Mt. Rwenzori – sometimes referred to as the Ruwenzori Mountains or “Mountains Of the Moon”, is located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. With heights of up to 5,109 m (16,761 ft) at WikiMiniAtlas0°23′09″N 29°52′18″ECoordinates: 0°23′09″N 29°52′18″E, its highest peaks are permanently snow-capped similar to Kilimanjaro mountains and Mount Kenya being the only such in Equatorial Africa .
The Ruwenzoris consist of six peaks with permanent snow caps and three glaciers. The highest being Margherita peak is the third highest peak in the all of Africa at an altitude of 5,109 meters above sea level.
Mountain Ruwenzori offers a memorable experience to both experienced and ordinary hikers.
Day 1: Kampala to Kasese
Upon your arrival at Entebbe airport, our guide will welcome you holding a placard bearing your name. Depending on your time of arrival, he may immedfiately transfer you to Kasese via Mbarara or Fort Portal to Kasese with lunch en route. Check in at Hotel Margarita for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Climb Nyabitaba (2650m)
After the morning breakfast, transfer to Nyakalengija at the foothills of Mt Ruwenzori for a briefing before starting a 5 – 6 hours climb up the mountains. Traverse the thick Equatorial vegetation before arriving at the Nyabitaba hut in the late evening for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Hiking (John Matte)
After an early morning breakfast embark on a hike through the Kurt Sharfer Bridge as you marvel at the sparkling Mubuku river confluence. This climb takes you through the open patches, lobelia, and heath moss forest before arriving at John Matte hut for your dinner and overnight.
Day 4: John Matte hut to Bujuku hut (3997m)
After a heavy breakfast, you will start off the hike to Bujuku River and enter the lower Bigo Bog that gives a real experience of jumping from tussock to tussock on a grassy bog. Then climb to the Bigo Bog dominated with scenic landscape of Lobelias and giant Groundsels. Dinner and overnight stop at Bujuku hut.
Day 5: Bujuku Hut to Kitandara Hut
After the morning breakfast, embark on a hike to the highest point of the Loop Trail, Scott Elliot Pass (4,372m), before sloping down to the two Kitandara lakes. Later descend to Kitandara Hut for an overnight.
Day 6: Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut
This is a 5hour hike starting with a steep ascent to fresh field Pass (4,282m) to Bujongolo cave (3,720m) and then to Nyakalengija your end point. The safari guide will be waiting for you at this point for a transfer to Mountains of the Moon Hotel in Fort Portal for an overnight.
Day 7: Transfer to Kampala and departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kampala with scenic views and lunch en route. Reach early enough for a transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
End of the safari.