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Climbing Mountain Rwenzori safari – 12 Days:

Climbing Mountain Rwenzori safari – 12 Days:

This is a safari for individuals interested in viewing the beauty of Mountain Rwenzori located between the border of Western Uganda and Eastern Congo. The mountains are also called as "The mountains of the moon". It is a combination of dense forest, misty slopes, lakes formed in craters much green vegetation and snowy mountains. This involves hiking Mountain Rwenzori until we reach peak Margherita. It also involves viewing different aspects of life as regards wildlife, birds and plants. This trip can be extended to Queen National Park to view more animal species.

 This safari can be organized with a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 10 participants.

 Visa for Uganda is $ 50 Dollars person delivered at Entebbe Airport.

Trip summary – 12 days:

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport.

Day 2: Kampala – Transfer to Kasese - Mountain Rwenzori

Day 3. Climb to Nyabitaba Hut.

Day 4. Hike from Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut.

Day 5: Hike from John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut.

Day 6: Hike from Bujuku Hutto to Elena Hut (4541m).

Day 7: Climb Margherita peak (5109m) – Kitandara Hut (4207m).

Day 8: Kitandara (4207m) descend to Guy Yeoman Hut (3621 M).

Day 9: Guy Yeoman (3621M) - Descend to Nyabitaba Hut (2652M).

Day 10: Descend from Nyabitaba Hut to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) -

Day 11: Transfer to Kampala

Day 12: Departure

What is included on this trip?

Airport transfers, accommodation, all meals, mineral water, the services of a Driver-Guide, all park and entry fees and all activities as per the itinerary.

What is excluded in this trip?

Personal expenses, visas, flight charges, all drinks except Mineral Water and other personal expenditures like tips and donations.

What to bring with you for the Hike to the Mountain:

Sleeping bag, pair of crampons, rope, Ice axe, hiking/rubber boots, hand gloves, snow goggles, walking stick/rod, day pack warm gear including jackets, hat, thermal under wear, cotton stockings and any other from your hiking experience on snow.

What is the best time to climb the Rwenzoris?

The best time to climb the mountain is from June through to August and from December to February. Climbing is organised by Rwenzori Mountaineering Services and includes 1 guide and 2 porters per person, meals, accommodation and entrance fees. A minimum number of 4 climbers on the peaks is advised – 2 climbers and 2 guides.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport.

On arrival at Entebbe airport you will be received by AJ tours and travel team. Here you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight. If you arrive in the morning, you may choose an activity that you will do outside the safari plan. This will enable you to keep busy that whole day before the safari departure the following day.

Some of the activities/day excursion that you can choose include; a visit to Ngamba Island (Chimp sanctuary), visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, visit the Botanical Gardens, visit to Mabira Forest reserve (Nature walk and birding).

Accommodation: Sophie's Motel

Day 2: Kampala transfer to Kasese via Fort portal.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kasese via Mubende and Fort Portal towns. From here, you will be able to prepare your self to hike the "Mountains of the moon" until we reach the Margherita peak. Dinner and overnight will at the Margarita Hotel.

Day 3: Arrival at Rwenzori Maintains National Park – walk to Nyabitaba Hut.

Early in the morning we arrive at Rwenzori Mountains National park and the Rwenzori mountaineering services (RMS) offices at Nyakalengija in the morning getting ready to start hiking. The hiking begins from the park headquarters 5,400 ft (1.646 m) walking past typical "mud wattle" Bakonzo homes to the park boundary in 40 minutes then we proceed to Nyabitaba hut (2652m) 5-7 hours for overnight.

In this part of the trip you may be able to hear chimpanzees and sometimes you can see black and White Colobus and blue Monkeys behind the hut, we can also catch a glimpse of Rwenzori Turaco. Walk across the Mahoma River and climb steeply through bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut for overnight.

Day 4: Hike from Nyabibati Hut to John Matte Hut.

After an early breakfast we continue westward through the Kurt Shaffer bridge to marvel at the Mobuku River confluence, the muddy, slippery trail climb steadily up through the bamboo forest. After 5 hours of walking from Nyabitaba, you reach the hut at Nyamuleju and its accompanying rock shelter, climbing through the open patches, the giant Lobelia and the groundsel zone before proceeding up to John Matte Hut (3350m) for overnight. The typical time to reach John Matte from Nyabitaba is about 7 hours. Some hikers consider this to be the most tiring and longest day of the circuit so an early start is important.

Day 5: Hike from John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut

Immediately after John Matte Hut, the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing zone below. The Upper Bigo bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. A spectacular setting but it can be very cold, even for the Rwenzoris. Beyond the north end of the lake is a rock shelter called cooking pot and a short distance further is Bujuku Hut (3962 m) where to stay for overnight. Time needed to reach Bujuku from John Mattes is 3 - 5 hours. Here there are chances of seeing the Red Duikers and at night calls of the Rock hyraxes are common.

Day 6: Hike from Bujuku Hutto to Elena Hut (4541m).

From Bujuku hut leave directly to newer trail which rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through magical moss draped groundsel vegetation to Scott Elliot pass. At the steepest section is a short strong ladder after which a right hand branch will lead to Elena Hut (4,430 m). This steep rocky trail when wet or icy can be slippery. Continuing straight and a few steps below the pass, there is a sheltered spot for a break; from here there is a second trail to the right to Elena hut the base camp for climbing to Margherita peak (5,109 m). Here you expect a cold and icy night.

Day 7: Climb Margherita peak (5109m).

For those climbing Margherita peak (5109m), we continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. Depending on the weather and the individual's acclimatisation, it can be a four to seven hour walk to the summit of Margherita. This is a tough walk over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. It is only for the physically fit and is a technical climb which requires roping up, crampons and appropriate equipment for cold, windy and icy conditions. It is best to attempt the final climb in a minimum group of 4 - two climbers and two guides; (a supplement for the extra guide has to be paid for at the time of booking). Climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Subject to altitude sickness, fog and weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita, crown of the Rwenzoris. Due to the altitude and the tough conditions not everybody will make it to the summit so do not be disappointed if you do not. Returning to Scott-Elliot pass, there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. Once you pass this the trail enters an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders. Descend to the Kitandara Hut for overnight, past the Kitandara Lakes. (For those who do not wish to climb the peak, a more restful day walking from Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut 4,023m.). An early start is advisable to avoid overheating on the steep but lovely hour-long climb to Lake Kitandara (4.282 m) to the fresh field pass. Viewing west-ward on clear days leads into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and Northward Margherita and its Glaciers still dominate the horizon. Fresh filed is a long flat traverse through beautiful high Alpine mossy glades, then the trail begins the circuit's long two-day descent. Rock shelters at Bujongolo and Kabamba are optional overnight stop-over but it is the best to push through the seemingly endless mud to Guy Yeoman Hut (3,261 m)

Day 8: Hike to Guy Yeoman Hut

From Kitandara, the trail ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. On a clear day there are views into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, the long muddy descent continues, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.

Day 9: Descend to Nyabitaba Hut,

We descend early after breakfast to Nyabitaba Hut. This path from Guy Yeoman to Nyabitaba is difficult in some parts. Typical hikers make Guy Yeoman to Nyabitaba in 5 hours. You should decide to make it to Nyakalengija: it is 2-3 hours depending on the condition of your knees and your desire to reach a comfortable bed and bath. Late evening walking can be good for watching birds and sharp eyes can catch a glimpse of the brilliant green but changeable Rhino serous chameleon.

Day 10: Descend from Nyabitaba Hut to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m).

A gentle descent down the muddy paths to the trailhead, arriving late morning. Lunch in Kasese. Overnight at Hotel Margherita in Kasese.

Day 11: Transfer to Kampala.

After breakfast you will be driven to Kampala. Overnight at Sophie's Motel.

Day 12: Kampala visit and Departure:

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport if you are going with a morning flight. For afternoon flight, we shall depart for Kampala visit and thereafter transfer to the Entebbe airport for departure.

Important Points to note:

- We always advise our clients to bring soft or leather bags for easy transfers.

- We advise you to carry enough money (€ 400) to meet your personal expenses while here on safari.

- Tips are always given as a way of appreciating for the service provided. It is always given to the tour leader who shares it to the team.

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