***THIS TRIP IS BY INVITATION ONLY*** Please contact us directly if you think you are a qualified candidate.
Join us for this co-ed Call of the Wild scouting trip where we will complete the famous Rwenzoris trek and attempt the three highest peaks of the Rwenzoris range - Mt Stanley, Mt Baker, and Mt Speke. In the future, we will be running this as the standard 7 day Rwenzoris trek without any climbing.
The Rwenzori Mountains lie along the western border of Uganda and rise to a height of 5,109 meters. Here are the legendary 'Mountains of the Moon', a World Heritage Site and these incomparable, beautiful, mist, shrouded peaks provide a unique backdrop to one of the most magnificent national parks. In the center of the range, which boasts Africa's third highest mountain, six peaks carry permanent snow three with glaciers, while the lower slopes are covered with dense forest. Hiking trails on the lower slopes do not call for mountaineering experience; although the higher you go the fitter you need to be. These fabled mist covered "Mountains of the Moon," 120 km in length and 48 km in width, were formed from a block which was thrust up during the creation of the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley.
The highest of these peaks, and the third highest peak in Africa, is Mt. Margherita rising 5,109m above sea level. The Rwenzori Mountains were gazetted as a National Park in 1991. The Park covers 996 km2 of rugged mountain terrain. Whether they are experienced climbers or casual day hikers, Rwenzori Mountain National Park offers visitors a unique experience of an Afro Montane rainforest.
The main attraction is the luxuriant vegetation found above 3,000m which includes the giant forms of Lobelia, Heather and Groundsel. Rwenzori Mountains National Park is also home to the hyrax, blue monkey, chimpanzee, giant forest hog and many unique bird species such as the Rwenzori touraco, the handsome francolin and the olive pigeon.
This is a TOUGH trek with very long days with steep paths, boulders, rock and ice. Glaciers and snow will be encountered at high altitude. Increased presence of rocky glacial moraines and ice ridges. Climb entails some technical sections where ropes, crampons and ice axes may be needed. Technical experience is recommended but not required. Snow gullies and ridges of around 45 degrees. Altitudes above 5000m (16,500ft). High risk of altitude sickness. Good cardiovascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hiking. Backpacks will weigh about 15-20# and contain water, camera and essentials.
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Day 1, March 4 - Arrive in Entebbe Airport (EBB)
Day 2, March 5 – Transfer to Kasese through Fort Portal, where you will have lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Margherita Hotel (standard room – air conditioned) (10 hour drive)
Day 3, March 6 - Transfer to Nyakalengija – Ibanda to start the trek, 4-5 hours to the Nyabitaba Hut (2,650m).
Day 4, March 7 – John Matte Hut (3380m), 6-7 hr hike
Day 5, March 8 – Bujuku Hut (3977m), 6-7 hr hike
Day 6, March 9 – Bujuku Hut, summit Mt Speke (4890m) and return to Bujuku Hut for overnight.
Day 7, March 10 – Elena Camp (4563m)
Day 8, March 11 – Summit Margherita Peak of Mt Stanley (5,109m) and then hike down to Kintandara Camp (3979m) for overnight.
Day 9, March 12 – Summit Mt. Baker (4843m) and back to Kindara Camp or camp at Freshfield Pass.
Day 10, March 13 – Guy Yeoman Camp (3,450m)
Day 11, March 14 - Return to Kasese
Day 12, March 15 – Return to Kampala
Day 13, March 16 - Depart via Entebbe