7 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing.

Day 1: Nyakalengija (1615m) - Nyabitaba Hut (2651m)

The Central Circuit starts at the RMS offices at Nyakalengija. You should arrive in the morning to allow ample time to rent equipment and meet your guides and porters. The trail begins by passing through farmland to the park boundary beyond which it follows the Mubuku river, crossing its Mahoma tributary before starting a long, steep climb up onto a massive ridge to reach Nyabitaba hut. The hike takes around 5 hours. During this part of the trip you may hear chimpanzee and see black and white colobus, blue monkey and the brilliantly coloured Rwenzori turaco.

Day 2: Nyabitaba (2651m) - Mubuku River (2600m) John Matte Hut.(3505m)

This involves a demanding 7+ hour trek up to John Matte hut. The Central Circuit ‘proper’ starts a few hundred metres beyond Nyabitaba where the trail pides. The right fork leads to the peaks up the Bujuku valley while the path on the left is used for the subsequent descent.

The trail leads to the Kurt Shafer Bridge which crosses the Mubuku valley just below the river's confluence with the Bujuku valley. Beyond the river, a muddy, slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. After a five hour trek is the start of the giant lobelia and groundsel zone, a vegetation type limited to East Africa's highest mountains. He final hour's walk to John Matte hut passes through a challenging bog full of extraordinary plants.

Day 3: John Matte (3505m) - Bujuku (3962m).

The route fords the Bujuku River as you cross the Lower Bigo bog, A steep climb follows to reach the Upper Bigo Bog where a boardwalk has been constructed to assist walkers. In clear weather, there are superb views of Mountain Stanley at the head of this cavernous, glacier-carved valley.

Above the bog, after a long steady climb over glacial moraine, criss-crossing the river, the trail reaches the lovely Lake Bujuku. The last stage of the 3-5 hour hike to Bujuku Hut past Cooking Pot Cave is perhaps the muddiest stage of the expedition. The hut is well placed for parties climbing Mountain Speke.

Day 4: Bujuku (3962m) - Scott Elliott Pass (4372m) Kitandara (4023m).

From Bujuku hut, the trail crosses more mud before climbing steeply through a forest of giant groundsels, climbing a short metal ladder to ascend the Groundsel Gully. Above the gully, a branch in the trail climbs directly to Elena Hut (4430m) for the ascent of Margherita peak on Mountain Stanley (5109m).

This climb needs an ice axe, mountain boots, crampons and ropes. The main trail continues up a steep screen slope over Scott Elliot pass, the highest point on the circuit. The pass provides fabulous views back down the Bujuku valley and of Mountains Stanley and Baker towering above. Beyond the pass, the route runs downhill beneath the massive cliffs of Mt. Baker. After passing Upper Lake Kitandara, the 3-5 hour hike ends at the hut beside Lower Lake Kitandara, a beautiful site surrounded by towering peaks.

Day 5: Kitandara (4023m) - Freshfi eld Pass (4282m) - Guy.

Yeoman (3505m) Fresh field is a long flat traverse through tracts of fabulously colourful moss (and more mud), beyond which the long descent to Nyakalengija begins. The hike to Guy Yeoman hut takes around 5 hours. The hut enjoys a lovely location close to the Mubuku River with terrific views of the looming Mountain Baker to the north.

Day 6/7: Guy Yeoman (3505m) - Nyabitaba (2651m).

Descending to Nyabitaba takes around 5 hours but with an early start it is possible to make it all the way down to Nyakalengija. Below Guy Yeoman, the route descends the cliffs of Kichuchu. Beyond Kichuchu the muddy path crosses the Mubuku River twice before climbing upwards to Nyabitaba to complete the circuit.

Day 7: Nyabitaba (2651m) - Nyakalengija (1615m).

Descending from Nyabitaba to Nyakalengija will take 2-3 hours.

For detailed and more tailor made itineraries, feel free to contact us at tours@adventure-travellers.com

Certificate Of Excellence 2017!

Certificate of Excellence
2017

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECTS

Community Outreach Projects - African Adventure Travellers

Find us on FaceBook

Travelers' reviews

Auf den Spuren der Berggorillas – Perfekt organisiert und durchgeführt

Im Rahmen unseres Uganda Aufenthalts waren ich mit meiner Familie mit African Adventure Travellers (AAT) unter...

Lake Mburo - zwei Tage Safari

Diese Safari ist vor allem Vögel Liebhabern und auch Pärchen, die einen romantischen Aufenthalt in Uganda heben wollen, nur zu empfehlen...

Ugandisches Abenteuer

Ich habe mit einem Freund eine dreitägige Safari mit African Adventure gemacht und sie sehr genossen. Unsere Tourguides haben alles getan, um uns die Safari so schön wie möglich zu gestalten...

Safaritur på 6 dage til Murchison Falls og Queen Elizabeth Park.

Under selve planlægningen var der god kontakt til African Adventures, og alt blev planlagt præcis som vi ønskede det...

6-dags safaritur til Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth samt gorilla tracking i Bwindi

Vi kørte først nord på til Murchison falls, virkelig smukt!
Så kørste vi via Fort Portal til syd-vest Uganda, hvor vi bland andet var i Queen Elizabeth park,...

Buen precio y servicio excelente

Viaje con ellos un fin de semana a Lake Mburo durante la estacion baja, y nos consiguieron un hotel nuevo y precioso en mitad del parque, con unas habitaciones my comodas y bonitas...

RÊVE D'AFRIQUE

Mon mari et moi arrivons d'un Safari en Afrique, nous avons hésités longtemps pour trouver la destination idéale pour nous.....

Esperienza unica!

Se volete passare le vacanze in Uganda, vi consiglio questo Tour operator locale. Sono molto ben organizzati, seri, affidabili...

Safari og Gorilla-tracking express

Vi satt av fire dager til å reise på safari og gorilla-tracking. Vi fikk oppleve Ugandas wildlife på en veldig effektiv måte...

Tours
Tours
Tours