet/5,109m to Margherita peak in the Mt.Stanly Complex and requires an additional day, in case the weather is bad. It can rain, snow, and wind can blow in any season.

Day 6. Kitandara to guy yeoman (3505m)

If you are aiming at Margherita peak (5109m), you will continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, it will take you about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita, the highest peak of the Rwenzoris. Given the high altitude and the tough conditions even if you do not reach the peak, don’t get disappointed. Prepare for your return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke and down to the Kitandara Lakes. After the trail that takes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight stay at the Kitandara Hut

Day 7. Guy yeoman to Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija

Today, from Guy Yeoman, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the southern side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. At this point, you can see the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906. Overnight at Ruboni Community bands

Day 8. Drive back to Kampala/airport

The guide will pick you up from the camp in the morning after your breakfast and drive you back to Kampala to the airport for your flight back home.

What's Included

Included:

 Transport
All transfers during the trek are included. Drop off at Kasese from Kampala on the first day and pick up after the hike will be arranged by your trekking company beforehand.

√ English speaking trekking guide and Porters
During the trek, you will be accompanied at all times by a Rwenzori Mountains guide. Porters will join the group as well to help to carry the luggage.

 Accommodation
Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. You will spend the first night of the trek at Ruboni Community Camp or Equator Snow Hotel. You will spend the remaining nights in huts along the main circuit of the Rwenzori, such as the  Nyabitaba hut, the John Matte Hut or the Bujuku Hut.

Meals 
All meals are included during the trek, including lunch en route on the first day.

 Permits and Entrance Fees
In order to trek in the Rwenzori Mountains national park, you need a hiking permit and you need to pay the park's entrance fees. These are included in the price of the trek.

Not included:

× Airfare
You will have to make your way to Kampala, the starting point of this trek. Flight tickets to Uganda are not included in the price of the trek. In order to know which airlines fly to Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you can have a look at their website.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation in Kampala.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Sleeping bag and other equipment
Sleeping bags are not included in the trek, you will have to bring your own. Other necessary trekking equipment such as trekking boots, gumboots, and warm gear are not included.

× Personal expenses
Any personal expenses that may take place during the trek, such as buying snacks, souvenirs or alcoholic drinks are on your own account.

× Water
As you hike the Rwenzori, you will not be provided with bottled water. You will get the water from the rivers and streams in the mountains because it’s clean. The locals drink it and they are okay. But if you don’t trust it, it’s okay to add some water filters to your water to avoid any inconveniences (these won't be provided by your trekking company).

× Tipping
Tipps for the guide and porter are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.

Accommodation

Accommodation

There is an extensive system of huts along the main circuit of the Rwenzori. These include Nyabitaba hut at 2650 meters, John Matte Hut at 3380 meters, the Bujuku Hut at 3977 meters, Elena Hut high on the flanks of Mt. Stanley at 4540 meters, the Kitandara Lake Hut at 4027 meters and the Guy Yeoman Hut down the Mubuku River Valley at 3260 meters.

Accommodation @Mt. Rwenzori Uganda

There are five huts on the Western side of the range in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These include Kyandolere at 1700 meters, Kalongi at 2140 meters, Mahungu at 3310 meters, Kyondo at 4303 meters and the Moraine hut at 4500 meters. All were built in 1942 (Osmaston, 2006). If you are going off the main circuit, it is possible to camp in tents and frequently under rock overhangs that are very common in the range.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When Should I Climb the Rwenzori Mountains?

For most people, it is July, August, and September. The next tier of good months consists of October, January, and February. These six months, plus December, are considered to be Rwenzori's high season. The shoulder season months are December, March, and June. Lastly, the rains come in April, May, and November. These three months are considered to be Rwenzori's low season, and many operators offer discounts during this time.

Climbing during the High Season. The greatest advantage of climbing at this time is that you can stay dry the entire time. Sure, you can always get rained on throughout the year, especially in the rain forest and moorlands, but typically the precipitation is low and infrequent. By staying dry, you stay comfortable and the overall trek will be more enjoyable. Removing the stress of being wet and cold also increases your chance of proper acclimatization. In the dry season, the views are better, with clear and sunny skies. The disadvantage is that the trails have many climbers, which can take away from the feeling of being on a big, remote mountain. However, some visitors look forward to socializing with other groups at camp. Not surprisingly, most people choose to climb during the dry season because the likelihood of nice weather trumps any misgivings they may have about encountering others on the mountain.

Climbing during the Low Season. The prospect of having the mountain to yourself is what draws people to climb during the low season. The mountain is very empty and it is possible to be the only party at a campsite. This quiet and solitude are what many people seek when going outdoors. Secondly, although it does rain quite a lot during the low season, most of the time the rains arrive in the afternoon. With Rwenzori's trekking schedule, most of the hiking can be done in the mornings, which means that the time spent on the trail while it rains can be minimized.

How do I get to Rwenzori National Park?

Rwenzori Mountains National Park lies a few kilometers north of the equator on the Uganda-Congo border. The park trailhead at Ruboni can be reached from Kampala from the north via Fort Portal (375km) or the south passing through Mbarara and Queen Elizabeth National Park (450km). Nyakalengija is 17km off the Kasese-Fort Portal road and 25km north of Kasese town.

Mt. Rwenzori National Park is suitably located in the South Western part of Uganda and can be accessed through any neighboring country to Uganda but Rwanda and Uganda are the most appropriate.

Mt. Rwenzori National park
By road

Rwenzori Mountains National Park lies a few kilometers north of the equator on the Uganda-Congo border. The park trailhead at Ruboni can be reached from Kampala from the north via Fort Portal (375km) or the south passing through Mbarara and Queen Elizabeth National Park (450km). Nyakalengija is 17km off the Kasese-Fort Portal road and 25km north of Kasese town.

By air

Charter flights to Kasese can be arranged from Kampala (Kajjansi) or Entebbe International Airport

Do I need to train for Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains? 

Hiking requires some physical fitness to hike up to the top. However, the local guide and porters are readily available to give you a hand. They are sourced from the adjacent areas to provide services for trekkers and they are experienced and enthusiastic in the field. Some of the park's peaks are incomparable, beautiful and mist-shrouded. They carry permanent snow and glaciers, while the slopes are covered with dense forest, inhabited by a wide variety of animal species and birds. The mountain slopes above 1,6000 m are the preserve of hikers who rate the Rwenzori to be the most challenging of the entire African mountain.

Packing List

Packing List

If you already decided which is the trek for you, then it is time to start packing your bags for trekking in Uganda. Rwenzori Mountaineering Service has prepared a list of some of the things you need not to forget to add into your pack as you plan your Rwenzori trek:

- Non-cotton shirts (quick drying)
- Long sleeve shirts
- hiking boots
- Pairs of pants
- Sandals
- Rain jacket
- Waterproof pants
- Pairs of socks
- Backpack
- Good sleeping bag
- Headlamp
- Microfiber towel (or a handkerchief)
- First aid kit
- Extra camera battery and extra memory cards
- Snacks
- Sunscreen/hat/sunglasses
- Water filter
- Gloves

Rwenzori Mountaineering Service

Rwenzori Mountaineering Service 

Rwenzori Mountaineering Service is managed by the destination expert safari company by names of Active African Vacations Limited that is based in Kampala Uganda with a team of experienced tour guides, Safari consultants ready to tailor-make your Rwenzori hiking trip either through the Kilembe trail or Rwenzori Central circuit.

Rwenzori Mountaineering Service has over 8 years of experience in leading hikers and climbers to the summit of Rwenzori Mountains either using the Uganda routes or Congo Hiking Routes in Virunga National Park Congo. Rwenzori Mountaineering service works in strong partnership with Mountaineering services or Trekking Services in Uganda and Virunga Foundations in Congo to create and tailor the best possible trip for you.  

Our professional tour consultants have all made successful summit attempts and are therefore in a position to provide you with advice and in-depth knowledge of the mountain. Essential advice on how to climb Rwenzori, how difficult/hard a Rwenzori mountain climb is and how long does it take for a Mount Rwenzori climb, is all knowledge that we possess in detail. 

Are you ready to climb the Rwenzori Mountains?! 

Meet Sarah from Rwenzori Mountaineering Service

Sarah is born & raised in the Kases region Close the Mountain Rwenzori National park and responsible for the customer service of Rwenzori Mountaineering Service 

Hi Sarah, why did you start working for Rwenzori Mountaineering Service
Since my childhood, I have loved nature, the tropical climate and wildlife conservation. These are the top reasons why my dad directed me to study tourism. so far I have explored most east African countries including Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. I'm very familiar with the cultural practices of the local communities of the Bakonjo people in Kasese areas around the Mountain Rwenzori National Park.

What is your Educational Background? 
I'm a graduate from Makerere Business School with a Bachelors Degree in Tourism and management in 2015, which provided me with the required knowledge in tourism. My Internship practice was done with the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Queen Elizabeth National Park & Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

What are your hiking experiences? 
My first-time experience of Hiking was the Rwenzori Hike ( Margherita Peak) in 2015 ( May) and the Second Hike is Africa’s highest Peak (Uhuru Peak) on Mountain Kilimanjaro and Mountain Nyiragongo Hike in Democratic Republic Congo.



Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

How to book

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Cancellation Policy

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