Rwenzori Mountains Peak Tour 13 days

tour summary
Enjoy the beauty of the Rwenzori Mountains in a thirteen days tour. This tour package starts with nine days of mountain climbing where you get to explore the diverse nature on the mountains with glaciers just below the equator. This tour also has activities like a game drive in vast savanna and a boat trip along Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
duration 13 days / 12 nights
starting point Entebbe Airport
means of transport
  • Private vehicle
destinations
  • Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Rwenzori Mountains NP
activities
  • Boat trip
  • Game drive
  • Mountain climbing
option
  • Domestic flight
  • Night game drive
Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The highest mountain in Uganda, third highest in Africa continent. The highest peak, Margerita is 5,110m. This folded mountain is famous for diversity of nature, it starts with rainforest and ends in glacier just under the equator. Scenery of moss-covered heath forest, swamp with lobelia and slopes with senecio is solemn and mysterious.
Geographic features: Mountain, forest. Size: 996km2
Activity: Mountain climbing

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The second largest national park in Uganda with 95 species of mammals and 610 species of birds. Savanna in north and south are home for large mammals like lion and elephant, Kazinga Channel is for birds, crocodile and hippo, Kyambura Gorge is for chimpanzee.
Geographic features: Savanna, forest, lake, river Size: 1,978km2
Activity: Game drive, night game drive, boat trip, chimpanzee tracking, nature walk, balloon safari

day 1
1 日目

PM

Arrive at Entebbe Airport, transfer to Kampala

Our driver guide will welcome you at Entebbe Airport. Our sales and reservation staff will brief you the itinerary after your arrival at Kampala. It normally takes 1-2 hours to reach Kampala.

overnight: Kampala
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day 2
2 日目

AM

Shopping

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Transfer to Fort Portal

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day 3
3 日目

Early morning

Registration and briefing at Nyakalengija Office

After registration process and briefing, meet your guide and porters and hand over your luggage.

Whole day

Hike from Nyakalengija Office (1,646m) to Nyabitaba Hut (2,652m) / 10km

Walk in beautiful rainforest. Temperature is high so carry 2 litters of drinking water or more, half-sleeve shirts will be suitable for this day. You may encounter pretty birds or chameleons along the trail.

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day 4
4 日目

Whole day

Hike from Nyabitaba Hut (2,652m) to John Matte Hut (3,414m) / 7km

Go down from Nyabitaba Hut to the bridge over Bujuku River, then start climbing up continuously. You may see Margherita Peak at rocky area far ahead on your left. Thereafter, you will enter mossy heath forest, also find some alpine plant like lobelias and everlasting flowers. Rain boots could be more advantageous for this day, as trail is muddy in cloud forest.

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day 5
5 日目

Whole day

Hike from John Matte Hut (3,414m) to Bujuku Hut (3,962m) / 6km

Start walking with rain boots as bogs starts right behind the hut. View of bogs called lower and upper Bigo Bogs with lobelias and senecios are one of the most beautiful scenery in Rwenzoris. You will climb steep slope after the bogs, then find Lake Bujuku, which is surrounded by Mt. Baker, Mt. Stanley and Mt. Speke. Scenery of the lake and bogs on its shore is still and mysterious. You may see Margherita Peak from the shore of the lake.

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day 6
6 日目

Whole day

Hike from Bujuku Hut (3,962m) to Elena Hut (4,430m) / 4km

The slope from Bujuku Hut to the viewpoint overlooking Bujuku Lake is very steep, you will use ladder at some points. Thereafter, number of plants decrease suddenly, and you will enter rocky area without soil. Be careful as rocks are very slippery when the surface is wet.

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day 7
7 日目

Whole day

Climb Margherita Peak (5,109m) / 2km one way

Hike rocky area for 2-3 hours from Elena Hut, then enter glacier near northern side of Stanley Plateau, and walk on glacier. Thereafter, walk rocky ridge come from Alexandra Peak, then enter glacier between Alexandra Peak and Margherita Peak. This glacier is very steep and have many large crevasses. After climbing glacier, then climb the last rocky area, that is the peak.

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day 8
8 日目

Whole day

Hike from Elena Hut (4,430m) to Guy Yeoman Hut (3,261m) / 8km

After completing the rocky area, you will walk on soil again. A lot of alpine plant like senecios inhabit at the valley between Mt. Baker and Mt. Stanley. After passing Kitandara Hut, you climb up the Freshman Field up to 4,200m, then start descending. Thereafter, you will enter the bog with many lobelia, then find Guy Yoman Hut along a river.

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day 9
9 日目

Whole day

Hike from Guy Yeoman Hut (3,261m) to Nyabitaba Hut (2,652m) / 6km

After walking through the beautiful heath forest, you descend a very steep fall with river-water. After this rocky area, you will enter the rainforest again, though ground remains muddy and slippery. This will be the last night in Rwenzori, it could be a good idea to have dinner with guides and porters.

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day 10
10 日目

AM

Hike from Nyabitaba Hut (2,652m) to Nyakalengija (1,646m) / 10km

Descend the same route you passed on the first day.

overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park
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day 11
11 日目

AM

Free

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Boat trip at Kazinga Channel

Take a boat ride along the channel which connects two lakes. Its banks are habitats for reptiles like crocodiles and many species of birds like kingfisher and pelican, also resting place for hippo and buffalo. It starts at 3pm and takes about 2 hours.

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day 12
12 日目

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Game drive at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive with an open roofed vehicle in vast savannh and look for large mammals like lions, elephants, buffaloes and antelopes. Morning game drive starts at 6:30am, it takes 3-4 hours. Tell your rangers, if you have your favorite mammal before you take off.

PM

Transfer to Kampala

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day 13
13 日目

AM

Free

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Transfer to Entebbe

Leave Kampala for Entebbe Airport 4 hours before the departure time of your flight.

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