Birding Safaris l Uganda
Gorilla Tours l Uganda
Luxury Safaris l Hiking
Mt Rwenzori Hiking
- 9 Days
Drive from Kampala to Kasese Town stopping at
Equator crossing, lunch stop in Mbarara town and
continue to Kasese. Arrive in the earl afternoon,
carry out food shopping of all food needed up
in the mountain for the days you will be trekking.
Dinner and overnight.
Arrive at Ibanda, the park headquarters and the
Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) concession
building at Nyakalengija in early morning so as
to have ample time to arrange payments, rent equipment
and select guides and porters. Begin your hike
by leaving park headquarters, located at 5,400ft/1.646m.
The trail then follows the Mubuku River, crossing
recent landslide areas and requires scrambling
over rocks and bluffs before reaching the Mahoma
River. After crossing the river you will have
a very steep climb through open bracken fern slopes
and podocarpus forest up to Nyabitaba Hut (8,7000-ft2,
652m). Slower hikers could take considerably longer,
so insist on leaving park headquarters before
noon to avoid on the trail after dark (7 PM all
From Nyabitaba Hut the trails leads westwards
for a half – km then drops north (right)
steeply to Kurt shafer Bridge, crossing below
the confluence of the Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers.
You reach the poor-condition hut at Nyamileju
and it’s accompanying rock shelter. Walk
to John Matte Hut (11,200 ft/3,414 m) which is
newly constructed, large and comfortable through
muddy a round the site. Many hikers consider this
the most tiring and longest day of the circuit
so an early start is important. The loss of altitude
to Kurt Shafer Bridge means the total elevation
to be gained on this day is at least 3,000ft (915m).
Hikers who feel they have reached their limits
by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable
stopping point. You can just enjoy the unique
vegetation in the bog and the great views and
the following day begin your return to Nyabitaba.
You leave John Matte to cross the Bujuku River
and enter the lower of the Bigo Bogs.
The trail is very muddy and follows the left (southern)
edge of lower Bigo Hut and it’s shelter.
Have a lunch break at the upper edge of the Bigo
beyond the north end of Bujuku Lake is a rock
shelter called Cooking pot and short distance
further to Bujuku Hut (13,000ft/3.962m). The shaded
location and mists can make Bujuku Hut uncomfortably
cold for hikers and especially guides and porters
with simple blankets and light clothing.
Continue the circuit you leave directly west from
Bujuku Hut towards Scott Elliott 14,345 ft (4,372
m) after a right hand branch would lead you to
Elena Hut (14,700 ft/4,372m). As you leave the
Elena and Savoia Glaciers, and Mt. Baker (15,889
ft/4,843 m). The trail descends past upper Kitandara
Lake through bad mud to the lower lake and Kitandara
Hut (13,200-ft/4,023 m). The elevation gain to
the pass from Bujuku is a modest 1,400 ft (425
m) but ups and downs nearly double that a mount.
And because Scott Elliott is the high point so
far, some hikers will be slower due to greater
effort required at these altitudes. Watch especially
for signs of altitude sickness.
Climb from the lake to 14,050-ft (4.292m) Fresh
field Pass. Fresh field is a long flat traverse
through beautiful high alpine mossy glades (and
more mud) until after half an hour the trails
begin the circuit’s long two-day descent.
Rock shelters at Bujongolo and Kabamba are optional
overnight stops but it is best to push on through
the seeming endless mud to newly constructed Guy
Yeomen Hut (10,700-ft/3,261 m).
Begin very early if you have decided to make it
all the way to park headquarters and complete
your trek. An alternative would be to stay another
night at Nyabitaba Hut. In any event the path
from Guy Yoeman is quite dangerous in spots. Helping
each other and descending very slowly facing the
slope instead of facing outward are recommended
especially as you approach Kichuchu down a dry
and dusty crevice. From Kichuchu the trail parallels
and twice crosses the Mubuku River mostly in deep
mud until the last few kilometers of good dry
trail follow the ridge down to Nyabitaba, which
completes the circuit. Should you decide to continue
to park headquarters it is another two or three
hours depending on the condition of your knees
and desire to reach a comfortable bed and bath.
From Nyabitaba Hut, descend to Nyakalengija the
park headquarters. You will meet your driver to
drive you back to Kasese town to your Hotel/Queen
Elizabeth National Park Mweya Safari Lodge/ Institute
Hostel. Take warm showers and relax. Dinner and
After breakfast drive to Kampala or Entebbe in
case your flight falls on this day. If you spent
the night in Queen Elizabeth Park, morning will
start with game drive and after proceed to Kampala
or Entebbe. End of Central Circuit.