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    Rwenzori mountains National Park

    The Rwenzoris at a glance (5109 m)

    Often dubbed ‘The Mountains of the Moon’, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rwenzoris are a chain of six beautiful mountains that straddle the equator along the border with Uganda and the DRC. Rwenzori in a local language means ‘mountain of the rain’, and it’s a mystical mist-shrouded place with valleys full of emerald-green lakes, rocky cliffs, high glaciers and snow-capped peaks. The unique plant life includes dense tropical rainforest, bamboo forests and alpine species such as giant heathers and lobelia. East African treks and Safaris offers treks to Rwenzori Mountains starting from 3day trek and one can summit to the highest Snowcapped Margherita Peak (5,109 metres) in 7/8days or 9days depending on fitness. The Rwenzori’s highest point is on Mount Stanley which is Magherita peak and the Stanley glaciers wide enough giving hiker a way up to the main peak. Although not a technical mountain climb, it’s a tough trek and requires endurance and physical fitness – there are many ascents and descents along the route due to the ragged terrain of the mountain and frequent rain – but the spectacular scenery and unusual vegetation make it a worthwhile challenge. Rwenzori Mountains also have more than one peak to summit, Main peaks Summited are, Magherita peak at 5109m, Mt. Speke at 4890m, Mt. Baker at 4842m, Wiseman peak 4620m, Mutinda peak 4032m, Alexander peak 5090m, portal peaks 4627m, mount gessi 4715m, mt.Emin 4798m. Both Mutinda peak 3975m and Alexander peak 5083m are fully technical while the rest won’t require technical experience. As anywere else in the world, Rwenzori mountains have both dry and wet season but since these mountains receive a lot of rain annually there a lot of mud and bogs to encounter during your climb which makes the trek challenging but rewardingly stunning.

    WHEN TO HIKE:

    The mountains can be hiked all year through since all seasons come along with different attractions in the stunning forest in the mountains. The rainy season is from March to May and October to December which welcomes in a lot of new flowers which attract butter flies, more chameleons, birds searching for new fruits, snow as low as 3800m on the rocks and foliage. But the boggy and muddy sections cannot be avoided in this season. The dry season on the other hand starts from December to Feb and June to September, this is the most preferred season to hike, less boggy and muddy seasons with lots of clear views as hike up the mountains. Though one need to ensure that they carry a factor 50 sunscreen during this trek.

    We are happy to tailor a hike plan that suits your hiking needs, Please see example itineraries below,.

    Day 1. Arrival at Entebbe airport and you will be met by our experienced driver guide who will transfer you to hotel in Entebbe. (Sleep at The Boma guest House or Protea Hotel)
    Day 2. After an early morning breakfast, driver will be ready to transfer to Kasese, on the way stop over Fortportal for lunch. After lunch you will have a short trip at one of the most amazing Amabere caves and simple hike to view the crater lakes in Fort portal which helps in acclimatization before you continue to kasese. Sleep at Margherita Hotel or Sandton hotel.
    Day 3. Start hike and Sleep at Sine Camp 2596 metres.
    Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688 metres
    Day 5. Hike down to kiharo Camp 3515 metres
    Day 6. Hike down to base camp debrief and after transfer to Magherita hotel. An option of Safari extensions can be added on to relax off at the end of the trek, don’t hesitate to inquire with one of our Safari experts. Nearest National Parks Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park.
    Day 7. Drive back to Entebbe and fly out.

    Detailed itinerary

    Day 1.Arrival at Entebbe airport and you will be met by our experienced driver guide who will transfer you to hotel in Entebbe. (Sleep at The Boma guest House or Protea Hotel)
    Day 2. After an early morning breakfast, driver will be ready to transfer to Kasese, on the way stop over Fortportal for lunch. After lunch you will have a short trip at one of the most amazing Amabere caves and simple hike to view the crater lakes in Fort portal which helps in acclimatization before you continue to kasese. Sleep at Margherita Hotel or Sandton hotel.
    Day 3. Start hike and Sleep at Sine Camp 2596 metres
    Day 4. Hike to Samalira camp 3174 m
    Day 5. Descend down to base camp debrief and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Sleep at Mweya Safari Lodge for Upmarket or Bush Lodge for Budget Safaris.
    Day 6. Morning Game drive in the park Mweya Sector and Afternoon boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel. Sleep at Mweya Safari Lodge or Bush Lodge.
    Day 7. Drive back to Entebbe stopping over at the Equator and finally in Entebbe.10hrs or Fly back to Entebbe 1hr. Check in at Boma Guest house or Protea hotel.
    Day 8. Fly out.

    Detailed itinerary

    Day 1. Arrival at Entebbe airport and you will be met by our experienced driver guide who will transfer you to hotel in Entebbe. (Sleep at The Boma guest House or Lake Heights hotel)
    Day 2. After an early morning breakfast, driver will be ready to transfer to Kasese, on the way stop over Fortportal for lunch. After lunch you will have a short trip at one of the most amazing Amabere caves and simple hike to view the crater lakes in Fort portal which helps in acclimatization before you continue to kasese. Sleep at Margherita Hotel or Sandton hotel.
    Day 3. Start hike and Sleep at Sine Camp 2596 metres.
    Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688 metres.
    Day 5. Hike to Bugata Camp 4062 metres.
    Day 6. Summit Wiseman peak 4620 metres Sleep at Bugata Camp 4062 metres.
    Day 7. Hike down to Samalira Camp 3174 metres.
    Day 8. Hike down to base camp and transfer to Magherita hotel. An option of Safari extensions can added on to relax off at the end of the trek, don’t hesitate to inquire with one of our Safari experts. Nearest National Parks Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park.
    Day 9. Or Drive back to Entebbe and Fly out.

    Detailed itinerary

    Day 1. Arrival at Entebbe airport and you will be met by our experienced driver guide who will transfer you to hotel in Entebbe. (Sleep at The Boma guest House or Protea Hotel Entebbe)
    Day 2. After an early morning breakfast, driver will be ready to transfer to Kasese, on the way stop over Fortportal for lunch. After lunch you will have a short trip at one of the most amazing Amabere caves and simple hike to view the crater lakes in Fort portal which helps in acclimatization before you continue to kasese. Sleep at Margherita Hotel or Sandton hotel.
    Day 3. Briefing from guides and start hike and sleep at Sine camp 2596 metres.
    Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688metres
    Day 5. Hike to Bugata camp 4062 metres
    Day 6. Hike to Butawu camp 3974 through Bamwanjara Pass.
    Day 7. Hike to Margherita Camp 4485 metres via Scott Elliot Pass
    Day 8. Summit Margherita peak 5109m and sleep at Butawu Camp
    Day 9. Descend to Bugata Camp 4062m or kiharo camp 3515m.
    Day 10. Hike down to base camp and transfer to Magherita hotel. An option of Safari extensions can added on to relax off at the end of the trek, don’t hesitate to inquire with one of our Safari experts. Nearest National Parks Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park.
    Day 11. Drive back to Entebbe and fly out.

    Detailed itinerary

    Day 1. Arrival at Entebbe airport and you will be met by our experienced driver guide who will transfer you to hotel in Entebbe. (Sleep at The Boma guest House or Protea Hotel)
    Day 2. After an early morning breakfast, driver will be ready to transfer to Kasese, on the way stop over Fortportal for lunch. After lunch you will have a short trip at one of the most amazing Amabere caves and simple hike to view the crater lakes in Fort portal which helps in acclimatization before you continue to kasese. Sleep at Margherita Hotel or Sandton hotel.
    Day 3. Briefing from guides and start hike and sleep at Sine camp 2596 metres.
    Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688metres
    Day 5. Hike to Bugata camp 4062 metres
    Day 6. Hike to Butawu camp 3974m through Bamwanjara Pass.
    Day 7. Summit Mt. Baker 4842m and sleep at Butawu camp 3974m
    Day 8. Descend down to Bugata Camp 4062m.
    Day 9. Descend to Samalira camp 3170m.
    Day 10. Hike down to base camp and transfer to Magherita hotel.
    An option of Safari extensions can added on to relax off at the end of the trek, don’t hesitate to inquire with one of our Safari experts. Nearest National Parks Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park.
    Day 11. Drive back to Entebbe 9hrs or Fly back to Entebbe 1hr.

    Detailed itinerary

    Day 1. Arrival at Entebbe airport and you will be met by our experienced driver guide who will transfer you to hotel in Entebbe. (Sleep at The Boma guest House or Lake Heights hotel)
    Day 2. After an early morning breakfast, driver will be ready to transfer to Kasese, on the way stop over Fortportal for lunch. After lunch you will have a short trip at one of the most amazing Amabere caves and simple hike to view the crater lakes in Fort portal which helps in acclimatization before you continue to kasese. Sleep at Margherita Hotel or Sandton hotel.
    Day 3. Briefing from guides and start hike and sleep at Sine camp 2596 metres.
    Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688metres
    Day 5. Hike to Bugata camp 4062 metres
    Day 6. Hike to Butawu camp 3974 through Bamwanjara Pass.
    Day 7. Hike to Margherita Camp 4485 metres via Scott Elliot Pass
    Day 8. Summit Margherita peak 5109m and sleep at Butawu Camp.
    Day 9. Descend to Bugata Camp 4062m.
    Day 10. Descend to Kiharo 3518m.
    Day 11. Hike down to base camp and transfer to Magherita hotel.
    An option of Safari extensions can added on to relax off at the end of the trek, don’t hesitate to inquire with one of our Safari experts. Nearest National Parks Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park.
    Day 12. Drive back to Entebbe and fly out.

    Detailed itinerary

    Day 1. Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Entebbe. Sleep At Boma Guest house.
    Day 2. After an early morning breakfast, driver will be ready to transfer to Kasese, on the way stop over Fortportal for lunch. After lunch you will have a short trip at one of the most amazing Amabere caves and simple hike to view the crater lakes in Fort portal which helps in acclimatization before you continue to kasese. Sleep at Margherita Hotel or Sandton hotel.
    Day 3. Briefing from guides and start hike and sleep at Sine camp 2596 metres.
    Day 4. Hike to Mutinda camp 3688metres.
    Day 5. Hike to Bugata camp 4062 metres
    Day 6. Hike to Butawu camp 3974 through Bamwanjara Pass.
    Day 7. Hike to Margherita Camp 4485 metres via Scott Elliot Pass
    Day 8. Summit Margherita peak 5109m and sleep at Bujuku Caves.
    Day 9. Summit Mt. Speke 4890m and sleep at Butawu camp 3974m.
    Day 10. Descend to Bugata Camp 4062m or Kiharo camp 3515m.
    Day 11. Hike down to base camp and transfer to Magherita hotel.
    An option of Safari extensions can added on to relax off at the end of the trek, don’t hesitate to inquire with one of our Safari experts. Nearest National Parks Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park.
    Day 12. Drive back to Entebbe and fly out.

    ► All nights in the mountains are fully supported with huts and permanent tents in camps on a multishare basis with a mattress. One will need to carry a warm sleeping bag as it’s not provided.

    ► Nights before and after the trek are in a good quality hotel in either singles or twin sharing depending on choice. We as well offer budget and midrange accommodation. Please see brochure.

    ► Trip starts and ends in entebbe

    ► All transfers are included (road transfer)

    ► All meals included from dinner on arrival to lunch on departure

    DURING THE HIKE

    EQUIPMENT

    Harnesses, crampons, caribinas, ice axes, helmets, rubber boots (are must have) and ropes are all provided for this trek. We do hire sleeping bags at $20 and price is for the whole trek. Please feel free to request for a full packing list depending on the hike you chose. You need to book sleeping bags in advance as we do have less in stores. Temperatures can go as low as -2 degrees above 4000m and 5 degrees below 4000m and highest of 15 degrees which mainly around 2900 and 3500 during day.

    FOOD

    Food is provided during the hike and is prepared by the guides, they’re trained to do the preparation and cooking throughout the hike. The meals are mainly healthy and designed to keep you healthy throughout your whole trek. We do cater for all meal allergies and we will be happy to receive information about food allergies. Please note that no bottled water is suplied on the treks, all water is got from streams and purified before drinking and hence one should carry water purifiers to cater for at least 3ltrs a day. Guides though boil water at night for teas and coffee and one can option to fill up their water bottles with boiled water.

    PORTERS

    Porters will carry luggage maximum weight 25kg, we advise that clients carry a big backpack which the porters will be carrying and a day pack for your personal equipment which you will be carrying yourself. One should carry backpack covers incase of any rains.Two porters per client are provided any extra porters can be organized at $15 per day.

    Guides.

    Guides will always be provided and that is 2 guides which is the minimum standard for 1 to 5pax and 3 guides for 6pax to 15pax. The guides are all well trained, with first aid skills, guiding skills, evacuation skills, flora and fauna, abseiling, cooking, safety & security and customer care. We are always cautious about Safety and security hence ensure that guides are constantly train for safety and security.

    INSURANCE

    Insurance, is mandatory for all our treks and all clients should buy there insurance before arrival covering Medivac and evacuation at an altitude of 4000metres and above. Please note that no trek will depart without insurance. In-case of any emergency, all huts are equipped with stretchers, guides carry satellite phones and all the teams are always equipped with a first aid boxes. Guides will analyses the situation and inform ground rescue in any emergency, as first aid will be done to minimize the effect or any other sickness.

    Tips

    We recommend $5 per day for guides and $2 per day for porters this can be put together and handed to the ground operations manager at the end of the Trek who helps share it with the group.

    NOT INCLUDED

    ► Travel Insurance covering rescue and medivac.

    ► Bottled Water during the hike.

    ► Alcoholic Drinks.

    ► Beverages.

    ► Service tips.

    ► Visas

    ► International Flights.

    ► Sleeping Bags.

    ► Items of personal use such as Phone calls, Laundry etc.

    Days

    Treks run all year round and one can choose any dates which we can confirm on inquiry.

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