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Uganda - Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains - Hiking the Central Circuit + Mean paeks.
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A trip up to the Rwenzori Mountains is an exhilarating and rewarding experience but one which must be well planned. The key to an enjoyable visit is to “be prepared!” the central circuit hike takes 6 nights/7 days and reaches an altitude 4,267 m bove sea level. Extra days do be foreseen when climbing one of the the main peaks. Speke (4.890 m) and Magherita  the highest point at 5.109 m. The conditions on the mountains are a challenge to even an experienced hiker.  The Rwenzori mountains is re-known for its un-engineered, steep and slippery trails and frequent rain. Rainfall and cold temperatures, bogs, mud, steep terrain and high altitude make it a challenging trip. Nevertheless it is exciting!

The Rwenzori Mountains are also known as the "Mountains of the Moon". They were first described as such by Ptolemy because they were believed to be the Lunae Montes predicted by the ancient Greeks to be the source of the Nile. A number of the mountain peaks are named after early explorers to Uganda, these include Mounts Stanley, Speke and Baker. The Italian Duke of Abruzzi led a major exploration of the range in 1906, producing the first detailed maps of the area and making several first ascents, including that of Mt Stanley. This expedition named most of the major peaks and features giving the names Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5,044m) to the twin summits of Mt Stanley in honour of members of the Italian and British royal families. The Duke chose to name one of the smaller peaks in the range, Luigi de Savoia (4,627m), after himself.
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Day 1 Arrival at Entebbe - Transfer to your Hotel in Entebbe.
Day 2 Entebbe - Fort Portal - Kassese
Day 3 Nyakalengija (1.646 m) - Up to Nyabitaba hut (2.652 m)
Day 4 Nyabitaba hut ( 2.652 m) - John Matte hut (3.414 m)
Day 5 John Matte hut (3.414 m) - Bujuku hut (3.962 m)
Day 6 Bujuku (3.962 m) - Ascent of Mt Speke (4.890 m) - Bujuku
Day 7 Bujuku hut (3.962 m) - Elena hut (4.540 m)
Day 8 Elena - Ascent of Mt Stanley (Magherita 5.109 m) - Kitandera hut (4.027 m)
Day 9 Kitandera (4.207 m) - Freshfield pass (4.282 m ) - Guy Yeoman (3.621 m)
Day 10 Guy Yeoman (3.621 m) - Nyiabitaba ( 2.652 m)
Day 11 Nyibitaba - Nyakalengija - End of the Climb
Day 12 Transfer Entebbe via Fort Portal & departure

  • Ref: UG014
  • Min. 2 participants. You can also join an existing group!
  • Max. 16 participants.
  • Daily departures.
  • Periods of climbing: The periods of July –August and December-February are relatively dry and for un-experienced hikers the best seasons for a trek.
  • Excellent and permanently acquired physical condition is required.
  • Porters will be carrying your heavy equipment and food, leaving a small park with raingear, warm clothings (on higher sections), camera, water bottle, snacks and lunch.

  • Purchase your own food (in Kasese or Kampala). Rwenzori Mountaineering service (RMS) can provide cooking utensils and cooks.
  • Health and Safety:The high altitude and cold wet conditions of Rwenzori Mountains can adversely effect unexperienced visitors. The following are ailments, which may occur: Hypothermia, Dehydration, Altitude sickness, AMS (Acute mountain sickness) HAPE (High altitude pulmonary edema), and HACE (High Altitude cerebral edema).
  • Climbing equipment (crampons, ice axes, etc.) can be rented from RMS.

  • The Tour Package includes: Airport transfers, transfer to Kasese, hotel and lodge accommodation as per programme, the services of a Driver-Guide, all park and entry fees, guiding, 2 porters wages and food, charcoal fee, the accommodation facilities huts during the trek. It excludes:  Airline ticket, beverages, tips, visas and personal expenses, extra porters.

  • What to bring? 

    - We have a check list available for the Rwenzori climb.

    - Money for your personal expenses (average of $200 p.p.), rain gear (during any seasons),  good sleeping bag, warm hat, gloves, heavy socks, gumboots, gaiters, and a walking stick for balance (and to probe the mud) are recommended.

    -A basic first aid kit is a necessity.  

Summary of Parks & places
Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP)
Rwenzori Mountains NP
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