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Uganda Mountain Climbing - Trekking Rwenzori Mountains
[ACUG07]: Trekking Rwenzori Mountains (10 Days)
Rwenzori is the biggest mountain range in Africa, running for over 120 kms along the border with Congo. Originated from the geological phenomena along the Albertine Rift Valley, It has not a volcanic origin unlike many other African mountains. Today it is enclosed within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

A trip into the Rwenzori Mountains is a rewarding experience, which allows you to see the main peaks of the largest mountain range in Africa. The most common trial, the so called central circuit, starts at the National Park Head Quarter in Niakalengija and lasts on average 7 days six nights, hut after hut, reaching at an altitude of up to 4.372 metres at Scott Elliot Pass.

You experience five different vegetation zones, from the tropical and bamboo forests up to the alpine zones. The hike does not require any specific climbing experience or training, but it is easy to whoever likes mountaineering. It is possible to complete the trial by ascending the main peaks, like Margherita on Mount Stanley (5.109 m), Mount Speke (4.890 m.), Mount Luigi di Savoia (4.627 m).
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ITINERARY: Trekking Rwenzori Mountains (10 Days)

Day 1: Arrival Kampala, Uganda
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be transferred to Kampala for dinner and overnight at Hotel Africana or Ivys Hotel.

Day 2: Kampala - Ibanda, Rwenzori
From Kampala the visitors reach Rwenzori. Lunch at Mbarara. Dinner and overnight at Ibanda, Tour Holiday Inn.

Day 3 Stage 1: From Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m.
From the Rwenzori Mountains National Park Head Quarter at Nyakalengija, 1.646 m., you will receive the briefing from the guides, with the possibility of hiring equipment. The hike starts through the plantations and homes of the Bakonjo, the people of the mountain, gradually reaching garden plots and elephants grass. You follow the Mobuku river, until crossing the Mahoma river. The trail passes through an open bracken fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest, up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m., which is the arrival point for the day. This will take from 5 to 6 hours. From the location, you are facing on the North the Portal Peaks, 4.627 m. and in front Mount Kyniangoma. During the day, you might see monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco and hearing the chimpanzees.


Day 4 Stage 2: From Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte Hut, 3.414 m.
From Nyabitaba Hut you cross the Kurt Shaffer Bridge, through a muddy area along the Mubuku river. Then the trail climbs up through the bamboo forest. You reach a steep rocky area, which leads to Nyamuleju Hut. This point marks the start of the giant lobelia and groundsel zone. The way proceeds through a bog full of typical plants along the Bujuku river. The final point is John Matte Hut, 3.414 m. for spending the night. From Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte it can take approximately 6 hours. Enjoy the view of Mount Stanley and snow capped Margherita and Elena Peaks.

Day 5 Stage 3: From John Matte Hut to Bujuku Hut, 3.962 m
From John Matte Hut you cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower Bigo bog, a grassy bog where you experience how to jump from tussock to tussock. You reach Bigo Hut and enter the upper Bigo bog, proceeding to Lake Bujuku, where it is starting the alpine savannah zone of little vegetation. You finally arrive at Bujuku Hut, 3.962 m. This day hike can take up to 5 hours. There you have a view on the peaks of Mount Stanley, Mount Baker and Mount Speke.

Day 6 Stage 4: From Bujuku Hut to Elena Hut, 4.540 m.
From Bujuku Hut you climb through moss draped groundsel vegetation, to Scott Elliot Pass, 4.372 m., between Mt. Baker and Stanley. Here you divert to Elena Hut, 4.540 m. for spending the night before climbing Mt. Stanley.

Day 7 Stage 5 From Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m.
From Elena Hut you ascend the last tract of rock and ice which leads to Margherita Peak on Mt. Stanley, 5.109 m. Time to complete the climbing about 3 hours. The peak was first climbed by the Duke of Abruzzi at 9.30am on 18th June 1.906. After you descend to Upper Kitandara lake and through thick mud to Lower Kitandara lake where is located Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m. Time to complete the hike about 3 hours more. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed for climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella. Enjoy the view of Mt. Luigi di Savoia.

Day 8 Stage 6: From Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m.
From Lake Kitandara you climb to Freshfield Pass, 4.282 m., a long flat of high alpine mossy glades, before descending the circuit among rocky and boggy areas. The panorama is dominated by the glaciers of Mounts Stanley and Baker and Mount of Savoy. A muddy trail leads to Akendahi, Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters, where starts the Kabamba valley down to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m. This can take up to 6 hours. The hut is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, vegetations and rivers.

Day 9 Stage 7: From Guy Yeoman Hut back to Nyakalengija
Final descent back to Nyakalengija. The trial is attractive along the valley of the Mobuku and Kichuchu rivers, rich in plants and flowers of the heather zone before reaching the bamboo forest. See Kabamba falls on the way. Time to reach Nyabitaba Hut is about 4 hours. From Nyabitaba starts the 40 minutes trial to see Lake Mahoma and back to the hut for descending to the Park Head Quarter. The trial takes more 2 to 3 hours. Transfer to Kasese for dinner and overnight at Margherita Hotel.

Day 10 - Kampala City Tour
After breakfast transfer from Kasese to Kampala by road. Spend the day at leisure and for your own shopping in Kampala. The city tour of the capital town can be arranged, to see the most relevant cultural and traditional sites of Buganda. Lunch on own arrangement at a city restaurant of your choice. Later, we transfer you to the Airport for your onward arrangements. AfriChoice! airport representative will re-confirm your onward flight, and assist you at check-in. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch.

IMPORTANT RWENZORI TREKKING NOTES:
Rwenzoris can be accessed by road from Kampala via Mbarara to Kasese or from Kampala through Fort Portal and then 75 km South on the Fort Portal / Kasese road. The park is 25 km from Kasese town, then turning left inside to reach Ibanda and Niakalengija, following the sign post on the Kasese Road. Chartered planes are also available from Entebbe /Kampala to Kasese and then by road.

A trip into the Rwenzori Mountains provides exhilarating rewarding experience but one, which must be Well planned. The key to an enjoyable Uganda tours must be prepared! The central circuit hike takes six nights/seven days and reaches an altitude of 14,000ft (4,267m) above sea level. For More information concerning this exciting safari, DO NOT hesitate to Contact Us.
PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 Uganda Travel Planner
NO. OF
PAX
PER PERSON
SHARING TWIN
SINGLE ROOM
SUPPLEMENT
EXTRA
NIGHT
2-4
USD 3275
USD 921
USD 295
5-8
USD 3195
USD 921
USD 295
9-12
USD 3080
USD 921
USD 295
13+
USD 2925
USD 921
USD 295
ABBREVIATION KEY: NO. Of Pax = NO. Of Participants, USD = U.S. Dollar
CHILDREN POLICY : Between 2-12 Yrs= 50% of Adult, Under 2 Yrs= FREE
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Uganda Mountain Climbing - Trekking Rwenzori Mountains
INCLUDED In the Uganda Safari Price
Meet and Greet Services with airport assistance
Arrival and departure airport transfers with assistance
Complimentary baggage handling of two pieces per person
Free excess baggage storage in the Gateway City / Town
Express check-in with assistance in your city hotels / safari lodges
Full board accommodation whilst on Safari
Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with window seat guarantee
At least a pair of standard Binoculars in each safari vehicle
All parks and game reserve entry gate fees including vehicle & driver fees
One Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance
Complimentary bottled mineral water on safari and game drives
Unlimited game viewing drives per day whilst on safari
Services of an English - speaking and professional safari driver/guide
Guided Pre-Departure Shopping Tour at an African Market or Arts Store
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
EXCLUDED In the Uganda Safari Price
International Airfares
Tourist entry Visa to Uganda (If required for your nationality)
Accommodation in your City Hotels (Extra Nights / Day Room)
Travel Insurance Cover, Personal or Baggage (Recommended)
International airport(s) departures taxes (if not included in your ticket)
Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions and/or quoted separately
Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, internet, laundry etc.
All alcoholic drinks, wines and spirits.
Tips and gratuities to driver guides/lodge/hotel staff
All other extras not mentioned in the 'included'
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Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Programme*
Illustrated Spectrum Guide® to Africa Wildlife Safaris and Animal Spotter®
Assorted and Pre-Stamped 'AfriChoice!® African Safari Post Cards
Complimentary 'AfriChoice!® Authentic African Safari Hat

NB: The AMREF's Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Programme ONLY covers the cost of evacuating the casualties from emergency site to the nearest hospital by air or ground ambulance but does not cover hospitalization bills.
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